Wasting palsy(Med.), progressive muscular atrophy. See under Progressive.

(Wast"or), n. A waster; a thief. [Obs. or R.] [Written also wastour.] Chaucer. Southey.

(Wast"o*rel) n. See Wastrel. [Obs.]

(Wast"rel) n.

1. Any waste thing or substance; as: (a) Waste land or common land. [Obs.] Carew. (b) A profligate. [Prov. Eng.] (c) A neglected child; a street Arab. [Eng.]

2. Anything cast away as bad or useless, as imperfect bricks, china, etc. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

(Watch) n. [OE. wacche, AS. wæcce, fr. wacian to wake; akin to D. wacht, waak, G. wacht, wache. &radic134. See Wake, v. i. ]

1. The act of watching; forbearance of sleep; vigil; wakeful, vigilant, or constantly observant attention; close observation; guard; preservative or preventive vigilance; formerly, a watching or guarding by night.

Shepherds keeping watch by night.

All the long night their mournful watch they keep.

Watch was formerly distinguished from ward, the former signifying a watching or guarding by night, and the latter a watching, guarding, or protecting by day Hence, they were not unfrequently used together, especially in the phrase to keep watch and ward, to denote continuous and uninterrupted vigilance or protection, or both watching and guarding. This distinction is now rarely recognized, watch being used

Waster to Water battery

(Wast"er) n. [OE. wastour, OF. wasteor, gasteor. See Waste, v. t.]

1. One who, or that which, wastes; one who squanders; one who consumes or expends extravagantly; a spendthrift; a prodigal.

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
Prov. xviii. 9.

Sconces are great wasters of candles.

2. An imperfection in the wick of a candle, causing it to waste; — called also a thief. Halliwell.

3. A kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil.

Half a dozen of veneys at wasters with a good fellow for a broken head.
Beau. & Fl.

Being unable to wield the intellectual arms of reason, they are fain to betake them unto wasters.
Sir T. Browne.

(Waste"thrift`) n. A spendthrift. [Obs.]

(Waste"weir`) n. An overfall, or weir, for the escape, or overflow, of superfluous water from a canal, reservoir, pond, or the like.

(Wast"ing), a. Causing waste; also, undergoing waste; diminishing; as, a wasting disease; a wasting fortune.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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