Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch


  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_12661

\wā(ә)l\ n [ME, fr. OE walu; akin to ON volr staff and perhaps to ON valr round, L volvere to roll] (before 12c) (1) In knit fabrics, a column of loops lying lengthwise in the fabric. Number of wales per inch is a measure of the fineness of the fabric. (2) In woven fabrics, one of a series of ribs, cords, etc., running either warpwise or fillingwise. (Kadolph SJJ, Langford AL (2001) Textiles. Pearson Education, New York)

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA