waiting

Definitions

  • "Why Should We Wait Till To-morrow?"
    "Why Should We Wait Till To-morrow?"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj waiting being and remaining ready and available for use "waiting cars and limousines lined the curb","found her mother waiting for them","an impressive array of food ready and waiting for the guests","military forces ready and waiting"
    • n waiting the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something) "the wait was an ordeal for him"
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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
WAITING FOR WAITING FOR
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.
    • Waiting a. & n. from Wait v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend about 6 months of their lives waiting at red traffic lights.
    • n waiting Watching; hence, an ogling.
    • n waiting The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
    • n waiting Attendance; service.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, we spend 6 months of our lives waiting for red lights.
    • Waiting act of waiting: attendance
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Quotations

  • Joseph Bayly
    Joseph Bayly
    “Death always waits. The door of the hearse is never closed.”
  • 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.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't wait to be a great man -- be a great boy.”
  • Sir John Lubbock
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    “When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “How much of human life is lost in waiting.”
  • George Eastman
    George Eastman
    “My work is done why wait.”

Idioms

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.)
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Time and tide wait for no man - This is used as a way of suggestion that people should act without delay.
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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.
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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.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. waiter (Fr. guetter), to watch, attend—waite, a sentinel—Old High Ger. wahta (Ger. wacht), a watchman; cog. with A.S. wacan, to watch.

Usage

In literature:

He did not start, he uttered no word; he let his eyes quietly rest upon Sutch and waited.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
Do not wait too long, or thou mayest wait for ever.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
It has been a long wait, Barstow, a bitter long wait.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
I will go wait an' have speech with this Englishman on the road.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
I wait my lord's pleasure to see me.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
But I waited neither for their shouts nor for Will's jump, for I knew he could not reach me.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
We waited for our ships to get into their proper stations till we could wait no longer.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
Alexei is waiting for you.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
I was just waiting for you, waiting.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The girl did not speak, only waited, waited until a louder cry from the hunted man assured her that Pete had gripped him.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
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In poetry:

The Church has waited long
Her absent Lord to see;
And still in loneliness she waits,
A friendless stranger she.
"The Church Has Waited Long" by Horatius Bonar
From the first dawning light
Till the dark ev'ning rise,
For thy salvation, Lord, I wait
With ever-longing eyes.
"Psalm 25 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Come, Lord, and tarry not;
Bring the long looked for day;
O why these years of waiting here,
These ages of decay?
"Come, Lord, and Tarry Not" by Horatius Bonar
"Yet for her who waits at home,
For the dead who cannot come,
Let the little Gold-hair be
In the place of Menewee!
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Be thou a surety, Lord, for me,
Nor let the proud oppress;
But make thy waiting servant see
The shining of thy face.
"Psalm 119 part 12" by Isaac Watts
Behold the throne of grace!
The promise calls me near;
There Jesus shows a smiling face,
And waits to answer prayer.
"Ask What I Shall Give Thee (III)" by John Newton

In news:

Pie-off: Bakers wait anxiously as judges try their creations.
Northwest Farmers, Shop-keeps Wait Anxiously For Cherry Workers.
Northwest farmers, shop-keeps wait anxiously for cherry workers.
Students wait anxiously for Freddys announcement.
Tennessee Department of Health Urges Expectant Moms to Wait.
More than 2,000 patients spent the night waiting to receive dental care.
I was looking through the products we shot for our upcoming backstage beauty story last night (it's in our December issue—I can't wait for you to see it) and I love how these look more like art supplies than makeup.
An officer arrived as she waited out front for the grandma to pick her up.
Elvis Costello waiting for the end of the world My Aim Is True.
After waiting up to five hours to vote on Election Day, dozens of residents had no problem waiting their turn to talk.
Nov 10, 2012 (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
What the studies did not clearly show, though, is why children waited, or did not wait, to eat marshmallows .
Still waiting waiting to see if Initiative 1240 will become law.
CHERYL R CLARKE/Sun-Gazette Visitors wait above in the new waiting room of the new Emergency Department at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro for a guided tour of the new facility to begin on Sunday.
WAITE PARK – June 1st, 1891 – Waite Park Car Shops opened .
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In science:

First of all, it can be shown that waitings satisfying (50) do not affect its value .
Random walks on graphs: ideas, techniques and results
The relaxation of the system is then studied in terms of the distribution of waiting times for hops between metabasins.
Landscapes, dynamic heterogeneity and kinetic facilitation in a simple off-lattice model
Fig. 3 shows the distribution of waiting times for transitions between metabasins on the PEL, i.e. when the number of defects in the system changes.
Landscapes, dynamic heterogeneity and kinetic facilitation in a simple off-lattice model
Breaking the distributions into their components shows that the slow relaxation at high densities is dominated by the presence of well packed regions waiting to be excited by the appearance of a defect which is rare and must diffuse through the system.
Landscapes, dynamic heterogeneity and kinetic facilitation in a simple off-lattice model
We have shown that our model displays glassy dynamics purely in terms of the landscape paradigm through its distribution of metabasin waiting times.
Landscapes, dynamic heterogeneity and kinetic facilitation in a simple off-lattice model
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