3. A wanderer; a castaway; a stray; a homeless child.
Desirous to return, and not received.
(Waift) n. A waif. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Wail) v. t. [Cf. Icel. val choice, velja to choose, akin to Goth. waljan, G. wählen.] To choose; to
select. [Obs.] "Wailed wine and meats." Henryson.
(Wail), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wailed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wailing.] [OE. wailen, weilen, probably fr.
Icel. væla; cf. Icel. væ, vei, woe, and E. wayment, also OE. wai, wei, woe. Cf. Woe.] To lament; to
bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's death. Shak.
(Wail), v. i. To express sorrow audibly; to make mournful outcry; to weep.
Therefore I will wail and howl.Micah i. 8.
(Wail), n. Loud weeping; violent lamentation; wailing. "The wail of the forest." Longfellow.
(Wail"er) n. One who wails or laments.
(Wail"er*ess) n. A woman who wails. [Obs.]
(Wail"ful) a. Sorrowful; mournful. " Like wailful widows." Spenser. "Wailful sonnets." Shak.
(Wail"ing*ly), adv. In a wailing manner.
(Wail"ment) n. Lamentation; loud weeping; wailing. [Obs.] Bp. Hacket.
(Wai"ment) v. & n. See Wayment. [Obs.]
(Wain) n. [OE. wain, AS. wægn; akin to D. & G. wagen, OHG. wagan, Icel. & Sw. vagn, Dan.
vogn, and E. way. . See Way, Weigh, and cf. Wagon.]
1. A four-wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.; a wagon.
The wardens see nothing but a wain of hay.Jeffrey.
Driving in ponderous wains their household goods to the seashore.Longfellow.
2. A chariot. [Obs.]
The Wain. (Astron.) See Charles's Wain, in the Vocabulary. Wain rope, a cart rope. Shak.
(Wain"a*ble) a. Capable of being plowed or cultivated; arable; tillable. [Obs.] Cowell.
(Wain"age) n. [From Wain.] A finding of carriages, carts, etc., for the transportation of goods,
produce, etc. Ainsworth.
(Wain"age), n. (O. Eng. Law) See Gainage, a.
(Wain"bote`) n. [Wain + bote.] (O. Eng. Law) See Cartbote. See also the Note under Bote.
(Wain"scot) n. [OD. waeghe-schot, D. wagen-schot, a clapboard, fr. OD. waeg, weeg, a
wall (akin to AS. wah; cf. Icel. veggr) + schot a covering of boards ]