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- present participle and gerund of
- Your guest has been waiting for you. (progressive) Waiting for something to happen is part of the job. (gerund) They hurried into the waiting car. (participle used as adjective)
- 1874, John Fiske, Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy, I. 122:
- In all ages, men have fought over words, without waiting to know what the words really signified.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XIX, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- At the far end of the houses the head gardener stood waiting for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly old fingers that shook.
- (obsolete) Watching.
- The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
- 1876, Richard Watson Gilder, The New Day, A Poem in Songs and Sonnets:
- There was an awful waiting in the earth, / As if a mystery greatened to its birth.
- Attendance, service.
- 1872, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter XXXVI, in Middlemarch […], volume II, Edinburgh, London: William Blackwood and Sons, →OCLC, book IV, page 227:
- But it had never occurred to him that he should live in any other than what he would have called an ordinary way, with green glasses for hock, and excellent waiting at table.
the act of staying or remaining in expectation