- 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.
- The turbulent air left behind a flying aircraft.
- (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.
- (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.