Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A room for the use of persons waiting, as at a railway-station or a public office.
“Ironically, the United States share a common creed with a large number of non-democratic states; huddled together with Japan, South Korea and India -- countries with very distinctive ideas of justice based on honor, retribution and religion -- America sits uneasily in the waiting-room of executioners.”
“Moving the reference back of the committee's report, she said: I picked up those copies in my doctor's waiting-room.”
“Even the banks of waiting-room chairs had been ripped out and brought into the open.”
“The day after my arrival I went into the old church, the body of which is now used as a warehouse, while one side of it bordering the railway line provides accommodation for the waiting-room and various offices.”
“I have seen a great, grown man curse a little child, who had wandered into the wrong waiting-room, searching for its mother: “Here, you damned black—” He was white.”
“Time, which was required reading in the '30s,' 40s and '50s, even for those who detested it, seems now to be waiting-room reading; Fortune retains relatively strong circulation but seems primarily known for its "Fortune 500" rankings; and Sports Illustrated, though still widely read, is no longer noteworthy, as it once was, for superb journalism that at times reached the lower rungs of literature.”
“Recently, after finding a pair of 1930s waiting-room chairs made with metal tube frames at a flea market, Mr. Worthington had their "ugly, heavyweight cushions" removed and replaced with cotton-twill black-and-white cushions that looked more contemporary.”
“The will to alleviate a little of life's "blunder" and "shame" not to mention the queues in the hospital waiting-room is what Labour party politics really ought to be about.”
“Meet me Friday afternoon in the waiting-room of the Dijon station.”
“The strange edifice rose glimmering from the snows that banked it and hooded it, white, cold, silent, a fit waiting-room on the mysterious route to eternity.”
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