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wake,

watch kept over a dead body, usually during the night preceding burialburial,
disposal of a corpse in a grave or tomb. The first evidence of deliberate burial was found in European caves of the Paleolithic period. Prehistoric discoveries include both individual and communal burials, the latter indicating that pits or ossuaries were unsealed for
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. Ancient peoples in various parts of the world observed the custom. As an ancient ritual, it was rooted in a concern that no person should be buried alive. After it was adopted by Christians and as it is practiced today, the wake serves the primary purpose of allowing friends and relatives of the deceased an opportunity to adjust collectively to the changed conditions. Typically there are traditional songs and laments. Prayers for the deceased and eating and drinking by the assembled mourners are features of the wake. Wakes may vary from part of one night to three nights in length. See funeral customsfuneral customs,
rituals surrounding the death of a human being and the subsequent disposition of the corpse. Such rites may serve to mark the passage of a person from life into death, to secure the welfare of the dead, to comfort the living, and to protect the living from the
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What does it mean when you dream about a wake?

Dreaming about waking up (but remaining asleep) can simply be reflecting our anxiety about waking up in time. Awaking is also a common metaphor for realizing something. Also note possible idiomatic meanings, such as a “rude awakening,” a “wake up call,” or “wake up and smell the coffee.”

wake

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(fluid mechanics)
The region behind a body moving relative to a fluid in which the effects of the body on the fluid's motion are concentrated.

wake

1
1. a watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person during the night before burial
2. (in Ireland) festivities held after a funeral
3. the patronal or dedication festival of English parish churches

wake

2
the waves or track left by a vessel or other object moving through water
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I'm sweer to waken him - I doubt he was working late - oh, that weary writing - no, I maunna waken him.
So, though fear was upon her, and she longed to hear male voices, she would not waken them.
Twice he came back from the window, wanting to kiss his mother, but he feared the delight of it might waken her, so at last he played her a lovely kiss on his pipe, and then he flew back to the Gardens.
But I see no harm in allowing her to listen to this unseen band while she wakens to her first realization of life.
As well as querulous house-martins and the bells That clang out from San Ginese's to waken up The terracotta tortoise dozing between the tongs And the wood-stove, and distract the bronze herons, One listening to the ceiling, the other to the floor,
If the fever is higher than 103[degrees], or the child cries for more than three hours, appears limp or pale, or is hard to waken, you should consult a doctor.
Yet although glasnost brought Western attention on a grand scale to Russian art, it did not waken a comparable enthusiasm at home.
Our Mam, we miss you as we waken to face each brand new day, we miss you when the sun goes down and gently slips away, and when the night time falls our thoughts are all of you, you are with us every moment and you always will be too.
It is a game in which we need to waken up," said Ferguson.
Cage claimed that once he was waken up by a naked man holding a Fudgesicle - a frozen, ice cream-like snack.
throughout the internment period of the next few years, woman beat metal dustbin lids on the ground to waken the neighbours and alert them to the raids by the military.
Wor Geordie and Bob Johnson byeth lay in one bed, in a little lodgin hoose doon by the shore, But before hee''d been a hoor asleep - a kick from Geordie's fut mayed him waken up tae roar instead of snore