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wanion
noun Etymology: from the obsolete phrase in the waniand unluckily, literally, in the waning (moon), from Middle English, from waniand, northern present participle of wanien, ...
wank
intransitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1950 chiefly British usually vulgar masturbate
Wankel engine
noun Etymology: Felix Wankel died 1988 German engineer Date: 1961 an internal combustion rotary engine that has a rounded triangular rotor functioning as a piston and ...
wanker
noun Date: circa 1961 1. chiefly British, usually vulgar a person who masturbates 2. chiefly British, usually vulgar jerk, dolt
wanly
adverb see wan I
wannabe
also wannabee noun Etymology: from the phrase want to be Date: 1981 1. a person who wants or aspires to be someone or something else or who tries to look or act like someone ...
wannabee
noun see wannabe
Wanne-Eickel
geographical name city W Germany in the Ruhr N of Bochum population 100,300
wanness
noun see wan I
wannigan
noun see wanigan
Wanstead and Woodford
geographical name former municipal borough S England in Essex, now part of Redbridge
want
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse vanta; akin to Old English wan deficient Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. to be needy or destitute 2. to have or ...
want ad
noun Date: 1895 a newspaper advertisement stating that something (as an employee, employment, or a specified item) is wanted
wanting
I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. not present or in evidence ; absent 2. a. not being up to standards or expectations b. lacking in ability or capacity ; ...
wanton
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from wan- deficient, wrong, mis- (from Old English, from wan deficient) + towen, past participle of teen to draw, train, discipline, from ...
wantoner
noun see wanton III
wantonly
adverb see wanton I
wantonness
noun see wanton I
wapentake
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wǣpentæc, from Old Norse vāpnatak act of grasping weapons, from vāpn weapon + tak act of grasping, from taka to take; ...
wapiti
noun (plural wapiti or wapitis) Etymology: Shawnee wa•piti, literally, white rump Date: 1806 elk 1b
wappenschawing
noun Etymology: Middle English (northern dialect) wapynschawing, from wapen weapon (from Old Norse vāpn) + schawing, gerund of schawen to show, from Old English scēawian to ...
Wapsipinicon
geographical name river 225 miles (362 kilometers) SE Minnesota & E Iowa flowing SE into Mississippi River
Wapusk National Park
geographical name reservation Canada in NE Manitoba bordering Hudson Bay
war
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English werre, from Anglo-French werre, guerre, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German werra strife; akin to Old High ...
war baby
noun Date: 1901 a person born or conceived during a war
war bride
noun Date: 1892 1. a woman who marries a serviceman ordered into active service in time of war 2. a woman who marries a serviceman especially of a foreign nation met during ...
war chest
noun Date: 1871 a fund accumulated to finance a war; broadly a fund earmarked for a specific purpose, action, or campaign
war club
noun Date: 1763 a club-shaped implement used as a weapon especially by American Indians
war crime
noun Date: 1906 a crime (as genocide or maltreatment of prisoners) committed during or in connection with war — usually used in plural • war criminal noun
war criminal
noun see war crime
war cry
noun Date: 1748 1. a cry used by a body of fighters in war 2. a slogan used especially to rally people to a cause
war dance
noun Date: 1711 a dance performed (as by American Indians) in preparation for battle or in celebration of victory
war footing
noun Date: 1800 the condition of being prepared to undertake or maintain war
war game
noun Date: 1828 1. a simulated battle or campaign to test military concepts and usually conducted in conferences by officers acting as the opposing staffs 2. a two-sided ...
war hawk
noun Date: 1798 a person who clamors for war; especially a jingoistic American favoring war with Britain around 1812
war of nerves
Date: 1939 a conflict characterized by psychological tactics (as bluff, threats, and intimidation) designed primarily to create confusion, indecision, or breakdown of morale
war paint
noun Date: 1826 1. paint put on parts of the body (as the face) by American Indians as a sign of going to war 2. makeup 3a
war party
noun Date: 1755 1. a group of American Indians on the warpath 2. a usually jingoistic political party advocating or upholding a war
war power
noun Date: 1766 the power to make war; specifically an extraordinary power exercised usually by the executive branch of a government in the prosecution of a war
war room
noun Date: 1914 1. a room at a military headquarters where maps showing the current status of troops in battle are maintained 2. a room (as at a business headquarters) used ...
war story
noun Date: 1839 a story of a memorable personal experience typically involving an element of danger, hardship, or adventure
war whoop
noun Date: 1739 a war cry especially of American Indians
war zone
noun Date: 1914 1. a zone in which belligerents are waging war; broadly an area marked by extreme violence 2. a designated area especially on the high seas within which ...
war-game
transitive verb Date: 1942 to plan or conduct in the manner of a war game intransitive verb to conduct a war game
Warangal
geographical name city S central India in N Andhra Pradesh NE of Hyderabad population 447,653
Warbeck
biographical name Perkin 1474-1499 Flemish imposter & pretender to the English throne
warble
I. noun Etymology: Middle English werble tune, from Old French (Picard dialect), from werbler to sing expressively, trill, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch wervelen to ...
warble fly
noun Date: 1877 any of various dipteran flies (family Oestridae) whose larvae live under the skin of various mammals and cause warbles
warbled
adjective see warble III
warbler
noun Date: circa 1611 1. one that warbles ; singer, songster 2. a. any of numerous small chiefly Old World oscine birds (family Sylviidae) many of which are noted ...
warbonnet
noun Date: 1810 an American Indian ceremonial headdress often with a feathered extension down the back
Warburg
biographical name Otto Heinrich 1883-1970 German biochemist
Warburton Creek
geographical name river 275 miles (442 kilometers) Australia in NE South Australia flowing SW into Lake Eyre
Ward
I. biographical name (Aaron) Montgomery 1843-1913 American merchant II. biographical name Artemas 1727-1800 American general in Revolution III. biographical name Artemus ...
ward
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English weard & Anglo-French warde, garde, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German warta act of watching, Old English warian to ...
ward heeler
noun Date: 1888 a worker for a political boss in a ward or other local area
ward of court
noun see ward I
warded
adjective Date: 14th century provided with a ward
warden
noun Etymology: Middle English wardein, from Anglo-French wardein, gardein, from warder to guard Date: 13th century 1. one having care or charge of something ; guardian, ...
wardenship
noun Date: 14th century the office, jurisdiction, or powers of a warden
warder
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French wardere, from warde Date: 15th century 1. watchman, porter 2. British a. warden b. a prison guard II. noun ...
wardress
noun Date: 1878 a woman supervising female prisoners (as in a prison)
wardrobe
noun Etymology: Middle English warderobe, from Anglo-French *warderobe, garderobe, from warder, garder to guard + robe robe Date: 14th century 1. a. a room or closet where ...
wardroom
noun Date: 1748 the space in a warship allotted for living quarters to the commissioned officers excepting the captain; specifically the mess assigned to these officers
wardship
noun Date: 15th century 1. a. care and protection of a ward b. the right to the custody of an infant heir of a feudal tenant and of the heir's property 2. the state ...
ware
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English war, ware careful, aware, from Old English wær — more at wary Date: before 12th century 1. aware, conscious 2. archaic wary, ...
warehouse
I. noun Date: 14th century a structure or room for the storage of merchandise or commodities II. transitive verb Date: 1766 1. to deposit, store, or stock in or as if in a ...
warehouseman
noun Date: 1635 a person who manages or works in a warehouse
warehouser
noun Date: circa 1927 warehouseman
wareroom
noun Date: 1811 a room in which goods are exhibited for sale
warfare
noun Etymology: Middle English, from werre, warre war + fare journey, passage — more at fare Date: 15th century 1. military operations between enemies ; hostilities, war; ...
warfarin
noun Etymology: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (its patentee) + coumarin Date: 1950 a crystalline anticoagulant coumarin derivative C19H16O4 used chiefly in the form of ...
warhead
noun Date: 1898 the section of a missile containing the explosive, chemical, or incendiary charge
Warhol
biographical name Andy 1928?-1987 originally Andrew Warhola American artist & filmmaker • Warholian adjective
Warholian
adjective see Warhol
warhorse
noun Date: 15th century 1. a horse used in war ; charger 2. a person with long experience in a field; especially a veteran soldier or public person (as a politician) 3. ...
warily
adverb see wary
wariness
noun see wary
warison
noun Etymology: probably a misunderstanding by Sir Walter Scott of Middle English waryson reward, security, from Anglo-French *warison, garisun healing, protection — more at ...
Warks
abbreviation Warwickshire
warless
adjective see war I
Warley
geographical name town W central England, a NW suburb of Birmingham population 152,455
warlike
adjective Date: 15th century 1. obsolete ready for war ; equipped to fight 2. fit for, disposed to, or fond of war ; bellicose 3. of, relating to, or useful in war 4. ...
warlock
noun Etymology: Middle English warloghe, from Old English wǣrloga one that breaks faith, the Devil, from wǣr faith, troth + -loga (from lēogan to lie); akin to Old English ...
warlord
noun Date: 1856 1. a supreme military leader 2. a military commander exercising civil power by force usually in a limited area • warlordism noun
warlordism
noun see warlord
warm
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wearm; akin to Old High German warm warm and probably to Lithuanian virti to cook, boil Date: before 12th century 1. ...
warm front
noun Date: 1921 an advancing edge of a warm air mass
warm fuzzies
noun plural Date: 1981 feelings of happiness, contentment, or sentimentality
warm spot
noun Date: 1951 a lasting affection for a particular person or thing
warm up
intransitive verb Date: 1846 to engage in exercise or practice especially before entering a game or contest; broadly to get ready
warm-blooded
adjective Date: 1793 1. having warm blood; specifically having a relatively high and constant internally regulated body temperature relatively independent of the ...
warm-bloodedness
noun see warm-blooded
warm-up
noun Date: 1915 1. the act or an instance of warming up; also a preparatory activity or procedure 2. a suit for exercise or casual wear consisting of a jacket or ...
warm-up suit
noun see warm-up
warmed-over
adjective Date: 1887 1. not fresh or new ; stale 2. heated again
warmer
noun Date: circa 1595 one that warms; especially a device for keeping something warm
warmhearted
adjective Date: circa 1520 marked by ready affection, cordiality, generosity, or sympathy • warmheartedness noun
warmheartedness
noun see warmhearted
warming pan
noun Date: 15th century a long-handled covered pan filled with live coals that is used to warm a bed
warmish
adjective see warm I
warmly
adverb Date: 1529 1. in a manner characterized or accompanied by warmth of emotion 2. in a manner that causes or maintains warmth
warmness
noun see warm I
warmonger
noun Date: 1817 one who urges or attempts to stir up war • warmongering noun
warmongering
noun see warmonger
warmouth
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1883 a large-mouthed freshwater sunfish (Lepomis gulosus) chiefly of the eastern U.S. — called also warmouth bass
warmouth bass
noun see warmouth
warmth
noun Date: 13th century 1. the quality or state of being warm in temperature 2. the quality or state of being warm in feeling 3. a glowing effect produced by the use of ...
warn
verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English warnian; akin to Old High German warnōn to take heed, Old English wær careful, aware — more at wary Date: before 12th ...
Warner
biographical name Charles Dudley 1829-1900 American editor & essayist
warner
noun see warn
Warner Robins
geographical name city central Georgia population 48,804
warning
I. noun Date: before 12th century 1. the act of warning ; the state of being warned 2. something that warns or serves to warn; especially a notice or bulletin that alerts ...
warning coloration
noun Date: 1928 conspicuous coloration possessed by an animal (as an insect) otherwise effectively but not obviously defended that serves to warn off potential enemies
warning path
noun see warning track
warning track
noun Date: 1966 a usually dirt or cinder strip around the outside edge of a baseball outfield to warn a fielder when running to make a catch that the fence is near — called ...
warningly
adverb see warning II
warp
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wearp; akin to Old High German warf warp, Old English weorpan to throw, Old Norse verpa Date: before 12th century 1. a. ...
warp and woof
noun Date: 1842 foundation, base
warp beam
noun Date: circa 1833 a roll on which warp is wound for a loom
warp knit
noun Date: 1946 a knit fabric produced by machine with the yarns running in a lengthwise direction — compare weft knit • warp-knitted adjective • warp knitting noun
warp knitting
noun see warp knit
warp speed
noun Etymology: from the use in science fiction of space-time warps to allow faster-than-light travel Date: 1979 the highest possible speed • warp-speed adjective
warp-knitted
adjective see warp knit
warp-speed
adjective see warp speed
warpage
noun see warp I
warpath
noun Date: 1755 1. the route taken by a party of American Indians going on a warlike expedition or to a war 2. a hostile or combative course of action or frame of mind
warper
noun see warp II
warplane
noun Date: circa 1911 a military airplane; specifically one armed for combat
warrant
I. noun Etymology: Middle English waraunt protector, warrant, from Anglo-French warant, garant, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German werēnto guarantor, werēn to ...
warrant officer
noun Date: 1693 1. an officer in the armed forces holding rank by virtue of a warrant and ranking above a noncommissioned officer and below a commissioned officer 2. a ...
warrantable
adjective Date: 1597 capable of being warranted ; justifiable • warrantableness noun • warrantably adverb
warrantableness
noun see warrantable
warrantably
adverb see warrantable
warrantee
noun Date: 1706 the person to whom a warranty is made
warranter
noun see warrantor
warrantless
adjective see warrant I
warrantor
also warranter noun Date: 15th century one that warrants or gives a warranty
warranty
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English warantie, from Anglo-French warantie, garantie, from warentir to warrant Date: 14th century 1. a. a real covenant binding ...
warranty deed
noun Date: 1779 a deed warranting that the grantor has a good title free and clear of all liens and encumbrances and will defend the grantee against all claims
warren
noun Etymology: Middle English wareine, from Anglo-French warenne, garenne Date: 14th century 1. chiefly British a. a place legally authorized for keeping small game (as ...
Warren
I. biographical name Earl 1891-1974 American jurist; chief justice United States Supreme Court (1953-69) II. biographical name Gouverneur Kemble 1830-1882 American ...
warrener
noun Date: 13th century 1. gamekeeper 2. a person who maintains a rabbit warren
Warrington
geographical name town NW England in Cheshire on the Mersey E of Liverpool population 57,389
warrior
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war ...
Warsaw
or Polish Warszawa or German Warschau geographical name city capital of Poland on the Vistula population 1,655,063
warsaw
noun see warsaw grouper
warsaw grouper
noun Etymology: warsaw modification of American Spanish guasa Date: 1949 any of several large groupers; especially one (Epinephelus nigritus) of the western Atlantic and ...
Warschau
geographical name see Warsaw
warship
noun Date: 1533 a naval vessel
warsle
or warstle verb Etymology: Middle English werstelen, warstelen, alteration of wrestlen, wrastlen Date: 14th century Scottish wrestle, struggle • warsle noun, Scottish
warstle
verb see warsle
Warszawa
geographical name see Warsaw
wart
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wearte; akin to Old High German warza wart, Old Church Slavic vrědŭ injury Date: before 12th century 1. a. a horny ...
Warta
or German Warthe geographical name river 502 miles (808 kilometers) Poland flowing NW & W into the Oder
warted
adjective see wart
Warthe
geographical name see Warta
warthog
noun Date: 1840 a wild African hog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) that has large protruding tusks and in the male two pairs of rough warty excrescences on the face and that is ...
wartime
noun Usage: often attributive Date: 14th century a period during which a war is in progress
wartless
adjective see wart
Warton
biographical name Thomas 1728-1790 English literary historian & critic; poet laureate (1785-90)
warts-and-all
adjective Date: 1957 showing defects or imperfections frankly ; not idealized
warty
adjective see wart
Warwick
I. biographical name Earl of 1428-1471 Richard Neville ; the Kingmaker English soldier & statesman II. geographical name 1. city central Rhode Island S of Providence on ...
Warwickshire
or Warwick geographical name county central England capital Warwick area 792 square miles (2051 square kilometers), population 477,000
wary
adjective (warier; -est) Etymology: 1ware, from Middle English war, ware, from Old English wær careful, aware, wary; akin to Old High German giwar aware, attentive, Latin ...
was
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, wæs, 1st & 3d singular past indicative of wesan to be; akin to Old Norse vera to be, var was, Sanskrit vasati he lives, dwells ...
wasabi
noun Etymology: Japanese Date: 1903 1. a condiment that is prepared from the ground thick pungent greenish root of an Asian herb (Wasabia japonica syn. Eutrema wasabi) of the ...
Wasatch Range
geographical name mountain range SE Idaho & N & central Utah — see timpanogos (Mount)
Wash
abbreviation Washington
wash
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wascan; akin to Old High German waskan to wash and perhaps to Old English wæter water Date: before 12th century transitive ...
wash down
transitive verb Date: 1600 1. to move or carry downward by action of a liquid; especially to facilitate the passage of (food) down the gullet with accompanying swallows of ...
wash drawing
noun Date: 1889 watercolor painting in or chiefly in washes especially in black, white, and gray tones only
wash one's hands of
phrasal to disclaim interest in, responsibility for, or further connection with
wash out
verb Date: 1540 transitive verb 1. to wash free of an extraneous substance (as dirt) 2. a. to cause to fade by or as if by laundering b. to deplete the strength ...
wash up
verb Date: 1751 intransitive verb 1. to wash one's face and hands 2. British to wash the dishes after a meal 3. to be deposited by or as if by a swell of waves ...
Wash, The
geographical name inlet of North Sea E England between Norfolk & Lincolnshire
wash-and-wear
adjective Date: 1956 of, relating to, or constituting a fabric or garment that needs little or no ironing after washing
washability
noun see washable
washable
adjective Date: 1821 capable of being washed without damage • washability noun
washateria
also washeteria noun Etymology: 2wash + -ateria or -eteria (as in cafeteria) Date: 1937 chiefly Southern a self-service laundry
washbasin
noun Date: 1812 washbowl
washboard
noun Date: 1742 1. a broad thin plank along a gunwale or on the sill of a lower deck port to keep out the sea 2. baseboard 3. a. a corrugated rectangular surface that ...
washbowl
noun Date: 1816 a large bowl for water that is used to wash one's hands and face
washcloth
noun Date: 1863 a cloth that is used for washing one's face and body — called also facecloth, washrag
washed-out
adjective Date: 1796 1. faded in color 2. depleted in vigor or animation ; exhausted
washed-up
adjective Date: 1928 no longer successful, skillful, popular, or needed
washer
noun Date: 14th century 1. a flat thin ring or a perforated plate used in joints or assemblies to ensure tightness, prevent leakage, or relieve friction 2. one that washes; ...
washerman
noun Date: 1715 laundryman; also a man operating any of various industrial washing machines
washerwoman
noun Date: 1632 a woman whose occupation is washing clothes ; laundress
washeteria
noun see washateria
washhouse
noun Date: 1577 a building used or equipped for washing; especially one for washing clothes
washing
noun Date: 13th century 1. the act or action of one that cleanses with water 2. material obtained by washing 3. articles washed or to be washed ; wash
washing machine
noun Date: circa 1754 a machine for washing; especially one for washing clothes and household linen
washing soda
noun Date: 1865 a transparent crystalline hydrated sodium carbonate
Washington
I. biographical name Booker Taliaferro 1856-1915 American educator II. biographical name George 1732-1799 American general; 1st president of the United States (1789-97) • ...
Washington pie
noun Etymology: George Washington Date: 1868 cake layers put together with a jam or jelly filling
Washington's Birthday
noun Etymology: George Washington Date: 1829 1. February 22 formerly observed as a legal holiday in most of the states of the United States 2. the third Monday in February ...
Washington, Lake
geographical name lake 20 miles (32 kilometers) long W Washington E of Seattle
Washington, Mount
geographical name mountain 6288 feet (1916 meters) N New Hampshire; highest in White Mountains
Washingtonian
I. adjective see Washington II II. adjective or noun see Washington III
Washita
geographical name river 500 miles (805 kilometers) NW Texas & SW Oklahoma flowing SE into Red River
washout
noun Date: 1873 1. a. the washing out or away of something and especially of earth in a roadbed by a freshet b. a place where earth is washed away 2. one that fails to ...
washrag
noun Date: 1890 washcloth
washroom
noun Date: 1806 a room that is equipped with washing and toilet facilities ; lavatory
washstand
noun Date: 1789 1. a stand holding articles needed for washing one's face and hands 2. a washbowl permanently set in place and attached to water and drainpipes
washtub
noun Date: 1602 a tub for washing or soaking clothes
washup
noun Date: 1884 the act or process of washing clean
washwoman
noun Date: 1590 washerwoman
washy
adjective (washier; -est) Date: 1615 1. a. weak, watery b. deficient in color c. lacking in vigor, individuality, or definiteness 2. lacking in condition and in ...
Wasmosy
biographical name Juan Carlos 1939- president of Paraguay (1993-98)
wasn't
Date: circa 1653 was not
wasp
noun Etymology: Middle English waspe, from Old English wæps, wæsp; akin to Old High German wafsa wasp, Latin vespa wasp Date: before 12th century 1. any of numerous ...
WASP
or Wasp noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: white Anglo-Saxon Protestant Date: 1957 sometimes disparaging an American of Northern European and especially British ...
Wasp
noun see WASP
wasp waist
noun Date: 1870 a very slender waist • wasp-waisted adjective
wasp-waisted
adjective see wasp waist
Waspdom
noun see WASP
waspish
adjective Date: 1566 1. resembling a wasp in behavior; especially snappish, petulant 2. resembling a wasp in form; especially slightly built • waspishly adverb • ...
Waspish
adjective see WASP
waspishly
adverb see waspish
Waspishness
noun see WASP
waspishness
noun see waspish
wasplike
adjective see wasp
Waspy
adjective see WASP
wassail
I. noun Etymology: Middle English wæs hæil, washayl, from Old Norse ves heill be well, from ves (imperativesingular of vera to be) + heill healthy — more at was, whole ...
wassail bowl
noun Date: 1606 1. a bowl that is used for the serving of wassail 2. wassail 2
wassailer
noun Date: 1634 1. one that carouses ; reveler 2. archaic one who goes about singing carols
Wassermann
biographical name August von 1866-1925 German bacteriologist
Wassermann reaction
noun Etymology: August von Wassermann Date: 1911 the complement-fixing reaction that occurs in a positive complement-fixation test for syphilis
Wassermann test
noun Date: 1909 a test for the detection of syphilis using the Wassermann reaction — called also Wassermann
Wasserstein
biographical name Wendy 1950- American dramatist
wast
archaic past second singular of be
wastage
noun Date: 1735 loss, decrease, or destruction of something (as by use, decay, erosion, or leakage); especially wasteful or avoidable loss of something valuable
waste
I. noun Etymology: Middle English waste, wast; in sense 1, from Anglo-French wast, from wast, gast, guast, adjective, desolate, waste, from Latin vastus; in other senses, from ...
waste one's breath
phrasal to accomplish nothing by speaking
waste pipe
noun Date: circa 1512 a pipe for carrying off waste fluid
wastebasket
noun Date: 1850 a receptacle for refuse and especially for wastepaper — called also wastepaper basket
wasted
adjective Date: 15th century 1. laid waste ; ravaged 2. impaired in strength or health ; emaciated 3. archaic gone by ; elapsed 4. unprofitably used, made, or ...
wasteful
adjective Date: 14th century given to or marked by waste ; lavish, prodigal • wastefully adverb • wastefulness noun
wastefully
adverb see wasteful
wastefulness
noun see wasteful
wasteland
noun Date: 14th century 1. barren or uncultivated land 2. an ugly often devastated or barely inhabitable place or area 3. something (as a way of life) that is ...
wastepaper
noun Date: 1567 paper discarded as used, superfluous, or not fit for use
wastepaper basket
noun see wastebasket
waster
noun Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) one that spends or consumes extravagantly and without thought for the future (2) a dissolute person b. one that uses ...
wastewater
noun Date: 15th century water that has been used (as in a manufacturing process) ; sewage
wasting
adjective Date: 13th century 1. laying waste ; devastating 2. undergoing or causing decay or loss of strength
wastrel
noun Etymology: irregular from 2waste Date: circa 1841 1. vagabond, waif 2. one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently ; profligate
Watauga
geographical name river 60 miles (96 kilometers) NW North Carolina & NE Tennessee flowing into S fork of the Holston
watch
I. verb Etymology: Middle English wacchen, from Old English wæccan — more at wake Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to keep vigil as a devotional ...
watch and ward
noun Date: 14th century 1. continuous unbroken vigilance and guard 2. service as a watchman or sentinel required from a feudal tenant
watch cap
noun Date: 1886 a knitted close-fitting usually navy-blue cap worn especially by enlisted men in the United States navy in cold or stormy weather
watch fire
noun Date: 1801 a fire lighted as a signal or for the use of a guard
watch it
phrasal look out ; be careful
watch night
noun Date: 1742 a devotional service lasting until after midnight especially on New Year's Eve
watch one's step
phrasal to proceed with extreme care ; act or talk warily
watch out
intransitive verb Date: 1845 to be vigilant or alert ; be on the lookout
watch over
phrasal to have charge of ; superintend
watch pocket
noun Date: 1831 a small pocket just below the front waistband of men's trousers
watchable
adjective Date: 1933 worth watching • watchable noun
watchband
noun Date: 1924 the bracelet or strap of a wristwatch
watchcase
noun Date: 1671 the outside metal covering of a watch
watchdog
I. noun Date: 1612 1. a dog kept to guard property 2. one that guards against loss, waste, theft, or undesirable practices II. transitive verb Date: 1902 to act as a ...
watcher
noun Date: 13th century one that watches: as a. one that sits up or continues awake at night b. watchman c. (1) one that keeps watch beside a dead person (2) ...

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