What does wear mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wear(noun)

    impairment resulting from long use

    "the tires showed uneven wear"

  2. clothing, article of clothing, vesture, wear, wearable, habiliment(noun)

    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

  3. wear, wearing(verb)

    the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment

    "she bought it for everyday wear"

  4. wear, have on(verb)

    be dressed in

    "She was wearing yellow that day"

  5. wear, bear(verb)

    have on one's person

    "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar"

  6. wear(verb)

    have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality

    "He always wears a smile"

  7. wear, wear off, wear out, wear down, wear thin(verb)

    deteriorate through use or stress

    "The constant friction wore out the cloth"

  8. wear(verb)

    have or show an appearance of

    "wear one's hair in a certain way"

  9. wear, hold out, endure(verb)

    last and be usable

    "This dress wore well for almost ten years"

  10. break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apart(verb)

    go to pieces

    "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"

  11. tire, wear upon, tire out, wear, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigue(verb)

    exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

    "We wore ourselves out on this hike"

  12. wear, put on, get into, don, assume(verb)

    put clothing on one's body

    "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans"


  1. wear(Noun)

    (in combination) clothing (such as footwear)

  2. wear(Noun)

    damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time

  3. wear(Noun)


  4. wear(Verb)

    To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.

  5. wear(Verb)

    To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.

  6. wear(Verb)

    To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.

  7. wear(Verb)

    To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.

    I know you don't like working with him, but you'll just have to wear it.

  8. wear(Verb)

    To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.

  9. wear(Verb)

    To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.

    The tiles were wearing thin due to years of children's feet.

  10. wear(Verb)

    To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.

  11. wear(Verb)

    To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.

  12. wear(Verb)

    (in the phrase "wearing on (someone)") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.

    Her high pitched voice is really wearing on me lately.

  13. wear(Verb)

    To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.

  14. wear(Verb)

    To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind.

  15. Wear(ProperNoun)

    A river in the county of Tyne and Wear in north east England. The city of Sunderland is found upon its banks.

  16. Origin: werian from wazjanan, from wes-. Cognate to वस्ते, Ancient Greek ἕννυμι, Latin vestis, Albanian vesh, Old Armenian զգենում, gwisgo, waš-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wear(noun)

    same as Weir

  2. Wear(verb)

    to cause to go about, as a vessel, by putting the helm up, instead of alee as in tacking, so that the vessel's bow is turned away from, and her stern is presented to, the wind, and, as she turns still farther, her sails fill on the other side; to veer

  3. Wear(verb)

    to carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self, as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage, etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to wear a coat; to wear a shackle

  4. Wear(verb)

    to have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance

  5. Wear(verb)

    to use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes rapidly

  6. Wear(verb)

    to impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend

  7. Wear(verb)

    to cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole

  8. Wear(verb)

    to form or shape by, or as by, attrition

  9. Wear(verb)

    to endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; -- hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man wears well as an acquaintance

  10. Wear(verb)

    to be wasted, consumed, or diminished, by being used; to suffer injury, loss, or extinction by use or time; to decay, or be spent, gradually

  11. Wear(noun)

    the act of wearing, or the state of being worn; consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear of a garment

  12. Wear(noun)

    the thing worn; style of dress; the fashion

  13. Wear(noun)

    a dam in a river to stop and raise the water, for the purpose of conducting it to a mill, forming a fish pond, or the like

  14. Wear(noun)

    a fence of stakes, brushwood, or the like, set in a stream, tideway, or inlet of the sea, for taking fish

  15. Wear(noun)

    a long notch with a horizontal edge, as in the top of a vertical plate or plank, through which water flows, -- used in measuring the quantity of flowing water

  16. Origin: [OE. weren, werien, AS. werian to carry, to wear, as arms or clothes; akin to OHG. werien, weren, to clothe, Goth. wasjan, L. vestis clothing, vestire to clothe, Gr. "enny`nai, Skr. vas. Cf. Vest.]


  1. Wear

    In materials science, wear is erosion or sideways displacement of material from its "derivative" and original position on a solid surface performed by the action of another surface. Wear is related to interactions between surfaces and more specifically the removal and deformation of material on a surface as a result of mechanical action of the opposite surface. The need for relative motion between two surfaces and initial mechanical contact between asperities is an important distinction between mechanical wear compared to other processes with similar outcomes. The definition of wear may include loss of dimension from plastic deformation if it is originated at the interface between two sliding surfaces. However, plastic deformation such as yield stress is excluded from the wear definition if it doesn't incorporates a relative sliding motion and contact against another surface despite the possibility for material removal, because it then lacks the relative sliding action of another surface. Impact wear is in reality a short sliding motion where two solid bodies interact at an exceptional short time interval. Previously due to the fast execution, the contact found in impact wear was referred to as an impulse contact by the nomenclature. Impulse can be described as a mathematical model of a synthesised average on the energy transport between two travelling solids in opposite converging contact. Cavitation wear is a form of wear where the erosive medium or counter-body is a fluid. Corrosion may be included in wear phenomenons, but the damage is amplified and performed by chemical reactions rather than mechanical action.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wear

    wār, v.t. to carry on the body: to have the appearance of: to consume by use, time, or exposure: to waste by rubbing: to do by degrees: to exhaust, efface: (naut.) to veer.—v.i. to be wasted by use or time: to be spent tediously: to consume slowly: to last under use: (Shak.) to be in fashion, to become accustomed: (naut.) to come round away from the wind: (obs.) to become:—pa.t. wōre; pa.p. wōrn.—n. act of wearing: lessening or injury by use or friction: article worn.—adj. Wear′able, fit to be worn.—n. Wear′er.—p.adj. Wear′ing, made or designed for wear: consuming, exhausting.—n. the process of wasting by attrition or time: that which is worn, clothes.—ns. Wear′ing-appar′el, dress; Wear′-ī′ron, a friction-guard.—Wear and tear, loss by wear or use; Wear away, to impair, consume; Wear off, to rub off by friction: to diminish by decay: to pass away by degrees; Wear out, to impair by use: to render useless by decay: to consume tediously: to harass. [A.S. werian, to wear; Ice. verja, to cover, Goth. wasjan.]

  2. Wear

    wēr, n. another spelling of weir.

  3. Wear

    wēr, v.t. (obs.) to guard, ward off: to guide. [A.S. werian, to guard, from root of wary.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wear' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2753

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #984

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wear' in Verbs Frequency: #153


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wear in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Elinor Mann:

    We wear them proudly.

  2. e.e. cummings:

    lovers alone wear sunlight

  3. Buckaroo Banzai (the film):

    Home is where you wear your hat.

  4. Seneca:

    No one can wear a mask for very long.

  5. Henry Hale:

    After a while that starts to wear off.

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