1. A vigil held over a corpse the night before burial; SYN. viewing.
2. The wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward; SYN. backwash.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: woke, woken).
1. To be awake, be alert, be there; SYN. awaken; wake up.
2. To awaken; to rouse from sleep; SYN. rouse; stir.
Watch kept over the body of a dead person during the night before their funeral; it originated in Anglo-Saxon times as the eve before a festival.