Definitions for waswʌz, wɒz; unstressed wəz
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First-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
Third-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
Origin: From wæs, from was, (identical to Low German was, cognate with German war), from h₂wes-. The paradigm of "to be" has been since the time of Proto-Germanic a synthesis of three originally distinct verb stems. The infinitive form be is from bʰew-. The words is and are are both derived from h₁es-. Lastly, the past forms starting with w- such as was and were are from h₂wes-.
the first and third persons singular of the verb be, in the indicative mood, preterit (imperfect) tense; as, I was; he was
Origin: [AS. ws, 2d pers. wre, 3d pers. ws, pl. wron, with the inf. wesan to be; akin to D. wezen, imp. was, OHG. wesan, imp. was, G. wesen, n., a being, essence, war was, Icel. vera to be, imp. var, Goth. wisan to be, to dwell, to remain, imp. was, Skr. vas to remain, to dwell. 148. Cf. Vernacular, Wassail, Were, v.]
The was sceptre is a symbol that appeared often in relics, art, and hieroglyphics associated with the ancient Egyptian religion. It appears as a stylized animal head at the top of a long, straight staff with a forked end. Was sceptres were used as symbols of power or dominion, and were associated with the gods as well as with the pharaoh. Was sceptres also represent the Typhonic beast or Set-animal. In later use, it was a symbol of control over the force of chaos that Set represented. In a funerary context the was sceptre was responsible for the well-being of the deceased, and was thus sometimes included in the tomb equipment or in the decoration of the tomb or coffin. The sceptre is also considered an amulet. The Egyptians perceived the sky as being supported on four pillars, which could have the shape of was sceptres. The was sceptre is also the symbol of the fourth Upper Egyptian nome, the nome of Thebes. Was sceptres were depicted as being carried by gods, pharaohs, and priests. They commonly occur in paintings, drawings, and carvings of gods, and often parallel with emblems such as the ankh and the djed-pillar. Remnants of real was sceptres have been found, constructed of faience or wood, where the head and forked tail of the Set-animal are visible, with the earliest examples dating back to the times of the first dynasty.
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