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Dictionary Definition



1 the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event); "the aftermath of war"; "in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured" [syn: aftermath, backwash]
2 an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii [syn: Wake Island]
3 the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward; "the motorboat's wake capsized the canoe" [syn: backwash]
4 a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial; "there's no weeping at an Irish wake" [syn: viewing]


1 be awake, be alert, be there [ant: sleep]
2 stop sleeping; "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock" [syn: wake up, awake, arouse, awaken, come alive, waken] [ant: fall asleep]
3 arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred" [syn: inflame, stir up, ignite, heat, fire up]
4 make aware of; "His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"
5 cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM." [syn: awaken, waken, rouse, wake up, arouse] [ant: cause to sleep] [also: woken, woke]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1


  1. (often followed by up) To stop sleeping.
    I woke up at 4 am this morning.
  2. (often followed by up) To make somebody stop sleeping.
  3. to lay out a body prior to burial in order to allow family and friends to pay their last respects.
To stop sleeping
To make somebody stop sleeping

Etymology 2

Old English wacu


  1. A period after a person's death before the body is buried, in some cultures accompanied by a party.

Etymology 3

Probably Middle Low German from Old Norse vök


  1. The path left behind a ship on the surface of the water.
  2. The turbulent air left behind a flying aircraft.
path left behind a ship on the surface of the water
turbulent air left behind a flying aircraft

Etymology 4


  1. A number of vultures assembled together.
See also

Related terms




  • /'wakə/


wake f
  1. a gathering to remember a dead person

Torres Strait Creole


From Meriam wakey.


  1. (eastern dialect) upper leg


Extensive Definition

A wake is the region of turbulence immediately to the rear of a solid body caused by the flow of air or water around the body.
In fluid dynamics, a wake is the region of turbulence around a solid body moving relative to the water, caused by the flow of liquid around the body. The wake leading the body is caused by the compression of the liquid medium by the moving body, and is often called a bow wake when observed preceding a watercraft. As with all wave forms, it spreads outward from the source until its energy is overcome or lost, usually by friction or dispersion.
Wakes are occasionally used recreationally. Swimmers, people riding personal watercraft, and aquatic mammals such as dolphins, can ride the leading edge of a wake. In the sport of water polo, the ball carrier can swim while advancing the ball, propelled ahead with the wake created by alternating armstrokes, a technique known as dribbling.

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wake in Bulgarian: Килватер
wake in Czech: Úplav
wake in German: Kielwasser
wake in Hebrew: גלי הסירה של קלווין
wake in Dutch: Kielzog
wake in Polish: Kilwater
wake in Russian: Корабельные волны

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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