Wade (?), n. Woad. [Obs.] Mortimer.

Wade (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waded; p. pr. & vb. n. Wading.] [OE. waden to wade, to go, AS. wadan; akin to OFries. wada, D. waden, OHG. watan, Icel. va?a, Sw. vada, Dan. vade, L. vadere to go, walk, vadum a ford. Cf. Evade, Invade, Pervade, Waddle.]

1. To go; to move forward. [Obs.]

When might is joined unto cruelty,
Alas, too deep will the venom wade.

Forbear, and wade no further in this speech.
Old Play.

2. To walk in a substance that yields to the feet; to move, sinking at each step, as in water, mud, sand, etc.

So eagerly the fiend . . .
With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way,
And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.

3. Hence, to move with difficulty or labor; to proceed ?lowly among objects or circumstances that constantly ?inder or embarrass; as, to wade through a dull book.

And wades through fumes, and gropes his way.

The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties.

Wade, v. t. To pass or cross by wading; as, he waded ?he rivers and swamps.

Wade (?), n. The act of wading. [Colloq.]