wade


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wade \Wade\, v. t.
   To pass or cross by wading; as, he waded ?he rivers and
   swamps.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wade \Wade\, n.
   Woad. [Obs.] --Mortimer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wade \Wade\, n.
   The act of wading. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wade \Wade\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waded; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Wading.] [OE. waden to wade, to go, AS. wadan; akin to
   OFries. wada, D. waden, OHG. watan, Icel. va?a, Sw. vada,
   Dan. vade, L. vadere to go, walk, vadum a ford. Cf. Evade,
   Invade, Pervade, Waddle.]
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   1. To go; to move forward. [Obs.]
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            When might is joined unto cruelty,
            Alas, too deep will the venom wade.   --Chaucer.
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            Forbear, and wade no further in this speech. --Old
                                                  Play.
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   2. To walk in a substance that yields to the feet; to move,
      sinking at each step, as in water, mud, sand, etc.
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            So eagerly the fiend . . .
            With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way,
            And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
                                                  --Milton.
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   3. Hence, to move with difficulty or labor; to proceed ?lowly
      among objects or circumstances that constantly ?inder or
      embarrass; as, to wade through a dull book.
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            And wades through fumes, and gropes his way.
                                                  --Dryden.
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            The king's admirable conduct has waded through all
            these difficulties.                   --Davenant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Woad \Woad\, n. [OE. wod, AS. w[=a]d; akin to D. weede, G. waid,
   OHG. weit, Dan. vaid, veid, Sw. veide, L. vitrum.] [Written
   also wad, and wade.]
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   1. (Bot.) An herbaceous cruciferous plant ({Isatis
      tinctoria}) of the family Cruciferae (syn.
      Brassicaceae). It was formerly cultivated for the blue
      coloring matter derived from its leaves. See isatin.
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   2. A blue dyestuff, or coloring matter, consisting of the
      powdered and fermented leaves of the Isatis tinctoria.
      It is now superseded by indigo, but is somewhat used with
      indigo as a ferment in dyeing.
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            Their bodies . . . painted with woad in sundry
            figures.                              --Milton.
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   Wild woad (Bot.), the weld (Reseda luteola). See Weld.
      

   Woad mill, a mill grinding and preparing woad.
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