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waggle
—wagglingly, adv. /wag"euhl/, v., waggled, waggling, n. v.i. 1. to wobble or shake, esp. while in motion: The ball waggled slowly to a stop. The leaves of the tree waggled in ...
waggle dance
a series of patterned movements performed by a scouting bee, communicating to other bees of the colony the direction and distance of a food source or hive site. * * *
waggly
/wag"lee/, adj. waggling; unsteady. [1890-95; WAGGLE + -Y1] * * *
waggon
/wag"euhn/, n., v.t., v.i. Chiefly Brit. wagon. * * *
Wagner
/wag"neuhr/ for 1, 4, 5; /vahg"neuhr/ or, Ger., /vahg"neuhrdd/ for 2, 3, n. 1. Honus /hoh"neuhs/, (John Peter), 1874-1955, U.S. baseball player. 2. Otto /ot"oh/; Ger. /awt"oh/, ...
Wagner Act
/wag"neuhr/. See National Labor Relations Act. [named after the legislation's sponsor, Robert F. WAGNER] * * * or National Labor Relations Act (1935) Labour legislation passed ...
Wagner, (Wilhelm) Richard
born May 22, 1813, Leipzig, Ger. died Feb. 13, 1883, Venice, Italy German composer. His childhood was divided between Dresden and Leipzig, where he had his first composition ...
Wagner, Carl
▪ German chemist and metallurgist born May 25, 1901, Leipzig, Ger. died Dec. 10, 1977, Göttingen, W.Ger.       German physical chemist and metallurgist who helped ...
Wagner, Cosima
▪ German art director née  Liszt , also called (1857–68)  Cosima von Bülow  born Dec. 25, 1837, Bellagio, Lombardy, Austrian Empire [now in Italy] died April 1, 1930, ...
Wagner, Honus
orig. John Peter Wagner born Feb. 24, 1874, Mansfield, Pa., U.S. died Dec. 6, 1955, Carnegie U.S. baseball player. Wagner played principally for the Pittsburgh Pirates ...
Wagner, Otto
born July 13, 1841, Penzing, near Vienna, Austrian Empire died April 11, 1918, Vienna Austrian architect and teacher. In 1893 his general plan (not executed) for Vienna won a ...
Wagner, Richard
▪ German composer Introduction in full  Wilhelm Richard Wagner  born May 22, 1813, Leipzig died Feb. 13, 1883, Venice  German dramatic composer and theorist whose operas ...
Wagner, Robert F(erdinand)
born June 8, 1877, Nastätten, Hesse-Nassau, Ger. died May 4, 1953, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. politician. He immigrated with his family to New York City in 1885. He became ...
Wagner, Robert F.
▪ United States senator in full  Robert Ferdinand Wagner  born June 8, 1877, Nastätten, Hesse-Nassau, Ger. died May 4, 1953, New York, N.Y., U.S.       U.S. senator ...
Wagner,Richard
Wag·ner (vägʹnər), Richard. 1813-1883. German composer known especially for his romantic operas, often based on Germanic legends. Among his works are Tannhäuser (1845) and ...
Wagner,Robert Ferdinand
Wag·ner (wăgʹnər), Robert Ferdinand. 1877-1953. German-born American politician. A U.S. senator from New York (1927-1949), he sponsored important social legislation during ...
Wagner-Jauregg
/vahg"neuhrdd yow"rddek/, n. Julius /yooh"lee oos'/, 1857-1940, Austrian psychiatrist: Nobel prize for medicine 1927. * * *
Wagner-Jauregg, Julius
orig. Julius Wagner, knight von Jauregg born March 7, 1857, Wels, Austria died Sept. 27, 1940, Vienna Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist. Knowing that malaria could be ...
Wagnerian
/vahg near"ee euhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Richard Wagner or his works: Wagnerian grandeur; a Wagnerian soprano. n. 2. Also, Wagnerite /vahg"neuh ...
wagon
—wagonless, adj. /wag"euhn/, n. 1. any of various kinds of four-wheeled vehicles designed to be pulled or having its own motor and ranging from a child's toy to a commercial ...
wagon boss
a man in charge of a wagon train. Also called wagon master. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
wagon jobber.
See truck jobber. * * *
wagon master
1. See wagon boss. 2. Also, wagonmaster. a person hired or chosen to lead and guide a caravan of recreational vehicles, as campers, on a trip. 3. Facetious. any leader, chief, ...
wagon roof.
See barrel vault. [1865-70] * * *
wagon seat
Furniture. a plain, unupholstered settee, usually with a slat back, for use either indoors or in a wagon. Also called rumble seat. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
wagon soldier
Mil. Slang. a field-artillery soldier. [1865-70] * * *
wagon train
U.S. Hist. a train of wagons and horses, as one carrying military supplies or transporting settlers in the westward migration. [1800-10] * * * ▪ North American ...
wagon vault.
See barrel vault. [1825-35] * * *
wagon-headed
/wag"euhn hed'id/, adj. Archit. of the form of a round arch or a semicylinder, like the cover of a wagon when stretched over the bows, as a ceiling or roof. [1815-25] * * *
wagon-lit
Fr. /vann gawonn lee"/, n., pl. wagons-lits /vann gawonn lee"/. (in continental European usage) a railroad sleeping car. [1880-85; < F, equiv. to wagon railway coach ( < E) + lit ...
wagonage
/wag"euh nij/, n. Archaic. 1. transportation or conveyance by wagon. 2. money paid for this. 3. a group of wagons; wagon train. [1600-10; WAGON + -AGE] * * *
wagoner
/wag"euh neuhr/, n. 1. a person who drives a wagon. 2. (cap.) Astron. the northern constellation Auriga. 3. Obs. a charioteer. [1535-45; WAGON + -ER1] * * *
Wagoner, Porter Wayne
▪ 2008       American singer born Aug. 12, 1927, near West Plains, Mo. died Oct. 28, 2007, Nashville, Tenn. was noted for his flashy rhinestone suits and showy white ...
wagonette
/wag'euh net"/, n. a light, four-wheeled carriage, with or without a top, having a crosswise seat in front and two lengthwise seats facing each other at the back. [1855-60; WAGON ...
wagonload
/wag"euhn lohd'/, n. the load carried by a wagon. [1715-25; WAGON + LOAD] * * *
wagontrain
wagon train n. A line or train of wagons traveling cross-country. * * *
wagonvault
wagon vault n. See barrel vault. * * *
Wagram
/vah"grddahm/, n. a village in NE Austria: Napoleon defeated the Austrians here in 1809. * * *
Wagram, Battle of
(July 5–6, 1809) Victory by French forces under Napoleon against Austria. In an attempt to break French control of Germany, Austria's 158,000 troops under Archduke Charles ...
Wagstaff, Harold
▪ English rugby player born May 9, 1891, Underbank, Yorkshire, Eng. died 1939?, Eng.       English rugby player who was a member of the noted Huddersfield team of ...
wagtail
/wag"tayl'/, n. 1. any of numerous small, chiefly Old World birds of the family Motacillidae, having a slender body with a long, narrow tail that is habitually wagged up and ...
Wāh
▪ Pakistan also called  Wāh Cantonment,         town, Punjab province, northern Pakistan. It is connected by road with Peshāwar and Rāwalpindi and is a growing ...
wah-wah
/wah"wah'/, adj. 1. producing a muted, bawling sound like that of a trumpet with the hand moved momentarily over the bell: a wah-wah effect on a synthesizer; a guitar with a ...
Wāḥāt al-Khārijah, Al-
▪ oasis, Egypt also spelled  Kharga, or El-Kharga,         oasis in the Libyan (Western) Desert, part of Al-Wādī al-Jadīd (Wādī al-Jadīd, Al-) (“New ...
Wahhāb, Muḥammad ibn {ʽ}Abd al-
born 1703, ʽUyaynah, Arabia died 1792, Al-Dirʽīyah Islamic theologian and founder of the Wahhābī movement. Educated in Medina, he spent several years teaching in Iraq and ...
Wahhāb, Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-
▪ Muslim theologian born 1703, ʿUyaynah, Arabia [now in Saudi Arabia] died 1792, Ad-Dirʿīyah       theologian and founder of the Wahhābī movement, which attempted ...
Wahhabi
/weuh hah"bee, wah-/, n., pl. Wahhabis. Islam. a follower of 'Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1792), who stringently opposed all practices not sanctioned by the Koran. The Wahhabis, founded ...
Wahhabism
/weuh hah"biz euhm, wah-/, n. the group of doctrines or practices of the Wahhabis. Also, Wahhabiism /weuh hah"bee iz'euhm, wah-/, Wahabism. [1820-30; WAHHAB(I) + -ISM] * * *
Wahiawa
/wah"hee euh wah"/, n. a city on central Oahu, in central Hawaii. 41,562. * * * ▪ Hawaii, United States Hawaiian  Wahiawā        city, Honolulu county, central ...
Wahid, Abdurrahman
▪ 1996       One could say that Abdurrahman Wahid was born to lead the world's largest Muslim organization, the 25 million-member Nahdatul Ulama (NU), founded by his ...
wahine
/wah hee"nee, -nay/, n., pl. wahine. 1. (in Hawaii and Polynesia) a girl or young woman. 2. Slang. a young woman surfer. [1835-45; < Polynesian] * * *
wahoo
wahoo1 /wah hooh", wah"hooh/, n., pl. wahoos. any of various American shrubs or small trees, as the winged elm, Ulmus alata, or a linden, Tilia heterophylla. [1760-70, Amer.; ...
Wahpekute
/wah"peuh kooh'tee/, n., pl. Wahpekutes, (esp. collectively) Wahpekute. a member of a North American Indian people belonging to the Santee branch of the Dakota. * * *
Wahpeton
/waw"pi tn/, n., pl. -tons, (esp. collectively) -ton. a member of a North American Indian people belonging to the Santee branch of the Dakota. * * * ▪ North Dakota, United ...
Waialeale, Mount
▪ mountain, Hawaii, United States Hawaiian  Wai‘ale‘ale        peak, central Kauai island, Hawaii, U.S. Waialeale (Hawaiian: “Rippling Water”), with an ...
Waianae Range
▪ mountains, Hawaii, United States Hawaiian  Wai‘anae        mountain range forming the western coast of Oahu island, Hawaii, U.S. The range is the oldest area of ...
WaianaeMountains
Wai·a·na·e Mountains (wī'ə-näʹā) A mountain range of western Oahu, Hawaii, rising to 1,227.6 m (4,025 ft) at Mount Kaala. * * *
Waiau River
▪ river, eastern South Island, New Zealand formerly  Waiau-ua, or Dillon,         river in eastern South Island, New Zealand. It rises in the Spenser Mountains and ...
Waichow
/wuy"joh"/, n. Older Spelling. Huizhou. * * *
waif
/wayf/, n. 1. a person, esp. a child, who has no home or friends. 2. something found, esp. a stray animal, whose owner is not known. 3. a stray item or article: to gather waifs ...
Waigeo
Island, northeastern Moluccas, Indonesia. Located off northwestern New Guinea, it is part of Papua (Irian Jaya) province. Waigeo is 80 mi (130 km) long and 30 mi (48 km) wide. ...
Waigeo Island
▪ island, Indonesia Indonesian  Pulau Waigeo , also spelled  Waigeu        largest island of the Raja Ampat group in the Dampier Strait, Irian Jaya provinsi ...
Waiheke Island
▪ island, New Zealand       island, a volcanic formation in southern Hauraki Gulf, off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand. The fifth largest island of New ...
Waihi
▪ New Zealand       town, northern North Island, New Zealand, on the Ohinemuri River (tributary of the Waihou). Situated at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula on the ...
Waikaremoana, Lake
▪ lake, New Zealand       lake in eastern North Island, New Zealand. Created by a landslide damming the Waikare Taheke River, the 21-square-mile (54-square-kilometre) ...
Waikato
Wai·ka·to (wī-käʹtō) A river of New Zealand rising in central North Island and flowing about 434 km (270 mi) northwest to the Tasman Sea. It is the longest river in the ...
Waikato River
River, North Island, New Zealand. Rising on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu as the Tongariro River, it flows north through Lake Taupo, then northwest to enter the Tasman Sea. The ...
Waikiki
/wuy"kee kee', wuy'kee kee"/, n. a beach and resort area on SE Oahu, in central Hawaii; part of Honolulu. * * * Resort area, southern coast of Oahu island, Hawaii, U.S. Located ...
wail
—wailer, n. —wailingly, adv. /wayl/, v.i. 1. to utter a prolonged, inarticulate, mournful cry, usually high-pitched or clear-sounding, as in grief or suffering: to wail with ...
wailer
See wail. * * *
wailful
—wailfully, adv. /wayl"feuhl/, adj. mournful; plaintive. [1535-45; WAIL + -FUL] * * *
wailfully
See wailful. * * *
Wailing Wall
Wailing Wall n. 〚name applied by non-Jews, suggested by the passionate praying heard there〛 WESTERN WALL * * *
Wailing Wall.
See Western Wall. * * *
wailingly
See wailer. * * *
WailingWall
Wail·ing Wall (wāʹlĭng) n. See Western Wall. * * *
wailsome
/wayl"seuhm/, adj. Archaic. wailful. [1560-70; WAIL + -SOME1] * * *
Wailua River
▪ river, Hawaii, United States       river, Kauai island, Hawaii, U.S. It flows from the slopes of Mount Waialeale (Waialeale, Mount) about 10 miles (16 km) inland to ...
Wailuku
/wuy looh"kooh/, n. a town on NW Maui, in central Hawaii. 10,674. * * * ▪ Hawaii, United States       city, seat of Maui county, northern Maui island, Hawaii, U.S. It ...
Waimakariri River
River, east-central South Island, New Zealand. It rises in the Southern Alps and flows 100 mi (160 km) southeast to Pegasus Bay of the Pacific Ocean. The river's delta ...
Waimea
▪ Hawaii, United States       town, Kauai county, southwestern Kauai island, Hawaii, U.S. Waimea, whose name means “Reddish Water,” is situated on Waimea Bay at ...
wain
/wayn/, n. 1. (cap.) Astron. Charles's Wain. See Big Dipper. 2. a farm wagon or cart. [bef. 900; ME; OE waegn, waen, c. D wagen, G Wagen. See WEIGH1] * * *
Wain, John
▪ British critic and writer born March 14, 1925, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Eng. died May 24, 1994, Oxford, Oxfordshire       English novelist and poet whose early ...
Wain, John Barrington
▪ 1995       British writer (b. March 14, 1925, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England—d. May 24, 1994, Oxford, England), was initially identified with the Angry Young ...
Wainganga River
▪ river, India       river, tributary of the Godavari River, western India. Its name, which means “Arrow of Water,” was probably derived from the names of the ...
wainscot
/wayn"skeuht, -skot, -skoht/, n., v., wainscoted, wainscoting or (esp. Brit.) wainscotted, wainscotting. n. 1. wood, esp. oak and usually in the form of paneling, for lining ...
wainscot chair
Eng. Furniture. an armchair of the 17th century, made of oak and having a solid paneled back. * * * ▪ furniture also called  panel chair  or  joined ...
wainscoting
/wayn"skoh ting, -skot ing, -skeuh ting/, n. 1. paneling or woodwork with which rooms, hallways, etc., are wainscoted. 2. wainscots collectively. Also, esp. Brit., wainscotting ...
wainwright
/wayn"ruyt'/, n. a wagon maker. [bef. 1000; ME; OE waenwyrhta; see WAIN, WRIGHT] * * *
Wainwright
/wayn"ruyt'/, n. Jonathan Mayhew /may"hyooh/, 1883-1953, U.S. general. * * *
Wainwright, Jonathan M.
▪ United States general in full  Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright   born Aug. 23, 1883, Walla Walla, Wash., U.S. died Sept. 2, 1953, San Antonio, Texas       U.S. Army ...
Waipahu
/wuy pah"hooh/, n. a city in Hawaii, on S Oahu. 29,139. * * *
Waipio Valley
▪ valley, Hawaii, United States Hawaiian  Waipi‘o,  also called  Valley of the Kings        valley in the Kohala Mountains, northern Hawaii island, Hawaii, ...
wairakite
▪ mineral       hydrated calcium aluminosilicate mineral present in hot-spring deposits, notably those at Wairakei, New Zealand, and Onikobe, Japan. Like analcite, ...
Wairau River
River, northern South Island, New Zealand. It rises in the Spenser Mountains and flows for 105 mi (169 km) to enter Cloudy Bay of Cook Strait. In 1843 it was the site of the ...
WAIS
/ways/, n. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale. See under Wechsler Scales. * * *
WAIS-R
/ways"ahr"/, n. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Revised. See under Wechsler Scales. * * *
waist
—waistless, adj. /wayst/, n. 1. the part of the body in humans between the ribs and the hips, usually the narrowest part of the torso. 2. the part of a garment covering this ...
waist-deep
/wayst"deep"/, adj. being at or rising to the level of the waist. [1755-65] * * *
waist-high
/wayst"huy"/, adj. extending as high as the waist: a waist-high hedge. [1590-1600] * * *
waistband
/wayst"band', -beuhnd/, n. a band encircling the waist, esp. as a part of a skirt or pair of trousers. [1575-85; WAIST + BAND2] * * *
waistcloth
/wayst"klawth', -kloth'/, n., pl. waistcloths /-klawdhz', -klodhz', -klawths', -kloths'/. a loincloth. [1605-15; WAIST + CLOTH] * * *
waistcoat
—waistcoated, adj. /wes"keuht, wayst"koht'/, n. 1. Chiefly Brit. vest (def. 1). 2. an 18th-century garment for women that is similar to a man's vest, usually worn with a riding ...
waistcoated
See waistcoat. * * *
waistcoating
/wes"keuh ting, wayst"koh'ting/, n. a fabric for making waistcoats. [1800-10; WAISTCOAT + -ING1] * * *
waisted
/way"stid/, adj. 1. having a waist of a specified kind (usually used in combination): long-waisted; high-waisted. 2. (of an object, a container, etc.) shaped like a waist; having ...
waistless
See waist. * * *
waistline
/wayst"luyn'/, n. 1. the circumference of the body at the waist: exercises to reduce the waistline. 2. the part of a garment that lies at or near the natural waistline, as the ...
waistpack
waist pack n. A small, usually zippered pack or pouch attached to a belt and worn around the waist. Also called belt bag. * * *
wait
/wayt/, v.i. 1. to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often fol. by for, till, or until): to wait for the bus to arrive. 2. (of things) ...
wait-a-bit
/wayt"euh bit'/, n. any of various plants bearing thorns or prickly appendages, as the grapple plant or the greenbrier. [1775-85; trans. of Afrik wag-'n-bietjie < D wacht een ...
wait-a-minute
wait-a-minute (wātʹə-mĭn'ĭt) n. See wait-a-bit. * * *
Waitaki River
▪ river, New Zealand       river in central South Island, New Zealand. Streams issuing from Lakes Ohau, Pukaki, and Tekapo in the Southern Alps form the Waitaki (Maori: ...
Waitangi, Treaty of
▪ United Kingdom-Maori [1840]       (Feb. 6, 1840), historic pact between Great Britain (British Empire) and a number of New Zealand Maori tribes of North Island. It ...
Waite
/wayt/, n. Morrison Remick /rem"ik/, 1816-88, U.S. jurist: Chief Justice of the U.S. 1874-88. * * *
Waite, Morrison (Remick)
born Nov. 29, 1816, Lyme, Conn., U.S. died March 23, 1888, Washington, D.C. U.S. jurist. The son of a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, he practiced law in Toledo, ...
Waite, Morrison Remick
▪ chief justice of United States born Nov. 29, 1816, Lyme, Conn., U.S. died March 23, 1888, Washington, D.C.  seventh chief justice of the United States (1874–88), who ...
Waite,Morrison Remick
Waite (wāt), Morrison Remick. 1816-1888. American jurist who served as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1874-1888). * * *
Waitemata Harbour
Harbour, northern North Island, New Zealand. The harbour for Auckland, the Waitemata opens into Hauraki Gulf through Stanley Bay. Its shore has many lesser embayments; several ...
waiter
—waiterless, adj. /way"teuhr/, n. 1. a person, esp. a man, who waits on tables, as in a restaurant. 2. a tray for carrying dishes, a tea service, etc.; salver. 3. a person who ...
waitering
/way"teuhr ing/, n. the occupation of a waiter. [1860-65; WAITER + -ING1] * * *
waiting
—waitingly, adv. /way"ting/, n. 1. a period of waiting; pause, interval, or delay. 2. in waiting, in attendance, as upon a royal personage. adj. 3. serving or being in ...
Waiting for Godot
/geuh doh"/ a play (1952) by Samuel Beckett. * * *
waiting game
a stratagem in which action on a matter is reserved for or postponed to a later time, allowing one to wait for a more advantageous time to act or to see what develops in the ...
waiting list
a list of persons waiting, as for reservations, appointments, living accommodations, or admission to a school. Also, waitlist. [1895-1900] * * *
waiting period
1. a specified delay, required by law, between officially stating an intention and acting on it, as between securing a marriage license and getting married. 2. Insurance. the ...
waiting room
a room for the use of persons waiting, as in a railroad station or a physician's office. [1675-85] * * *
waitinggame
waiting game n. The stratagem of deferring action and allowing the passage of time to work in one's favor. * * *
waitinglist
waiting list n. A list of persons waiting, as for an appointment or filling a vacancy. * * *
waitingroom
waiting room n. A room, as in a railroad station or physician's office, for the use of people waiting. * * *
waitlist
/wayt"list'/, v.t. 1. to place on a waiting list: All they could do was to waitlist us for the afternoon flight. n. 2. See waiting list. [WAIT + LIST1] * * *
Waitomo
▪ caves, New Zealand       limestone caves, north-central North Island, New Zealand. They lie about 50 miles (80 km) south of Hamilton. Located on a tributary of the ...
waitperson
/wayt"perr'seuhn/, n. a waiter or waitress. [WAIT(ER) or WAIT(RESS) + -PERSON] Usage. See -person. * * *
waitress
/way"tris/, n. 1. a woman who waits on tables, as in a restaurant. v.i. 2. to work or serve as a waitress: She waitressed in a restaurant to help pay her way through ...
waitressing
/way"treuh sing/, n. the occupation of a waitress. [1935-40; WAITRESS + -ING1] * * *
waitron
/way"tron, -treuhn/, n. a person of either sex who waits on tables; waiter or waitress. [1980-85, Amer.; WAIT(ER) or WAITR(ESS), appar. formed on analogy of PATRON] * * *
Waitrose
any of a large group of British supermarkets. They were started in 1908 and are now owned by John Lewis: I do most of my shopping at Waitrose. They’re opening a new Waitrose ...
Waits
(1949– ) a US musician and singer with a rough voice, whose songs are often about the more depressing and violent aspects of life in modern cities. He has written music for ...
Waits, Tom
▪ American singer-songwriter in full  Thomas Alan Waits  born December 7, 1949, Pomona, California, U.S.    American singer-songwriter (singer-songwriters) whose gritty, ...
waitstaff
/wayt"staf", -stahf"/, n. 1. a staff of waiters or waitresses who wait on tables, as in a restaurant. 2. a waiter or waitress. * * *
Waitz, Georg
▪ German historian born Oct. 9, 1813, Flensburg, Schleswig [now in Germany] died May 24, 1886, Berlin, Ger.       German historian who was the founder of a renowned ...
Waitz, Grete
orig. Grete Andersen born Oct. 1, 1953, Oslo, Nor. Norwegian marathon runner. She set world records in the 3,000-m event (1975, 1976) and became the world women's marathon ...
Waitz,Greta
Waitz (vītz), Greta. Born 1953. Norwegian distance runner who won the New York Marathon nine times (1978-1980, 1982-1986, and 1988) and won a silver medal in the first Olympic ...
Waiuku
▪ New Zealand       town, northern North Island, New Zealand. It lies along the Waiuku estuary, which is the southern arm of Manukau Harbour. The settlement was founded ...
waive
/wayv/, v.t., waived, waiving. 1. to refrain from claiming or insisting on; give up; forgo: to waive one's right; to waive one's rank; to waive honors. 2. Law. to relinquish (a ...
waiver
/way"veuhr/, n. Law. 1. an intentional relinquishment of some right, interest, or the like. 2. an express or written statement of such relinquishment. [1620-30; < AF weyver, n. ...
waiver of premium
Insurance. a provision in a policy establishing specific conditions under which the policy will be kept in force without the policyholder's being required to continue to pay ...
waivers
waivers [wā′vərz] pl.n. Sports the contractual status of a professional player who is being officially offered to other teams prior to being released [placed on waivers] * * *
Wajda, Andrzej
▪ Polish director born March 6, 1926, Suwałki, Pol.    leading director in the “Polish film school,” a group of highly talented individuals whose films brought ...
Wajda,Andrzej
Waj·da (vīʹdə), Andrzej. Born 1926. Polish filmmaker whose works, including Ashes and Diamonds (1958) and Man of Iron (1981), concern Polish history and politics. * * *
waka
/wah"keuh/, n., pl. waka, wakas. 1. Pros. tanka. 2. poetry written in Japanese, as distinct from poetry written in Chinese by a Japanese writer, or poetry in other ...
Wakamatsu
Japn. /wah"kah mah"tsoo/, n. See under Kitakyushu. * * *
wakame
wa·ka·me (wä-käʹmĕ) n. A brown seaweed (Undaria pinnatifida) native to the coasts of China, Japan, and Korea, having a short stipe and pinnately divided blades, ...
wakan
Among some American Indian tribes, a spiritual power of supernatural origin belonging to some natural objects, people, horses, and celestial and terrestrial phenomena. Wakan can ...
Wakashan
/wah kash"euhn, waw"keuh shan'/, n. a family of American Indian languages spoken in British Columbia and Washington and including esp. Kwakiutl and Nootka. [1895; coined by J.W. ...
Wakatipu Lake
Lake, south-central South Island, New Zealand. The S-shaped lake measures 48 mi (77 km) by 3 mi (5 km) and has an area of 113 sq mi (293 sq km) and a maximum depth of 1,240 ft ...
Wakayama
/wah"kah yah"mah/, n. a seaport on S Honshu, in S Japan. 401,462. * * * ▪ Japan       city, capital of Wakayama ken (prefecture), west-central Honshu, Japan. It is ...
wake
wake1 —waker, n. /wayk/, v., waked or woke, waked or woken, waking, n. v.i. 1. to become roused from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often fol. by up). 2. to become roused from a ...
Wake Forest University
▪ university, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S., ...
Wake Island
an island in the N Pacific, belonging to the U.S.: air base. 3 sq. mi. (8 sq. km). * * * Wake Island Introduction Wake Island Background: ...
Wake Island, Battle of
▪ World War II       battle for a small atoll named Wake Island in the central Pacific in December 1941, waged between U.S. Marine and civilian defenders and Japanese ...
wake-robin
/wayk"rob'in/, n. 1. the cuckoopint. 2. any of various plants belonging to the genus Trillium, native to eastern North America, of the lily family, as T. erectum, having ...
wake-up
/wayk"up'/, n. 1. an act or instance of waking up. 2. an act or instance of being awakened: I asked the hotel desk for a wake-up at 6. 3. a time of awaking or being awakened: ...
wake-up call
wake-up call n. 1. a telephone call made by a wake-up service 2. anything that serves to arouse someone from apathy or inactivity * * *
wake-upcall
wake-up call (wākʹŭp') n. 1. A telephone call that one requests to occur at a specific time in order to be woken up, especially in a hotel. 2. A sign or warning that alerts ...
wakeboard
wake·board (wākʹbôrd', -bōrd') n. A short, very broad water ski ridden in the manner of a surfboard by a person towed by a motorboat.   wakeʹboard'er n. wakeʹboard'ing ...
wakeboarder
See wakeboard. * * *
wakeboarding
See wakeboarder. * * *
Wakefield
/wayk"feeld'/, n. 1. a city in West Yorkshire, in N England: battle 1460. 305,500. 2. a town in E Massachusetts, near Boston. 24,895. 3. an estate in E Virginia, on the Potomac ...
Wakefield plays
▪ medieval literature also called  Towneley plays        a cycle of 32 scriptural plays, or mystery plays (mystery play), of the early 15th century, which were ...
Wakefield, Edward Gibbon
born March 20, 1796, London, Eng. died May 16, 1862, Wellington, N.Z. British colonizer of South Australia and New Zealand. After viewing the problems of the penal system, ...
Wakefield, William Wavell Wakefield, Baron
▪ British athlete also called  (1944–63) Sir Wavell Wakefield   born March 10, 1898, Beckenham, Kent, Eng. died Aug. 12, 1983, Kendal, Cumbria, Eng.       one of ...
wakeful
—wakefully, adv. —wakefulness, n. /wayk"feuhl/, adj. 1. unable to sleep; not sleeping; indisposed to sleep: Excitement made the children wakeful. 2. characterized by absence ...
wakefully
See wakeful. * * *
wakefulness
See wakefully. * * *
WakeIsland
Wake Island (wāk) An island of the western Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Guam. Annexed by the United States in 1898, it was a commercial air base and later a military base. ...
wakeless
/wayk"lis/, adj. (of sleep) sound; deep: He lay in wakeless sleep. [1815-25; WAKE1 + -LESS] * * *
waken
—wakener, n. /way"keuhn/, v.t. 1. to rouse from sleep; wake; awake; awaken. 2. to rouse from inactivity; stir up or excite; arouse; awaken: to waken the reader's ...
wakener
See waken. * * *
wakening
/way"keuh ning/, n. 1. awakening. 2. Scots Law. a revival of a legal action or the process by which this is done. [1350-1400; ME; see WAKEN, -ING1] * * *
waker
See wake1. * * *
wakerife
—wakerifeness, n. /wayk"ruyf'/, adj. Scot. and North Eng. wakeful. [1470-80; WAKE1 + RIFE] * * *
waking
wak·ing (wāʹkĭng) adj. Marked by full consciousness, awareness, and alertness: worked every moment of my waking hours. * * *
Wakkanai
▪ Japan       city, northernmost Hokkaido, Japan. It is situated on the Noshappu Peninsula, facing Sōya Bay and the Sōya Peninsula. Most of the city occupies the ...
wakō
▪ Japanese history Chinese (Pinyin)  wokou  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  wo-k'ou        any of the groups of marauders who raided the Korean and Chinese coasts ...
Wakoski, Diane
▪ American poet born Aug. 3, 1937, Whittier, Calif., U.S.       American poet known for her personal verses that examine loss, pain, and sexual desire and that ...
Waksman
/waks"meuhn/, n. Selman Abraham /sel"meuhn/, 1888-1973, U.S. microbiologist: Nobel prize for medicine 1952. * * *
Waksman, Selman (Abraham)
born July 22, 1888, Priluka, Ukraine, Russian Empire died Aug. 16, 1973, Hyannis, Mass., U.S. Ukrainian-born U.S. biochemist. He became a U.S. citizen in 1916 and spent most of ...
Waksman, Selman Abraham
▪ American biochemist born July 22, 1888, Priluka, Ukraine, Russian Empire [now Pryluky, Ukraine] died Aug. 16, 1973, Hyannis, Mass., U.S.  Ukrainian-born American biochemist ...
Waksman,Selman Abraham
Waks·man (wăksʹmən), Selman Abraham. 1888-1973. Russian-born American microbiologist. He won a 1952 Nobel Prize for discovering the antibiotic streptomycin. * * *
wal-
To be strong. 1. Suffixed (stative) form *wal-ē-. vale2, valence, valetudinarian, valiant, valid, valor, value; ambivalence, avail, convalesce, countervail, equivalent, ...
Wal-Mart
any of a very large group of shops in the US selling a wide range of goods at low prices. The company also owns the Asda supermarkets in Britain. The first Wal-Mart Discount City ...
Wal.
1. Wallachian. 2. Walloon. * * *
Wala, Saint
▪ Frankish count born c. 755 died August 836, Bobbio [Italy]; feast day August 31       Frankish count, Benedictine abbot, and influential minister at the courts of the ...
Walachia
/wo lay"kee euh/, n. Wallachia. * * * Former principality, south-central Europe. It lay between the Danube River and the Transylvanian Alps in what is now Romania. It was ...
Walachian
Walachian [wä lā′kēən] adj. of Walachia or its people, language, or culture n. 1. a person born or living in Walachia 2. the variety of Romanian spoken by the Walachians * ...
Walafrid Strabo
▪ Benedictine abbot born c. 808, Swabia died Aug. 18, 849, Reichenau, Franconia [now in Germany]       Benedictine abbot, theologian, and poet whose Latin writings were ...
Walapai
Wa·la·pai (wäʹlə-pī') n. Variant of Hualapai. * * *
Walasiewicz, Stanislawa
▪ American athlete original name  Stefania Walasiewicz,  also called  Stella Walsh  born April 3, 1911, Rypin, Pol. died Dec. 4, 1980, Cleveland, Ohio, ...
Walays
/wol"is/, n. Sir William. See Wallace, Sir William. * * *
Walbrzych
/vahl"bzhikh/, n. a city in SW Poland, in Silesia. 128,000. German, Waldenburg. * * *
Walburga
/vahl boor"gah/, n. Walpurgis. * * *
Walburga, Saint
▪ Frankish abbess also called  Waldburg,  Walpurgis,  Vaubourg , or  Gauburge  born c. 710, probably in the kingdom of Wessex, England died February 25, 779, Heidenheim, ...
Walcheren
/wahl"kheuh rddeuhn, -rddeuh, wahl"geuh-/, n. an island in SW Netherlands: part of Zeeland province. 82 sq. mi. (212 sq. km). * * *
Walcott
/wawl"keuht, -kot/, n. 1. Derek, born 1930, West Indian poet and playwright: Nobel prize 1992. 2. Joe (Arnold Cream) ("Jersey Joe"), born 1914, U.S. boxer: world heavyweight ...
Walcott, Derek
▪ West Indian poet in full  Derek Alton Walcott   born January 23, 1930, Castries, Saint Lucia       West Indian poet and playwright noted for works that explore the ...
Walcott, Derek (Alton)
born Jan. 23, 1930, Castries, Saint Lucia West Indian poet and playwright. Of mixed black, Dutch, and English descent, Walcott was educated in Saint Lucia and Jamaica. After ...
Walcott, Jersey Joe
▪ 1995       (ARNOLD RAYMOND CREAM), U.S. boxer (b. Jan. 31, 1914, Merchantville, N.J.—d. Feb. 25, 1994, Camden, N.J.), was crowned heavyweight champion of the world ...
Walcott, Mary Morris Vaux
▪ American artist and naturalist original name  Mary Morris Vaux  born July 31, 1860, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. died August 22, 1940, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, ...
Walcott, Sir Clyde Leopold
▪ 2007       West Indian cricketer (b. Jan. 17, 1926, New Orleans, Bridgetown, Barbados—d. Aug. 26, 2006, Bridgetown), was, along with Sir Frank Worrell and Everton ...
Wald
/wawld/, n. 1. George, 1906-97, U.S. biochemist: Nobel prize for medicine 1967. 2. Lillian, 1867-1940, U.S. social worker. * * * (as used in expressions) Böhmer ...
Wald, Florence
▪ 2009 Florence Sophie Schorske        American nurse and educator born April 19, 1917, Bronx, N.Y. died Nov. 8, 2008, Branford, Conn. reinvented the guidelines ...
Wald, George
born Nov. 18, 1906, New York, N.Y., U.S. died April 12, 1997, Cambridge, Mass. U.S. biochemist. He taught at Harvard University from 1934–77. His outstanding contributions ...
Wald, Lillian D.
▪ American sociologist born March 10, 1867, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died Sept. 1, 1940, Westport, Conn.  American nurse and social worker who founded the internationally known ...
Waldeck
Former state, Germany. It is now a part of Hesse. The capital was Arolsen. A county in the Middle Ages, Waldeck became a principality in 1712 and part of Prussia in 1867. A ...
Waldeck-Rousseau, (Pierre-Marie-) René
born Dec. 2, 1846, Nantes, France died Aug. 10, 1904, Corbeil French politician. A conservative lawyer, he served in the Chamber of Deputies (1879–89) and as minister of the ...
Waldeck-Rousseau, René
▪ French politician in full  Pierre-marie-rené Waldeck-rousseau   born Dec. 2, 1846, Nantes, France died Aug. 10, 1904, Corbeil  politician who, as premier of France, ...
Waldemar I
/vahl"deuh mahr'/, ("the Great") 1131-82, king of Denmark 1157-82. Also, Valdemar I. * * *
WaldemarI
Wal·de·mar I (wôlʹdə-mär', välʹ-) or Val·de·mar I (välʹ-), Known as “Waldemar the Great.” 1131-1182. Danish king (1157-1182) who extended his realm and gained ...
Walden
/wawl"deuhn/, n. a town in SE Ontario, in S Canada. 10,139. * * *
Walden Pond
a pond in NE Massachusetts, near Concord: site of Thoreau's cottage and inspiration for his book Walden, or Life in the Woods. * * * ▪ pond, Massachusetts, United ...
Walden, or Life in the Woods
/wawl"deuhn/ a book of philosophical observations (1854) by Thoreau. * * *
Walden, Paul
▪ Latvian chemist born July 14 [July 26, New Style], 1863, Cēsis, Latvia, Russian Empire died Jan. 24, 1957, Gammertingen, W.Ger.       chemist who discovered the ...
Waldenburg
/vahl"deuhn boorddk'/, n. German name of Walbrzych. * * *
WaldenPond
Wal·den Pond (wôlʹdən) A pond of northeast Massachusetts near Concord. Henry David Thoreau lived in a cabin near the pond from 1845 to 1847. * * *
Waldenses
—Waldensian /wawl den"see euhn, -sheuhn, wol-/, adj., n. /wawl den"seez, wol-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) a Christian sect that arose after 1170 in southern France, under the ...
Waldensian
See Waldenses. * * *
waldglas
/vahlt"glahs'/, n. common medieval and Renaissance glassware, made from unrefined materials and characterized by a green color. [ < G: lit., forest glass (so called from its ...
waldgrave
/wawld"grayv/, n. (in the Holy Roman Empire) an officer having jurisdiction over a royal forest. [ < G Waldgraf (Wald forest + Graf count)] * * *
Waldheim
/wawld"huym'/; Ger. /vahlt"huym'/, n. Kurt /kerrt/; Ger. /koorddt/, born 1918, Austrian diplomat: secretary-general of the United Nations 1972-82; president of Austria 1986-92. * ...
Waldheim, Kurt
born Dec. 21, 1918, Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Austria Fourth secretary-general of the United Nations (1972–81). After military service in the German army before and during World ...
Waldheim, Kurt Josef
▪ 2008  Austrian diplomat and statesman born Dec. 21, 1918, Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Austria died June 14, 2007, Vienna, Austria served two terms as the fourth UN ...
Waldheim,Kurt
Wald·heim (wôldʹhīm', vältʹ-), Kurt. Born 1918. Austrian diplomat and politician. He served as secretary-general of the United Nations (1972-1981), and was later elected ...
Waldmann, Hans
▪ Swiss leader born c. 1435?, , Blickenstorf, Zug, Switz. died April 6, 1489, Zürich       Swiss leader who was for a time the burgomaster and virtual dictator of ...
Waldo
/wawl"doh, wol"-/, n. Pierre or Peter, died c1217, French merchant and religious reformer, declared a heretic: founder of the Waldenses. * * * (as used in expressions) Burgess ...
Waldo, Peter
or Valdès died before 1218 French religious leader. A successful merchant, Valdès (Peter Waldo was a later form of his name) underwent a religious conversion, gave away his ...
Waldo,Peter
Wal·do (wôlʹdō, wälʹ-) or Val·do (vălʹ-, välʹ-), Peter. Also known as Peter or Pierre Valdès. fl. 12thcentury. French religious leader who founded the Waldenses and ...
Waldorf salad
/wawl"dawrf/ a salad of celery, diced apples, nuts, and mayonnaise. [1900-05; after the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City] * * *
Waldorf-Astoria
a famous New York hotel on Park Avenue. Every US President has stayed there since Herbert Hoover in 1931. The Waldorf Hotel and the Astor Hotel, situated where the Empire State ...
Waldorfsalad
Wal·dorf salad (wôlʹdôrf') n. A salad of diced raw apples, celery, and walnuts mixed with mayonnaise.   [After the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City.] * * *
Waldron, Malcolm Earl
▪ 2003 “Mal”        American jazz musician (b. Aug. 16, 1925, New York, N.Y.—d. Dec. 2, 2002, Brussels, Belg.), played piano in a rhythmically intense style that ...
Waldseemüller, Martin
▪ German cartographer Waldseemüller also spelled  Waltzemüller, or Walzenmüller,  Greek  Hylacomylus, or Ilacomilus  born c. 1470, Radolfzell, Württemberg ...
Waldstein
Ger. /vahlt"shtuyn'/, n. Albrecht von Ger. /ahl"brddekht feuhn/. See Wallenstein, Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von. * * *
Waldteufel, Emil
▪ French composer in full  Charles Emil Waldteufel   born Dec. 9, 1837, Strasbourg, France died Feb. 12, 1915, Paris       French (Alsatian) pianist and one of the ...
Waldwick
/wawld"wik/, n. a city in N New Jersey. 10,802. * * *
wale
wale1 /wayl/, n., v., waled, waling. n. 1. a streak, stripe, or ridge produced on the skin by the stroke of a rod or whip; welt. 2. the vertical rib in knit goods or a chain of ...
Waler
/way"leuhr/, n. a horse bred in New South Wales, Australia, as a military saddle horse and exported in numbers during the 19th century to British India. [1840-50; after New South ...
Wales
/waylz/, n. a division of the United Kingdom, in SW Great Britain. 2,766,800; 8016 sq. mi. (20,760 sq. km). Medieval, Cambria. * * * I Welsh Cymru Principality, constituting an ...
Wales Millennium Centre
a large arts centre in Cardiff opened in 2004 to stage performances of opera, ballet, dance and musicals. * * *
Wales, Church in
▪ Anglicanism       independent Anglican (Anglicanism) church in Wales that changed from the Roman Catholic (Roman Catholicism) faith during the Protestant (Protestant ...
Wales, flag of
▪ Flag History       flag of a constituent unit of the United Kingdom, flown subordinate to the Union Jack (United Kingdom, flag of the), that has horizontal stripes ...
Wales, Jimmy
▪ American entrepreneur in full  Jimmy Donal Wales  born Aug. 7, 1966, Huntsville, Ala., U.S. [see Researcher's Note]       American entrepreneur, who cofounded ...
Wales, Prince of
Title of the heir apparent to the British throne. In 1301 Edward I of England granted it to his son Edward after conquering Wales and executing the last native Welsh prince ...
Walesa
/veuh wen"seuh/, n. Lech /lek/, born 1943, Polish labor leader: a leader of Solidarity 1980; president 1990-96; Nobel peace prize 1983. * * *
Walesa,Lech
Wa·le·sa (wä-lĕnʹsə, vä-wĕnʹsä), Lech. Born 1943. Polish labor leader who was president of Poland from 1990-1995. He won the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership ...
Walewska, Maria
▪ Polish countess née  Maria Łączyńska  born Dec. 7, 1786, Brodno, Pol. died Dec. 15, 1817, Paris, France       Polish countess and mistress of Napoleon Bonaparte ...
Walewski, Alexandre-Florian-Joseph Colonna, Comte
▪ French statesman and minister born May 4, 1810, Walewice, near Warsaw, Duchy of Warsaw [Poland] died Sept. 27, 1868, Strasbourg, France       French statesman and ...
Waley
/way"lee/, n. Arthur (Arthur David Schloss), 1889-1966, British translator of Chinese and Japanese literature. * * *
Waley, Arthur David
▪ British translator original name  Arthur David Schloss   born Aug. 19, 1889, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Eng. died June 27, 1966, London       English sinologist whose ...
Walfish Bay
/wawl"fish/. See Walvis Bay. * * *
Walgreen, Charles R.
▪ American pharmacologist in full  Charles Rudolph Walgreen   born Oct. 9, 1873, near Galesburg, Ill., U.S. died Dec. 11, 1939, Chicago, Ill.       American ...
Walhalla
/wal hal"euh, val-, wahl hah"leuh, vahl-/, n. Valhalla. Also, Walhall /wal hal", wal"hal/. * * *
Walī Allāh, Shāh
born 1702/03, Delhi died 1762, Delhi Indian Islamic theologian. He received a traditional Islamic education, and after a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1732 he remained in the Hejaz to ...
Walīd ibn Yazīd, al-
▪ Umayyad caliph also called  al-Walīd II,  in full  Abū al-ʿAbbās al-Walīd ibn Yazīd ibn ʿAbd al-Malik ibn Marwān  born c. 707, Syria died 744, ...


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