One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A knot made at the end of a rope by intertwining strands to prevent unraveling or act as a stopper.
- ‘Some have only a wale knot, the use whereof is to hold off the cable from the main capstan.’
- ‘A single wale-knot is made by untwisting the ends of a rope, and making a bight with the first strand.’
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