Pronounced: rih-TIH-kyoo-luht, adj
Notes: This word has a general meaning, and pretty scientific one
The word wale means, as a noun
- a streak mark raised on the skin, as by a whip
- one of the series of ribs in a fabric such as corduroy
- a plank along the side of a wooden ship
- a horizontal band or strip (for example, around a woven basket)
As a verb, it can mean
- to mark with wales
- to fasten or secure
Background / Comments
That’s a lot of definitions for a short word! However, it is the short words that tend to have multiple definitions; long words tend to have specific meanings. The word comes from Old English walu (mark of a lash).
This word goes way back to the early 1000s.