Definition of wade in English:

wade

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Pronunciation: /weɪd
 
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verb

[no object, with adverbial]
  • 1Walk with effort through water or another liquid or viscous substance: he waded out to the boat
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    • There were children building sandcastles and surfers wading out into the water carrying their surf boards under their arms.
    • Is this why my great-uncle waded ashore at Gallipoli, and my father fought in the Middle East, and my uncle spent years as a POW?
    • I set off downstream, walking, wading and scrambling, trying to stay upright on the algae-covered rocks.
    Synonyms
    paddle, wallow, dabble, slop, squelch, trudge, plod
    informal splosh
    ford, cross, traverse, walk across, make one's way across
  • 1.1 [with object] Walk through (something filled with water): I waded ditches instead of finding easier crossing places
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    • All the other competitors were paired up in boats, while I struggled against a howling head wind, wading the brackish water from the bank.
    • I waded the chilly waters of the Avon just above the point known as Ath na Fiann.
    • We wade the cold water, fishing for an hour in the driving rain.
  • 1.2 (wade through) Read laboriously through (a long piece of writing): they could just click it up on screen rather than have to wade through some hefty document
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    • However, I can resent having to wade through a piece only to come to the end and find nothing of value was said.
    • Who else would wade through every issue and still have the energy to read my column?
    • There are more than 1,500 scans of such documentation for you to wade through.
    Synonyms
    work one's way, plough, plod, trawl, proceed with difficulty, labour, toil away at, plug away at; peruse, study; browse, leaf, flick, skim, look, thumb
    informal slog

noun

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  • An act of wading.
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    • The cave is a respectable size but we didn't follow it far, since after 30m a wade degenerated into a full on swim.
    • The Bone Cave experience begins with an icy wade across the Duck River and part of the mouth of Bashaw Creek.
    • A short wade out to sea, the bottom plates, remnants of the ship's engines and boiler lie collapsed upon themselves.

Derivatives

wadable

(also wadeable) adjective
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  • Incoming Tide dares to recreate a shoreline so wadeable that it's wacky to think it's really nothing more than sand and darkening waters in a glass pan.
  • This Mixed Waters IBI is only applicable to wadeable streams containing at least five native species.
  • Rapid bioassessment protocols for use in streams and wadeable rivers.

Origin

Old English wadan 'move onward', also 'penetrate', from a Germanic word meaning 'go (through)', from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vadere 'go'.

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