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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wait \Wait\, n. [OF. waite, guaite, gaite, F. guet watch, watching, guard, from OHG. wahta. See Wait, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of waiting; a delay; a halt. [1913 Webster] There is a wait of three hours at the border Mexican town of El Paso. --S. B. Griffin. [1913 Webster] 2. Ambush. "An enemy in wait." --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. One who watches; a watchman. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 4. pl. Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular. [Obs.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 5. pl. Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. [Written formerly wayghtes.] [1913 Webster] Hark! are the waits abroad? --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] The sound of the waits, rude as may be their minstrelsy, breaks upon the mild watches of a winter night with the effect of perfect harmony. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] To lay wait, to prepare an ambuscade. To lie in wait. See under 4th Lie. [1913 Webster]