Wade

Definition of Wade

n.1.Woad.
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Waded; p. pr. & vb. n. Wading.]
1.To go; to move forward.
When might is joined unto cruelty,
Alas, too deep will the venom wade.
- Chaucer.
Forbear, and wade no further in this speech.
- Old Play.
2.To walk in a substance that yields to the feet; to move, sinking at each step, as in water, mud, sand, etc.
So eagerly the fiend . . .
With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way,
And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
- Milton.
3.Hence, to move with difficulty or labor; to proceed lowly among objects or circumstances that constantly inder or embarrass; as, to wade through a dull book.
And wades through fumes, and gropes his way.
- Dryden.
The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties.
- Davenant.
v. t.1.To pass or cross by wading; as, he waded he rivers and swamps.
n.1.The act of wading.

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