Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A compensation given to a hired person for services; price paid for labor; recompense; hire. See wage, n., 2.
  • noun (Economics) The share of the annual product or national dividend which goes as a reward to labor, as distinct from the remuneration received by capital in its various forms. This economic or technical sense of the word wages is broader than the current sense, and includes not only amounts actually paid to laborers, but the remuneration obtained by those who sell the products of their own work, and the wages of superintendence or management, which are earned by skill in directing the work of others.
  • noun (Polit. Econ.) the aggregate capital existing at any time in any country, which theoretically is unconditionally destined to be paid out in wages. It was formerly held, by Mill and other political economists, that the average rate of wages in any country at any time depended upon the relation of the wages fund to the number of laborers. This theory has been greatly modified by the discovery of other conditions affecting wages, which it does not take into account.

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  • noun Plural form of wage.
  • noun plural one's total income for a time period
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of wage.

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  • noun a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing

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Examples

  • Now, in the famine time, the labourer, as a rule, could not obtain money wages for the cultivation of the soil -- a fact well known to the Government; so that _money wages_ of almost any amount must withdraw him from agriculture, from the absolute necessity he was under of warding off immediate starvation.

    The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902) With Notices of Earlier Irish Famines

  • Based on their philosophy of "personal responsibility" they argue that the "gender gap" in wages is due to women preferring flexible work schedules and shorter working hours, and, since women clearly aren't setting money as their highest priority, that's not a problem (and traditional marriage is the solution to any worries about financial insecurity, anyway).

    Is the gender gap in academic science because women are dumb, or simply lack ambition?

  • Based on their philosophy of "personal responsibility" they argue that the "gender gap" in wages is due to women preferring flexible work schedules and shorter working hours, and, since women clearly aren't setting money as their highest priority, that's not a problem (and traditional marriage is the solution to any worries about financial insecurity, anyway).

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • As to the argument far above (and unrelated to most of this thread) that the gender gap in wages is just five percent, well, that’s rubbish.

    Matthew Yglesias » Jessica Valenti on Anti-Feminists and So-Called “Hook-up Culture”

  • One, the employee would have visibility as to the amount they are foregoing in wages as a result of health care.

    More Health Care

  • In 2007, the gap in wages and benefits was $11.31.

    City of Aurora | More Layoffs Announced (Sorta), 2010 Budget, SuperTuesday Preview

  • Imagine for a moment that instead of having your employer pay a portion of your premium they gave you that money in wages and you had to go buy your own health insurance.

    More Health Care Thoughts

  • Worse for us is that nearly all our competitors are ma and pa companies with less than $500,000 in wages a year, meaning that our competitors will be exempt from these taxes, giving them an automatic 4% cost advantage over our company.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » What A Freaking Mess

  • One, the employee would have visibility as to the amount they are foregoing in wages as a result of health care.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Imagine for a moment that instead of having your employer pay a portion of your premium they gave you that money in wages and you had to go buy your own health insurance.

    Archive 2009-08-01

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