1) A pool, pond or trough, especially a common water supply.
1416-7 ‘And for the service of the same person cleaning out the horse-pond there 6d’, Selby
1436-7 ‘on Mikilbryng Lane opposite the Wayver’, Braithwell
1556 neyther man nor woman frome hensfurthe washe anye clothes woole puddynges ... in the waver, Wakefield
1584 in the overfeilde near the wayver, Almondbury.
2) At the end of the coppice cycle, when the trees were felled, a certain number were allowed to remain, in order to provide a later crop of timber trees. These were called standards, or more commonly in Yorkshire ‘wavers’.
1390 ‘the purchasers should leave … wayuerez’, Aislaby
1462 to cole the woddes … [and leave] sufficient wayvers, Norton
1548-9 it is agreed … that weyvers shall be last [sic for left?] in the saide two sprynges conveniently according to the most huse of suche spryng woode, Shelf
1720 reserving out of the said Woodes sixty wavers … and eight Black Barks in every acre, Carlton
1763 And if any Reserved Wavers be broke down by Carelessness on felling … In that case they shall pay for the same or Allow as many & as Good to be marked Sett out & left in some other place, Esholt. It occurred occasionally as a verb: 1496 to be weyvered workmonlyke, Beauchief
1719 or els to be wavered and sett oute … by the pillers, Tong.