ware


ware
ware1
/wair/, n.
1. Usually, wares.
a. articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods: a peddler selling his wares.
b. any intangible items, as services or products of artistic or intellectual creativity, that are salable: an actor advertising his wares.
2. a specified kind or class of merchandise or of manufactured article (usually used in combination): silverware; glassware.
3. pottery, or a particular kind of pottery: delft ware.
4. Archaeol. a group of ceramic types classified according to paste and texture, surface modification, as burnish or glaze, and decorative motifs rather than shape and color.
[bef. 1000; ME; OE waru; c. G Ware]
ware2
/wair/, adj., v., wared, waring. Archaic.
adj.
1. watchful, wary, or cautious.
2. aware; conscious.
v.t.
3. to beware of (usually used in the imperative).
[bef. 900; ME (adj. and v.); OE waer (adj.); c. G gewahr aware, ON varr]
ware3
/wair/, v.t., wared, waring. Scot. and North Eng.
to spend; expend.
[1300-50; ME < ON verja to spend, invest]
ware4
/wair/, n. Scot. and North Eng.
the first season in the year; spring.
[1250-1300; ME < ON var spring; perh. akin to L ver (see VERNAL), Gk éar spring]

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      town (parish), East Hertfordshire district, administrative and historic county of Hertfordshire, England. The parish is situated on the northern periphery of the metropolitan area of Greater London. In ancient times it was probably the site of a fishing weir on the River Lea; later it became an important malting centre. A priory was founded there in the 14th century. In modern times Ware has attracted light industry, including pharmaceutical and plastics manufacture. Pop. (2001) 17,193.

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  • Ware — Ware, a. [OE. war, AS. w[ae]r. [root]142. See {Wary}.] A ware; taking notice; hence, wary; cautious; on one s guard. See {Beware}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] She was ware and knew it bet [better] than he. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Of whom be thou ware… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ware — Ware, v. t. [As. warian.] To make ware; to warn; to take heed of; to beware of; to guard against. Ware that I say. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] God . . . ware you for the sin of avarice. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Then ware a rising tempest on the main.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ware — Sf std. (13. Jh.), mndd. ware, mndl. ware Stammwort. Afr. ware, were, ae. waru, spanord. vara. Trotz der späten Bezeugung liegt offenbar ein Erbwort g. * wazō f. Ware voraus; zu ig. * wes (ver)kaufen in heth. waši kauft , akslav. věniti verkaufen …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Ware — Ware, n. [OE. ware, AS. waru; akin to D. waar, G. waare, Icel. & Sw. vara, Dan. vare; and probably to E. worth, a. See {Worth}, a.] Articles of merchandise; the sum of articles of a particular kind or class; style or class of manufactures;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ware — Ware, n. [AS. w[=a]r.] (Bot.) Seaweed. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] {Ware goose} (Zo[ o]l.), the brant; so called because it feeds on ware, or seaweed. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ware — Ware, n. [AS. waru caution.] The state of being ware or aware; heed. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ware — Ware, MA U.S. Census Designated Place in Massachusetts Population (2000): 6174 Housing Units (2000): 2906 Land area (2000): 6.174500 sq. miles (15.991881 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.136136 sq. miles (0.352591 sq. km) Total area (2000): 6.310636… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Ware, MA — U.S. Census Designated Place in Massachusetts Population (2000): 6174 Housing Units (2000): 2906 Land area (2000): 6.174500 sq. miles (15.991881 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.136136 sq. miles (0.352591 sq. km) Total area (2000): 6.310636 sq. miles …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Ware — Ware: Das altgerm. Substantiv mhd. war‹e›, niederl. vaar, engl. ware, schwed. vara ist unsicherer Herkunft. Vielleicht gehört es zu dem unter ↑ wahren behandelten Substantiv »Wahr« »Aufmerksamkeit, Acht, Obhut, Aufsicht«. »Ware« würde demnach… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Ware — Ware, obs. imp. of {Wear}. Wore. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ware — Ware, v. t. (Naut.) To wear, or veer. See {Wear}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English