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VALE, noun [Latin vallis; Eng. to fall.]

1. A tract of low ground or of land between hills; a valley. [Vale is used in poetry, and valley in prose and common discourse.]

In those fair vales, by nature form'd to please.

2. A little trough or canal; as a pump vale to carry off the water from a ship's pump.

3. Vales, money given to servants. [avails.] [Not used in America.]