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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Wain, John Wain, John Barrington Wainnoun

    English writer (1925-1994)

  2. Big Dipper, Dipper, Plough, Charles's Wain, Wain, Wagonnoun

    a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major

  3. wainnoun

    large open farm wagon

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wainnoun

    A carriage.

    Etymology: contracted from wagon.

    There antient night arriving, did alight
    From her high weary wain. Edmund Spenser.

    Yours be the harvest; ’tis the beggar’s gain,
    To glean the fallings of the loaded wain. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wainnoun

    a four-wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.; a wagon

  2. Wainnoun

    a chariot

  3. Etymology: [OE. wain, AS. wgn; akin to D. & G. wagen, OHG. wagan, Icel. & Sw. vagn, Dan. vogn, and E. way. . See Way, Weigh, and cf. Wagon.]


  1. Wain

    A wain is a type of horse- or oxen-drawn, load-carrying vehicle, used for agricultural purposes rather than transporting people. A wagon or cart, usually four wheeled. For example a haywain. It normally has four wheels but the term has now acquired slightly poetical connotations so is not always used with technical correctness. However, a two-wheeled 'haywain' would be a hay cart, as opposed to a carriage. "Wain" is also an archaic term for chariot. Wain can also be a verb, to carry or deliver, and has other meanings. Builders of wains were known as wainwrights, just as the builders of carts were known as cartwrights. These trades are extremely rare today, but the terms survive as the surnames of descendants of those practising these crafts. A wain was the subject of John Constable's 1821 painting The Hay Wain. The painting, which was part of Constable's Gold Medal exhibit to Charles X, depicts a site in Suffolk, near Flatford on the river Stour.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wain

    wān, n. a wagon.—v.t. (rare) to carry.—ns. Wain′age, the team and implements necessary for the cultivation of land; Wain′-rope, a rope for binding a load on a wain or wagon; Wain′wright, a wagon-maker.—The lesser wain, the constellation Ursa Minor. [A.S. wægen, wænwegen, to carry; cf. Ger. wagen, L. vehĕre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of wain in a Sentence

  1. National Gallery:

    The painting was removed from the wall to be examined by our conservation team, ‘The Hay Wain’ suffered minor damage to its frame and there was also some disruption to the surface of the varnish on the painting — both of which have now been successfully dealt with.

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