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Wain \Wain\, n. [OE. wain, AS. w[ae]gn; akin to D. & G. wagen, OHG. wagan, Icel. & Sw. vagn, Dan. vogn, and E. way. ????. See Way, Weigh, and cf. Wagon.]

  1. A four-wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.; a wagon.

    The wardens see nothing but a wain of hay.

    Driving in ponderous wains their household goods to the seashore.

  2. A chariot. [Obs.]

    The Wain. (Astron.) See Charles's Wain, in the Vocabulary.

    Wain rope, a cart rope.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English wægn "wheeled vehicle, wagon, cart," 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).


Etymology 1 n. (context archaic or literary English) A wagon; a four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pulled by horses or oxen. Etymology 2

vb. (misspelling of wane English)

Wain (Württemberg)

Wain is a town in the district of Biberach in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.


WAIN may refer to:

  • WAIN (AM), a radio station (1270 AM) licensed to Columbia, Kentucky, United States
  • WAIN-FM, a radio station (93.5 FM) licensed to Columbia, Kentucky, United States

WAIN (1270 AM) is a radio station licensed to Columbia, Kentucky, USA. The station is currently owned by Forcht Broadcasting.

Wain (surname)

Wain is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Bea Wain (born 1917), American Big Band-era singer
  • David Wain (born 1969), American comedian, writer, actor and director
  • Edward Wain, aka Robert Towne (born 1934), American screenwriter and director
  • John Wain (1925–1994), English poet, novelist, and critic, associated with the literary group "The Movement"
  • Louis Wain (1860–1939), English artist known for his drawings featuring anthropomorphised large-eyed cats and kittens
  • Richard William Leslie Wain (1896–1917), Welsh recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • William Wain Prior (1876–1946), Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Danish Army, 1939–1941
Wain (disambiguation)

A wain is a farm wagon.

Wain may also refer to:

  • Wain (surname)
  • Wain (Württemberg), Germany

Usage examples of "wain".

These huge, ponderous, and lethargic beasts of burden, Bozo knew, are most commonly domesticated by man, and are used to draw wains, much in the manner of oxen.

And ye warriors hearken and hasten, and dight the weed of war, And then to acre and meadow wend ye adown no more, For this work shall be for the women to drive our neat from the mead, And to yoke the wains, and to load them as the men of war have need.

Thither the extremely large wains bring foison of the fields, flaskets of cauliflowers, floats of spinach, pineapple chunks, Rangoon beans, strikes of tomatoes, drums of figs, drills of Swedes, spherical potatoes and tallies of iridescent kale, York and Savoy, and trays of onions, pearls of the earth, and punnets of mushrooms and custard marrows and fat vetches and bere and rape and red green yellow brown russet sweet big bitter ripe pomellated apples and chips of strawberries and sieves of gooseberries, pulpy and pelurious, and strawberries fit for princes and raspberries from their canes.

House Gyrfalcon, traveled across the White Water River into our neighboring country of New Kelvin in company with Baron Wain Endbrook of the Kingdom of the Isles.

It was built much after the fashion of the one Hasting frequented in the , but much larger, and was opposite the spot where the wains or waggons, loaded with corn for Gloucester, came once a year, when their burdens were placed on rafts and sent across the Severn.

The grey roads go beckoning and winding, Peopled with wains, and melodious With harness-bells jangling: Jangling and twangling rough rhythms To the slow march of the stately, great horses Whistled and shouted along.

Three days hence is the hosting, and thither bear along Your wains and your kine for the slaughter lest the journey should be long.

Though Bartrane Thwait was the most important man in the whole village, he made sure that his sons, Wain and Danyal, worked as hard as anyone else.

The wain lurched and jolted over the road south while she remained in her cramped position with her nose pressed to the holes Urse had cut in the ornamental carving on the sides of the chest.

But as for the wains of the Markmen, they were stoutly framed of ashtree with panels of aspen, and they were broad-wheeled so that they might go over rough and smooth.

High reared the ploughshare, broken lay the wain, Idly the flax-wheel spun Unridered: starving lords were wasp and moth.

He rolled his eyes, then frowned when he saw Stomper tied to the other side of the baggage wain.

He added that as no shipwrights could be found in London to repair it till after Christmas, the chapman, a Cypriote, who was in charge of the wine, was selling as much as he could in Southminster and to the houses about at a cheap rate, and delivering it by means of a wain that he had hired.

Inside the shop, Girard heard nothing but the bell-like clamor of the tins striking each other as the German footmen hurled them carelessly into the wain.

And as they laughed, Girard took the chance to snatch a single tin from the wain, dropping it into his waistcoat pocket.