Definitions of wear

  1. To be wasted; to be diminished by attrition; to be spent tediously; to be consumed by slow degrees; to advance by slow degrees. To wear off, to pass away by degrees.
  2. To go about with the wind astern.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance.
  6. 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. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole.
  8. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.
  9. To carry on the body; as, to wear clothing; bear or show; as, to wear a careless manner; use up; make less in quantity or value; as, to wear out one's patience; to damage by continual friction; to make by use of friction; to turn a ship.
  10. 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.
  11. To put a ship on another tack.
  12. To carry on the body; have, as an appearance: waste by use or friction: put on another tack, as a ship.
  13. To carry on the person; have on; maintain; exhibit.
  14. To impair by use; efface or rub off.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To be exhausted or damaged by use; to last well under use.
  18. To be wasted by use or time: to be spent tediously: to consume slowly: to last under use:- pa. t. wore; pa. p. worn.
  19. To be wasted by use or time; to last under use.
  20. have on one's person; " He wore a red ribbon"; " bear a scar"
  21. last and be usable; " This dress wore well for almost ten years"
  22. be dressed in; " She was wearing yellow that day"
  23. have or show an appearance of; " wear one's hair in a certain way"
  24. To be impaired gradually by use.
  25. To bear using; endure.
  26. To waste or impair by attrition; to lessen or diminish by time, use, or instruments; to carry appendant to the body; to have or exhibit; to affect by degrees. To wear away, to consume or diminish. To wear off, to diminish by attrition. To wear out, to render useless by attrition or decay; to consume tediously; to waste the strength of; to harass.
  27. To put a ship on the other tack by turning her round, with stern toward the wind.
  28. To carry or bear upon the person, as an article of clothing, arms, or any ornament; to have or exhibit an appearance of; to bear.
  29. Used in the phrase, " to wear a ship,"- that is, to turn the ship before the wind.
  30. Wearing.
  31. Worn.
  32. covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  33. impairment resulting from long use; " the tires showed uneven wear"
  34. The result of wearing or use; consumption, diminution, or impairment due to use, friction, or the like; as, the wear of this coat has been good.
  35. The act of wearing, or the state of being worn; consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear of a garment.
  36. The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion.
  37. 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.
  38. A fence of stakes, brushwood, or the like, set in a stream, tideway, or inlet of the sea, for taking fish.
  39. 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.
  40. The state of being used; damage caused by use; garments worn; as, this shop sells ladies wear.
  41. Wearer.
  42. Act of wearing: lessening or injury by use or friction.
  43. Another spelling of WEIR.
  44. Act of wearing; thing worn.
  45. Dam in a river; fence for confining fish.
  46. The act of wearing, or the state of being worn.
  47. Impairment from use or time.
  48. The act of wearing; diminution by friction; the thing worn; a dam in a river. Wear and tear, the loss by wearing, as of machinery in use. See Weir.
  49. Injury or decay by use; the act of lasting long.
  50. Wore.
  51. Were.