, n. [OF. wage, gage, guarantee, engagement. See Wage, v. t. ]
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1. That which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage. [Obs.] "That warlike wage." Spenser.
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2. That for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; -- at present generally used in the plural. See Wages. "My day's wage." Sir W. Scott. "At least I earned my wage." Thackeray. "Pay them a wage in advance." J. Morley. "The wages of virtue." Tennyson.
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By Tom Thumb, a fairy page,
He sent it, and doth him engage,
By promise of a mighty wage,
It secretly to carry.
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Our praises are our wages.
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Existing legislation on the subject of wages.
Encyc. Brit.
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Wage is used adjectively and as the first part of compounds which are usually self-explaining; as, wage worker, or wage-worker; wage-earner, etc.
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Board wages. See under 1st Board.
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Syn. -- Hire; reward; stipend; salary; allowance; pay; compensation; remuneration; fruit.
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