Definition of wake:
- An annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the evening preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in the church; subsequently, these vigils were discontinued, and the day itself, often with succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and exercises, attended by eating and drinking, often to excess.
- The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of being awake.
- The sitting up of persons with a dead body, often attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the Irish.
- The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil.
- The track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any track; as, the wake of an army.
- To be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be awakened; to cease to sleep; - often with up.
- To be exited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active.
- To be or to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep.
- To bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death; to reanimate; to revive.
- To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite.
- To rouse from sleep; to awake.
- To sit up late festive purposes; to hold a night revel.
- To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
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- "On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles", Thomas Charles Bridges.
- "The Rosary", Florence L. Barclay.
- "My Little Sister", Elizabeth Robins.