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Definitions of wages
That which is paid at stated periods for labour or services-usually restricted to weekly, fortnightly, or monthly sums paid to labourers and mechanics; payment; recompense; reward. Note.-Pay is applied to the sums paid to naval and military men, and fees or salary to profesional men, clerks, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
(used as sing.) Wage: that which is paid for services. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
Hire; payment for service. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
Hire; reward; that which is paid or stipulated for services, chiefly of a mechanical character. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
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– Hyperion by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
– Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson