As nouns, are there any specifics situations for the use of each one? Or do they have the same meaning in all cases?

The wait is over.

The waiting is over.

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Your examples express equivalent thoughts and both are used, I believe, with equal frequency. Wait as a noun has the same meaning as waiting, gerund.

Of course, not all words as noun and gerund are exactly equivalent, just to confuse things.

The run is over.

Might mean a string of wins is broken

The running is over.

Might mean a race is finished

The ticking is annoying.

Could be a noisy clock or uncomfortable pillow cover

The tick is annoying.

Could be that same loud clock or a blood-sucking arachnid

Sorry about that digression.

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