- The track of waves left behind by a moving vessel.
Probably earlier than the 17th century. From Old Saxon, wakon, and the Old Norse, waken, referring to the space made in the ice by a ship.
Another term in common usage. The appearance of a wake depends on a variety of factors, such as the shape of the vessel’s haul, method of propulsion, and the state of the sea.
Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport.