(medicine, now chiefly in plural) An abnormal clicking, rattling or crackling sound, made by one or both lungs and heard with a stethoscope, caused by the popping open of airways collapsed by fluid or exudate, or sometimes by pulmonary edema.
* 1840 , CM Billard, A Treatise on the Diseases of Infants , page 416:
* 1861 , Austin Flint, American Medical Times , 7 Dec 1961:
- Michael Colot, aged fifteen days, of a strong constitution, not having been sick from the time of birth, was, on the 22nd of November, taken with a violent cough, accompanied with a rale which could be heard without recourse to auscultation.
* 1894 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), Round Red Lamp :
- If you were to tell a patient that he had a ‘rhonchus’ in his chest, he would imagine that it was something formidable, while, if you said that he had a ‘râle ’ he would not be alarmed.
- But after all the educated classes have a right to expect that their medical man will know the difference between a mitral murmur and a bronchitic rale .
* crackles, crepitations
* bilateral; basal, basilar; bibasilar
From (etyl) .
(archaic) Health, welfare.
- All heedless of his dearest hale .
Representing a Northern dialectal form of (etyl) .
Sound, entire, healthy; robust, not impaired.
* Jonathan Swift
* 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
- Last year we thought him strong and hale .
- "Good morrow to thee, jolly fellow," quoth Robin, "thou seemest happy this merry morn."
- "Ay, that am I," quoth the jolly Butcher, "and why should I not be so? Am I not hale in wind and limb? Have I not the bonniest lass in all Nottinghamshire? And lastly, am I not to be married to her on Thursday next in sweet Locksley Town?"
* Now rather uncommon, except in the stock phrase "hale and hearty".
From (etyl) halen, from (etyl) haler, from (etyl) ‘upright beam on a loom’). Doublet of (l).
To drag, pull, especially forcibly.
* , II.6:
* 1820 , (Percy Bysshe Shelley), , :
- For I had beene vilely hurried and haled by those poore men, which had taken the paines to carry me upon their armes a long and wearysome way, and to say truth, they had all beene wearied twice or thrice over, and were faine to shift severall times.
- The wingless, crawling hours, one among whom / As some dark Priest hales the reluctant victim / Shall drag thee, cruel King, to kiss the blood.
* 1992 , (Hilary Mantel), (A Place of Greater Safety) , Harper Perennial, 2007, page 262:
- He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance..
- They will hale the King to Paris, and have him under their eye.