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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WAIN

Then he hoisted the tree on to the wain, roped it into place, and told the cartman to drive on.

Then, all at once, a wain had stood at the gate: the servants hastened to open it.

Lorand pointed speechlessly to the wain, and could not tell them.

And after the wain, on foot, the two brothers, hand in hand.

With the Wenman, who drove the wain, we may mention the Leader or Loader.

An earlier Godolphin had been one of the "four wheels of Charles's Wain."

Thus in Charles' Wain some of the stars are approaching, others receding.

And may I take out my little ummabella (umbrella), case it might wain?

But—breakfast at 6:30, and Charles's Wain over the new chimney, or its equivalent!

Swiftly her attendants prepared the wain and harnessed the mules.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WAIN

wagon

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