Wait v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waited; p. pr. & vb. n. Waiting.]
1. To watch; to observe; to take notice. [Obs.]
“But [unless] ye wait well and be privy,
I wot right well, I am but dead,” quoth she. --Chaucer.
2. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to rest in patience; to stay; not to depart.
All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. --Job xiv. 14.
They also serve who only stand and wait. --Milton.
Haste, my dear father; 't is no time to wait. --Dryden.
To wait on or To wait upon. (a) To attend, as a servant; to perform services for; as, to wait on a gentleman; to wait on the table. “Authority and reason on her wait.” --Milton. “I must wait on myself, must I?” --Shak. (b) To attend; to go to see; to visit on business or for ceremony. (c) To follow, as a consequence; to await. “That ruin that waits on such a supine temper.” --Dr. H. More. (d) To look watchfully at; to follow with the eye; to watch. [R.] “It is a point of cunning to wait upon him with whom you speak with your eye.” --Bacon. (e) To attend to; to perform. “Aaron and his sons . . . shall wait on their priest's office.” --Num. iii. 10. (f) Falconry To fly above its master, waiting till game is sprung; -- said of a hawk. --Encyc. Brit.
Wait·ing, a. & n. from Wait, v.
In waiting, in attendance; as, lords in waiting. [Eng.]
Waiting gentlewoman, a woman who waits upon a person of rank.
Waiting maid, Waiting woman, a maid or woman who waits upon another as a personal servant.
adj : being and remaining ready and available for use; "waiting
cars and limousines lined the curb"; "found her mother
waiting for them"; "an impressive array of food ready
and waiting for the guests"; "military forces ready and
waiting" [syn: ready and waiting(p)]
n : the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while
expecting something); "the wait was an ordeal for him"