From what I've seen from past years on thegradcafe.com, it looks like the rejections really start flying at the beginning of march (aka next week). If, at that point, you haven't been accepted or rejected, then I think it makes sense to consider ones self waitlisted (so I think it only makes sense to talk about being waitlisted if the school in question has sent out both acceptances and rejections). At that point, it might make sense to contact the school and ask. Even if they don't notify you that you're waitlisted, waitlists certainly do exist as you described them.
I believe that some schools do tell you that you've been waitlisted, although I can't provide examples (I remember this from talking to seniors last year).
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