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wain

[weyn] /weɪn/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Charles's Wain.
2.
a farm wagon or cart.
Origin of wain
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English wægn, wǣn, cognate with Dutch wagen, German Wagen. See weigh1
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  • It occupied eleven working days of Mr. wain's time, but it caught the public fancy and made a tremendous hit all over the world.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • Lorand pointed speechlessly to the wain, and could not tell them.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • "Mmm—yes," growled one of the lower-fallen listeners, a furry-shouldered, buck-toothed clod named wain.

    The Devil's Asteroid Manly Wade Wellman
  • Swiftly her attendants prepared the wain and harnessed the mules.

  • I have Charles's-wain below in a butt of sack: 'twill glister like your crab-fish.

  • Could I have had my way, I would have loaded a wain with them.

    Hawthorne and His Circle Julian Hawthorne
  • He doubted whether wain would have the common sense to do this.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • Probably wain will want to see you, and tell you all about things, which is your dorm.

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  • They darted and wounded one another with oysters that would fill a wain, and sponges as big as an acre.

    Lucian's True History Lucian of Samosata
British Dictionary definitions for wain

wain

/weɪn/
noun
1.
(mainly poetic) a farm wagon or cart
Word Origin
Old English wægn; related to Old Frisian wein, Old Norse vagn

Wain

/weɪn/
noun
1.
John (Barrington). 1925–94, British novelist, poet, and critic. His novels include Hurry on Down (1953), Strike the Father Dead (1962), and Young Shoulders (1982)
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Word Origin and History for wain
n.

Old English wægn "wheeled vehicle," from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz (see wagon). Largely fallen from use by c.1600, but kept alive by poets, who found it easier to rhyme on than wagon. As a name for the Big Dipper/Plough, it is from Old English (see Charles's Wain).

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