from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of remaining inactive or stationary.
  • noun A period of time spent waiting.
  • idiom (in waiting) In attendance, especially at a royal court.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Watching; hence, an ogling.
  • noun The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
  • noun Attendance; service.

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

  • a. & n. from wait, v.
  • [Eng.] in attendance.
  • a woman who waits upon a person of rank.
  • a maid or woman who waits upon another as a personal servant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of wait.
  • noun obsolete Watching.
  • noun The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
  • noun Attendance, service.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective being and remaining ready and available for use
  • noun the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)


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