Wápentake. n.s. [from wœpun, Saxon, and take, wapentakium, wapentagium, low Latin.]
Wapentake is all one with what we call a hundred: as upon a meeting for that purpose, they touched each other's weapons, in token of their fidelity and allegiance. Cowel.
Hundred signifieth a hundred pledges, which were under the command and assurance of their alderman; which, as I suppose, was also called a wapentake, so named, of touching the weapon or spear of their alderman, and swearing to follow him faithfully, and serve their prince truly. But others think, that a wapentake was ten hundreds, or boroughs. Spenser.