wade

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English wadan, from Proto-Germanic *wadaną, from Proto-Indo-European *wedʰ-, *wadʰ- "to go". Cognates include Latin vadere "go, walk; rush" (whence English invade, evade).

Verb[edit]

wade (third-person singular simple present wades, present participle wading, simple past and past participle waded)

  1. (intransitive) to walk through water or something that impedes progress.
    • Milton
      So eagerly the fiend [] / With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, / And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
      After breakfast the men set out to hunt, while the women went to a large pool of warm water covered with a green scum and filled with billions of tadpoles. They waded in to where the water was about a foot deep and lay down in the mud. They remained there from one to two hours and then returned to the cliff.
  2. (intransitive) to progress with difficulty
    to wade through a dull book
    • Dryden
      And wades through fumes, and gropes his way.
    • Davenant
      The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties.
  3. (transitive) to walk through (water or similar impediment); to pass through by wading
    wading swamps and rivers
  4. (intransitive) To enter recklessly.
    to wade into a fight or a debate
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Noun[edit]

wade (plural wades)

  1. an act of wading
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Noun[edit]

wade (uncountable)

  1. Obsolete form of woad.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mortimer to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch wade, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *waþwô. Cognate with German Wade (calf (of leg)), Swedish vad (calf (of leg)) and Afrikaans waai (popliteal).

Noun[edit]

wade f (plural waden, diminutive waadje n)

  1. popliteal
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Noun[edit]

wade f (plural waden, diminutive waadje n)

  1. shroud
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Noun[edit]

wade f (plural waden, diminutive waadje n)

  1. type of trawl
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Verb[edit]

wade

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of waden