Adjective "wading" definition and examples

(Wading may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Walk with effort through water or another liquid or viscous substance.
  1. 'Is this why my great-uncle waded ashore at Gallipoli, and my father fought in the Middle East, and my uncle spent years as a POW?'
  2. 'It took him three hours to wade though waist-high water too deep to take his two children with him.'
  3. 'He adds that locals know how busy the event can get, and the thought of wading through dense crowds can discourage people from attending.'
  4. 'They waded out till the water was up to Sybil's waist.'
  5. 'The pictures show a female gorilla grabbing a branch to gauge the depth of a pool of water before wading across it.'
  6. 'At the concert site young workers were wading through a field full of discarded cartons, cans, bottles and plastic glasses.'
  7. 'Most of the water is ideal for wading and one could reach long distances but with care, as there were some sharp drops into deep holes in the center of the river.'
  8. 'To Peter's astonishment a familiar figure was wading ashore, a red and white lifebelt about his waist.'
  9. 'Like many gulls, the Mew Gull uses a variety of foraging techniques, obtaining food while walking, wading, swimming, or flying.'
  10. 'It was lovely just sitting in the sunshine, watching other people wading about in the water.'
  11. 'I waded ditches instead of finding easier crossing places'
  12. 'When wading the flats, you don't walk but shuffle your feet.'
  13. 'It took me twenty minutes to wade the one hundred metres back to our hotel.'
  14. 'The anglers waded the river from John Fallon Bridge down to the Silver Swan Hotel on Saturday, July 26.'
  15. 'He first got hooked on fish as a boy wading the streams of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.'
  16. 'If you're wading the flats, shuffle your feet - then if any rays are around they will pick up the vibrations and move away.'
  17. 'In the evening, if you stand on the Roman bridge, you can watch men wading the torpid cressy river, carrying pans.'
  18. 'All the other competitors were paired up in boats, while I struggled against a howling head wind, wading the brackish water from the bank.'
  19. 'We will be wading some very big flats hunting big bones in very shallow water.'
  20. 'I waded the chilly waters of the Avon just above the point known as Ath na Fiann.'
  21. 'We waded the first river barefoot, chilly but by no means unpleasant on such a warm day.'
  22. 'Employers are busy people and wading through hundreds of CVs is a time-consuming process.'
  23. 'You don't have to wade through reams of reports or write them yourself.'
  24. 'Businesses in the UK are reckoned to be losing up to £3.2bn a year wading through the junk.'
  25. 'She's just surfaced, blinking like a mole, after wading through 50,000 pages of fiction in her role as a Booker Prize judge.'
  26. 'We are still wading through the piles of responses with reader feedback.'
  27. 'Catching up with stuff, wading through rather a lot of email, usual thing.'
  28. 'If, after wading through the details above, you still want go through with it, you will need someone to officiate.'
  29. 'I've been wading through less spam lately thanks to a tip I got.'
  30. 'As a PhD student in politics and international relations I am wading through security related analysis every day.'
  31. 'It's a peculiar feeling, wading through hundreds of old photographs and loading them into photo galleries.'
Intervene in (something) or attack (someone) vigorously or forcefully.
  1. 'Lay down the law on all of this and you risk wading into a swamp of disputes about context and ownership.'
  2. 'A man has been jailed for four months after wading into a fight to help a friend he mistakenly thought was being attacked.'
  3. 'Consider the small number of governors who waded into controversy in the past year over their handling of state government.'
  4. 'Sir Cyril also waded into the debate about the merits of state and private schools and university entrance.'
  5. 'Morrissey has once again courted controversy by wading into the US presidential election battle.'
  6. 'Nicola waded in and grabbed the baby'
  7. 'The confusion develops focus then, security men wading in, jumping on a middle-aged man who is shouting something about medical negligence.'
  8. 'The reaction of others who heard this interview tends to confirm that listeners didn't need to have the interviewer wade in on their behalf.'
  9. 'This didn't prevent opposition MSPs from wading in with both feet.'
  10. 'Hundreds of armed police rushed on to the pitch and waded in as fists flew among the players.'
  11. 'The English teacher then wades in and informs me all first year teachers do it and she did it last year.'


An act of wading.
  1. 'The cave is a respectable size but we didn't follow it far, since after 30m a wade degenerated into a full on swim.'
  2. 'A short wade out to sea, the bottom plates, remnants of the ship's engines and boiler lie collapsed upon themselves.'

More definitions

1. to walk in water, when partially immersed: He wasn't swimming, he was wading.

2. to play in water: The children were wading in the pool most of the afternoon.

3. to walk through water, snow, sand, or any other substance that impedes free motion or offers resistance to movement: to wade through the mud.

4. to make one's way slowly or laboriously (often followed by through): to wade through a dull book.

5. Obsolete. to go or proceed.

More examples(as adjective)

"waist-deeps can be wading."

"birds can be wading."

"backs can be wading."


(wade)Old English wadan ‘move onward’, also ‘penetrate’, from a Germanic word meaning ‘go (through)’, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vadere ‘go’.