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Warsaw Convention
a multilateral treaty on aviation set up chiefly to limit air carriers' liability to passengers and shippers on international flights in the event of an accident. * * *
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
(April 19–May 16, 1943) Revolt by Polish Jews under Nazi occupation against deportation to the Treblinka extermination camp. By July 1942 the Nazis had herded 500,000 Jews ...
Warsaw Pact
or Warsaw Treaty Organization Military alliance of the Soviet Union, Albania (until 1968), Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania, formed in 1955 ...
Warsaw Treaty Organization
an organization formed in Warsaw, Poland (1955), comprising Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Rumania, and the U.S.S.R., for collective defense under a ...
Warsaw Uprising
(August–October 1944) Insurrection in Warsaw in World War II that failed to prevent the pro-Soviet Polish administration from gaining control of Poland. In July 1944, as ...
Warsaw, Compact of
▪ Poland [1573]       (Jan. 28, 1573), charter that guaranteed absolute religious liberty to all non-Roman Catholics in Poland. After the death of Sigismund II Augustus ...
Warsaw, Duchy of
or Grand Duchy of Warsaw Independent Polish state (1807–15), created by Napoleon. Established by the Treaties of Tilsit in 1807 after the Poles had helped Napoleon defeat ...
/wawr"ship'/, n. a ship built or armed for combat purposes. Also called war vessel. [1525-35; WAR1 + SHIP] * * *
/wahr"seuhl/, v.i., v.t., warsled, warsling, n. Chiefly Scot. wrestle. Also, warstle. [1300-50; ME; OE *waerstlian, metathetic var. (cf. waerstlic of wrestling) of wraestlian to ...
/vahrdd shah"vah/, n. Polish name of Warsaw. * * *
—warted, adj. —wartless, adj. /wawrt/, n. 1. a small, often hard, abnormal elevation on the skin, usually caused by a papomavirus. 2. any small protuberance, as on the ...
wart hog
wart hog n. a wild African hog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) having a broad, flat face, very large, incurved tusks, and conical warts on the cheeks between the eyes and tusks: also ...
wart snake
either of two stout, nonvenomous snakes of the family Acrochordindae, ranging from southeastern Asia to northern Australia, and having the skin covered with wartlike, ...
/vahrdd"tah/, n. a river in Poland, flowing NW and W into the Oder. 445 mi. (715 km) long. German, Warthe /vahrdd"teuh/. * * *
Warta River
River, west-central Poland. It rises northwest of Kraków and flows northwest 502 mi (808 km) before joining the Oder River. The Warta is the second longest river lying entirely ...
/vahrddt"boorddk'/, n. a castle in E Germany, in Thuringia, near Eisenach: Luther translated the New Testament here 1521-22. * * * ▪ castle, Germany  castle, renowned in ...
See wart. * * *
/wawrt"hawg', -hog'/, n. an African wild swine, Phacochoerus aethiopicus, having large tusks and warty protuberances on the face. [1830-40; WART + HOG] * * * Large-headed ...
/wawr"tuym'/, n. 1. a time or period of war: Strict travel regulations apply only in wartime. adj. 2. caused by, characteristic of, or occurring during war: wartime ...
Warton, Joseph
▪ English author baptized April 22, 1722, Dunsfold, Surrey, Eng. died Feb. 23, 1800, Wickham, Hampshire       English critic and classical scholar who anticipated some ...
Warton, Thomas, the Younger
▪ English poet born Jan. 9, 1728, Basingstoke, Hampshire, Eng. died May 21, 1790, Oxford  poet laureate from 1785 and author of the first history of English poetry, brother ...
wart plant n. See haworthia.   [From the tubercles on the leaves of many species.] * * *
—wartiness, n. /wawr"tee/, adj., wartier, wartiest. 1. having warts; covered with or as with warts. 2. resembling a wart. [1475-85; WART + -Y1] * * *
/wawr"ik, wor"-/ or, for 4, /wawr"wik, wor"-/, n. 1. Earl of (Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury) ("the Kingmaker"), 1428-71, English military leader and statesman. 2. a town in ...
Warwick Castle
➡ Warwick * * *
Warwick, Earl of
orig. Richard Neville born Nov. 22, 1428 died April 14, 1471, Barnet, Hertfordshire, Eng. English nobleman influential in the Wars of the Roses. Son of the earl of Salisbury, ...
Warwick, Richard Beauchamp, 5th Earl of
▪ English soldier and diplomat born Jan. 25/28, 1382, Salwarpe, Worcestershire, Eng. died April 30, 1439, Rouen, Fr.       soldier and diplomatist, a knightly hero who ...
Warwick, Richard Neville, 1st earl of, 2nd earl of Salisbury
▪ English noble byname  the Kingmaker   born Nov. 22, 1428 died April 14, 1471, Barnet, Hertfordshire, Eng.       English nobleman called, since the 16th century, ...
Warwick, Robert Rich, 2nd earl of
▪ English noble in full  Robert Rich, 2nd earl of Warwick, Baron Rich  born , June? 1587 died April 19, 1658, London, Eng.  English colonial administrator and advocate of ...
Warwick, Thomas II de Beauchamp, 4th Earl of
▪ English noble died July 8, 1401       one of the leaders in the resistance to England's king Richard II.       He succeeded his father, Thomas I de Beauchamp, ...
Warwick,Earl of
War·wick (wŏrʹĭk), Earl of Title of Richard Neville. Known as “the Kingmaker.” 1428-1471. English military and political leader who fought for the Yorkists during the ...
/wawr"ik shear', -sheuhr, wor'-/, n. a county in central England. 471,800; 765 sq. mi. (1980 sq. km). Also called Warwick. * * * Administrative (pop., 2001: 505,885) and ...
—warily, adv. —wariness, n. /wair"ee/, adj., warier, wariest. 1. watchful; being on one's guard against danger. 2. arising from or characterized by caution: to give someone a ...
war zone n. 1. An area in which military combat takes place. 2. An area at sea in which ships are prone to being attacked during a war. * * *
/wuz, woz/; unstressed /weuhz/, v. 1st and 3rd pers. sing. pt. indic. of be. [bef. 950; ME; OE waes, past tense sing. of wesan to be; c. OFris, OHG, Goth was, ON var; cf. ...
/wah"seuh bee/, n. 1. an Asian plant, Eutrema wasabi, of the mustard family. 2. the pungent, greenish root of this plant, which can be grated and used as a condiment. [( < NL) < ...
Wasatch Mountains
Range of the south-central Rocky Mountains. They extend about 250 mi (400 km) from southeastern Idaho to central Utah, U.S. The highest peak is Mount Timpanogos (12,008 ft ...
Wasatch National Forest
▪ forest, United States       in the Stansbury, Sheeprock, Wasatch, and Uinta mountains of Utah and Wyoming, U.S. Established in 1906, it has an area of 1,072,443 acres ...
Wasatch Range
/waw"sach/ a mountain range in N Utah and SE Idaho. Highest peak, Mt. Timpanogos, 12,008 ft. (3660 m). * * * ▪ mountains, United States  segment of the south-central Rocky ...
Wa·satch Range (wôʹsăch') A range of the Rocky Mountains extending about 402 km (250 mi) from southeast Idaho to central Utah and rising to 3,662.4 m (12,008 ft) at its ...
▪ Nigeria       town, Plateau state, east-central Nigeria, near the Wase River and at the intersection of roads from Bashar, Langtang, and Shendam. It was founded about ...
Waseda University
▪ university, Tokyo, Japan Japanese  Waseda Daigaku,         coeducational institution of higher learning founded in 1882 in Tokyo. The school is private but receives ...
Waser, Johann Heinrich
▪ Swiss politician born April 2, 1600, Zürich died Feb. 20, 1669, Zürich       burgomaster (mayor) of Zürich and one of the most prominent Swiss political figures ...
/wosh, wawsh/, v.t. 1. to apply water or some other liquid to (something or someone) for the purpose of cleansing; cleanse by dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing in water or some ...
/wosh, wawsh/, n. The, a shallow bay of the North Sea, on the coast of E England. 20 mi. (32 km) long; 15 mi. (24 km) wide. * * *
wash drawing
a watercolor painting executed by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other. * * * ▪ art  artwork in which a fine layer of colour—usually diluted ink, ...
wash goods
textiles that will not fade or become weakened by washing. * * *
wash sale
1. a sale of a stock at a loss and repurchase of the same or substantially identical stock within 30 days, for which the capital loss is disallowed for tax purposes. 2. the ...
Wash, The
▪ bay, England, United Kingdom       shallow bay of the North Sea, 15 mi (24 km) long and 12 mi wide, between the counties of Lincolnshire and Norfolk, England. It once ...
/wosh"euhn wair", wawsh"-/, adj. noting or pertaining to a garment that can be washed, that dries quickly, and that requires little or no ironing; drip-dry. [1955-60] * * *
/wosh"ledh'euhr, wawsh"-/, n. a soft leather, usually sheepskin, dressed in imitation of chamois. Also, washleather. [1625-35] * * *
Washington (defs. 4, 5). * * *
See washable. * * *
—washability, n. /wosh"euh beuhl, waw"sheuh-/, adj. 1. capable of being washed without shrinking, fading, or the like. n. 2. a washable garment. [1615-25; WASH + -ABLE] * * *
▪ Shoshoni chief born c. 1804, Montana died February 20, 1900, Fort Washakie, Wyoming, U.S.  Shoshone chief who performed extraordinary acts of friendship for white settlers ...
/wosh'euh tear"ee euh, waw'sheuh-/, n. Chiefly Southern U.S. a launderette. Also, washeteria. [1935-40; WASH + (CAF)ETERIA, with -a- as var. sp. of /euh/] * * *
wash·ba·sin (wŏshʹbā'sən, wôshʹ-) n. See washbowl. * * *
—washboardy, adj. /wosh"bawrd', -bohrd', wawsh"-/, n. 1. a rectangular board or frame, typically with a corrugated metallic surface, on which clothes are rubbed in the process ...
/wosh"bohl', wawsh"-/, n. a large bowl or basin used for washing one's hands and face, small articles of clothing, etc. Also called washbasin /wosh"bay'seuhn, wawsh"-/. [1520-30; ...
Washbrook, Cyril
▪ 2000       English cricketer who was a formidable opening batsman for Lancashire (1933–64, captain 1954–59) and England (1936–56) and who, despite having lost ...
Washburn, (Henry) Bradford, Jr.
▪ 2008       American mountaineer, photographer, cartographer, and museum director born June 7, 1910 , Cambridge, Mass. died Jan. 10, 2007 , Lexington, Mass. mapped ...
Washburn, Margaret Floy
▪ American psychologist born July 25, 1871, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 29, 1939, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.       American psychologist whose work at Vassar College in ...
Washburne, Carleton W.
▪ American educator byname  Carleton Wolsey Washburne  born December 2, 1889, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. died November 17, 1968, Okemos, Michigan       American educator ...
/wosh"klawth', -kloth', wawsh"-/, n., pl. washcloths /-klawdhz', -klodhz', -klawths', -kloths'/. a small cloth for washing one's face or body. Also called facecloth, ...
/wosh"day', wawsh"-/, n. the day set apart in a household for washing clothes: Monday is always washday at our house. [1840-50; WASH + DAY] * * *
/wosh"down', wawsh"-/, n. the act or process of washing down, as in cleaning something completely. [1945-50; n. use of v. phrase wash down] * * *
wash drawing n. A drawing or painting in which washes of color are used. * * *
/wosht"owt", wawsht"-/, adj. 1. faded, esp. from washing. 2. Informal. a. weary; exhausted. b. tired-looking; wan. [1830-40] * * *
/wosht"up", wawsht"-/, adj. Informal. done for; having failed completely. [1920-25] * * *
—washerless, adj. /wosh"euhr, waw"sheuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that washes. 2. See washing machine. 3. a flat ring or perforated piece of leather, rubber, metal, etc., used ...
/wosh"euhr druy"euhr, waw"sheuhr-/, n. a washing machine and a clothes dryer combined in one unit. [1965-70] * * *
/wosh"euhr meuhn, waw"sheuhr-/, n., pl. washermen. 1. a man who washes clothes, linens, etc., for hire; laundryman. 2. a man who operates a machine for washing, as in a phase of ...
/wosh"euhr woom'euhn, waw"sheuhr-/, n., pl. washerwomen. a woman who washes clothes, linens, etc., for hire; laundress. Also, washwoman. [1625-35; WASHER + -WOMAN] Usage. See ...
/wosh'i tear"ee euh, waw'shi-/, n. washateria. * * *
/wosh"fown'tn, wawsh"-/, n. a large, usually circular wash basin, as in an industrial plant, in which a spray of water activated by foot pedal allows several workers to wash ...
/wosh"in', wawsh"-/, n. Aeron. a warp in an airfoil that gives an increase in the angle of attack toward the tip. Also, wash-in. Cf. washout (def. 3). [1930-35; n. use of v. ...
/wosh"ee nis, waw"shee-/, n. the state or quality of being washy. [1625-35; WASHY + -NESS] * * *
/wosh"ing, waw"shing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that washes; ablution. 2. clothes, linens, etc., washed or to be washed, esp. those washed at one time; wash. 3. Often, ...
washing machine
an apparatus, esp. a household appliance, for washing clothing, linens, etc. Also called washer. [1790-1800] * * *
washing soda
washing soda n. a crystalline form of sodium carbonate * * *       sodium carbonate decahydrate, efflorescent crystals used for washing, especially textiles. It is a ...
washing soda.
See sodium carbonate (def. 2). [1840-50] * * *
washing machine n. A usually automatic machine for washing clothes and linens. * * *
washing soda n. A hydrated sodium carbonate used as a general cleanser. * * *
/wosh"ing teuhn, waw"shing-/, n. 1. Booker T(aliaferro) /book"euhr tol"euh veuhr/, 1856-1915, U.S. reformer, educator, author, and lecturer. 2. George, 1732-99, U.S. general and ...
Washington and Lee University
Private university in Lexington, Virginia, U.S. Founded as an academy in 1749, it is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the U.S. It is named for George ...
Washington clam.
See butter clam. * * *
Washington Conference
officially International Conference on Naval Limitation Conference held in Washington, D.C. (1921–22), to limit the naval arms race and negotiate Pacific security ...
Washington Court House
a city in SW Ohio. 12,682. * * *
Washington Crossing State Park
▪ parks, New Jersey-Pennsylvania, United States       two parks on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey shores of the Delaware River 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Trenton. The ...
Washington Irving
➡ Irving (III) * * *
Washington lily
a lily, Lilium washingtonianum, of the western coast of the U.S., having whorled leaves and fragrant, purple-spotted white flowers. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
Washington Monument
a tall, thin monument on The Mall(2) in Washington, DC, built to honour the memory of George Washington. It is 555 feet/169 metres high and made of white marble. Tourists can ...
Washington National Cathedral
▪ church, Washington, District of Columbia, United States also called  Washington Cathedral , officially  Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul   in Washington, ...
Washington palm
☆ Washington palm n. a tall, slender fan palm (Washingtonia filifera) native to S California * * *
Washington pie
a Boston cream pie with raspberry jam instead of custard between the layers. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
Washington Post
(also infml The Post) a US national newspaper, published in Washington, DC, and known for its liberal opinions. It was the first newspaper to investigate the full Watergate ...
Washington Post, The
Morning daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C., the dominant paper in the U.S. capital and one of the nation's leading newspapers. Established in 1877 as a Democratic ...
Washington Redskins
▪ American football team  American professional gridiron football (football, gridiron) team based in Washington, D.C. (Washington) The Redskins play in the National Football ...
Washington Square
a short novel (1881) by Henry James. * * *
Washington State
the state of Washington, esp. as distinguished from Washington, D.C. * * *
Washington State University
▪ university, Pullman, Washington, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Pullman, Washington, U.S. It is Washington's land-grant ...
Washington thorn
a dense tree, Crataegus phaenopyrum, of the rose family, native to the eastern coast of the U.S., having triangular leaves, small clusters of white flowers, and clusters of ...
Washington University
Private university in St. Louis, Mo. It was founded as a seminary in 1853 and became a university in 1857. It is a comprehensive research and teaching institution, with one of ...
Washington Wizards
▪ American basketball team       American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. (Washington) The Wizards (then known as the Washington Bullets) made ...
Washington's Birthday
1. February 22, formerly observed as a legal holiday in most states of the U.S. in honor of the birth of George Washington. 2. See Presidents' Day. * * *
Wash·ing·ton's Birthday (wŏshʹĭng-tənz, wôʹshĭng-) n. February 22, formerly observed to commemorate the birth of George Washington in 1732. This holiday is now included ...
Washington, Booker T
▪ American educator born April 5, 1856, Franklin County, Va., U.S. died Nov. 14, 1915, Tuskegee, Ala.  educator and reformer, first president and principal developer of ...
Washington, Booker T(aliaferro)
Washington, Booker T(aliaferro). 1856-1915. American educator. Born into slavery, he acquired an education after emancipation and became the principal of Tuskegee Institute, ...
Washington, Bushrod
▪ United States jurist born June 5, 1762, Westmoreland county, Virginia [U.S.] died November 26, 1829, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.       associate justice of the ...
Washington, D.C.
City (pop., 2000: 572,059), capital of the U.S. It is coextensive with the District of Columbia. Situated at the navigational head of the Potomac River, between Maryland and ...
Washington, D.C., flag of
▪ Flag History       U.S. federal district flag consisting of a white field with two horizontal red stripes and three red stars above the stripes. The flag's ...
Washington, D.C., International
▪ American horse race       United States flat horse race attracting leading horses from all over the world. Instituted in 1952, it was the first such event in North ...
Washington, DC
(Washington, District of Columbia) the capital city of the US, whose area covers the District of Columbia. The place was chosen by George Washington in 1790, and since 1800 the ...
Washington, Denzel
born Dec. 28, 1954, Mount Vernon, N.Y., U.S. U.S. film actor. A graduate of Fordham University, he began his career as a stage actor. Featured in the television series St. ...
Washington, Dinah
orig. Ruth Lee Jones born Aug. 29, 1924, Tuscaloosa, Ala., U.S. died Dec. 14, 1963, Detroit, Mich. U.S. singer. Washington sang in church choirs as a child. She joined Lionel ...
Washington, District of Columbia
➡ Washington, DC * * *
Washington, flag of
▪ Flag History       U.S. state flag consisting of a green field (background) with the state seal in the centre.       The 19th-century territorial seal of ...
Washington, George
born Feb. 22, 1732, Westmoreland county, Va. died Dec. 14, 1799, Mount Vernon, Va., U.S. American Revolutionary commander-in-chief (1775–83) and first president of the U.S. ...
Washington, Grover, Jr.
▪ 2000       American saxophonist who played in organ-based “soul jazz” groups before his smooth, blues-inflected style won him crossover fame as leader of jazz-funk ...
Washington, Harold
born April 15, 1922, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Nov. 25, 1987, Chicago U.S. politician and mayor of Chicago (1983–87). He practiced law and served as a city attorney ...
Washington, Kenny
▪ American football player byname of  Kenneth S. Washington  born August 31, 1918, Los Angeles, California, U.S. died June 24, 1971, Los Angeles       one of the ...
Washington, Martha
▪ American first lady née  Martha Dandridge , also called (1749–59)  Martha Custis  born June 2, 1731, New Kent county, Virginia [U.S.] died May 22, 1802, Mount Vernon, ...
Washington, Mount
Peak in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, northern New Hampshire. Reaching an elevation of 6,288 ft (1,917 m), it is the highest point in the northeastern U.S. and ...
Washington, University of
▪ university, Seattle, Washington, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Seattle, Washington, U.S. It includes colleges of ...
Washington, George. 1732-1799. American military leader and the first President of the United States (1789-1797). Commander of the American forces in the Revolutionary War ...
Washington, Lake A lake in west-central Washington on the eastern boundary of Seattle. * * *
Washington,Martha Dandridge Custis
Washington, Martha Dandridge Custis. 1731-1802. First Lady of the United States (1789-1797) as the wife of President George Washington. * * *
Washington, Mount A mountain, 1,917.8 m (6,288 ft) high, of eastern New Hampshire. It is the highest elevation in the White Mountains. * * *
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site
▪ historical site, Texas, United States       historic locality occupying nearly 300 acres (120 hectares) along the Brazos River, some 45 miles (72 km) northwest of ...
/wosh'ing toh"nee euhn, waw'shing-/, adj. 1. living in or coming from Washington, D.C., or the state of Washington. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Washington, D.C., or the state ...
Washington Island An island of northeast Wisconsin in northwest Lake Michigan off the northern tip of the Door Peninsula. * * *
/wosh"i taw', waw"shi-/, n., pl. Washitas, (esp. collectively) Washita. Ouachita. * * *
Washita River
River, west-and south-central Oklahoma, U.S. It rises in northwestern Texas and flows east across the Oklahoma boundary, then southeast to south-central Oklahoma, and south into ...
/wosh"oh, waw"shoh/, n., pl., Washos, (esp. collectively) Washo for 1. 1. a member of a tribe of North American Indians living in western Nevada and northeastern California. 2. ...
/wosh"oh, waw"shoh/, n. b. 1965, female chimpanzee, first ape trained to communicate with humans by means of a sign language. * * * ▪ people       North American Indian ...
/wosh"owt', wawsh"-/, n. 1. a washing out of earth, gravel, etc., by water, as from an embankment or a roadway by heavy rain or by a flash flood. 2. the hole, break, or erosion ...
/wosh"rag', wawsh"-/, n. washcloth. [1885-90, Amer.; WASH + RAG1] * * *
/wosh"roohm', -room', wawsh"-/, n. a room having washbowls and other toilet facilities. [1800-10, Amer.; WASH + ROOM] * * *
wash sale n. The illegal buying of stock by a seller's agents to give the impression of an active market. * * *
/wosh"stand', wawsh"-/, n. 1. a piece of furniture holding a basin, pitcher, etc., for use in washing one's hands and face. 2. a stationary fixture having faucets with running ...
/wosh"tub', wawsh"-/, n. a tub for use in washing clothes, linens, etc. [1595-1605; WASH + TUB] * * *
/wosh"up', wawsh"-/, n. 1. an act of washing: Allow five minutes for washup. 2. a place, as a bathroom, for washing. Also, wash-up. [1865-70; n. use of v. phrase wash up] * * *
/wosh"woom'euhn, wawsh"-/, n., pl. washwomen. washerwoman. [1580-90; WASH + -WOMAN] * * *
/wosh"ee, waw"shee/, adj., washier, washiest. 1. diluted too much; weak: washy coffee. 2. pale, thin, or weak, as if from excessive dilution; pallid: washy coloring. [1560-70; ...
Wāṣil ibn ʿAṭāʾ
▪ Muslim theologian in full Wāṣil Ibn ʿaṭāʾ Al-ghazzāl, also called Abū Ḥudhayfah born c. 700, , Arabia died 748, Arabia       Muslim theologian ...
Wasim Akram
▪ 2000       Even by his own volatile standards, Wasim Akram had an eventful year in 1999. In the summer Wasim led his highly gifted young Pakistani players to the final ...
Wasim Hasan Raja
▪ 2007       Pakistani cricketer (b. July 3, 1952, Multan, Pak.—d. Aug. 23, 2006, Marlow, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, Eng.), was a dashing all-rounder who ...
▪ medieval city, Iraq Arabic“medial”       military and commercial city of medieval Iraq, especially important during the Umayyad caliphate (661–750). Wāsiṭ ...
Wasmosy, Juan Carlos
▪ 1994       In the first free elections in Paraguay's history on May 9, 1993, Juan Carlos Wasmosy was elected president. When he was sworn in for a five-year term on ...
/wuz"euhnt, woz"-/ contraction of was not: I wasn't sure you heard me. Usage. See contraction. Pronunciation. See isn't. * * *
—wasplike, adj. /wosp/, n. 1. any of numerous social or solitary hymenopterous insects of the Vespidae, Sphecidae, and allied families, generally having a long, slender body ...
/wosp/, Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. n. 1. a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant. 2. a member of the privileged, established white upper middle class in the U.S. adj. 3. ...
wasp waist
—wasp-waisted, adj. a woman's slender waistline, esp. when the result of tight corseting. [1865-70] * * *
See wasp waist. * * *
See WASP1. * * *
—waspishly, adv. —waspishness, n. /wos"pish/, adj. 1. like or suggesting a wasp, esp. in behavior. 2. quick to resent a trifling affront or injury; snappish. 3. irascibly or ...
—Waspishly, WASPishly, adv. —Waspishness, WASPishness, n. /wos"pish/, adj. Waspy. Also, WASPish. [1965-70; WASP + -ISH1] * * *
See waspish. * * *
See WASPiness. * * *
See waspishly. * * *
Wasps, The
a satirical comedy (422 B.C.) by Aristophanes. * * *
wasp waist n. A very slender waist or one that is tightly corseted.   waspʹ-waist'ed (wŏspʹwās'tĭd, wôspʹ-) adj. * * *
—waspily, adv. —waspiness, n. /wos"pee/, adj., waspier, waspiest. resembling a wasp; waspish. [1650-60; WASP + -Y1] * * *
/wos"pee/, adj., Waspier, Waspiest. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of WASPs: a Waspy country club. Also, WASPy, Waspish. [1965-70; WASP + -Y1] * * *
—wassailer, n. /wos"euhl, -ayl, was"-, wo sayl"/, n. 1. a salutation wishing health to a person, used in England in early times when presenting a cup of drink or when drinking ...
wassail bowl
▪ tableware       vessel generally made of wood and often mounted in silver, used on ceremonial occasions for drinking toasts. The word wassail derives from Old Norse ...
See wassail. * * *
➡ carols and carol singing * * *
Wasserman, Al
▪ 2006       American filmmaker (b. Feb. 9, 1921, Bronx, N.Y.—d. March 31, 2005, New York, N.Y.), produced award-winning television and film documentaries that ...
Wasserman, Dale
▪ 2009       American playwright born Nov. 2, 1914, Rhinelander, Wis. died Dec. 21, 2008, Paradise Valley, Ariz. wrote the scripts for two Broadway hits of the ...
Wasserman, Lewis Robert
▪ 2003 “Lew”        American film and record company executive (b. March 15, 1913, Cleveland, Ohio—d. June 3, 2002, Beverly Hills, Calif.), exerted enormous power ...
/wah"seuhr meuhn/; Ger. /vahs"euhrdd mahn'/, n. 1. August von /ow"goost feuhn/, 1866-1925, German physician and bacteriologist. 2. Jakob /yah"kawp/, 1873-1934, German novelist. * ...
Wassermann antibody
Immunol. reagin (def. 1). [named after A. von WASSERMANN, who discovered its reaction in blood tests for syphilis] * * *
Wassermann test
a diagnostic test for syphilis using the fixation of a complement by the serum of a syphilitic individual. Also called Wassermann reaction. [1910-15; named after A. von ...
Wassermann, August von
born Feb. 21, 1866, Bamberg, Bavaria died March 16, 1925, Berlin, Ger. German bacteriologist. With Albert Neisser (1855–1916) he developed a test for the antibody to the ...
Wassermann, Jakob
born March 10, 1873, Fürth, Bavaria died Jan. 1, 1934, Altaussee, Austria German novelist. After an unsettled youth he achieved success with such works as Die Juden von ...
Was·ser·mann reaction (wäʹsər-mən) n. A complement-fixing reaction to the Wassermann test. * * *
Wassermann test n. A diagnostic test for syphilis involving the fixation or inactivation of a complement by an antibody in a blood serum sample.   [After August von Wassermann ...
Wasserstein, Wendy
born Oct. 18, 1950, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. U.S. playwright. Wasserstein earned a graduate degree at the Yale School of Drama. She won favourable notice for Uncommon Women and ...
Was·ser·stein (wäʹsər-stēn'), Wendy. Born 1950. American playwright noted for her comedies, such as The Heidi Chronicles (1988), for which she won a Pulitzer Prize. * * *
Wassily chair
/vah"seuh lee, vas"euh-/ a chair designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925, having a chromium-plated tubular steel frame over which strips of canvas or leather of varying widths are ...
▪ ancient city, Mesopotamia, Asia       capital of the Mitannian (Mitanni) empire (c. 1500–c. 1340 BC), possibly located near the head of the Khabur River in northern ...
/wost/; unstressed /weuhst/, v. Archaic. a 2nd pers. sing. pt. indic. of be. * * *
Wast, Hugo
▪ Argentine writer pseudonym of  Gustavo Martínez Zuviría   born Oct. 23, 1883, Córdoba, Arg. died March 28, 1962, Buenos Aires       Argentine novelist and ...
/way"stij/, n. 1. loss by use, wear, decay, etc. 2. loss or losses as the result of wastefulness: The annual wastage of time due to illness is appalling. 3. the action or process ...
—wastable, adj. —wasteless, adj. /wayst/, v., wasted, wasting, n., adj. v.t. 1. to consume, spend, or employ uselessly or without adequate return; use to no avail or profit; ...
waste disposal
      the collection, processing, and recycling or deposition of the waste materials of human society. The term “waste” covers both solid wastes (refuse, or garbage) ...
waste gate
Auto. a valve in a turbocharger unit that automatically opens when a predetermined engine speed is reached, so that some of the exhaust gas to the turbine is diverted and the ...
Waste Land
a poem (1922) by T S Eliot, which has been seen as an expression of the depressed mood and sense of disorder after World War I. Many of its lines refer to other works of ...
Waste Land, The
a poem (1922) by T. S. Eliot. * * *
waste pipe
1. a pipe for draining liquid waste or excess liquids. 2. Plumbing. a pipe for draining away the wastes of a building other than those from water closets. Cf. soil ...
waste product
1. material discarded as useless in the process of producing something. 2. feces, urine, and other material excreted in the life process. [1930-35] * * *
waste well.
See absorbing well. [1895-1900] * * *
/wayst"bas'kit, -bah'skit/, n. a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc. Also called wastepaper basket. [1855-60; WASTE + BASKET] * * *
—wastedness, n. /way"stid/, adj. 1. waste (defs. 28-30). 2. done to no avail; useless: wasted efforts. 3. physically or psychologically exhausted; debilitated: to be wasted by ...
—wastefully, adv. —wastefulness, n. /wayst"feuhl/, adj. 1. given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure: wasteful methods; a wasteful way of life. 2. ...
See wasteful. * * *
See wastefully. * * *
/wayst"land'/, n. 1. land that is uncultivated or barren. 2. an area that is devastated, as by flood, storm, or war. 3. something, as a period of history, phase of existence, or ...
/wayst"lot'/, n. Chiefly Canadian. a vacant lot, esp. one overgrown with weeds or covered with rubbish. [WASTE + LOT] * * *
/wayst"pay'peuhr/, n. paper thrown away as useless. [1575-85; WASTE + PAPER] * * *
wastepaper basket n. See wastebasket. * * *
waste pipe n. A pipe that carries off liquid waste. * * *
waste product n. An unusable or unwanted substance or material produced during or as a result of a process, such as metabolism or manufacturing. * * *
/way"steuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that wastes time, money, etc. 2. a piece of ceramic ware warped, cracked, or melted during firing. 3. a spendthrift or wastrel. 4. a ...
/wayst"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. water that has been used in washing, flushing, manufacturing, etc.; sewage. [1400-50; late ME waste watre] * * *
—wastingly, adv. —wastingness, n. /way"sting/, adj. 1. gradually reducing the fullness and strength of the body: a wasting disease. 2. laying waste; devastating; despoiling: ...
wasting asset n. A fixed asset, such as a mine or an oil well, that diminishes in value over time. * * *
See wasting. * * *
/way"streuhl/, n. 1. a wasteful person; spendthrift. 2. Chiefly Brit. a. refuse; waste. b. a waif; abandoned child. c. an idler or good-for-nothing. [1580-90; WASTE + -REL] * * *
/waht/, n. a Buddhist temple or monastery in Thailand or Cambodia. [1870-75; < Thai < Skt vata enclosure] * * *
Wat Tyler
➡ Tyler (II) * * *
Watanabe Kazan
▪ Japanese artist original name Watanabe Sadayasu born Oct. 20, 1793, Edo [now Tokyo], Japan died Nov. 23, 1841, Tahara       Japanese scholar and painter noted for ...
Watanabe Osamu
▪ Japanese athlete born Oct. 21, 1940, Asahikawa, Japan       Japanese freestyle featherweight wrestler who was the undefeated world champion in 1962 and 1963 and an ...
Watanabe, Michio
▪ 1996       Japanese politician (b. July 28, 1923, Tochigi prefecture, Japan—d. Sept. 15, 1995, Tokyo, Japan), had a long career as an influential Liberal Democratic ...
Watanabe, Yoko
▪ 2005       Japanese opera singer (b. July 12, 1953, Fukuoka, Japan—d. July 15, 2004, Milan, Italy), made her professional debut on the opera stage in 1978 and over ...
wa·tap (wă-täpʹ, wä-) also wa·ta·pe (-täʹpē) n. A stringy thread made from the roots of various conifers and used by certain Native American peoples in sewing and ...
/wo taw"geuh/, n. a town in N Texas. 10,284. * * *
/woch/, v.i. 1. to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done, or happens: to watch while an experiment is performed. 2. to look or ...
watch and ward
a continuous watch or vigil, by or as by night and by day, esp. for the purpose of guarding. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
watch cap
1. U.S. Navy. a dark-blue, knitted woolen cap with a turned-up cuff worn by enlisted personnel on duty in cold weather. 2. any wool or woollike cap resembling this and sold ...
watch chain
a chain, frequently of gold or silver, attached to a pocket watch, serving as an ornament and, when passed through a buttonhole in the vest, as a guard against loss or theft of ...
watch fire
a fire maintained during the night as a signal and for providing light and warmth for guards. [1795-1805] * * *
watch fob
 short ribbon or chain attached to a watch and hanging out of the pocket in which the watch is kept; the term can also refer to ornaments hung at the end of such a ribbon or ...
watch guard
a short chain, cord, or ribbon for securing a watch when worn on the person. [1825-35] * * *
watch list
a list of persons or things to watch for possible action in the future: a watch list of possible growth stocks. Also, watchlist. [1970-75] * * *
watch meeting
a religious meeting or service on watch night, terminating on the arrival of the new year. Also called watch-night service /woch"nuyt'/. [1895-1900] * * *
watch night
1. the last night of the year, observed in a watch meeting. 2. See watch meeting. [1735-45] * * *
watch pocket
a small pocket in a garment, as in a vest or trousers, for holding a pocket watch, change, etc. Cf. fob1 (def. 1). [1830-40] * * *
—watchability, n. /woch"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. detectable; apparent. 2. interesting or enjoyable to watch: a watchable TV talk show. [1605-15; WATCH + -ABLE] * * *
/woch"band'/, n. a leather, metal, fabric, or plastic bracelet or strap attached to a wrist watch to hold it on the wrist. [1945-50, Amer.; WATCH + BAND2] * * *
watch cap n. A dark blue knitted cap worn in cold weather, especially by enlisted naval personnel. * * *
/woch"kays'/, n. the case or outer covering for the works of a watch. [1590-1600; WATCH + CASE2] * * *
/woch"dawg', -dog'/, n., adj., v., watchdogged, watchdogging. n. 1. a dog kept to guard property. 2. a watchful guardian: a self-appointed watchdog of the public morals. adj. 3. ...
/woch"euhr/, n. 1. a person who watches or who keeps watch. 2. an analytic observer of trends, fashions, events, celebrities, or the like: Fashion watchers will have noted that ...
/woch"uy'/, n. Vet. Pathol. an eye, esp. of a dog, with a whitish iris or a white opacity of the cornea; walleye. [1935-40; WATCH + EYE] * * *
watch fire n. A fire kept burning at night, as for a signal or by a guard. * * *
—watchfully, adv. —watchfulness, n. /woch"feuhl/, adj. 1. vigilant or alert; closely observant: The sentry remained watchful throughout the night. 2. Archaic. ...
See watchful. * * *
See watchfully. * * *
watch glass n. 1. A shallow glass dish used as a beaker cover or evaporating surface. 2. A concavo-convex glass or plastic disk used to cover the face of a watch. * * *
—watchlessness, n. /woch"lis/, adj. 1. not watchful or alert; lacking in vigilance: an irresponsible and watchless sentry. 2. having no watch; without guards or sentries: We ...
—watchmaking, n. /woch"may'keuhr/, n. a person whose occupation it is to make and repair watches. [1620-30; WATCH + MAKER] * * *
—watchmanly, adj. /woch"meuhn/, n., pl. watchmen. 1. a person who keeps guard over a building at night, to protect it from fire, vandals, or thieves. 2. (formerly) a person who ...
watch night n. 1. New Year's Eve. 2. A religious service held on New Year's Eve. * * *
/woch"owt'/, n. the act of looking out for or anticipating something; lookout: Keep a watchout for dishonest behavior. [1880-85, Amer.; n. use of v. phrase watch out] * * *
/woch"tow'euhr/, n. a tower on which a sentinel keeps watch. [1535-45; WATCH + TOWER] * * *
/woch"werrd'/, n. 1. a word or short phrase to be communicated, on challenge, to a sentinel or guard; password or countersign. 2. a word or phrase expressive of a principle or ...
Ger. /vaht"n shtet'zahlts"git'euhrdd/, n. former name of Salzgitter. * * *
—waterer, n. —waterless, adj. —waterlessly, adv. —waterlessness, n. —waterlike, adj. /waw"teuhr, wot"euhr/, n. 1. a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound ...
water arum
an aquatic arum plant, Calla palustris, of the North Temperate Zone, having heart-shaped leaves, tiny green flowers, and red berries. Also called wild calla. [1810-20, Amer.] * * ...
water back
a reservoir or arrangement of tubing at the back of certain stoves or fireplaces for containing water to be heated by the fire. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
water bag
water bag n. 1. a bag designed to hold water, esp. one with tiny surface pores that allow evaporation, keeping the water cool 2. the fluid-filled amnion surrounding the fetus in ...
water ballet
synchronized movements, patterns, and other visual effects performed in the water by swimmers, usually to a musical accompaniment. [1925-30] * * *
water bath
1. a system for the control of temperature in which a vessel containing the material to be heated is set into or over one containing water and receiving the heat directly. 2. a ...
water bear
Zool. a tardigrade. [1700-10] * * *
Water Bearer
Astron., Astrol. Aquarius. [1585-95] * * *
water bed
☆ water bed n. n. a heavy vinyl bag filled with water and used as a bed or as a mattress in a special bed frame: also waterbed n. * * *
water beetle
any of various aquatic beetles, as a predaceous diving beetle. [1660-70] * * * ▪ insect       any of several thousand species of aquatic beetles (order Coleoptera), ...
water bench
a Pennsylvania Dutch dresser having a lower portion closed with doors for milk pails, an open shelf for water pails, and an upper section with shallow drawers. Also called bucket ...
water bird
an aquatic bird; a swimming or wading bird. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
water biscuit
a crackerlike biscuit prepared from flour and water. [1780-90] * * *
water blister
a blister that contains a clear, serous fluid, as distinguished from a blood blister, in which the fluid contains blood. [1890-95] * * *
water bloom
Dense aquatic accumulation of microscopic organisms produced by an abundance of nutrients in surface water coupled with adequate sunlight for photosynthesis. The microorganisms ...
water boat
a vessel for supplying ships with fresh water. [1720-30] * * *

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