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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Wag(e)ing, vbl. n. Also: wagen, vag(e)ing, waig(e)ing. [e.m.E. wagynge (a1513), waging (1591).]

1. The action of paying or the condition of being paid wages as a hired soldier; the wages paid; the hiring of mercenaries. 1456 Hay I 146/28.
Sen he was feit and condicioun maid with him for the hale ȝere … , na in his condicioun of feyng was divisioun maid of his wageing, bot in blok, and somme
1532–3 Acta Conc. MS II 36.
To perfurnis wagis … for feying and wageing of … futemen
1548 Montgomery Mem. II 144.
Twa thowsand markis … tobe warit vpoun mvnitioun and wageing of men of weir
1548 Aberd. B. Rec. MS XX (Jam.) (see Conducing vbl. n.).
c1590 Fowler II 104/11.
He … did cast his thoughts to the waging of mercenarye … so that he hyred for his supplye the Orsins
c1590 Fowler II 106/10.
They sal easelye discerne all ther diuersion to have proceided from the wagen and hyring of the Gotts
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI (1825) 80.

2. Vageing of bataill trial by combat; the action of fighting in such a trial. 1456 Hay I 258/4.
In how mony syndry casis law tholis vageing of bataill, sen … be all lawis … it is a thing condampnyt … to vage bataill
c1575 Balfour Pract. 506.
Quhilk gif the defendar denyis it may be decidit be singular battel for it is in the defendar's … will quhidder he will feicht or pas to an assise And … gif he choosis battel … it is not leasum to ather of the parties to eik or pair ony thing to that quhilk was spokin be thame in waiging of the battel

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