1. A waif; a castaway. [Obs.] Donne.
2. (O. Eng. Law) A woman put out of the protection of the law. See Waive, v. t., 3 (b), and the Note.
(Waive), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waived ; p. pr. & vb. n. Waiving.] [OE. waiven, weiven, to set
aside, remove, OF. weyver, quesver, to waive, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. veifa to wave, to vibrate, akin
to Skr. vip to tremble. Cf. Vibrate, Waif.] [Written also wave.]
1. To relinquish; to give up claim to; not to insist on or claim; to refuse; to forego.
He waiveth milk, and flesh, and all.Chaucer.
We absolutely do renounce or waive our own opinions, absolutely yielding to the direction of others.Barrow.
2. To throw away; to cast off; to reject; to desert.
3. (Law) (a) To throw away; to relinquish voluntarily, as a right which one may enforce if he chooses.
(b) (O. Eng. Law) To desert; to abandon. Burrill.
The term was applied to a woman, in the same sense as outlaw to a man. A woman could not be outlawed,
in the proper sense of the word, because, according to Bracton, she was never in law, that is, in a frankpledge
or decennary; but she might be waived, and held as abandoned. Burrill.
(Waive), v. i. To turn aside; to recede. [Obs.]
To waive from the word of Solomon.Chaucer.
(Waiv"er) n. (Law) The act of waiving, or not insisting on, some right, claim, or privilege.
(Waiv"ure) n. See Waiver. [R.]
(Wai"wode) n. See Waywode.
(Wake) n. [Originally, an open space of water srrounded by ice, and then, the passage cut through
ice for a vessel, probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. vök a hole, opening in ice, Sw. vak, Dan. vaage,
perhaps akin to E. humid.] The track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any track; as, the wake
of an army.
This effect followed immediately in the wake of his earliest exertions.De Quincey.
Several humbler persons . . . formed quite a procession in the dusty wake of his chariot wheels.Thackeray.
(Wake), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waked or Woke ; p. pr. & vb. n. Waking.] [AS. wacan, wacian; akin
to OFries. waka, OS. wakn, D. waken, G. wachen, OHG. wahhn, Icel. vaka, Sw. vaken, Dan.
vaage, Goth. wakan, v. i., uswakjan, v. t., Skr. vajay to rouse, to impel. . Cf. Vigil, Wait, v. i.,
Watch, v. i.]
1. To be or to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep.
The father waketh for the daughter.Ecclus. xlii. 9.
Though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps.Milton.
I can not think any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it.Locke.