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whale 1(wāl, hwāl)
a. Any of various marine mammals of the order Cetacea; a cetacean.
b. Any of various larger members of this order, including the blue whale, humpback whale, and right whale, in contrast to the porpoises and dolphins.
2. Informal An impressive example: a whale of a story.
intr.v. whaled, whal·ing, whales
To engage in the hunting of whales.
[Middle English, from Old English hwæl.]
whale 2(wāl, hwāl)
v. whaled, whal·ing, whales
1. To strike or hit repeatedly and forcefully; thrash.
2. To strike or hit (a ball) with great force.
1. To strike or hit a person or thing repeatedly and forcefully: whaled away at the plaster wall with a mallet.
2. To swing at a ball with great effort, especially repeatedly.
3. To attack vehemently: The poet whaled away at the critics.
Whales(wālz, hwālz), Bay of
An inlet of the Ross Sea in the Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica. It has been used as a base for Antarctic expeditions since 1911.
Bay of, an inlet of the Ross Sea, in Antarctica: location of Little America.