Wake play
Wake Wake, n. 1. The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of being awake. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster]

Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Singing her flatteries to my morning wake. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil. [1913 Webster]

The warlike wakes continued all the night, And funeral games played at new returning light. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The wood nymphs, decked with daises trim, Their merry wakes and pastimes keep. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically: (a) (Ch. of Eng.) An annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the evening preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in the church; subsequently, these vigils were discontinued, and the day itself, often with succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and exercises, attended by eating and drinking, often to excess. [1913 Webster]

Great solemnities were made in all churches, and great fairs and wakes throughout all England. --Ld. Berners. [1913 Webster]

And every village smokes at wakes with lusty cheer. --Drayton. [1913 Webster] (b) The sitting up of persons with a dead body, often attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the Irish. ``Blithe as shepherd at a wake.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

{Wake play}, the ceremonies and pastimes connected with a wake. See {Wake}, n., 3 (b), above. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Wake — Wake, n. 1. The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of being awake. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster] Making such difference twixt wake and sleep. Shak. [1913 Webster] Singing her flatteries to my morning wake. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wake Forest University — Motto Pro humanitate Motto in English For humanity Established February 3, 1834 …   Wikipedia

  • Wake Up (Make a Move) — Single by Lostprophets from the album Start Something Released …   Wikipedia

  • Play (Moby album) — Play Studio album by Moby Released May 17, 1999 Recor …   Wikipedia

  • Play (play) — Play is a one act play by Samuel Beckett. It was written between 1962 and 1963 and first produced in German as Spiel on 14 June 1963 at the Ulmer Theatre in Ulm Donau, Germany, directed by Deryk Mendel, with Nancy Illig (W1), Sigfrid Pfeiffer… …   Wikipedia

  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons football — NCAAFootballSchool TeamName = Wake Forest Demon Deacons ImageSize = 300px HeadCoachDisplay = Jim Grobe HeadCoachLink = Jim Grobe HeadCoachYear = 8th HCWins = 50 HCLosses = 40 HCTies = Stadium = BB T Field at Groves Stadium StadiumLink = BB T… …   Wikipedia

  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons — Infobox college athletics logo width = 125 name = Wake Forest Demon Deacons university = Wake Forest University conference = ACC association = NCAA division = Division I FBS director = Ron Wellman city = Winston Salem state = NC stateabb = North… …   Wikipedia

  • Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School — Infobox School name = Wake Forest Rolesville Middle School imagesize = caption = motto = established = type = Public school affiliation = district = Wake County grades = 6 8 president = principal = Elaine Hanzer head of school = dean = faculty =… …   Wikipedia

  • Wake Island — For other uses, see Wake Island (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • Wake County, North Carolina — Infobox U.S. County county = Wake County state = North Carolina map size = 250 founded = 1771 seat = Raleigh | area total sq mi =857 area land sq mi =832 area water sq mi =25 area percentage = 2.95% census estimate yr = 2007 pop = 832970 density… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”