Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Wave-worn adjective Worn by the waves.

The shore that o'er his wave-worn basis bowed.
Shak.

Waveringness noun The quality or state of wavering.

Waveson noun [ From Wave ; confer Jetsam .] (O. Eng. Law) Goods which, after shipwreck, appear floating on the waves, or sea.

Wavey noun (Zoology) The snow goose. [ Canadian, & Local U. S.]

Waviness noun The quality or state of being wavy.

Wavure noun See Waivure . [ R.]

Wavy adjective
1. Rising or swelling in waves; full of waves. "The wavy seas." Chapman.

2. Playing to and fro; undulating; as, wavy flames.

Let her glad valleys smile with wavy corn.
Prior.

3. (Botany) Undulating on the border or surface; waved.

Wawaskeesh noun [ From an Indian name.] (Zoology) The wapiti, or wapiti, or American elk.

Wawe (wa) noun [ See Woe .] Woe. [ Obsolete]

Wawe (wa) noun [ Middle English wawe , waghe ; confer Icelandic vāgr ; akin to English wag ; not the same word as wave .] A wave. [ Obsolete] Chaucer. Spenser.

Wawl intransitive verb See Waul . Shak.

Wax intransitive verb [ imperfect Waxed ; past participle Waxed , and Obsolete or Poetic Waxen ; present participle & verbal noun Waxing .] [ Anglo-Saxon weaxan ; akin to OFries. waxa , Dutch wassen , Old Saxon & Old High German wahsan , German wachsen , Icelandic vaxa , Swedish växa , Danish voxe , Goth. wahsjan , Greek ... to increase, Sanskrit waksh , uksh , to grow. .......... Confer Waist .]


1. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller; -- opposed to wane .

The waxing and the waning of the moon.
Hakewill.

Truth's treasures . . . never shall wax ne wane.
P. Plowman.

2. To pass from one state to another; to become; to grow; as, to wax strong; to wax warmer or colder; to wax feeble; to wax old; to wax worse and worse.

Your clothes are not waxen old upon you.
Deut. xxix. 5.

Where young Adonis oft reposes,
Waxing well of his deep wound.
Milton.

Waxing kernels (Medicine) , small tumors formed by the enlargement of the lymphatic glands, especially in the groins of children; -- popularly so called, because supposed to be caused by growth of the body. Dunglison.

Wax noun [ Anglo-Saxon weax ; akin to OFries. wax , Dutch was , German wachs , Old High German wahs , Icelandic & Swedish vax , Danish vox , Lithuanian vaszkas , Russian vosk' .]


1. A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed by them in the construction of their comb; -- usually called beeswax . It is first excreted, from a row of pouches along their sides, in the form of scales, which, being masticated and mixed with saliva, become whitened and tenacious. Its natural color is pale or dull yellow.

» Beeswax consists essentially of cerotic acid (constituting the more soluble part) and of myricyl palmitate (constituting the less soluble part).

2. Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or appearance. Specifically: --

(a) (Physiol.) Cerumen, or earwax. See Cerumen .

(b) A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing wax , grafting wax , etching wax , etc.

(c) A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.

(d) (Zoology) A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See Wax insect , below.

(e) (Botany) A waxlike product secreted by certain plants. See Vegetable wax , under Vegetable .

(f) (Min.) A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in connection with certain deposits of rock salt and coal; -- called also mineral wax, and ozocerite .

(g) Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple, and then cooling. [ Local U. S.]

Japanese wax , a waxlike substance made in Japan from the berries of certain species of Rhus , esp. R. succedanea . -- Mineral wax . (Min.) See Wax , 2 (f) , above. -- Wax cloth . See Waxed cloth , under Waxed . -- Wax end . See Waxed end , under Waxed . -- Wax flower , a flower made of, or resembling, wax. -- Wax insect (Zoology) , any one of several species of scale insects belonging to the family Coccidæ , which secrete from their bodies a waxlike substance, especially the Chinese wax insect ( Coccus Sinensis ) from which a large amount of the commercial Chinese wax is obtained. Called also pela . -- Wax light , a candle or taper of wax. -- Wax moth (Zoology) , a pyralid moth ( Galleria cereana ) whose larvæ feed upon honeycomb, and construct silken galleries among the fragments. The moth has dusky gray wings streaked with brown near the outer edge. The larva is yellowish white with brownish dots. Called also bee moth . -- Wax myrtle . (Botany) See Bayberry . -- Wax painting , a kind of painting practiced by the ancients, under the name of encaustic . The pigments were ground with wax, and diluted. After being applied, the wax was melted with hot irons and the color thus fixed. -- Wax palm . (Botany) (a) A species of palm ( Ceroxylon Andicola ) native of the Andes, the stem of which is covered with a secretion, consisting of two thirds resin and one third wax, which, when melted with a third of fat, makes excellent candles. (b) A Brazilian tree ( Copernicia cerifera ) the young leaves of which are covered with a useful waxy secretion. -- Wax paper , paper prepared with a coating of white wax and other ingredients. -- Wax plant (Botany) , a name given to several plants , as: (a) The Indian pipe (see under Indian ). (b) The Hoya carnosa , a climbing plant with polished, fleshy leaves. (c) Certain species of Begonia with similar foliage. -- Wax tree (Botany) (a) A tree or shrub ( Ligustrum lucidum ) of China, on which certain insects make a thick deposit of a substance resembling white wax. (b) A kind of sumac ( Rhus succedanea ) of Japan, the berries of which yield a sort of wax. (c) A rubiaceous tree ( Elæagia utilis ) of New Grenada, called by the inhabitants " arbol del cera ." -- Wax yellow , a dull yellow, resembling the natural color of beeswax.

Wax transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Waxed ; present participle & verbal noun Waxing .] To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.

Waxed cloth , cloth covered with a coating of wax, used as a cover, of tables and for other purposes; -- called also wax cloth . -- Waxed end , a thread pointed with a bristle and covered with shoemaker's wax, used in sewing leather, as for boots, shoes, and the like; -- called also wax end . Brockett.

Waxberry noun (Botany) The wax-covered fruit of the wax myrtle, or bayberry. See Bayberry , and Candleberry tree .

Waxbill noun (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of finchlike birds belonging to Estrelda and allied genera, native of Asia, Africa, and Australia. The bill is large, conical, and usually red in color, resembling sealing wax. Several of the species are often kept as cage birds.

Waxbird (Zoology) The waxwing.

Waxen adjective
1. Made of wax. "The female bee, that . . . builds her waxen cells." Milton.

2. Covered with wax; waxed; as, a waxen tablet.

3. Resembling wax; waxy; hence, soft; yielding.

Men have marble, women waxen , minds.
Shak.

Waxen chatterer (Zoology) , the Bohemian chatterer.

Waxiness noun Quality or state of being waxy.

Waxwing noun (Zoology) Any one of several species of small birds of the genus Ampelis , in which some of the secondary quills are usually tipped with small horny ornaments resembling red sealing wax. The Bohemian waxwing (see under Bohemian ) and the cedar bird are examples. Called also waxbird .

Waxwork noun
1. Work made of wax; especially, a figure or figures formed or partly of wax, in imitation of real beings.

2. (Botany) An American climbing shrub ( Celastrus scandens ). It bears a profusion of yellow berrylike pods, which open in the autumn, and display the scarlet coverings of the seeds.

Waxworker noun
1. One who works in wax; one who makes waxwork.

2. A bee that makes or produces wax.

Waxworks noun plural An exhibition of wax figures, or the place of exhibition.

Waxy adjective Resembling wax in appearance or consistency; viscid; adhesive; soft; hence, yielding; pliable; impressible. " Waxy to persuasion." Bp. Hall.

Waxy degeneration (Medicine) , amyloid degeneration. See under Amyloid . -- Waxy kidney , Waxy liver , etc. (Medicine) , a kidney or liver affected by waxy degeneration.

Way adverb [ Aphetic form of away .] Away. [ Obsolete or Archaic] Chaucer.

To do way , to take away; to remove. [ Obsolete] " Do way your hands." Chaucer. -- To make way with , to make away with. See under Away . [ Archaic]

Way noun [ Middle English wey , way , Anglo-Saxon weg ; akin to Old Saxon , D., Old High German , & German weg , Icelandic vegr , Swedish väg , Danish vei , Goth. wigs , Latin via , and Anglo-Saxon wegan to move, Latin vehere to carry, Sanskrit vah . √136. Confer Convex , Inveigh , Vehicle , Vex , Via , Voyage , Wag , Wagon , Wee , Weigh .]


1. That by, upon, or along, which one passes or processes; opportunity or room to pass; place of passing; passage; road, street, track, or path of any kind; as, they built a way to the mine. "To find the way to heaven." Shak.

I shall him seek by way and eke by street.
Chaucer.

The way seems difficult, and steep to scale.
Milton.

The season and ways were very improper for his majesty's forces to march so great a distance.
Evelyn.

2. Length of space; distance; interval; as, a great way ; a long way .

And whenever the way seemed long,
Or his heart began to fail.
Longfellow.

3. A moving; passage; procession; journey.

I prythee, now, lead the way .
Shak.

4. Course or direction of motion or process; tendency of action; advance.

If that way be your walk, you have not far.
Milton.

And let eternal justice take the way .
Dryden.

5. The means by which anything is reached, or anything is accomplished; scheme; device; plan.

My best way is to creep under his gaberdine.
Shak.

By noble ways we conquest will prepare.
Dryden.

What impious ways my wishes took!
Prior.

6. Manner; method; mode; fashion; style; as, the way of expressing one's ideas.

7. Regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of conduct; mode of dealing. "Having lost the way of nobleness." Sir. P. Sidney.

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
Prov. iii. 17.

When men lived in a grander way .
Longfellow.

8. Sphere or scope of observation. Jer. Taylor.

The public ministers that fell in my way .
Sir W. Temple.

9. Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct; as, to have one's way .

10. (Nautical) (a) Progress; as, a ship has way . (b) plural The timbers on which a ship is launched.

11. plural (Machinery) The longitudinal guides, or guiding surfaces, on the bed of a planer, lathe, or the like, along which a table or carriage moves.

12. (Law) Right of way. See below.

By the way , in passing; apropos; aside; apart from, though connected with, the main object or subject of discourse. -- By way of , for the purpose of; as being; in character of. -- Covert way . (Fort.) See Covered way , under Covered . -- In the family way . See under Family . -- In the way , so as to meet, fall in with, obstruct, hinder, etc. -- In the way with , traveling or going with; meeting or being with; in the presence of. -- Milky way . (Astron.) See Galaxy , 1. -- No way , No ways . See Noway , Noways , in the Vocabulary. -- On the way , traveling or going; hence, in process; advancing toward completion; as, on the way to this country; on the way to success. -- Out of the way . See under Out . -- Right of way (Law) , a right of private passage over another's ground. It may arise either by grant or prescription. It may be attached to a house, entry, gate, well, or city lot, as well as to a country farm. Kent. -- To be under way , or To have way (Nautical) , to be in motion, as when a ship begins to move. -- To give way . See under Give . -- To go one's way , or To come one's way , to go or come; to depart or come along. Shak. -- To go the way of all the earth , to die. -- To make one's way , to advance in life by one's personal efforts. -- To make way . See under Make , transitive verb -- Ways and means . (a) Methods; resources; facilities. (b) (Legislation) Means for raising money; resources for revenue. -- Way leave , permission to cross, or a right of way across, land; also, rent paid for such right. [ Eng] -- Way of the cross (Eccl.) , the course taken in visiting in rotation the stations of the cross. See Station , noun , 7 (c) . -- Way of the rounds (Fort.) , a space left for the passage of the rounds between a rampart and the wall of a fortified town. -- Way pane , a pane for cartage in irrigated land. See Pane , noun , 4. [ Prov. Eng.] -- Way passenger , a passenger taken up, or set down, at some intermediate place between the principal stations on a line of travel. -- Ways of God , his providential government, or his works. -- Way station , an intermediate station between principal stations on a line of travel, especially on a railroad. -- Way train , a train which stops at the intermediate, or way, stations; an accommodation train. -- Way warden , the surveyor of a road.

Syn. -- Street; highway; road. -- Way , Street , Highway , Road . Way is generic, denoting any line for passage or conveyance; a highway is literally one raised for the sake of dryness and convenience in traveling; a road is, strictly, a way for horses and carriages; a street is, etymologically, a paved way, as early made in towns and cities; and, hence, the word is distinctively applied to roads or highways in compact settlements.

All keep the broad highway , and take delight
With many rather for to go astray.
Spenser.

There is but one road by which to climb up.
Addison.

When night
Darkens the streets , then wander forth the sons
Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
Milton.

Way transitive verb To go or travel to; to go in, as a way or path. [ Obsolete] "In land not wayed ." Wyclif.

Way intransitive verb To move; to progress; to go. [ R.]

On a time as they together wayed .
Spenser.

Way shaft
1. (Machinery) A rock shaft.

2. (Mining) An interior shaft, usually one connecting two levels. Raymond.

Way-going adjective Going away; departing; of or pertaining to one who goes away.

Way-going crop (Law of Leases) , a crop of grain to which tenants for years are sometimes entitled by custom; grain sown in the fall to be reaped at the next harvest; a crop which will not ripen until after the termination of the lease. Burrill.

Way-goose noun See Wayz- goose , noun , 2. [ Eng.]

Waybill noun A list of passengers in a public vehicle, or of the baggage or gods transported by a common carrier on a land route. When the goods are transported by water, the list is called a bill of lading .

Waybread noun [ Anglo-Saxon wegbr...de . See Way , and Broad .] (Botany) The common dooryard plantain ( Plantago major ).

Waybung noun (Zoology) An Australian insessorial bird ( Corcorax melanorhamphus ) noted for the curious actions of the male during the breeding season. It is black with a white patch on each wing.

Wayed adjective Used to the way; broken. [ R.]

A horse that is not well wayed ; he starts at every bird that flies out the hedge.
Selden.

Wayfare intransitive verb [ Way + fare to go.] To journey; to travel; to go to and fro. [ Obsolete]

A certain Laconian, as he wayfared , came unto a place where there dwelt an old friend of his.
Holland.

Wayfare noun The act of journeying; travel; passage. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Wayfarer noun One who travels; a traveler; a passenger.

Wayfaring adjective Traveling; passing; being on a journey. "A wayfaring man." Judg. xix. 17.

Wayfaring tree (Botany) , a European shrub ( Viburnum lantana ) having large ovate leaves and dense cymes of small white flowers. -- American wayfaring tree (Botany) , the ( Viburnum lantanoides ).

Waygate noun The tailrace of a mill. Knight.

Wayk adjective Weak. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Waylay transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Waylaid ; present participle & verbal noun Waylaying .] [ Way + lay .] To lie in wait for; to meet or encounter in the way; especially, to watch for the passing of, with a view to seize, rob, or slay; to beset in ambush.

Falstaff, Bardolph, Peto, and Gadshill shall rob those men that we have already waylaid .
Shak.

She often contrived to waylay him in his walks.
Sir W. Scott.

Waylayer noun One who waylays another.

Wayless adjective Having no road or path; pathless.

Wayleway interj. See Welaway . [ Obsolete]

Waymaker noun One who makes a way; a precursor. [ R.] Bacon.

Waymark noun A mark to guide in traveling.

Wayment intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Waymented ; present participle & verbal noun Waymenting .] [ Middle English waymenten , Old French waimenter , gaimenter , guaimenter , from wai , guai , woe! (of Teutonic origin; see Woe ) and Latin lamentari to lament. See Lament .] To lament; to grieve; to wail. [ Written also waiment .] [ Obsolete]

Thilke science . . . maketh a man to waymenten .
Chaucer.

For what boots it to weep and wayment ,
When ill is chanced?
Spenser.

Wayment noun Grief; lamentation; mourning. [ Written also waiment .] [ Obsolete] Spenser.