a watching, or a watch kept, especially for some solemn or ceremonial purpose.
a watch or vigil by the body of a dead person before burial, sometimes accompanied by feasting or merrymaking.
a local annual festival in England, formerly held in honor of the patron saint or on the anniversary of the dedication of a church but now usually having little or no religious significance.
the state of being awake:
between sleep and wake.
(v.) in sense “to become awake” continuing Middle English waken, Old English *wacan
(found only in past tense wōc
and the compounds onwacan, āwacan
to become awake; see awake
(v.)); in sense “to be awake” continuing Middle English waken, Old English wacian
(cognate with Old Frisian wakia, Old Saxon wakōn, Old Norse vaka, Gothic wakan
); in sense “to rouse from sleep” continuing Middle English waken,
replacing Middle English wecchen, Old English weccan,
probably altered by association with the other senses and with the k
of Old Norse vaka;
(noun) Middle English:
state of wakefulness, vigil (late Middle English:
vigil over a dead body), probably continuing Old English *wacu
(found only in nihtwacu
night-watch); all ultimately < Germanic *wak-
be lively; akin to watch
waker, nounhalf-waking, adjectiveunwaked, adjectiveunwaking, adjective
stimulate, activate, animate, kindle, provoke.