wage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wage carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns) "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
    • n wage something that remunerates "wages were paid by check","he wasted his pay on drink","they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Minimum wage was 0.25 per hour when it was first enacted in 1938
    • Wage That for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; -- at present generally used in the plural. See Wages. "My day's wage .""At least I earned my wage .""Pay them a wage in advance.""The wages of virtue.""By Tom Thumb, a fairy page,
      He sent it, and doth him engage,
      By promise of a mighty wage ,
      It secretly to carry."
      "Our praises are our wages .""Existing legislation on the subject of wages ."
    • Wage That which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage. "That warlike wage ."
    • Wage To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out. "Thou . . . must wage thy works for wealth."
    • v. i Wage To bind one's self; to engage.
    • Wage To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or pledge; to carry on, as a war. "He pondered] which of all his sons was fit
      To reign and wage immortal war with wit."
      "The two are waging war, and the one triumphs by the destruction of the other."
    • Wage To expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger; to venture; to hazard. "Too weak to wage an instant trial with the king.""To wake and wage a danger profitless."
    • Wage (O. Eng. Law) To give security for the performance of.
    • Wage To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake; to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar. "My life I never but as a pawn
      To wage against thy enemies."
    • Wage To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to. "Abundance of treasure which he had in store, wherewith he might wage soldiers.""I would have them waged for their labor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The 1st US Minimum Wage Law was instituted in 1938. The minimum wage was 25 cents per hour.
    • n wage A gage; a pledge; a stake.
    • n wage That which is paid for a service rendered; what is paid for labor; hire: now usually in the plural. Sometimes the plural form is used as a singular. In common use the word wages is applied specifically to the payment made for manual labor or other labor of a menial or mechanical kind: distinguished (but somewhat vaguely) from salary (which see), and from fee, which denotes compensation paid to professional men, as lawyers and physicians.
    • n wage Synonyms Pay, Hire, etc. See salary.
    • wage To pledge; bet; stake on a chance; lay; wager.
    • wage To venture on; hazard; attempt; encounter.
    • wage To engage in, as in a contest; carry on, as a war; undertake.
    • wage To let out for pay.
    • wage To hire for pay; engage or employ for wages.
    • wage To pay wages to.
    • wage In ceramics, to knead, work, or temper, as potters' clay.
    • wage To contend; battle.
    • wage To serve as a pledge or stake for something else; be opposed as equal stakes in a wager; be equal in value: followed by with.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
    • v.t Wage wāj to pledge: to engage in as if by pledge: to carry on, esp. of war: to venture: : :
    • v.i Wage (Shak.) to be equal in value, to contend, battle (with)
    • n Wage a gage or stake: that for which one labours: wages
    • v.t Wage to hazard on the issue of anything
    • v.i Wage to lay a wager
    • v.t Wage wāj (prov.) to hire for pay
    • v.t Wage wāj (Shak.) to pay wages to
    • v.t Wage wāj (Spens.) to let out for pay
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Quotations

  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Blame is a lazy man's wages.”
  • Edwin H. Stuart
    Edwin H. Stuart
    “Men who do things without being told draw the most wages.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If one wants to get out and stay out of debt he should act his wage.”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    Jean-Paul%20Sartre
    “When the rich wage war it is the poor who die.”
  • Henry Ford
    Henry%20Ford
    “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.”
  • Kara Vichko
    Kara Vichko
    “These days, the wages of sin depend on what kind of deal you make with the devil.”

Idioms

Champagne tastes, beer wages - (UK) A person who likes expensive things but has a low income has champagne taste and beer wages.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wagen, OF. wagier, gagier, to pledge, promise, F. gager, to wager, lay, bet, fr. LL. wadium, a pledge; of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. wadi, a pledge, gawadjōn, to pledge, akin to E. wed, G. wette, a wager. See Wed, and cf. Gage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. wager (Fr. gager), to pledge.

Usage

In literature:

Of course, very few of the other immigrants get such a wage as that.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
The same difficulty is met in the suggestion that the increase in pasturage was due partly to higher wages for farm labor.
"The Enclosures in England" by Harriett Bradley
Will you advance me a dollar, on account of wages, so that I can discharge a debt to the storekeeper?
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
At Laurel the average daily wage was raised from $1.35 to $1.65, the maximum wage being $2.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
Thus a considerable part of the excessive interest charged the Negro should really be charged as wages of superintendence.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
Nor would such a man have seen anybody higher than a junior clerk in collecting his wages.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
And that sin brought its inevitable wage, death.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
His only contribution to the improvement of wages was to call a strike and get none at all.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Do wages and salaries double?
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
They wont do right, but I 'lieve iffen dey could git fair wages dey'd do better.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The working-women earned mostly veritable starvation wages.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
But I wondered what he meant; for wages was high that winter, an' I was doin' well.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
With the great landed estates came tenantry, wage slavery and chattel slavery, the one condition the natural generator of the others.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
The wages of labor must be productivity wages, since each man must get the amount of wealth that he brings into existence.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
Italy has waged war against Turkey.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
In proportion, therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases.
"Manifesto of the Communist Party" by Karl Marx
They give extravagant wages and indiscreet indulgences, and, through indolence and easiness of temper, tolerate neglect of duty.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
You know the wages, don't you?
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
As yet none of the bosses had ever said anything about wages.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
The women employed in the stores and factories are in general paid about the same wages, $4 to $6 a week.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
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In poetry:

A holy war his servants wage,
Mysteriously at strife;
The powers of heaven and hell engage
For more than death or life.
"Lift up your heads, ye gates of brass;" by James Montgomery
In a bark of gentle motion
Sailing on the summer ocean?
There worst war the tempest wages,
And the hungry whirlpool rages.
"The Home of Peace" by Charles Harpur
In a bark of gentle motion
Sailing on the summer ocean?
There worst war the tempest wages
And the whirlpool’s hunger rages.
"The Flight of Peace" by Charles Harpur
On bloody feet I clambered down
And fled the wages of my sin,
I am the leavings of the town,
And meanly serve its meanest inn.
"The Fourth Shepherd" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Tho' warped and bent and frail with age,
And seemingly a life outrun,
Upon his garden he doth wage
Kind war from rise till set of sun.
"Old Age In A Garden" by John Joy Bell
The work is great, I'm call'd unto,
Yet nothing's left for me to do:
Hence for my work Heav'n has prepar'd
No wages, yet a great reward.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

A Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge issued an order Monday to garnish ex-Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez's wages with the Atlanta Braves.
The court previously ordered garnishment of Hernandez's wages with the Nationals and Houston Astros.
A judge has temporarily blocked the Mississippi auditor's office from garnishing Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' wages to repay the city about $73,000.
Have any members inquired or gone out for bid for a service provider to administer their employees' wage garnishments .
ALL summer and fall, as candidates battled across the country, a different campaign was being waged in the restaurant kitchens of New York.
The partisan conflict in the Senate has been waged in a similar fashion.
A minimum wage for Hong Kong.
This February saw 21 provinces in China hiking their minimum wage, many by double digits.
Lone wolves have been known to wage successful attacks.
Adding up the cost of non-wage benefits.
Washington's minimum wage for next year will likely climb to over $9 an hour when the figure is announced Friday by the state Department of Labor and Industries.
President Obama has not kept his promise to raise the minimum wage.
House Minority Leader Joe Hackney announced his retirement this morning, opting not to wage a re-election campaign against long-time colleague Rep Verla Insko, D-Orange.
It's a different kind of battle they're waging now.
Working at minimum wage, Americans can't keep families fed and clothed.
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In science:

Persons who have become (partially) unemployed are eligible for benefits. A beneficiary receives about 70% of the last earned wages, and the duration of the benefits depend on the length of the persons’ employment history.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
Brook, The wages of wins: taking measure of the many myths in modern sport.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
They consider how information dissemination through neighbors of workers on potential jobs can affect wage and employment dynamics in the job market.
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
Networks in labor markets: Wage and employment dynamics and inequality.
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
Relative Movements of Real Wages and Output.
The Bowley Ratio
Economic theory is of some help, but usually suggests large categories of variables (money, interest rates, wages, stock prices, etc.) and the choice of a specific subset of variables then becomes an open problem.
A Random Matrix Approach to Dynamic Factors in macroeconomic data
Physics Today finally resolved its differences with terminated staff member Jeff Schmidt (Brodsky 2006), who was awarded back wages and benefits, rehired, and then immediately resigned.
Astrophysics in 2006
The employment income data is the sample survey for the salary persons working in the private enterprises, and does not contain the public servants and the persons with daily wages.
Universal Structure of the Personal Income Distribution
The original dataset contained 14 attributes, from which we projected four numerical valued attributes, representing age, wage, education, and hours of work per week.
Providing Diversity in K-Nearest Neighbor Query Results
Yes, applying the Wage machine [373] to Bing’s example G gives a screenable space.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Wage [374]) Is there a strong S -space that is extremally disconnected? Notes.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Wage, Countable paracompactness, normality, and Moore spaces, Proc.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Wage [109] first constructed counterexamples under CH. T.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Przymusi´nski modified Wage’s technique to produce many counterexamples (in ZFC alone).
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Wage, A col lectionwise Hausdorff, non-normal Moore space, Canad. J.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
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