Wade (?), n.

Woad.

[Obs.]

Mortimer.

 

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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. vaa, Sw. vada, Dan. vade, L. vadere to go, walk, vadum a ford. Cf. Evade, Invade, Pervade, Waddle.]

1.

To go; to move forward.

[Obs.]

When might is joined unto cruelty, Alas, too deep will the venom wade. Chaucer.

Forbear, and wade no further in this speech. Old Play.

2.

To walk in a substance that yields to the feet; to move, sinking at each step, as in water, mud, sand, etc.

So eagerly the fiend . . . With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies. Milton.

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.

And wades through fumes, and gropes his way. Dryden.

The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties. Davenant.

 

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Wade, v. t.

To pass or cross by wading; as, he waded he rivers and swamps.

 

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Wade (?), n.

The act of wading.

[Colloq.]

 

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