A wale is one of the strakes of wooden planking that forms the outer skin of the hull of a ship, but substantially thicker than the other strakes. It provides extra stiffening and strength to the hull. It was a common feature of heavy wooden ship construction, particularly from the Middle Ages to the early years of the 19th century, being a major constructional component of ships like USS Constitution, HMS Victory and many earlier vessels.
A wale (or "waler") is a horizontal supporting member of a concrete forming system, vertically reinforced by a "strongback".
A wale is also a horizontal member of a geotechnical tieback wall, which transmits the force from the tieback to the beams.[clarification needed]
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