• "Why Should We Wait Till To-morrow?"
    "Why Should We Wait Till To-morrow?"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wait look forward to the probable occurrence of "We were expecting a visit from our relatives","She is looking to a promotion","he is waiting to be drafted"
    • v wait serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
    • v wait stay in one place and anticipate or expect something "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
    • v wait wait before acting "the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"
    • n wait the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something) "the wait was an ordeal for him"
    • n wait time during which some action is awaited "instant replay caused too long a delay","he ordered a hold in the action"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Toul(?) sector days--Waiting for something to happen-- Toul(?) sector days--Waiting for something to happen--
Waiting for the Carriage Waiting for the Carriage
The bell-maker waits for a tankard of beer The bell-maker waits for a tankard of beer
Waiting for Their Clothes to Dry 187 Waiting for Their Clothes to Dry 187
The prince waits on the Lady of the Shell The prince waits on the Lady of the Shell
Louis Xi. And Burgesses Waiting for News——193 Louis Xi. And Burgesses Waiting for News——193
Time and tide wait for no man Time and tide wait for no man

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In an average lifetime, a person will spend 4 years travelling in an automobile and six months waiting at a red light.
    • Wait Ambush. "An enemy in wait ."
    • Wait Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular.
    • Wait Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. "Hark! are the waits abroad?""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."
    • Wait One who watches; a watchman.
    • Wait The act of waiting; a delay; a halt. "There is a wait of three hours at the border Mexican town of El Paso."
    • Wait To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany; to await.
    • Wait To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect. "He chose a thousand horse, the flower of all
      His warlike troops, to wait the funeral."
      "Remorse and heaviness of heart shall wait thee,
      And everlasting anguish be thy portion."
    • Wait To cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; -- said of a meal; as, to wait dinner.
    • Wait To stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation of; to await; as, to wait orders. "Awed with these words, in camps they still abide,
      And wait with longing looks their promised guide."
    • Wait To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to rest in patience; to stay; not to depart. "All the days of my appointed time will I wait , till my change come.""They also serve who only stand and wait .""Haste, my dear father; 't is no time to wait ."
    • Wait To watch; to observe; to take notice. "“But [unless] ye wait well and be privy,
      I wot right well, I am but dead,” quoth she."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Elton John and The Beach Boys are tied for the record for the longest gap between number one hit singles in the United States. Both waited 21 years, 11 months.
    • n wait l. A watchman; a guard; also, a spy.
    • n wait One of a body of musicians, especially in the seventeenth century in England. Originally the waits seem to have been watchmen who sounded horns, or in some other noisy way announced their being on watch. Bands of musicians seem to have borne the name generally at a later time, and it is still preserved in England, as applied to persons who sing out of doors at Christmas time, and seek gratuities from house to house.
    • n wait An old variety of hautboy or shawm: so called because much used by the waits.
    • n wait The act of watching; watchfulness.
    • n wait An ambush; a trap; a plot: obsolete except in the phrase to lie in wait.
    • n wait The act of waiting: as, a wait for the train at a station.
    • n wait Time occupied in waiting; delay; an interval of waiting; specifically, in theatrical language, the time between two acts. Compare stage-wait.
    • wait To watch; be on the watch; lie in wait; look out.
    • wait To look forward to something; be in expectation: often with for.
    • wait To stay or rest in patience or expectation; remain in a state of quiescence or inaction, as till the arrival of some person or event, or till the proper moment or favorable opportunity for action: often with for.
    • wait To remain in readiness to execute orders; be ready to serve; be in waiting; perform the duties of an attendant or a servant; hence, to serve; supply the wants of persons at table.
    • wait To look at; look toward.
    • wait To lie in wait for.
    • wait To expect; look for.
    • wait To attend to; perform, as a duty.
    • wait To be ready to serve; do the bidding of.
    • wait To attend upon as a servant; act as attendant to; be in the service of.
    • wait To go to see; call upon; visit; attend.
    • wait To escort; accompany; attend; specifically, to attend as bridesmaid or groomsman.
    • wait To attend or follow as a consequence; be associated with; accompany.
    • wait To observe; examine; take notice of; expect; watch for; look out for.
    • wait To plan; scheme; contrive.
    • wait To seek.
    • wait To stay for; attend; await; expect.
    • wait To defer; put off; keep waiting: said of a meal.
    • wait To attend upon; accompany; escort.
    • wait To follow as a consequence of something; attend upon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend about 6 months of their lives waiting at red traffic lights.
    • v.i Wait wāt to stay in expectation (with for): to remain: to attend (with on): to follow: to lie in ambush
    • v.t Wait to stay for: to await: :
    • n Wait ambush, now used only in such phrases as 'to lie in wait,' 'to lay wait:' the: act of waiting or expecting: delay:
    • v.t Wait (coll.) to defer
    • v.t Wait (obs.) to accompany
    • n Wait (pl.) itinerant musicians, originally watchmen, who welcome-in Christmas
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Everything comes if a man will only wait.”
  • William Jennings Bryan
    William Jennings Bryan
    “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
  • George Eastman
    George Eastman
    “My work is done why wait.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A wise man doesn't just wait for the right opportunity, He creates the right opportunity.”


Accident waiting to happen - If something is an accident waiting to happen, there's definitely going to be an accident or it's bound to go wrong. ('Disaster waiting to happen' is also used.)
Time and tide wait for no man - This is used as a way of suggestion that people should act without delay.
Wait for a raindrop in the drought - When someone is waiting for a raindrop in the drought, they are waiting or hoping for something that is extremely unlikely to happen.
Waiting in the wings - If someone is waiting in the wings, or in the wings, they are in the background, but nearby, ready to act on short notice.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. waiten, OF. waitier, gaitier, to watch, attend, F. guetter, to watch, to wait for, fr. OHG. wahta, a guard, watch, G. wacht, from OHG. wahhēn, to watch, be awake. √134. See Wake (v. i.)


In literature:

In the half hour that Barbara Thurston waited alone her mind wandered to many of her own hopes and fears.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Also be good enough to hand the bearer any mail matter which may be waiting for me.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
She had only to wait and serve; to serve and wait.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He addressed them in a low tone, and then brought them to the spot where Odalite and her companions waited.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
You might have heard a pin drop as they waited for Paul to speak; but they waited in vain.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
He could wait for Sadie to grow, and others must wait also.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
I've waited and worked a good while; I'm willing to work and wait a while longer.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
He waited, with something at his heart which made it easier every moment for him to wait.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
But he waited, and Saxham waited, and still she did not speak.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Ellen had to wait some time for the desired fine day.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner

In poetry:

I wait for his lips
When the dusk falls
Life holds my longing
Behind dark walls.
"Earth Trembles Waiting" by Blanche Shoemaker Wagstaff
There are loved ones, waiting, waiting,
For his footfall on the shore;
They will welcome his appearing--
They will greet him o'er and o'er.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
There are loved ones, waiting, waiting,
For his footfall on the shore;
They will welcome his appearing—
They will greet him o’er and o’er.
"To Revenita (02)" by Madge Morris Wagner
So when I’m killed, don’t wait for me,
Walking the dim corridor;
In Heaven or Hell, don’t wait for me,
Or you must wait for evermore.
You’ll find me buried, living-dead
In these verses that you’ve read.
"When I'm Killed" by Robert Graves
Then slumber soft and holy
Came down upon me slowly,
And I went I know not whither, and I lived I know not how;
My glory had been banished,
For when I woke it vanished;
But I waited on its coming, and I am waiting now.
"When The Storm Was Proudest" by George MacDonald
Waiting, striving, waiting, wisdom's goal I feign would win,
Waiting, weeping, waiting, ever bearing Adam's sin;
Waiting, vainly waiting, the race is for the swift and strong;
Waiting, sighing, waiting, pouring forth my grief in song.
"Waiting, Ever Waiting" by Mary Alice Walton

In news:

China's leader in waiting Xi Jinping.
But don't hold your breath waiting for them.
But let's wait to see what the other three years hold before we start building any statues or awarding any Heismans.
Waiting for higher yields on savings.
A man dressed as the Grim Reaper waited at a tram stop.
And course I said and couldn't wait to get to meet the guys.
Since The Backstreet Boys announced that Kevin Richardson had returned to the lineup, fans have been waiting to hear new music from the reunited quintet.
JOHNSTOWN-After waiting more than 40 years to receive official recognition for heroic military service, Joseph Fonda had a tough time waiting one more night.
Oct 6, 2012 (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
While folks waited in line to pay that price, News 8 found that if they drove a couple of exits further up I-95 they would have saved fifty cents a gallon and perhaps not waited as long.
Those still waiting and seeing might what to stop waiting and start tracking.
I appreciate that you've waited a long time, but the wait is just about over.
And everyone is just waiting "¦ waiting "¦ waiting.
If you're still waiting for your 15 minutes of reality fame, wait no more.
Then we discovered there was a delay on the other end of the flight, and we are now waiting for what has become another hour of waiting.

In science:

The waiting time density can be expressed using a generalized Mittag-Leffler function.
On Fractional Diffusion and its Relation with Continuous Time Random Walks
The first moment of the waiting density does not exist.
On Fractional Diffusion and its Relation with Continuous Time Random Walks
Only after a long wait will the process achieve an average magnetisation close to 0.
The Random-Cluster Model
This corresponds to a subdiffusive behavior since the wide character of waiting times implies small values for a w.
Continuous Time Random Walks and South Spain Seismic Series
Mass (VLM) MS stars, as well as reaching the bright end of the cooling White Dwarf sequence, fainter WDs waiting for deeper observations.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars