Benjamin franklin wade

benjamin franklin, 1800–78, u.s. lawyer and antislavery politician.
a male given name.
to walk with the feet immersed in (water, a stream, etc): the girls waded the river at the ford
(intransitive) often foll by through. to proceed with difficulty: to wade through a book
(intransitive; foll by in or into) to attack energetically
the act or an instance of wading
(sarah) virginia. born 1945, english tennis player; won three grand slam singles t-tles: us open (1968), australian open (1972), and wimbledon (1977)

old english wadan “to go forward, proceed,” in poetic use only, except as oferwaden “wade across,” from proto-germanic -wadan (cf. old norse vaða, danish vade, old frisian wada, dutch waden, old high german watan, german waten “to wade”), from pie root -wadh- “to go,” found only in germanic and latin (cf. latin vadere “to go,” vadum “shoal, ford,” vadare “to wade”). italian guado, french gué “ford” are germanic loan-words.

specifically of walking into water from c.1200. originally a strong verb (past tense wod, past participle wad); weak since 16c. figurative sense of “to go into” (action, battle, etc.) is recorded from late 14c. related: waded; wading.

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