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Verb

waiting

  1. Present participle of wait.

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Noun

waiting

  1. (obsolete) Watching, hence, an ogling.
  2. The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
  3. Attendance, service.

Quotations

  • ca. 1393: William Langland, Piers Plowman, (C), iii. 94.
    Al the lordshep of lecherye in lengthe and in brede,
    As in workes and in wordes and waitynges of eyes.
  • 1871-72: George Eliot, Middlemarch, xxxvi.
    Green glasses for hock, and excellent waiting at table.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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References

  • "waiting" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

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