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waterlily
waterlily [wôt′ərlil΄ē] n. pl. waterlilies 1. any of an order (Nymphaeales) of dicotyledonous water plants having large, flat, floating leaves and showy flowers in a wide ...
waterline
waterline [wôt′ərlīn΄] n. 1. the line to which the surface of the water comes on the side of a ship or boat 2. any of several lines parallel to this, marked at various ...
waterlocked
/waw"teuhr lokt', wot"euhr-/, adj. enclosed entirely, or almost entirely, by water: a waterlocked nation. [1910-15; WATER + locked (ptp. of LOCK1)] * * *
waterlocust
☆ waterlocust [wôt′ərlō΄kəst ] n. a thorny honeylocust (Gleditsia aquatica), native to the SE U.S., with a dark, heavy wood that takes a high polish * * *
waterlog
/waw"teuhr lawg', -log', wot"euhr-/, v., waterlogged, waterlogging. v.t. 1. to cause (a boat, ship, etc.) to become uncontrollable as a result of flooding. 2. to soak, fill, or ...
waterlogged
/waw"teuhr lawgd', -logd', wot"euhr-/, adj. 1. so filled or flooded with water as to be heavy or unmanageable, as a ship. 2. excessively saturated with or as if with water: ...
Waterloo
/waw"teuhr looh', wot"euhr-, waw'teuhr looh", wot'euhr-/; for 1 also Flem. /vah"teuhrdd loh'/, n. 1. a village in central Belgium, south of Brussels: Napoleon decisively defeated ...
Waterloo and City Link
➡ Waterloo (I) * * *
Waterloo Station
▪ railroad station, London, United Kingdom       railway station in the borough of Lambeth, London, England. It is one of the largest stations in the United Kingdom. ...
Waterloo, Battle of
(June 18, 1815) Final defeat of Napoleon and French forces in the Napoleonic Wars. The battle was fought near Waterloo village, south of Brussels, during the Hundred Days of ...
Waterloo, University of
Public university in Waterloo, Ont. , Can., founded in 1957. It has faculties of applied health sciences, arts, engineering, environmental studies, mathematics, and science, as ...
watermain
water main n. A principal pipe in a system of pipes for conveying water, especially one installed underground. * * *
waterman
/waw"teuhr meuhn, wot"euhr-/, n., pl. watermen. 1. a person who manages or works on a boat; boatman. 2. a person skilled in rowing or boating. 3. Chesapeake Bay Area. a person ...
watermanship
/waw"teuhr meuhn ship', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. the skill, duties, business, etc., of a waterman. 2. skill in rowing or boating. [1880-85; WATERMAN + -SHIP] * * *
watermark
/waw"teuhr mahrk', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a mark indicating the height to which water rises or has risen, as in a river or inlet. 2. See water line (def. 5). 3. a figure or design ...
watermeal
/waw"teuhr meel', wot"euhr-/, n. any of several tiny floating aquatic plants of the genus Wolffia. [WATER + MEAL2] * * *
watermelon
/waw"teuhr mel'euhn, wot"euhr-/, n. 1. the large, roundish or elongated fruit of a trailing vine, Citrullus lanata, of the gourd family, having a hard, green rind and a sweet, ...
watermilfoil
water milfoil n. Any of various cosmopolitan aquatic herbs of the genus Myriophyllum, having feathery, finely dissected submersed leaves and entire or toothed emersed leaves. * * ...
watermill
water mill n. A mill with machinery that is driven by water. * * *
watermoccasin
water moccasin n. 1. A semiaquatic pit viper (Agkistrodon piscivorus) of lowlands and swampy regions of the southern United States. Also called cottonmouth. 2. Any of various ...
watermold
water mold n. Any of various parasitic or saprobic fungi of the phylum Oomycota, living chiefly in fresh water or moist soil. * * *
waternymph
water nymph n. Mythology A nymph, such as a naiad or Nereid, living in or near water. * * *
wateroak
water oak n. Any of various oak trees that grow in wetlands, especially Quercus nigra, of eastern North America. * * *
waterof crystallization
water of crystallization n. Water in chemical combination with a crystal, necessary for the maintenance of crystalline properties but capable of being removed by sufficient ...
waterof hydration
water of hydration n. Water chemically combined with a substance in such a way that it can be removed, as by heating, without substantially changing the chemical composition of ...
wateron the brain
water on the brain n. Hydrocephalus. * * *
waterouzel
water ouzel n. See dipper. * * *
waterox
water ox n. See water buffalo. * * *
waterpark
water park n. An amusement park whose attractions include slides, fountains, and other recreational settings involving water. * * *
waterparting
water parting n. See watershed. * * *
waterpennywort
water pennywort n. Any of various creeping perennial herbs of the genus Hydrocotyle in the parsley family, having orbicular leaves and small white or greenish flowers grouped in ...
waterpepper
water pepper n. A perennial herb (Polygonum hydropiperoides) growing in marshes and bogs of the United States, having reddish stems, clusters of small greenish flowers, and ...
waterpick
/waw"teuhr pik', wot"euhr-/ n. a portable electric appliance that uses a stream of water under force to remove food particles from between the teeth and to massage the gums. Also ...
waterpipe
water pipe n. 1. A pipe that is a conduit for water. 2. An apparatus for smoking, such as a hookah, in which the smoke is drawn through a container of water or ice and cooled ...
waterpipit
water pipit n. A North American pipit (Anthus spinoletta) with a dark unstreaked back and an elaborate musical song. * * *
waterpistol
water pistol n. See squirt gun. * * *
waterplantain
water plantain n. Any of various aquatic herbs of the genus Alisma, having panicles with whorled branches and small three-petaled white or pinkish flowers. * * *
waterpolo
water polo n. A water sport with two teams of swimmers each of which tries to pass a ball into the other's goal. * * *
waterpower
wa·ter·pow·er (wôʹtər-pou'ər, wŏtʹər-) n. 1. a. The energy produced by running or falling water that is used for driving machinery, especially for generating ...
waterproof
—waterproofer, n. —waterproofness, n. /waw"teuhr proohf', wot"euhr-/, adj. 1. impervious to water. 2. rendered impervious to water by some special process, as coating or ...
waterproofing
/waw"teuhr prooh'fing, wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a substance by which something is made waterproof. 2. the act or process of making something waterproof. [1835-45; WATERPROOF + -ING1] * ...
waterpurslane
water purslane n. 1. Any of various aquatic annual herbs of the genus Peplis, especially P. diandra, of the eastern and central United States, having small greenish flowers. 2. A ...
waterrail
water rail n. A brownish Old World rail (Rallus aquaticus) with a long red bill, living in marshy warm coastal areas of the Pacific. * * *
waterrat
water rat n. 1. a. Any of various semiaquatic rodents, especially Neofiber alleni, of Florida and southern Georgia, closely related to and resembling the muskrat. b. See ...
waterright
water right n. 1. The right to draw water from a particular source, such as a lake, irrigation canal, or stream. Often used in the plural. 2. Nautical. The right to navigate on ...
Waters
/waw"teuhrz, wot"euhrz/, n. Ethel, 1896-1977, U.S. singer and actress. * * *
Waters, Benjamin
▪ 1999       American tenor saxophonist and arranger who played for seven years with Charlie Johnson's early Harlem jazz band in New York City. A journeyman sideman, he ...
Waters, Ethel
born Oct. 31, 1896/1900, Chester, Pa., U.S. died Sept. 1, 1977, Chatsworth, Calif. U.S. blues and jazz singer and actress. She was a professional singer by age 17, and she ...
Waters, Frank
▪ 1996       U.S. novelist and biographer whose works concentrated on the American Southwest (b. July 5, 1902—d. June 3, 1995). * * *
Waters, Muddy
orig. McKinley Morganfield born April 4, 1915, Rolling Fork, Miss., U.S. died April 30, 1983, Westmont, Ill. U.S. blues guitarist and singer. He grew up in the cotton country ...
Waters,Ethel
Wa·ters (wôʹtərz, wŏtʹərz), Ethel. 1896-1977. American actress and singer who began in vaudeville and became popular on Broadway and in films, such as The Sound and the ...
Waters,Muddy
Waters, Muddy. Originally McKinley Morganfield. 1915-1983. American blues singer and musician whose band shaped the hard-edged, electric Chicago blues sound of the post-World War ...
watersapphire
water sapphire n. A clear blue cordierite often used as a gemstone. * * *
watersaver
/waw"teuhr say'veuhr, wot"euhr-/, n. a person, device, or practice that reduces water consumption, as during a drought. [WATER + SAVER] * * *
waterscape
/waw"teuhr skayp', wot"euhr-/, n. a picture or view of the sea or other body of water. [1850-55; WATER + -SCAPE] * * *
waterscorpion
/waw"teuhr skawr'pee euhn, wot"euhr-/, n. any of several predaceous aquatic bugs of the family Nepidae, having clasping front legs and a long respiratory tube at the rear of the ...
watershed
/waw"teuhr shed', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. Chiefly Brit. the ridge or crest line dividing two drainage areas; water parting; divide. 2. the region or area drained by a river, stream, ...
watershield
water shield n. 1. A cosmopolitan aquatic herb (Brasenia schreberi) having floating elliptic or ovate leaves and purplish flowers. 2. Any of several New World aquatic herbs of ...
Watership Down
a very successful novel for children (1972) by Richard Adams. It tells the story of a group of rabbits who are forced to leave the place where they live and go to live in an area ...
waterside
/waw"teuhr suyd', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. the margin, bank, or shore of a river, lake, ocean, etc. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or situated at the waterside: waterside insects; a ...
waterski
water ski or water·ski (wôʹtər-skē', wŏtʹər-) n. A broad ski used for skiing on water. * * *
waterskiing
Sport of planing and jumping on water skis, broad skilike runners that a rider wears while being towed by a motorboat. The sport originated in the U.S. in the 1920s. ...
watersnake
water snake n. 1. Any of various nonvenomous snakes of the genus Natrix, living in or frequenting freshwater streams and ponds. 2. Any of various aquatic or semiaquatic snakes. * ...
watersoftener
water softener n. 1. A substance used to reduce the hardness of water. 2. A device that monitors and reduces the hardness of the water. * * *
waterspaniel
water spaniel n. A large spaniel of a breed characterized by a curly water-resistant coat, often used in hunting to retrieve waterfowl. * * *
watersport
/waw"teuhr spawrt', -spohrt', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a sport played or practiced on or in water, as swimming, water polo, or surfing. 2. watersports, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) ...
waterspout
/waw"teuhr spowt', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. Also called rainspout. a pipe running down the side of a house or other building to carry away water from the gutter of the roof. 2. a spout, ...
watersprite
water sprite n. A sprite or nymph that inhabits or haunts a body of water. * * *
Waterstone’s
a chain of bookshops in Britain which opened its first shop in London in 1982 and now has over 200 shops in the UK, Ireland and Europe, including the biggest bookshop in Europe ...
waterstrider
water strider n. Any of various insects of the family Gerridae, having long slender legs with which they support themselves on the surface of water. Also called skater. * * *
watersupply
water supply n. 1. The water available for a community or region. 2. The source and delivery system of such water. * * *
watersystem
water system n. 1. A river and all its tributaries. 2. A water supply. * * *
watertable
water table n. 1. A projecting ledge, molding, or stringcourse along the side of a building, designed to throw off rainwater. 2. The level below which the ground is completely ...
watertaxi
water taxi n. A ferryboat that takes passengers to a variety of possible destinations instead of operating over a fixed route. * * *
waterthrush
☆ waterthrush [wôt′erthrush΄, wät′erthrush΄] n. any of several North American wood warblers (genus Seiurus), usually found near streams, swamps, etc. * * * water ...
watertight
—watertightness, n. /waw"teuhr tuyt', wot"euhr-/, adj. 1. constructed or fitted so tightly as to be impervious to water: The ship had six watertight compartments. 2. so devised ...
Waterton Lakes National Park
/waw"teuhr teuhn, wot"euhr-/ a national park in W Canada, in S Alberta. 220 sq. mi. (570 sq. km). * * * National park, western Canada. Located in southern Alberta, it was ...
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
/waw"teuhr teuhn glay"sheuhr, wot"euhr-/ an international park in SW Canada and NW Montana, jointly administered by Canada and the U.S. since 1932 and encompassing Waterton Lakes ...
watertower
water tower n. 1. A standpipe or elevated tank used as a reservoir or for maintaining equal pressure in a water system. 2. A firefighting apparatus for lifting hoses to the upper ...
Watertown
/waw"teuhr town', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a town in E Massachusetts, on the Charles River, near Boston: U.S. arsenal. 34,384. 2. a city in N New York. 27,861. 3. a town in NW ...
waterturkey
water turkey n. See anhinga. * * *
watervapor
water vapor n. Water in a gaseous state, especially when diffused as a vapor in the atmosphere and at a temperature below boiling point. * * *
Waterville
/waw"teuhr vil', wot"euhr-/, n. a city in SW Maine. 17,779. * * * ▪ Maine, United States       city, Kennebec county, south-central Maine, U.S., on the Kennebec River ...
Watervliet
/waw"teuhr vleet', wot"euhr-/, n. a city in E New York, on the Hudson: oldest U.S. arsenal. 11,354. * * * ▪ New York, United States       city, Albany county, eastern ...
waterward
/waw"teuhr weuhrd, wot"euhr-/, adv. in the direction of water or a body of water. Also, waterwards. [1175-1225; ME; see WATER, -WARD] * * *
waterway
/waw"teuhr way', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a river, canal, or other body of water serving as a route or way of travel or transport. 2. Shipbuilding. (in a steel or iron vessel) a ...
waterway plank
Naut. See margin plank. * * *
waterweed
/waw"teuhr weed', wot"euhr-/, n. elodea. [1835-45; WATER + WEED1] * * *
waterwheel
/waw"teuhr hweel', -weel', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a wheel or turbine turned by the weight or momentum of water and used to operate machinery. 2. a wheel with buckets for raising or ...
waterwings
water wings pl.n. A pair of inflatable waterproof bags designed so that one can be attached to each arm, especially of a child learning to swim, to provide buoyancy. * * *
waterwitch
water witch n. One who claims to be able to find underground water by means of a divining rod; a dowser. * * *
waterworks
/waw"teuhr werrks', wot"euhr-/, n., pl. waterworks. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a complete system of reservoirs, pipelines, conduits, etc., by which water is collected, ...
waterworn
/waw"teuhr wawrn', -wohrn', wot"euhr-/, adj. worn by the action of water; smoothed by the force or movement of water. [1805-15; WATER + WORN] * * *
watery
—waterily, adv. —wateriness, n. /waw"teuh ree, wot"euh-/, adj. 1. pertaining to or connected with water: watery Neptune. 2. full of or abounding in water, as soil or a ...
Watford
Wat·ford (wŏtʹfərd) A municipal borough of southeast England northwest of London. Mainly residential, it is also a commercial and publishing center. Population: 74,700. * * ...
Watie, Stand
orig. De Gata Ga born Dec. 12, 1806, Rome, Ga., U.S. died Sept. 9, 1871 American Indian leader. He learned English at a mission school and helped publish the Cherokee Phoenix, ...
Watkins
/wot"kinz/, n. a male given name. * * *
Watkins Glen
a village in W New York, on Seneca Lake: gorge and cascades. 2440. * * * ▪ New York, United States       village, seat (1854) of Schuyler county, central New York, ...
Watkins, Carleton E.
▪ American photographer in full  Carleton Emmons Watkins  or  Carleton Eugene Watkins  born Nov. 11, 1829, Oneonta, N.Y., U.S. died June 23, 1916, Imola, ...
Watkins, Vernon Phillips
▪ English poet born June 27, 1906, Maesteg, Glamorgan,Wales died Oct. 8, 1967, near Swansea, Glamorgan       English-language Welsh poet who drew from Welsh material ...
Watling Island
/wot"ling/. See San Salvador (def. 1). * * *
Watling Street
a road in England, originally built by the Romans and still in use today under various different names. It runs from Dover, on the south-east coast of England, through London and ...
WatlingsIsland
Wat·lings Island (wätʹlĭngz) See San Salvador1. * * *
WATS
/wots/ n. bulk-rate telephone service that enables a subscriber to make an unlimited number of long-distance telephone calls within a given service area for a fixed monthly ...
Watson
/wot"seuhn/, n. 1. James Dewey, born 1928, U.S. biologist: Nobel prize for medicine 1962. 2. John ("Ian Maclaren"), 1850-1907, Scottish clergyman and novelist. 3. John Broadus ...
Watson Lake
▪ village, Yukon Territory, Canada       community, southern Yukon Territory (Yukon), Canada. It lies along a small lake on the border with British Columbia. It ...
Watson, Doc
orig. Arthel Lane Watson born March 2, 1923, Stony Fork, near Deep Gap, N.C., U.S. U.S. country music singer, banjoist, and guitarist. Blind from birth, Watson grew up on a ...
Watson, James D(ewey)
born April 6, 1928, Chicago, Ill., U.S. U.S. geneticist and biophysicist. He earned his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1950. Using X-ray diffraction techniques, he began work ...
Watson, James Dewey
▪ American geneticist and biophysicist born April 6, 1928, Chicago, Ill., U.S.    American geneticist and biophysicist who played a crucial role in the discovery of the ...
Watson, John B(roadus)
born Jan. 9, 1878, Travelers Rest, near Greenville, S.C., U.S. died Sept. 25, 1958, New York, N.Y. U.S. psychologist. Trained at the University of Chicago, Watson taught ...
Watson, John B.
▪ American psychologist in full  John Broadus Watson   born January 9, 1878, Travelers Rest, near Greenville, South Carolina, U.S. died September 25, 1958, New York, New ...
Watson, John Christian
▪ prime minister of Australia born April 9, 1867, Valparaiso, Chile died Nov. 18, 1941, Sydney, N.S.W., Austl.  politician and the first Labour prime minister of Australia ...
Watson, Johnny
▪ 1997       ("GUITAR"), U.S. rhythm and blues singer and guitarist who during a 40-year career influenced such musicians as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Frank Zappa ...
Watson, Sir William
▪ English author in full  Sir John William Watson   born Aug. 2, 1858, Burley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, Eng. died Aug. 11, 1935, Ditchling, Sussex  English author of ...
Watson, Thomas Augustus
▪ American industrialist born Jan. 18, 1854, Salem, Mass., U.S. died Dec. 13, 1934, Passagrille Key, Fla.       American telephone pioneer and shipbuilder, one of the ...
Watson, Thomas J(ohn), Sr.
born Feb. 17, 1874, Campbell, N.Y., U.S. died June 19, 1956, New York, N.Y. U.S. industrialist. He went to work for the National Cash Register Co. in 1899. In 1914 he became ...
Watson, Thomas J., Jr.
▪ 1994       U.S. business executive (b. Jan. 8, 1914, Dayton, Ohio—d. Dec. 31, 1993, Greenwich, Conn.), inherited the leadership of International Business Machines ...
Watson, Thomas J., Sr.
▪ American industrialist in full  Thomas John Watson, Sr.   born Feb. 17, 1874, Campbell, N.Y., U.S. died June 19, 1956, New York, N.Y.       American industrialist ...
Watson, Tom
in full Thomas Sturges Watson born Sept. 4, 1949, Kansas City, Mo., U.S. U.S. golfer. Watson attended Stanford University before becoming a professional golfer in 1971. He ...
Watson, William
▪ English priest born April 23, 1559? died Dec. 9, 1603, Winchester, Hampshire, Eng.       English Roman Catholic priest who was executed for his part in the “Bye ...
Watson,James Dewey
Wat·son (wŏtʹsən), James Dewey. Born 1928. American biologist who with Francis Crick proposed a spiral model, the double helix, for the molecular structure of DNA. He shared ...
Watson,Thomas Augustus
Watson, Thomas Augustus. 1854-1934. American telephone pioneer who assisted Alexander Graham Bell in his experiments and was the leader of research and engineering for Bell ...
Watson,Thomas John
Watson, Thomas John. 1874-1956. American businessman who was president (1914-1949) and chairman (1949-1956) of International Business Machines. * * *
Watson,Thomas Sturges
Watson, Thomas Sturges. Known as “Tom.” Born 1949. American golfer who in 1982 became one of only a few players to win the U.S. and British Open tournaments in the same ...
Watson-Crick model
/wot"seuhn krik"/, Biochem. a widely accepted model for the three-dimensional structure of DNA, featuring a double-helix configuration for the molecule's two hydrogen-bonded ...
Watson-Crick rules.
See base-pairing rules. * * *
Watson-Crickmodel
Wat·son-Crick model (wätʹsən-krĭkʹ) n. A three-dimensional model of the DNA molecule, consisting of two complementary polynucleotide strands wound in the form of a double ...
Watson-Watt
/wot"seuhn wot"/, n. Sir Robert Alexander, 1892-1973, Scottish physicist: helped develop radar. * * *
Watson-Watt, Sir Robert Alexander
born April 13, 1892, Brechin, Scot. died Dec. 5, 1973, Inverness Scottish physicist. He began as a meteorologist working on devices for locating thunderstorms. As head of the ...
Watson-Wentworth
/wot"seuhn went"werrth'/, n. Charles, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham /rok"ing euhm/, 1730-82, British statesman: prime minister 1765-66, 1782. * * *
watsonia
/wot soh"nee euh/, n. any of various iridaceous plants of the genus Watsonia, native to southern Africa, having sword-shaped leaves and spikes of white or reddish flowers. [ < NL ...
Watsonville
/wot"seuhn vil'/, n. a city in W California. 23,543. * * *
Watsuji Tetsurō
▪ Japanese philosopher and historian born March 1, 1889, Himeji, Japan died Dec. 26, 1960, Tokyo       Japanese moral philosopher and historian of ideas, outstanding ...
watt
/wot/, n. the SI unit of power, equivalent to one joule per second and equal to the power in a circuit in which a current of one ampere flows across a potential difference of one ...
Watt
/wot/, n. James, 1736-1819, Scottish engineer and inventor. * * * ▪ unit of measurement       unit of power in the International System of Units (SI) equal to one ...
Watt, James
born Jan. 19, 1736, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scot. died Aug. 25, 1819, Heathfield Hall, near Birmingham, Warwick, Eng. Scottish engineer and inventor. Though largely ...
Watt,James
Watt (wŏt), James. 1736-1819. British engineer and inventor who made fundamental improvements in the steam engine, resulting in the modern high-pressure steam engine (patented ...
watt-hour
/wot"oweur', -ow'euhr/, n. a unit of energy equal to the energy of one watt operating for one hour, equivalent to 3600 joules. Abbr.: Wh Also, watthour. [1885-90] * * *
watt-hour meter
▪ instrument       device that measures and records over time the electric power flowing through a circuit. Although there are several different types of watt-hour ...
watt-second
/wot"sek"euhnd/, n. a unit of energy equal to the energy of one watt acting for one second; the equivalent of one joule. Also, wattsecond. * * *
wattage
/wot"ij/, n. 1. power, as measured in watts. 2. the amount of power required to operate an electrical appliance or device. [1900-05; WATT + -AGE] * * *
Watteau
/wo toh"/; Fr. /vann toh"/, n. Jean Antoine /zhahonn ahonn twannn"/, 1684-1721, French painter. * * *
Watteau back
a loose, full back of a woman's gown, formed by wide box pleats hanging from a high shoulder yoke and extending to the hem in an unbroken line. [1895-1900; after a type of gown ...
Watteau, (Jean-) Antoine
born Oct. 10, 1684, Valenciennes, France died July 18, 1721, Nogent-sur-Marne French painter. Son of a roof tiler in Valenciennes, he was apprenticed to a local artist. At 18 ...
Watteau, Antoine
▪ French painter Introduction born Oct. 10, 1684, Valenciennes, Fr. died July 18, 1721, Nogent-sur-Marne       French painter who typified the lyrically charming and ...
Watteau,Jean Antoine
Wat·teau (wŏ-tōʹ, vä-), Jean Antoine. 1684-1721. French painter noted for his exuberant scenes of gallantry, such as The Embarkation for Cythera (1717). * * *
watter
/wot"euhr/, n. Informal. a light bulb, radio station, etc., of specified wattage (usually used in combination): This lamp takes a 60-watter. [WATT + -ER1] * * *
Watterson
/wot"euhr seuhn, waw"teuhr-/, n. Henry ("Marse Henry"), 1840-1921, U.S. journalist and political leader. * * *
wattle
/wot"l/, n., v., wattled, wattling, adj. n. 1. Often, wattles. a number of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs or tree branches for making fences, walls, etc. 2. wattles, a ...
wattle and daub
1. Also, wattle and dab. a building technique employing wattles plastered with clay and mud. 2. a form of wall construction consisting of upright posts or stakes interwoven with ...
wattle-eye
▪ bird also called  Puffback Flycatcher,    any of a number of small, stubby African songbirds of the subfamily Platysteirinae, family Muscicapidae (q.v.); some ...
wattleand daub
wattle and daub n. A building material consisting of interwoven rods and laths or twigs plastered with mud or clay, used especially in the construction of simple dwellings or as ...
wattlebird
/wot"l berrd'/, n. 1. any of several Australian honey eaters of the genus Anthochaera, most of which have fleshy wattles at the sides of the neck. 2. any of three endemic New ...
wattled
wattled [wät′'ld] adj. 1. built with wattles 2. having wattles, as a bird * * * See wattle. * * *
wattless component
/wot"lis/ Elect. See reactive component. [WATT + -LESS] * * *
wattmeter
/wot"mee'teuhr/, n. Elect. a calibrated instrument for measuring electric power in watts. [1885-90; WATT + -METER] * * *
Wattrelos
▪ France       town, Nord département, Nord-Pas-de-Calais région, northern France, on the Belgian-French border. A northeastern suburb of Roubaix, it has textile, ...
Watts
/wots/, n. 1. André /ahn"dray/, born 1946, U.S. concert pianist, born in Germany. 2. George Frederick, 1817-1904, English painter and sculptor. 3. Isaac, 1674-1748, English ...
Watts, André
born June 20, 1946, Nürnberg, Ger. German-born U.S. pianist. Son of an African American soldier and a Hungarian mother, he made his debut at age nine at a Philadelphia ...
Watts, George Frederick
▪ British painter born Feb. 23, 1817, London died July 1, 1904, Compton, Surrey, Eng.       English painter and sculptor of grandiose allegorical themes. Watts believed ...
Watts, Isaac
born July 17, 1674, Southampton, Hampshire, Eng. died Nov. 25, 1748, Stoke Newington, London English Nonconformist minister, regarded as the father of English hymnody. Watts ...
Watts,George Frederick
Watts, George Frederick. 1817-1904. British painter noted for his historical works, portraits, and allegories, including Hope (1885). * * *
Watts,Isaac
Watts, Isaac. 1674-1748. English poet, theologian, and hymn writer whose sacred poems include The Psalms of David Imitated (1719). * * *
Watts-Dunton
/wots"dun"tn/, n. (Walter) Theodore (Walter Theodore Watts), 1832-1914, English poet, novelist, and critic. * * *
Watts-Dunton, Theodore
▪ British critic in full  Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton , original name  Walter Theodore Watts  born Oct. 12, 1832, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, Eng. died June 6, 1914, ...
Watusi
/wah tooh"see/, n., pl. Watusis, (esp. collectively) Watusi. Tutsi. Also, Watutsi /wah tooht"see/. * * *
Watutsi
Wa·tut·si (wä-to͞otʹsē) also Wa·tu·si (wä-to͞oʹsē) n. pl. Watutsi or Wa·tut·sis also Watusi or Wa·tu·sis Variants of Tutsi.   [Kinyarwanda : wa-, pl. human ...
Wau
▪ Papua New Guinea       town on the island of New Guinea, eastern Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. The town is situated at the junction of Edie Creek and ...
Wauchope
▪ New South Wales, Australia       town, north coastal New South Wales, Australia, 12 miles (19 km) above the mouth of the Hastings River, just west of Port Macquarie. ...
Waucoban Series
▪ geology       lowermost Cambrian rocks (the Cambrian Period lasted from 542 million to 488 million years ago); the name is derived from exposures found at Waucoba ...
Waugh
/waw/, n. 1. Alec (Alexander Raban), 1898-1981, English novelist, traveler, and lecturer (son of Arthur, brother of Evelyn). 2. Arthur, 1866-1943, English literary critic, ...
Waugh, Alec
▪ English writer byname of  Alexander Raban Waugh   born July 8, 1898, Hampstead, London died Sept. 3, 1981, Tampa, Fla., U.S.       English popular novelist and ...
Waugh, Auberon Alexander
▪ 2002       British writer and satirist (b. Nov. 17, 1939, Dulverton, Somerset, Eng.—d. Jan. 16, 2001, Combe Florey, near Taunton, Somerset), simultaneously delighted ...
Waugh, Evelyn
▪ English author in full  Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh  born October 28, 1903, London, England died April 10, 1966, Combe Florey, near Taunton, Somerset  English writer ...
Waugh, Evelyn (Arthur Saint John)
Waugh (wô), Evelyn (Arthur Saint John). 1903-1966. British writer whose satirical novels, such as Decline and Fall (1928) and Vile Bodies (1930), lampoon high society. His ...
Waugh, Evelyn (Arthur St. John)
born Oct. 28, 1903, London, Eng. died April 10, 1966, Combe Florey, near Taunton, Somerset English novelist. After an Oxford education, he devoted himself to solitary, ...
Waugh, Hillary Baldwin
▪ 2009       American writer born June 22, 1920, New Haven, Conn. died Dec. 8, 2008, Torrington, Conn. was a prolific writer of crime novels who was especially noted ...
Waugh, Mark Edward and Stephen Rodger
▪ 1998       In the second of the three cricket Tests in South Africa in March 1997, S.R. and M.E. Waugh, the twins from the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia, became ...
Waukegan
/waw kee"geuhn/, n. a city in NE Illinois, on Lake Michigan, N of Chicago. 67,653. * * * ▪ Illinois, United States       city, seat (1841) of Lake county, northeastern ...
Waukesha
/waw"ki shaw'/, n. a city in SE Wisconsin, W of Milwaukee. 50,319. * * * ▪ Wisconsin, United States       city, seat (1846) of Waukesha county, southeastern Wisconsin, ...
waul
waul [wôl] vi., n. 〚see CATERWAUL〛 wail, squall, or howl * * *
Wausau
/waw"saw/, n. a city in central Wisconsin. 32,426. * * * ▪ Wisconsin, United States       city, seat (1850) of Marathon county, north-central Wisconsin, U.S. It lies ...
Wauwatosa
/waw'weuh toh"seuh/, n. a city in SE Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. 51,308. * * * ▪ Wisconsin, United States       city, western suburb of Milwaukee, Milwaukee county, ...
wave
—waveless, adj. —wavelessly, adv. —wavingly, adv. —wavelike, adj. /wayv/, n., v., waved, waving. n. 1. a disturbance on the surface of a liquid body, as the sea or a ...
Wave
/wayv/, n. a member of the Waves. Also, WAVE. [1942; see WAVES] * * * I In oceanography, a ridge or swell on the surface of a body of water, normally having a forward motion ...
wave aerobics
➡ sport and fitness * * *
wave band
Radio and Television. band2 (def. 9). [1920-25] * * *
wave base
wave base n. the depth in a body of water at which the action of surface waves stops stirring the sediments * * *
wave cyclone
Meteorol. a cyclone that forms on a front and, in maturing, produces an increasingly sharp, wavelike deformation of the front. * * *
wave drag.
See aerodynamic wave drag. * * *
wave equation
1. Math., Physics. any differential equation that describes the propagation of waves or other disturbances in a medium. 2. Physics. any of the fundamental equations of quantum ...
wave front
Physics. a surface, real or imaginary, that is the locus of all adjacent points at which the phase of oscillation is the same. [1865-70] * * * Imaginary surface that represents ...
wave function
Physics. 1. a solution of a wave equation. 2. (in quantum mechanics) a mathematical function, found by solving a quantum-mechanical wave equation, that is used to predict the ...
wave mechanics
Physics. a form of quantum mechanics formulated in terms of a wave equation, as the Schrödinger equation. Cf. matrix mechanics. [1925-30] * * *       quantum mechanics, ...
wave motion
▪ physics       propagation of disturbances—that is, deviations from a state of rest or equilibrium—from place to place in a regular and organized way. Most familiar ...
wave number
the number of waves in one centimeter of light in a given wavelength; the reciprocal of the wavelength. [1900-05] * * * ▪ physics       a unit of frequency in atomic, ...
wave of the future
a trend or development that may influence or become a significant part of the future: Computerization is the wave of the future. [phrase popularized as the title of an essay ...
wave power
▪ energy       electrical energy generated by harnessing the up-and-down motion of ocean waves. Wave power is typically produced by floating turbine platforms. However, ...
wave scroll.
See Vitruvian scroll. * * *
wave theory
1. Also called undulatory theory. Physics. the theory that light is transmitted as a wave, similar to oscillations in magnetic and electric fields. Cf. corpuscular theory. 2. ...
wave train
Physics. a series of successive waves spaced at regular intervals. [1895-1900] * * *
wave trap
Radio. a resonant-circuit filter between the antenna and the receiver for the suppression of unwanted frequencies. Cf. resonance (def. 5). [1920-25] * * *
wave velocity
▪ physics  distance traversed by a periodic, or cyclic, motion per unit time (in any direction). Wave velocity in common usage refers to speed, although, properly, velocity ...
wave-cut platform
or abrasion platform Gently sloping rock ledge that extends from the high-tide level at a steep cliff base to below the low-tide level. It develops as a result of wave ...
wave-form
/wayv"fawrm'/, n. Physics. the shape of a wave, a graph obtained by plotting the instantaneous values of a periodic quantity against the time. Also, waveform. [1840-50] * * *
wave-off
/wayv"awf', -of'/, n. 1. (on an aircraft carrier) the last-minute signaling to an aircraft making its final landing approach that it is not to land on that particular pass but is ...
wave-particle duality
Principle that subatomic particles possess some wavelike characteristics, and that electromagnetic waves, such as light, possess some particlelike characteristics. In 1905, by ...
wave-particleduality
wave-par·ti·cle duality (wāvʹpärʹtĭ-kəl) n. The exhibition of both wavelike and particlelike properties by a single entity, as of both diffraction and linear propagation ...
waveband
wave·band (wāvʹbănd') n. A range of frequencies, especially radio frequencies, such as those assigned to communication transmissions. * * *
waved
/wayvd/, adj. having a form, outline, or appearance resembling waves; undulating. [1540-50; WAVE + -ED3] * * *
waveequation
wave equation n. 1. A partial differential equation used to represent wave motion. 2. The fundamental equation of wave mechanics. * * *
waveform
waveform [wāv′fôrm΄] n. a graphic representation showing the shape of a wave that is often periodic and usually plotted with the amplitude of the wave on one axis and time ...
wavefront
wave front n. The continuous line or surface including all the points in space reached by a wave or vibration at the same instant as it travels through a medium. * * *
wavefunction
wave function n. A mathematical function used in quantum mechanics to describe the propagation of the wave associated with any particle or group of particles. * * *
waveguide
/wayv"guyd'/, Electronics, Optics. n. a conduit, as a metal tube, coaxial cable, or strand of glass fibers, used as a conductor or directional transmitter for various kinds of ...
wavelength
/wayv"lengkth', -length', -lenth'/, n. 1. Physics. the distance, measured in the direction of propagation of a wave, between two successive points in the wave that are ...
wavelet
/wayv"lit/, n. a small wave; ripple. [1800-10; WAVE + -LET] * * *
Wavell
/way"veuhl/, n. Archibald Percival, 1st Earl, 1883-1950, British field marshal and author: viceroy of India 1943-47. * * *
Wavell (of Eritrea and of Winchester), Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl
born May 5, 1883, Colchester, Essex, Eng. died May 24, 1950, London British army officer. Recognized as an excellent trainer of troops, he became British commander in chief for ...
Wavell, Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl, Viscount Wavell Of Cyrenaica And Of Winchester, Viscount Keren Of Eritrea And Of Winchester
▪ British field marshal born May 5, 1883, Colchester, Essex, England died May 24, 1950, London       British field marshal whose victories against the Italians in North ...
Wavell,Archibald Percival
Wa·vell (wāʹvəl), Archibald Percival. First Earl Wavell. 1883-1950. British field marshal who routed Italian forces in North Africa (1940-1941) before being defeated by the ...
wavellite
/way"veuh luyt'/, n. Mineral. a hydrous aluminum fluorophosphate occurring as white to yellowish-green or brown aggregates of radiating fibers. [named in 1805 after W. Wavell (d. ...
wavemechanics
wave mechanics n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A theory that ascribes characteristics of waves to subatomic particles and attempts to interpret physical phenomena on this ...
wavemeter
/wayv"mee'teuhr/, n. a device for measuring the wavelength or frequency of a radio wave. [1900-05; WAVE + -METER] * * * ▪ measurement device       device for ...
Waveney
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and historic county of Suffolk, England. It is bounded on the east by the North Sea and on the ...
Waveney, River
▪ river, England, United Kingdom       stream in England whose whole course of 50 miles (80 km) marks the boundary between the East Anglian counties of Norfolk and ...
wavenumber
wave number n. The number of waves per unit distance in a series of waves of a given wavelength; the reciprocal of the wavelength. * * *
waver
waver1 —waverer, n. —waveringly, adv. /way"veuhr/, v.i. 1. to sway to and fro; flutter: Foliage wavers in the breeze. 2. to flicker or quiver, as light: A distant beam ...
waverer
See waver. * * *
waveringly
See waverer. * * *
Waverley
Wa·ver·ley (wāʹvər-lē) A city of southeast Australia, an industrial suburb of Melbourne. Population: 122,471. * * * the main railway station in Edinburgh, Scotland, at ...
Waverley novels
the name given to the novels of Sir Walter Scott because he said at the beginning of them that they were written ‘by the author of Waverley’ and did not give his name. The ...
wavery
wavery [wā′vər ē] adj. wavering [his wavery voice] * * *
Waves
/wayvz/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the Women's Reserve of the U.S. Naval Reserve, the distinct force of women enlistees in the U.S. Navy, organized during World War ...
wavetank
wave tank n. An apparatus consisting of a small water-filled tank and an oscillator that creates waves, used to demonstrate wave motion and wave properties such as interference ...
wavetrain
wave train n. Physics A succession of similar wave pulses. * * *
wavetrap
wave trap n. An electronic filtering device designed to exclude unwanted signals or interference from a receiver. * * *
wavey
/way"vee/, n., pl. waveys. a wild North American goose of the genus Chen, as the snow goose (white wavey) or blue goose (blue wavey). [1735-45; earlier weywey < Cree ...
wavily
See wavy. * * *
waviness
See wavily. * * *
wavy
wavy1 —wavily, adv. —waviness, n. /way"vee/, adj., wavier, waviest. 1. curving alternately in opposite directions; undulating: a wavy course; wavy hair. 2. abounding in or ...
waw
/vahv, vawv/, n. vav. /wow/, n. the 27th letter of the Arabic alphabet. [1825-35; < Ar] * * * ▪ The Sudan also spelled  Wau        town, southwestern Sudan. It lies ...
wawl
wawl [wôl] vi., n. alt. Brit. sp. of WAUL * * *
wax
wax1 —waxable, adj. —waxlike, adj. /waks/, n. 1. Also called beeswax. a solid, yellowish, nonglycerine substance allied to fats and oils, secreted by bees, plastic when warm ...
wax bean
1. a variety of string bean bearing yellowish, waxy pods. 2. the pod of this plant, used for food. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
wax flower.
See Madagascar jasmine. [1835-45] * * *
wax gourd
1. a tropical Asian vine, Benincasa hispida, of the gourd family, having a brown, hairy stem, large, solitary, yellow flowers, and white, melonlike fruit. 2. the fruit itself. ...
wax insect
any of several scale insects that secrete a commercially valuable waxy substance, esp. a Chinese scale insect, Ericerus pe-la. [1805-15] * * *
wax jack
a device for melting sealing wax, having a waxed wick fed through a plate from a reel. Also called taper jack. * * *
wax light
a candle made of wax. [1690-1700] * * *
wax moth.
See bee moth. [1760-70] * * *
wax museum
a museum containing wax effigies of famous persons, esp. historical figures, usually in scenes associated with their lives. [1950-55] * * *
wax myrtle
an aromatic shrub, Myrica cerifera, of the southeastern U.S., bearing small berries coated with wax that is sometimes used in making candles. Cf. bayberry. [1800-10] * * *
wax palm
1. a tall, pinnate-leaved palm, Ceroxylon alpinum (or C. andicola), of the Andes, whose stem and leaves yield a resinous wax. 2. any of several other palms that are the source of ...
wax paper
a whitish, translucent wrapping paper made moistureproof by a paraffin coating. Also, waxed paper. [1835-45] * * *
wax plant
any climbing or trailing plant belonging to the genus Hoya, of the milkweed family, native to tropical Asia and Australia, having fleshy or leathery leaves and umbels of pink, ...
wax sculpture
Figures modeled or molded in beeswax, either as finished pieces or for use as forms for casting metal (see lost-wax casting) or creating preliminary models. At ordinary ...
wax tablet
a tablet made of bone, wood, etc., and covered with wax, used by the ancients for writing with a stylus. Also, waxed tablet. [1800-10] * * *
Waxahachie
/wawk'seuh hach"ee/, n. a city in NE central Texas. 14,624. * * *
waxbean
wax bean n. A variety of string bean having yellow pods. Also called butter bean. * * *
waxberry
/waks"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n., pl. waxberries. 1. the wax myrtle or the bayberry. 2. the snowberry. [1825-35; WAX1 + BERRY] * * *
waxbill
/waks"bil'/, n. any of several small Old World finches, esp. of the genus Estrilda, that have white, pink, or red bills of waxy appearance and are often kept as cage ...
waxed paper.
See wax paper. * * *
waxed tablet.
See wax tablet. * * *
waxedpaper
waxed paper (wăkst) n. Wax paper. * * *


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