Definitions of wear

  1. covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  2. have on one's person; " He wore a red ribbon"; " bear a scar"
  3. last and be usable; " This dress wore well for almost ten years"
  4. exhaust or tire though overuse or great strain or stress; " We wore ourselves out on this hike"
  5. be dressed in; " She was wearing yellow that day"
  6. have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality; " He always wears a smile"
  7. the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment; " she bought it for everyday wear"
  8. impairment resulting from long use; " the tires showed uneven wear"
  9. have or show an appearance of; " wear one's hair in a certain way"
  10. deteriorate through use or stress; " The constant friction wore out the cloth"
  11. Wore.
  12. 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.
  13. Same as Weir.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance.
  17. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.
  18. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole.
  19. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.
  20. 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.
  21. The act of wearing, or the state of being worn; consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear of a garment.
  22. The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion.
  23. 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.
  24. A fence of stakes, brushwood, or the like, set in a stream, tideway, or inlet of the sea, for taking fish.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. To be exhausted or damaged by use; to last well under use.
  29. The state of being used; damage caused by use; garments worn; as, this shop sells ladies wear.
  30. Wearer.
  31. Worn.
  32. Wearing.
  33. 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.
  34. To be wasted by use or time: to be spent tediously: to consume slowly: to last under use:- pa. t. wore; pa. p. worn.
  35. Act of wearing: lessening or injury by use or friction.
  36. To put a ship on another tack.
  37. Another spelling of WEIR.
  38. Act of wearing; thing worn.
  39. Dam in a river; fence for confining fish.
  40. To be wasted by use or time; to last under use.
  41. To carry on the body; have, as an appearance: waste by use or friction: put on another tack, as a ship.
  42. Were.
  43. To carry on the person; have on; maintain; exhibit.
  44. To impair by use; efface or rub off.
  45. To be impaired gradually by use.
  46. To bear using; endure.
  47. To go about with the wind astern.
  48. The act of wearing, or the state of being worn.
  49. Impairment from use or time.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. To put a ship on the other tack by turning her round, with stern toward the wind.
  53. 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.
  54. To last; to endure or hold out; to waste or diminish by use or time; to be wasted or impaired, as by use; to pass or be consumed by slow degrees.
  55. Injury or decay by use; the act of lasting long.
  56. 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.
  57. Used in the phrase, " to wear a ship,"- that is, to turn the ship before the wind.

Usage examples for wear

  1. But they will wear out. – Captain Jinks, Hero by Ernest Crosby
  2. You still wear your eye of Horus? – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  3. But I want you to wear them. – Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ by Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  4. You had best wear a black suit. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  5. " He doesn't wear one," said Patricia, now thoroughly enjoying herself. – Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins
  6. It will never break nor wear out. – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  7. Both, however, wear the same dress. – Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations by Archibald Sayce
  8. He should wear afternoon dress for an afternoon wedding, and evening dress at an evening wedding. – The Book of Good Manners by W. C. Green
  9. My old nurse had it made for me, and I wear it sometimes. – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  10. Why did yuh wear boots too big for yuh to make me think it was a man brought Ranger to the Cross- in- a- box? – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  11. " I wish people could wear ready- made clothes as lovely as his," she thought. – Peggy in Her Blue Frock by Eliza Orne White
  12. You are going to wear both. – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  13. I am not going to wear that! – The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories by Ethel M. Dell
  14. " You are good," she answered, " but- we mustn't wear out our welcome." – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  15. She frankly said her husband had no clothes to wear. – The Angel Adjutant of "Twice Born Men" by Minnie L. Carpenter
  16. Mattie will wear well. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  17. Kalitan says all the women used to wear them. – Kalitan, Our Little Alaskan Cousin by Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  18. I must have just exactly what you were going to wear. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  19. But why shouldn't I wear them? – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  20. Oh, you ain't goin' to try an' wear it this a- way? – Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Caldwell Hegan