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WAGER, n.

1. Something deposited, laid or hazarded on the event of a contest or some unsettled question; a bet.

Besides these plates for horseraces, the wagers may be as the persons please.

If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion

2. Subject on which bets are laid.

3. In law, an offer to make oath of innocence or nonindebtedness; or the act of making oath, together with the oaths of eleven compurgators, to fortify the defendents oath.

Wager of battle, is when the tenant in a writ of right, offers to prove his right by the body of his champion, and throwing down his glove as a gage or pledge, thus wages or stipulates battle with the champion or demandant, who by taking up the glove, accepts the challenge. The champions, armed with batons enter the list, and taking each other by the hand, each swears to the justice of the cause of the party for whom he appears; they then fight till the stars appear, and if the champion of the tenant can defend himself till that time, his cause prevails.

WAGER, v.t. To lay; to bet; to hazard on the issue of a contest; or on some question that is to be decided, or on some casualty.




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WAGER, n.

1. Something deposited, laid or hazarded on the event of a contest or some unsettled question; a bet.

Besides these plates for horseraces, the wagers may be as the persons please.

If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion

2. Subject on which bets are laid.

3. In law, an offer to make oath of innocence or nonindebtedness; or the act of making oath, together with the oaths of eleven compurgators, to fortify the defendents oath.

Wager of battle, is when the tenant in a writ of right, offers to prove his right by the body of his champion, and throwing down his glove as a gage or pledge, thus wages or stipulates battle with the champion or demandant, who by taking up the glove, accepts the challenge. The champions, armed with batons enter the list, and taking each other by the hand, each swears to the justice of the cause of the party for whom he appears; they then fight till the stars appear, and if the champion of the tenant can defend himself till that time, his cause prevails.

WAGER, v.t. To lay; to bet; to hazard on the issue of a contest; or on some question that is to be decided, or on some casualty.


WA'GER, n.

  1. Something deposited, laid or hazarded on the event of a contest or some unsettled question; a bet. Besides these plates for horse-races, the wagers may be as the persons please. – Temple. If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion … – Bentley.
  2. Subject on which bets are laid. – Sidney.
  3. In law, an offer to make oath of innocence or non-indebtedness; or the act of making oath, together with the oaths of eleven compurgators, to fortify the defendant's oath. Wager of battle, is when the tenant in a writ of right, offers to prove his right by the body of his champion, and throwing down his glove as a gage or pledge, thus wages or stipulates battle with the champion of the demandant, who by taking up the glove, accepts the challenge. The champions, armed with batons, enter the list, and taking each other by the hand, each swears to the justice of the cause of the party for whom he appears; they then fight till the stars appear, and if the champion of the tenant can defend himself till that time, his cause prevails. – Blackstone.

WA'GER, v.t.

To lay; to bet; to hazard on the issue of a contest, or on some question that is to be decided, or on some casualty. – Dryden.


Wa"ger
  1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge.

    Besides these plates for horse races, the wagers may be as the persons please. Sir W. Temple.

    If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion, let him never hereafter accuse others of credulity. Bentley.

  2. To hazard on the issue of a contest, or on some question that is to be decided, or on some casualty] to lay; to stake; to bet.

    And wagered with him
    Pieces of gold 'gainst this which he wore.
    Shak.

  3. To make a bet; to lay a wager.

    'T was merry when
    You wagered on your angling.
    Shak.

  4. The share of the annual product or national dividend which goes as a reward to labor, as distinct from the remuneration received by capital in its various forms. This economic or technical sense of the word wages is broader than the current sense, and includes not only amounts actually paid to laborers, but the remuneration obtained by those who sell the products of their own work, and the wages of superintendence or management, which are earned by skill in directing the work of others.
  5. A contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event.

    Bouvier.

    * At common law a wager is considered as a legal contract which the courts must enforce unless it be on a subject contrary to public policy, or immoral, or tending to the detriment of the public, or affecting the interest, feelings, or character of a third person. In many of the United States an action can not be sustained upon any wager or bet. Chitty. Bouvier.

  6. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.

    Wager of battel, or Wager of battle (O. Eng. Law), the giving of gage, or pledge, for trying a cause by single combat, formerly allowed in military, criminal, and civil causes. In writs of right, where the trial was by champions, the tenant produced his champion, who, by throwing down his glove as a gage, thus waged, or stipulated, battle with the champion of the demandant, who, by taking up the glove, accepted the challenge. The wager of battel, which has been long in disuse, was abolished in England in 1819, by a statute passed in consequence of a defendant's having waged his battle in a case which arose about that period. See Battel. -- Wager of law (Law), the giving of gage, or sureties, by a defendant in an action of debt, that at a certain day assigned he would take a law, or oath, in open court, that he did not owe the debt, and at the same time bring with him eleven neighbors (called compurgators), who should avow upon their oaths that they believed in their consciences that he spoke the truth. -- Wager policy. (Insurance Law) See under Policy.

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Wager

WAGER, noun

1. Something deposited, laid or hazarded on the event of a contest or some unsettled question; a bet.

Besides these plates for horseraces, the wagers may be as the persons please.

If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion

2. Subject on which bets are laid.

3. In law, an offer to make oath of innocence or nonindebtedness; or the act of making oath, together with the oaths of eleven compurgators, to fortify the defendents oath.

WAGER of battle, is when the tenant in a writ of right, offers to prove his right by the body of his champion, and throwing down his glove as a gage or pledge, thus wages or stipulates battle with the champion or demandant, who by taking up the glove, accepts the challenge. The champions, armed with batons enter the list, and taking each other by the hand, each swears to the justice of the cause of the party for whom he appears; they then fight till the stars appear, and if the champion of the tenant can defend himself till that time, his cause prevails.

WAGER, verb transitive To lay; to bet; to hazard on the issue of a contest; or on some question that is to be decided, or on some casualty.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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reach

REACH, v.t. Raught, the ancient preterit, is obsolete. The verb is now regular; pp. reached. L. rego, to rule or govern, to make right or straight, that is, to strain or stretch, the radical sense. The English sense of reach appears in L. porrigo and porricio. Greek, to reach, to stretch, the radical sense of desiring. L. fragro. But the primary sense is the same, to reach, to extend, to shoot forth, to urge.]

1. To extend; to stretch; in a general sense; sometimes followed by out and forth; as, to reach out the arm. Hence,

2. To extend to; to touch by extending either the arm alone, or with an instrument in the hand; as, to reach a book on the shelf; I cannot reach the object with my cane; the seaman reaches the bottom of the river with a pole or a line.

3. To strike from a distance.

O patron power, thy present aid afford, that I may reach the beast.

4. To deliver with the hand by extending the arm; to hand. He reached [to] me an orange.

He reached me a full cup.

5. To extend or stretch from a distance.

Reach hither thy finger - reach hither thy hand. John 20.

6. To arrive at; to come to. The ship reached her port in safety. We reached New York on Thursday. The letter reached me at seven o'clock.

7. To attain to or arrive at, by effort, labor or study; hence, to gain or obtain. Every artist should attempt to reach the point of excellence.

The best accounts of the appearances of nature which human penetration can reach, come short of its reality.

8. To penetrate to.

Whatever alterations are made in the body, if they reach not the mind, there is no perception.

9. To extend to so as to include or comprehend in fact or principle.

The law reached the intention of the promoters, and this act fixed the natural price of money.

If these examples of grown men reach not the case of children, let them examine.

10. To extend to.

Thy desire leads to no excess that reaches blame.

11. To extend; to spread abroad.

Trees reach'd too far their pampered boughs.

12. To take with the hand.

Lest therefore now his bolder hand reach also of the tree of life and eat. [Unusual.]

13. To overreach; to deceive.

REACH, v.i.

1. To be extended.

The new world reaches quite across the torrid zone.

The border shall descend, and shall reach to the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward. Num. 34.

And behold, a ladder set on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. Gen. 28.

2. To penetrate.

Ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth to heaven. 2Chron. 28.

3. To make efforts to vomit. [See Retch.]

To reach after, to make efforts to attain to or obtain.

He would be in a posture of mind, reaching after a positive idea of infinity.

REACH, n.

1. In a general sense, extension; a stretching; extent.

2. The power of extending to, or of taking by the hand, or by any instrument managed by the hand. The book is not within my reach. The bottom of the sea is not within the reach of a line or cable.

3. Power of attainment or management, or the limit of power, physical or moral. He used all the means within his reach. The causes of phenomena are often beyond the reach of human intellect.

Be sure yourself and your own reach to know.

4. Effort of the mind in contrivance or research; contrivance; scheme.

- Drawn by others who had deeper reaches than themselves to matters which they least intended.

5. A fetch; an artifice to obtain an advantage.

The duke of Parma had particular reaches and ends of his own underhand, to cross the design.

6. Tendency to distant consequences.

Strain not my speech to grosser issues, nor to larger reach than to suspicion.

7. Extent.

And on the left hand, hell with long reach interpos'd.

8. Among seamen, the distance between two points on the banks of a river, in which the current flows in a straight course.

9. An effort to vomit.

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