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1A ridge on a textured woven fabric such as corduroy.as modifier, in combination ‘a skirt of mid-wale cotton corduroy’‘wide-wale trousers’
- ‘Liberty, a firm based in the United Kingdom, has begun printing on fine wale lightweight corduroy, noted Ed Harding, the firm's U.S. agent.’
- ‘In case of Corduroy, we will use, either 8 wale corduroy (about 320 gsm), or 14 wale corduroy (about 300 gsm) in 100% cotton or cotton/spandex blend.’
- ‘Tailored of fine thin-wale corduroy this smooth cotton sport shirt from Martin Gordon offers a modern take on a classic fabric.’
A horizontal wooden strip fitted as strengthening to a boat's side.
- ‘Michael gives measurements for the height of the wale at the midship frame.’
3A horizontal band around a woven basket.
- ‘An example of this is the round linen basket where the wales have been woven in white willow.’
- ‘A wale is an almost unnoticeable, but very important band of weave.’
Late Old English walu ‘stripe, weal’.
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