wake-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: the consequence or aftermath of something

Commentary: WAKE[+state][+consequence][+aftermath]

New policies were put in place in the wake of the disaster.
In the wake of the housing crisis some home buyers have found real bargains.
The director is taking some time off in the wake of completing his last motion picture.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a turbulent wave following a moving vessel

Commentary: WAKE[+form][+wave][+turbulent][+following][+of_vessel][+moving]

The cruise ship had a large wake trailing behind it.
The small canoe was getting splashed by the wakes of motor boats.
The bump you felt was our plane passing through the wake of another aircraft.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 3: a vigil or watch over a deceased person prior to burial

Commentary: WAKE[+event][+gathering][+vigil][+for_person][+deceased][+before_burial]

There is drinking and merriment as a typical Irish wake.
John and Mary are attending the wake of Bob's grandfather tomorrow.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4