Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An article of commerce.
  • n. An immaterial asset or benefit, such as a service or personal accomplishment, regarded as an article of commerce.
  • transitive v. Archaic To beware of.
  • adj. Obsolete Watchful; wary.
  • adj. Obsolete Aware.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. aware
  • n. Goods or a type of goods offered for sale or use.
  • n. See wares.
  • n. Pottery or metal goods.
  • n. A style or genre of artifact.
  • n. Crockery
  • v. To beware of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wore.
  • transitive v. To wear, or veer. See wear.
  • n. Seaweed.
  • n. Articles of merchandise; the sum of articles of a particular kind or class; style or class of manufactures; especially, in the plural, goods; commodities; merchandise.
  • adj. A ware; taking notice; hence, wary; cautious; on one's guard. See beware.
  • n. The state of being ware or aware; heed.
  • transitive v. To make ware; to warn; to take heed of; to beware of; to guard against.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wares produced at the Etruria pottery, Trenton, New Jersey.
  • n. a rather indefinite name applied to pottery supposed to have been made formerly at the town of Gombroon, or Bander-Abbas, on the Persian Gulf. Authorities differ as to the character of this ware. Some assert that it was pottery of soft body which was rubbed away from the interior, leaving only the harder shell or outside glaze (“shell-ware”); others assert that it was a creamy white pottery with perforated decorations filled in with translucent glaze; while some writers describe it as a sort of semi-porcelain of white and semi-translucent body, of Perso-Chinese origin.
  • n. One class of Korean tea-bowls is known to the Japanese by the name of Mishima ware, because the formal lines of its decoration resemble at a distance the printed columns of the almanac which is issued from a famous temple at Mishima on the Tokaido, the great route from Kioto to Yedo.
  • Watchful; cautious; prudent; wary.
  • On guard; on the watch (against something). See beware.
  • Aware; conscious; assured.
  • To take care of; take precautions against; take heed to; look out for and guard against; beware of: as, ware the dog. Except in a few phrases, as in ware hawk, ware hounds, beware is now used instead of ware.
  • n. Articles of manufacture or merchandise: now usually in the plural.
  • n. A collective noun used generally in composition with the name of the material, or a term relating to the characters of the articles or the use to which they are put: as, china-ware, tinware, hardware, tableware.
  • n. A decorative pottery made in the seventeenth century, many of the pieces having the forms of animals.
  • n. The first real or kaolinic porcelain produced in Europe: it was first made by Böttger about 1710.
  • n. A name given in England to vessels of pottery for domestic use, especially for table service. It is common to discriminate pottery from porcelain by the name Delft or Delf, and also Delf-china, etc.
  • n. A fine terra-cotta, enameled in colors, made in England for architectural decorations, flower-vases, garden-seats, etc., especially that made at Tamworth at works founded in 1847.
  • n. Specifically— A coarse earthenware covered with an outer coat of a different color, which, being deeply scratched, shows the body of the ware.
  • n. A kind of pottery in which the body is scratched or scored, the whole being then covered with a transparent glaze, which shows a deeper color where it fills these incisions than elsewhere.
  • n. A pottery made at Stoke-upon-Trent in England, imitated in the main from the Japanese Satsuma.
  • n. Synonyms Merchandise, etc. See property.
  • To use; employ; lay out; expend; spend.
  • n. Seaweed of various species of Fucus, Laminaria, Himanthalia, Chorda, ete. They are employed as a manure and in the manufacture of kelp, etc. See seaware.
  • n. An obsolete preterit of wear.
  • An obsolete spelling of wear, 10.

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

  • n. commodities offered for sale
  • v. spend extravagantly
  • n. articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: `silverware', `software'

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English waru, goods.
Middle English waren, from Old English warian. Adj., Middle English; see wary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wær. (Wiktionary)
Old English waru (Wiktionary)
From Old English warian (Wiktionary)

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  • Barley, oats, &c. --A Glossary of Provincial Words Used in the County of Cumberland, 1851.

    June 1, 2011

  • (n): an old settlement on the River Lea (Lee) in Hertfordshire England. The north-south A10 road passes through Ware. The town was once a center for malting.

    January 5, 2009