(Wan"ton*ness), n. The quality or state of being wanton; negligence of restraint; sportiveness; recklessness; lasciviousness.
The tumults threatened to abuse all acts of grace, and turn them into wantonness.Eikon Basilike.
Young gentlemen would be as sad as nightShak.
Only for wantonness.
(Wan"trust`) n. [Pref. wan- as in wanton + trust.] Failing or diminishing trust; want of trust
or confidence; distrust. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Want"wit`) n. One destitute of wit or sense; a blockhead; a fool. [Obs.] Shak.
(Wan"ty) n. [For womb tie, that is, bellyand. See Womb, and Tie.] A surcingle, or strap of
leather, used for binding a load upon the back of a beast; also, a leather tie; a short wagon rope. [Prov.
(Wan"y) v. i. To wane. [Obs.] Chaucer.
1. Waning or diminished in some parts; not of uniform size throughout; said especially of sawed boards
or timber when tapering or uneven, from being cut too near the outside of the log.
2. Spoiled by wet; said of timber. Halliwell.
(Wanze), v. i. To wane; to wither. [Obs.]
(Wap) v. t. & i. [See Whap.] To beat; to whap. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Sir T. Malory.
(Wap), n. A blow or beating; a whap. [Prov. Eng.]
(Wap"a*cut) n. (Zoöl.) The American hawk owl. See under Hawk.
(Wap"a*too`) n. (Bot.) The edible tuber of a species of arrowhead (Sagittaria variabilis); so
called by the Indians of Oregon. [Written also wappato.]
(Waped) a. [Prov. E. wape pale, v., to stupefy, akin to wap to beat. Cf. Whap, and Wappened.]
Cast down; crushed by misery; dejected. [Obs.]
(Wap"en*take) n. [AS. wpengec, wpentac, from Icel. vapnatak, literally, a weapon taking
or weapon touching, hence an expression of assent ("si displicuit sententia fremitu aspernantur; sin placuit
frameas concutiunt." Tacitus, "Germania," xi.). See Weapon, and Take. This name had its origin in
a custom of touching lances or spears when the hundreder, or chief, entered on his office. "Cum quis
accipiebat præfecturam wapentachii, die statuto in loco ubi consueverant congregari, omnes majores natu
contra eum conveniebant, et descendente eo de equo suo, omnes assurgebant ei. Ipse vero, erecta
lancea sua, ab omnibus secundum morem fdus accipiebat; omnes enim quot-quot venissent cum lanceis
suis ipsius hastam tangebant, et ita se confirmabant per contactum armorum, pace palam concessa.
Wæpnu enim arma sonat; tac, tactus est hac de causa totus ille conventus dicitur Wapentac, eo quod
per tactum armorum suorum ad invicem confderati sunt." L L. Edward Confessor, 33. D. Wilkins.] In
some northern counties of England, a division, or district, answering to the hundred in other counties.
Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and Nottinghamshire are divided into wapentakes, instead of hundreds. [Written
also wapentac.] Selden. Blackstone.
(Wap"in*schaw) n. [Scot. See Weapon, and Show.] An exhibition of arms. according
to the rank of the individual, by all persons bearing arms; formerly made at certain seasons in each
district. [Scot.] Jamieson. Sir W. Scott.