Webster 1913 Edition
plural in termination, but singular in signification.
wage; cf. F.
gages, pl., wages, hire. See
A compensation given to a hired person for services; price paid for labor; recompense; hire. See
wagesof sin is death.
Rom. vi. 23.
the aggregate capital existing at any time in any country, which theoretically is unconditionally destined to be paid out in wages. It was formerly held, by Mill and other political economists, that the average rate of wages in any country at any time depended upon the relation of the wages fund to the number of laborers. This theory has been greatly modified by the discovery of other conditions affecting wages, which it does not take into account.
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Webster 1828 Edition
1.Hire; reward; that which is paid or stipulated for services; but chiefly for services by manual labor, or for military and naval services. We speak of servants wages, a laborers wages, or soldiers wages; but we never apply the word to the rewards given to men in office, which are called fees or salary. The word is however sometimes applied to the compensation given to representatives in the legislature. [U. States]
Tell me, what shall thy wages be? Gen. 29.
Be content with your wages. Luke 3.
2.Reward; fruit; recompense; that which is given or received in return.
The wages of sin is death. Rom. 6.