• The turbulent air left behind a flying aircraft.
  • The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil.
  • The path left behind a ship on the surface of the water.
  • A number of vultures assembled together.
  • (obsolete, poetic) The act of waking, or state of being awake.
  • (historical, Church of England) An annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the evening preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in the church; subsequently, these vigils were discontinued, and the day itself, often with succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and exercises, attended by eating and drinking.
  • (figuratively) The area behind something, typically a rapidly moving object.
  • A period after a person's death before the body is buried, in some cultures accompanied by a party.


  • (transitive) (often followed by up) To make somebody stop sleeping; to rouse from sleep.

    "The neighbour's car alarm woke me from a strange dream."

  • To lay out a body prior to burial in order to allow family and friends to pay their last respects.
  • (obsolete) To be alert; to keep watch
  • (intransitive) (often followed by up) To stop sleeping.

    "I woke up at four o'clock this morning."

  • (intransitive, figuratively) To be excited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active.
  • To be or remain awake; not to sleep.
  • (transitive, figuratively) To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite.
  • To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
  • (obsolete) To sit up late for festive purposes; to hold a night revel.

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