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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.”

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wake

[wāk]
(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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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"It is a game in which we need to waken up," said Ferguson.
This Eastern promise of the bullet-train (the Series 0 "bullet-train" is pictured in action below) arrival should waken us all up.
As she sets off to retrieve her first tooth she knows that the most important tooth fairy rule is to never waken a sleeping child in the process.
Merlin is now living by a Spar supermarket in Wales just as a scientist (Tia Carrere) prepares to waken the evil sorcerer Mordred from his 1500-year exile.
But maybe all the flurry about high gas prices and global warming will waken our slumbering environmental consciences and remind us of our call to good stewardship.
PC Jasarat Ahmad, who came up with the idea, said: "I am hoping that this will waken them up a bit as to how serious things can become if a weapon is brought into the classroom.
(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.
The pixies, gnomes and fairies have come to play in Pixies Dell, Their dancing in a fairy ring, so happy and so gay, They'll dance until the break of dawn, then softly fade away, You'll know that you have seen them, as you waken from your sleep, For you have got a special dream, that's yours alone to keep, For now you've seen the fairies, the pixies, gnomes as well, Just listen very hard at night, you'll hear the tinkling bell.