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Wales (; ) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west.

wale n 1: a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions [syn: {welt}, {weal}, {wheal}] 2: thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship [syn: {strake}]

170 Moby Thesaurus words for "wale": abscess, aposteme, bed sore, bilge, birthmark, blackhead, blain, bleb, blemish, blister, blob, boil, boss, bow, bubble, bubo, bulb, bulge, bulla, bump, bunch, bunion, burl, button, cahot, canker, canker sore, carbuncle, chancre, chancroid, check, chilblain, chine, cicatrix, clump, cold sore, comedo, condyle, convex, crack, crater, craze, defacement, defect, deformation, deformity, disfiguration, disfigurement, distortion, dowel, ear, eschar, fault, feel, felon, fester, festering, fever blister, finish, fistula, flange, flap, flaw, freckle, furuncle, furunculus, gall, gathering, gnarl, grain, granular texture, gumboil, handle, hemangioma, hemorrhoids, hickey, hill, hump, hunch, indentation, jog, joggle, keloid, kibe, kink, knob, knot, knub, knur, knurl, lentigo, lesion, lip, loop, lump, milium, mole, mountain, nap, needle scar, nevus, nub, nubbin, nubble, papilloma, papula, papule, paronychia, parulis, peg, petechia, pile, piles, pimple, pit, pock, pockmark, polyp, port-wine mark, port-wine stain, protuberance, pustule, rib, ridge, rift, ring, rising, scab, scar, scratch, sebaceous cyst, shag, shoulder, soft chancre, sore, spine, split, stigma, strawberry mark, structure, stud, sty, style, suppuration, surface, surface texture, swelling, tab, texture, track, tubercle, tubercule, twist, ulcer, ulceration, verruca, vesicle, warp, wart, weal, weave, welt, wen, wheal, whelk, whelp, whitehead, whitlow, woof, wound

Wale \Wale\, n. [AS. walu a mark of stripes or blows, probably originally, a rod; akin to Icel. v["o]lr, Goth. walus a rod, staff. [root]146. Cf. {Goal}, {Weal} a wale.] [1913 Webster] 1. A streak or mark made on the skin by a rod or whip; a stripe; a wheal. See {Wheal}. --Holland. Syn: welt; weal; wheal. [1913 Webster] 2. A ridge or streak rising above the surface, as of cloth; hence, the texture of cloth. [1913 Webster] Thou 'rt rougher far, And of a coarser wale, fuller of pride. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 3. (Carp.) A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position. --Knight. [1913 Webster] 4. (Naut.) (a) pl. Certain sets or strakes of the outside planking of a vessel; as, the main wales, or the strakes of planking under the port sills of the gun deck; channel wales, or those along the spar deck, etc. (b) A wale knot, or wall knot. [1913 Webster] {Wale knot}. (Naut.) See {Wall knot}, under 1st {Wall}. [1913 Webster]

Wale \Wale\, v. t. 1. To mark with wales, or stripes. [1913 Webster] 2. To choose; to select; specifically (Mining), to pick out the refuse of (coal) by hand, in order to clean it. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]

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Whale (origin Old English ) is the common name for various marine mammals of the order Cetacea. The term whale sometimes refers to all cetaceans, but more often it excludes dolphins and porpoises, which belong to the suborder Odontoceti (toothed whales).

whale n 1: a very large person; impressive in size or qualities [syn: {giant}, {hulk}, {heavyweight}] 2: any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head v : hunt for whales

121 Moby Thesaurus words for "whale": Loch Ness monster, alevin, angle, bait the hook, baste, bastinado, beat, belabor, belt, benthon, benthos, birch, bob, buffet, cane, cetacean, clam, club, cowhide, cudgel, cut, dap, dib, dibble, dinosaur, dolphin, dress down, drive, drub, elephant, fingerling, fish, flagellate, flail, flax, flog, fly-fish, fry, fustigate, game fish, gig, give a dressing-down, give a whipping, give the stick, go fishing, grig, grilse, guddle, hide, hippo, hippopotamus, horsewhip, hulk, jack, jacklight, jig, jumbo, kipper, knout, lace, larrup, lash, lather, lay on, leather, leviathan, lick, mammoth, man-eater, man-eating shark, marine animal, mastodon, minnow, minny, monster, nekton, net, paddle, panfish, pistol-whip, plankton, pommel, porpoise, pummel, rawhide, salmon, scourge, sea monster, sea pig, sea serpent, sea snake, seine, shark, shrimp, smite, smolt, spank, spin, sponge, still-fish, strap, stripe, swinge, switch, tan, thrash, thump, thumper, torch, trawl, trim, troll, tropical fish, trounce, truncheon, wallop, wear out, welt, whip, whop, whopper

Whale \Whale\, n. [OE. whal, AS. hw[ae]l; akin to D. walvisch, G. wal, walfisch, OHG. wal, Icel. hvalr, Dan. & Sw. hval, hvalfisk. Cf. {Narwhal}, {Walrus}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any aquatic mammal of the order {Cetacea}, especially any one of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and baleen, or whalebone. [1913 Webster] Note: The existing whales are divided into two groups: the toothed whales ({Odontocete}), including those that have teeth, as the cachalot, or sperm whale (see {Sperm whale}); and the baleen, or whalebone, whales ({Mysticete}), comprising those that are destitute of teeth, but have plates of baleen hanging from the upper jaw, as the right whales. The most important species of whalebone whales are the bowhead, or Greenland, whale (see Illust. of {Right whale}), the Biscay whale, the Antarctic whale, the gray whale (see under {Gray}), the humpback, the finback, and the rorqual. [1913 Webster] {Whale bird}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any one of several species of large Antarctic petrels which follow whaling vessels, to feed on the blubber and floating oil; especially, {Prion turtur} (called also {blue petrel}), and {Pseudoprion desolatus}. (b) The turnstone; -- so called because it lives on the carcasses of whales. [Canada] {Whale fin} (Com.), whalebone. --Simmonds. {Whale fishery}, the fishing for, or occupation of taking, whales. {Whale louse} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of degraded amphipod crustaceans belonging to the genus {Cyamus}, especially {Cyamus ceti}. They are parasitic on various cetaceans. {Whale's bone}, ivory. [Obs.] {Whale shark}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The basking, or liver, shark. (b) A very large harmless shark ({Rhinodon typicus}) native of the Indian Ocean. It sometimes becomes sixty feet long. {Whale shot}, the name formerly given to spermaceti. {Whale's tongue} (Zo["o]l.), a balanoglossus. [1913 Webster]

Whale The Hebrew word _tan_ (plural, tannin) is so rendered in Job 7:12 (A.V.; but R.V., "sea-monster"). It is rendered by "dragons" in Deut. 32:33; Ps. 91:13; Jer. 51:34; Ps. 74:13 (marg., "whales;" and marg. of R.V., "sea-monsters"); Isa. 27:1; and "serpent" in Ex. 7:9 (R.V. marg., "any large reptile," and so in ver. 10, 12). The words of Job (7:12), uttered in bitter irony, where he asks, "Am I a sea or a whale?" simply mean, "Have I a wild, untamable nature, like the waves of the sea, which must be confined and held within bounds, that they cannot pass?" "The serpent of the sea, which was but the wild, stormy sea itself, wound itself around the land, and threatened to swallow it up...Job inquires if he must be watched and plagued like this monster, lest he throw the world into disorder" (Davidson's Job). The whale tribe are included under the general Hebrew name _tannin_ (Gen. 1:21; Lam. 4:3). "Even the sea-monsters [tanninim] draw out the breast." The whale brings forth its young alive, and suckles them. It is to be noticed of the story of Jonah's being "three days and three nights in the whale's belly," as recorded in Matt. 12:40, that here the Gr. ketos means properly any kind of sea-monster of the shark or the whale tribe, and that in the book of Jonah (1:17) it is only said that "a great fish" was prepared to swallow Jonah. This fish may have been, therefore, some great shark. The white shark is known to frequent the Mediterranean Sea, and is sometimes found 30 feet in length.

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  • wale: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • wale: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • whale: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • whale: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • whale: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • whale: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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