WADE, v.i.

1. To walk through any substance that yields to the feet; as, to wade through water; to wade through sand or snow;. To wade over a river, is to walk through on the bottom. Fowls that wade have long legs.

2. To move or pass with difficulty or labor; as, judges wade through an intriccate law case. it is not my purpose to wade through these controversies.

The kings admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties.

And wades through fumes and gropes his way.

WADE, v.t.To pass by walking on the bottom; as, to wade a river. [this is a common expression, but elliptical for to wade through a river.]