What is Wale?

Wale definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
a streak, stripe, or ridge produced on the skin by the stroke of a rod or whip; welt.
the vertical rib in knit goods or a chain of loops running lengthwise in knit fabric (opposed to course).
the texture or weave of a fabric.
Nautical. any of certain strakes of thick outside planking on the sides of a wooden ship.gunwale.

Also called breast timber, ranger, waling. Engineering, Building Trades. a horizontal timber or other support for reinforcing various upright members, as sheet piling or concrete form boards, or for retaining earth at the edge of an excavation.
a ridge on the outside of a horse collar.

verb (used with object), waled, wal