n. (pl. -s) rocky watercourse in n. Africa etc., dry except in the rainy season. [arabic]
—v. Convey or travel easily and smoothly as through air or over water. —n. (usu. Foll. By of) whiff or scent. [originally ‘convoy (ship etc.)’ From dutch or low german wachter from wachten to guard]
—n. (in sing. Or pl.) Fixed regular payment to an employee, esp. A manual worker. —v. (-ging) carry on (a war etc.). [anglo-french from germanic]
n. - homeless and helpless person, esp. An abandoned child.
- ownerless object or animal. [anglo-french, probably from scandinavian]
—n. - prolonged plaintive high-pitched cry of pain, grief, etc.
- sound like this. —v. - utter a wail.
- lament or complain persistently or bitterly. [old norse]
n. Archaic wagon. [old english]
—v. - a defer action or departure for a specified time or until some event occurs (wait a minute; wait till i come; wait for a fine day). B be expectant.
- await (an opportunity, one's turn, etc.).
- defer (a meal etc.) Until a person's arrival.
- (usu. As waiting n.) Park a vehicle for a short time.
- act as a waiter or attendant.
- (foll. By on, upon) a await the convenience of. B serve as an attendant to. C pay a respectful visit to. —n. - period of waiting.
- (usu. Foll. By for) watching for an enemy (lie in wait).
- (in pl.) Archaic street singers of christmas carols. wait and see await the progress of events. Wait up (often foll. By for) not go to bed until a person arrives or an event happens. You wait! Used to imply a threat, warning, etc. [germanic: related to *wake1]
—v. (-king; past woke or waked; past part. Woken or waked) 1 (often foll. By up) (cause to) cease to sleep.
- (often foll. By up) (cause to) become alert or attentive.
- archaic (except as waking adj. & n.) Be awake (waking hours).
- disturb with noise.
- evoke (an echo). —n. - watch beside a corpse before burial; attendant lamentation and (less often) merrymaking.
- (usu. In pl.) Annual holiday in (industrial) northern england. [old english]
- n. - track left on the water's surface by a moving ship.
- turbulent air left behind a moving aircraft etc. in the wake of following, as a result of. [low german from old norse]
n. - = *weal1.
- ridge on corduroy etc.
- naut. A broad thick timber along a ship's side. [old english]
of life n. Occupation, profession.
- —v. - a progress by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once. B (of a quadruped) go with the slowest gait.
- a travel or go on foot. B take exercise in this way.
- traverse on foot at walking speed, tread the floor or surface of.
- cause to walk with one (walk the dog). —n. - a act of walking, the ordinary human gait. B slowest gait of an animal. C person's manner of walking.
- a distance which can be walked in a (usu. Specified) time (ten minutes' walk from here). B excursion on foot.
- place or track intended or suitable for walking. walk all over colloq. - defeat easily.
- take advantage of. Walk away from 1 easily outdistance.
- refuse to become involved with. Walk away with colloq. = walk off with. Walk into colloq. - encounter through unwariness.
- get (a job) easily. Walk off with colloq. - steal.