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Vale. n.s. [val, Fr. vallis, Latin.]

  1. A low ground; a valley; a place between two hills. Vale is a poetical word.

    In Ida vale: who knows not Ida vale?
    An hundred shepherds woned.

    Met in the vale of Arde. Shakesp. Hen. VIII.

                Anchises, in a flow'ry vale, Review'd his muster'd race, and took the tale. Dryden.

  2. [From avail, profit; or vale, farewell. If from avail, it must be written vail, as Dryden writes. If from vale, which I think is right, it must be vale.] Money given to servants.

    Since our knights and senators account
    To what their sordid, begging vails amount;
    Judge what a wretched share the poor attends,
    Whose whole subsistence on those alms depends.

    His revenue, besides vales, amounted to thirty pounds. Swift.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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