from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A room for the use of persons waiting, as at a railway-station or a public office.


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  • 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.

    Rabah Ghezali: When Capital Punishment is a Crime: the Atlantic Divide Over the Death Penalty

  • Moving the reference back of the committee's report, she said: I picked up those copies in my doctor's waiting-room.

    From the archive, 17 January 1956: Succulent Popsies Not for Oxford

  • Even the banks of waiting-room chairs had been ripped out and brought into the open.

    Quake Victims Struggle in Aftermath

  • 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.

    Did you know? Cuautla, Mexico, has the world's oldest railway station building.

  • 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.

    Jonathan Yardley reviews 'The Publisher,' by Alan Brinkley

  • 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.

    Little Fixes That Make Any Room Pop

  • 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.

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  • Meet me Friday afternoon in the waiting-room of the Dijon station.

    Shadow Knights

  • 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.

    "The Moon Woman" by Minna Irving, part 2


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