wearing

Definitions

  • A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
    A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wearing producing exhaustion "an exhausting march","the visit was especially wearing"
    • n wearing the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment "she bought it for everyday wear"
    • n wearing (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat
Little red riding-hood, wearing her cloak, stands in the doorway Little red riding-hood, wearing her cloak, stands in the doorway
The lids we wear-- The lids we wear--
persons in bed wearing respirators persons in bed wearing respirators
woman with baby wearing gaiters woman with baby wearing gaiters
BOMBAY TRAM-HORSE WEARING HORSE-CAP BOMBAY TRAM-HORSE WEARING HORSE-CAP
Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are fighting each other across a river. This may be a reference to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Two Balkan men casually watch the battle from behind a wall Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are...
William, facing a man wearing a bowler hat William, facing a man wearing a bowler hat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Massachusetts you must have a license to wear a goatee.
    • a Wearing Pertaining to, or designed for, wear; as, wearing apparel.
    • Wearing That which is worn; clothes; garments. "Give me my nightly wearing and adieu."
    • Wearing The act of one who wears; the manner in which a thing wears; use; conduct; consumption. "Belike he meant to ward, and there to see his wearing ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Shaquelle O'Neal [AKA Shaq] wears a size 22EEE shoe.
    • n wearing The act. of one who wears.
    • n wearing That which one wears; clothes; garments.
    • n wearing The act of wearing away or passing.
    • wearing Wasting; consuming; exhausting; tiring: as, wearing suspense or grief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
    • p.adj Wearing made or designed for wear: consuming, exhausting
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “How to dress? When the money is going from you wear anything you like. When the money is coming to you, dress your best.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The most important thing you wear is the expression on your face”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”
  • Jackie Collins
    Jackie Collins
    “My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.”
  • James Boswell
    James Boswell
    “There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.”

Idioms

If the cap fits, wear it - This idiom means that if the description is correct, then it is describing the truth, often when someone is being criticised.('If the shoe fits, wear it' is an alternative)
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If the shoe fits, wear it - This is used to suggest that something that has been said might apply to a person.
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Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown - This means that people with serious responsibilities have a heavy burden.
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Wear many hats - If someone wears many hats, they have different roles or tasks to perform.
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Wear sackcloth and ashes - If someone displays their grief or contrition publicly, they wear sackcloth and ashes.
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Wear the trousers - The person who wears the trousers is the dominant or controlling person in a relationship, especially the woman.
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Wear your heart on your sleeve - Someone who wears their heart on their sleeve shows their emotions and feelings publicly.
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Who wears the pants? - (USA) The person who wears the pants in a relationship is the dominant person who controls things.
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Who wears the trousers? - (UK) The person who wears the trousers in a relationship is the dominant person who controls things.
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Worse for wear - If something's worse for wear, it has been used for a long time and, consequently, isn't in very good condition. A person who's worse for wear is drunk or high on drugs and looking rough.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. werian, to wear; Ice. verja, to cover, Goth. wasjan.

Usage

In literature:

TO HIS HONOURED FRIEND, M. JOHN WEARE, COUNCILLOR.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
And we cannot wear the habits of the world and the garments of salvation.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
You are always begging to be allowed to wear that costume or grumbling because you cannot wear it.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
I beg you to accept it and wear it for the sake of the giver.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
I suppose you let Constance wear it because you two are so chummy; but you'd better get it back and wear it yourself.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman" by Pauline Lester
She ought to be thankful that we don't wear our shoes out any faster.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
The new ones of thick cotton cloth would be good for winter wear.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
I begged Aunt Lucinda to let me have them a little longer than I've been wearing.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
You shall wear it; you shall wear it to your dying day.
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
Floyd has washed and brushed and freshened, but still wears his travelling suit for a very good reason.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

Let me now my white robes wear:
Then I need no more prepare,
All apparelled for my home
Whensoe'er Thou callest, "Come!"
"My Angel-Dress" by Lucy Larcom
Yet didst not Thou disdain awhile
An infant form to wear;
To bless Thy mother with a smile,
And lisp Thy falter'd prayer.
"Hymn 9. First Sunday After Epiphany. No. I. " by Reginald Heber
The gray sky wears again its gold
And purple of adorning,
And manhood's noonday shadows hold
The dews of boyhood's morning.
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Who purchas'd at the highest price,
Be crown'd with highest praise;
For in the highest paradise
Thy Husband wears the bays.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
What ails my senses thus to cheat?
What is it ails the place,
That all the people in the street
Should wear one woman's face?
"London in July" by Amy Levy
There are some flowers of brightest bloom
Amid thy beautiful hair,
Give me those roses, they shall be
The favour I will wear.
"The Troubadour. Canto 1" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

In news:

Martin was shot while wearing a hooded sweatshirt as he walked home on a rainy night in a gated community.
An anarchist 's guide on what to wear.
On September 25, the "Born This Way" singer, 26, shared a somber photo of herself wearing yellow lingerie via her Little Monsters website".
See the entire collection from the Dries van Noten Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear runway show.
For fans, Manning could wear Tebow's No 15.
Work your best Desperate Housewives chic with a feminine apron that just a pretty as the clothes you're wearing underneath it.
Lady Gaga Wears Latex Outfit To GMA.
What Would Fred Astaire Wear Today.
He just wants them to wear condoms.
On his hit solo album, 'Lazarus,' Travie McCoy wears his heart on his sleeve.
Alejandra Hernandez wears a bow purse from her accessory line, Boos & Besitos.
Kristen Stewart continues to wear her heart on her sleeve -- by wearing ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson 's baseball cap on her head.
What do you do if you have to go on a school field trip and you feel uncomfortable wearing a bathing suit in front of a lot of boys.
You are wearing too many hats to play sales manager as well but do you really know how they are doing.
Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was wearing bulletproof vest.
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In science:

Contact behavior may involve phenomena as diverse as adhesion, friction, bonding, wear and fracture.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
Weare for many discussions and moral support.
A drift homotopy Monte Carlo approach to particle filtering for multi-target tracking
Most FTLs and garbage collection algorithms attempt to reduce write ampliļ¬cation and perform wear leveling, attempting to keep the number of program/erase cycles uniform over all blocks.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
However, in an actual device, wear leveling is an issue that needs to be addressed.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
For this reason, physical blocks will occasionally need to be swapped between the hot and cold queues to spread the wear evenly.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
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