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Weep \Weep\, v. t.
To lament; to bewail; to bemoan. "I weep bitterly the dead." --A. S. Hardy. [1913 Webster] We wandering go Through dreary wastes, and weep each other's woe. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
To shed, or pour forth, as tears; to shed drop by drop, as if tears; as, to weep tears of joy. [1913 Webster] Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Groves whose rich trees wept odorous gums and balm. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Weep \Weep\, n. (Zool.) The lapwing; the wipe; -- so called from its cry. [1913 Webster]
Weep \Weep\, obs. imp. of Weep, for wept. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Weep \Weep\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wept (w[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Weeping.] [OE. wepen, AS. w[=e]pan, from w[=o]p lamentation; akin to OFries. w?pa to lament, OS. w[=o]p lamentation, OHG. wuof, Icel. [=o]p a shouting, crying, OS. w[=o]pian to lament, OHG. wuoffan, wuoffen, Icel. [oe]pa, Goth. w[=o]pjan. [root]129.] [1913 Webster]
Formerly, to express sorrow, grief, or anguish, by outcry, or by other manifest signs; in modern use, to show grief or other passions by shedding tears; to shed tears; to cry. [1913 Webster] And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck. --Acts xx.
[1913 Webster] Phocion was rarely seen to weep or to laugh. --Mitford. [1913 Webster] And eyes that wake to weep. --Mrs. Hemans. [1913 Webster] And they wept together in silence. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]
To lament; to complain. "They weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat." --Num. xi.
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To flow in drops; to run in drops. [1913 Webster] The blood weeps from my heart. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To drop water, or the like; to drip; to be soaked. [1913 Webster]
To hang the branches, as if in sorrow; to be pendent; to droop; -- said of a plant or its branches. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

weep v : shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs" [syn: cry] [ant: laugh] [also: wept]




Old English wēpan


  1. To cry, shed tears.

Related terms


A weep or a weep-brick is a small opening that allows water to drain from within an assembly. Weeps are located at the bottom of the object to allow for drainage; the weep hole must be sized adequately to overcome surface tension.
In building construction, weeps are typically found in a masonry cavity wall, just above the flashing. Weeps may take several forms, including:
  • Open head joints (the vertical joints between bricks)
  • Cotton rope wicking
  • Formed plastic or metal tubes, which may include insect screening.
Weeps may also be necessary in a retaining wall, so water can escape from the retained earth, thus lessening the hydrostatic load on the wall and preventing moisture damage from freeze/thaw cycles. In such cases the weeps consist of small-diameter plastic, clay or metal pipes extending through the wall to a layer of porous backfill.
Typically, weeps are arranged to direct water which may have entered an assembly from outside back to the outside. Weeps may also be found in metal windows and glazed curtain walls to permit internal condensation to escape.


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