(Weal), n. [OE. wele, AS. wela, weola, wealth, from wel well. See Well, adv., and cf. Wealth.]
1. A sound, healthy, or prosperous state of a person or thing; prosperity; happiness; welfare.
God . . . grant you wele and prosperity.Chaucer.
As we love the weal of our souls and bodies.Bacon.
To him linked in weal or woe.Milton.
Never was there a time when it more concerned the public weal that the character of the Parliament
should stand high.Macaulay.
2. The body politic; the state; common wealth. [Obs.]
The special watchmen of our English weal.Shak.
(Weal), v. t. To promote the weal of; to cause to be prosperous. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
(Weal"-bal`anced) a. Balanced or considered with reference to public weal. [Obs.] Shak.
(Weald) n. [AS. See Wold.] A wood or forest; a wooded land or region; also, an open country;
often used in place names.
Fled all night long by glimmering waste and weald,Tennyson. Weald clay (Geol.), the uppermost member of the Wealden strata. See Wealden.
And heard the spirits of the waste and weald
as she fled.
(Weald"en) a. [AS. weald, wald, a forest, a wood. So called because this formation occurs
in the wealds, or woods, of Kent and Sussex. See Weald.] (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the lowest
division of the Cretaceous formation in England and on the Continent, which overlies the Oölitic series.
(Weald"en), n. (Geol.) The Wealden group or strata.
(Weald"ish), a. Of or pertaining to a weald, esp. to the weald in the county of Kent, England.
(Weal"ful) a. Weleful. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Weals"man) n.; pl. Wealsmen [Weal + man.] A statesman; a politician. [R.] Shak.
(Wealth) n. [OE. welthe, from wele; cf. D. weelde luxury. See Weal prosperity.]
1. Weal; welfare; prosperity; good. [Obs.] "Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth." 1
Cor. x. 24.
2. Large possessions; a comparative abundance of things which are objects of human desire; esp., abundance
of worldly estate; affluence; opulence; riches.
I have little wealth to lose.Shak.
Each day new wealth, without their care, provides.Dryden.
Wealth comprises all articles of value and nothing else.F. A. Walker. Active wealth. See under Active.