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waxen1 /wak"seuhn/, adj. 1. made of or covered, polished, or treated with wax. 2. resembling or suggesting wax: Illness gave his face a waxen appearance. 3. weak, manageable, or ...
/wak"seuhr/, n. a person or appliance that polishes with or applies wax. [1870-75; WAX1 + -ER1] * * *
waxiness [wak′sē nis] n. a waxy state or quality * * *
/wak"sing/, n. 1. the act or process of applying wax, as in polishing or filling. 2. the manufacturing of a phonograph record. 3. the act or technique of applying a depilatory ...
waxing moon
the moon at any time after new moon and before full moon, so called because its illuminated area is increasing. Cf. waning moon. See diag. under moon. [1660-70] * * *
wax insect n. Any of various scale insects that secrete a waxy substance, especially a Chinese species (Ericerus pe-la) bred commercially for the production of candles. * * *
waxleaf privet
/waks"leef'/ an evergreen shrub, Ligustrum japonicum, native to Japan and Korea, having leathery leaves and large clusters of small white flowers. * * *
Waxman, Albert Samuel
▪ 2002 “Al”        Canadian actor (b. March 2, 1935, Toronto, Ont.—d. Jan. 17, 2001, Toronto), achieved fame with his roles on the television series The King of ...
Waxman, Meyer
▪ American Judaic scholar born 1887, Slutzk, Russia died March 7, 1969, Miami Beach, Fla., U.S.       Jewish literary historian, rabbi, educator, and ...
wax moth n. See bee moth. * * *
wax museum n. A place where life-size wax figures, usually of famous people, are exhibited. * * *
wax myrtle n. An evergreen shrub (Myrica cerifera) of the southeast United States, having usually serrate leaves and small berrylike fruit with a waxy coating. * * *
wax palm n. Any of several palm trees that yield wax, as Copernica prunifera, the source of carnauba wax, or Ceroxylon alpinum of South America. * * *
wax paper n. Paper that has been made moistureproof by treatment with wax, used especially in cooking and for wrapping food for storage. * * *
wax plant n. A southeast Asian tropical vine (Hoya carnosa) having waxy white or pinkish flowers. * * * also spelled  Wax Plant,        any of a number of unrelated ...
wax vine n. See hoya. * * *
☆ waxweed [waks′wēd΄ ] n. a plant (Cuphea petiolata) of the loosestrife family, with sticky stems and purple flowers * * *
/waks"wing'/, n. any of several songbirds of the family Bombycillidae, having a showy crest and certain feathers tipped with a red, waxy material, as Bombycilla garrulus ...
—waxworker, n. /waks"werrk'/, n. 1. a figure, ornament, or other object made of wax, or esp. the life-size effigy of a person. 2. the bittersweet, Celastrus ...
/waks"werrks'/, n., pl. waxworks. (usually used with a sing. v.) an exhibition of or a museum for displaying wax figures, ornaments, etc. [1690-1700; WAX1 + WORKS] * * *
waxy1 —waxily, adv. —waxiness, n. /wak"see/, adj., waxier, waxiest. 1. resembling wax in appearance or characteristics: His face had a waxy shine. 2. abounding in, covered ...
way1 —wayless, adj. /way/, n. 1. manner, mode, or fashion: a new way of looking at a matter; to reply in a polite way. 2. characteristic or habitual manner: Her way is to work ...
way car
Railroads (older use). caboose. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
Way International
▪ Christian evangelical group       Christian evangelical group founded in 1942 as Vesper Chimes, a radio ministry broadcast from Lima, Ohio, by Victor Paul Wierwille ...
Way of All Flesh, The
a novel (1903) by Samuel Butler. * * *
Way of the Cross
Way of the Cross n. STATIONS OF THE CROSS * * *
way of the cross.
See stations of the cross. [1865-70] * * *
Way of the World, The
a comedy of manners (1700) by William Congreve. * * *
way out
1. the means by which a predicament, dilemma, etc., may be solved. 2. Chiefly Brit. an exit or exit door, as in a theater. * * *
way point
1. a place or point between major points on a route. 2. See way station. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
way station
a station intermediate between principal stations, as on a railroad. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
/way"owt"/, adj. Informal. 1. advanced in style or technique: way-out jazz. 2. exotic or esoteric in character: way-out theories on nutrition. [1950-55; adj. use of way out far ...
▪ Indonesian theatre also spelled  Wajang        (Javanese: “shadow”), classical Javanese puppet drama that uses the shadows thrown by puppets manipulated by rods ...
/way"bil'/, n. 1. a list of goods sent by a common carrier, as a railroad, with shipping directions. 2. See air waybill. [1785-95; WAY1 + BILL1] * * *
/way"kraws', -kros'/, n. a city in SE Georgia. 19,371. * * * ▪ Georgia, United States       city, seat (1872) of Ware county, southeastern Georgia, U.S., on the ...
/way"fair'euhr/, n. a traveler, esp. on foot. [1400-50; late ME weyfarere. See WAY1, FARE, -ER1] * * *
/way"fair'ing/, adj., n. traveling, esp. on foot. [1530-40; WAY1 + FARE + -ING1] * * *
wayfaring tree
1. a Eurasian shrub, Viburnum lantana, of the honeysuckle family, having finely toothed, ovate leaves and branching clusters of white flowers, growing along roadsides and ...
wayfaring tree n. A deciduous Eurasian shrub (Viburnum lantana) having cymes of white flowers and berries that turn from red to black.   [Short for wayfaring man's tree.] * * *
/way"goh'ing/, n. Chiefly Scot. and North Eng. the act of leaving; departure; leavetaking. [1625-35; WAY1 + GOING] * * *
waygoing crop
Law. See away-going crop. [1765-75] * * *
/way"layd', way layd"/, v. pt. and pp. of waylay. * * *
/way"leuhnd/, n. (in northern European folklore) the king of the elves, a smith and artificer: known in Scandinavia as Volund, in Germany as Wieland. /way"leuhnd/, n. a city in ...
Wayland The Smith
▪ medieval literary figure Wayland also spelled  Weland,         in Scandinavian, German, and Anglo-Saxon legend, a smith of outstanding skill. He was, according to ...
—waylayer, n. /way"lay', way lay"/, v.t., waylaid, waylaying. 1. to intercept or attack from ambush, as in order to rob, seize, or slay. 2. to await and accost unexpectedly: ...
See waylay. * * *
/way"leev'/, n. Law. a right of way over or under another's ground or property, as for transporting minerals from a mine. [1400-50; late ME waylefe. See WAY1, LEAVE2] * * *
/way"lis/, adj. lacking a way, road, or path; trackless: wayless jungle. [bef. 1100; ME; OE wegleas. See WAY1, -LESS] * * *
/wayn/, n. 1. Anthony ("Mad Anthony"), 1745-96, American Revolutionary War general. 2. John (Marion Michael Morrison) ("Duke"), 1907-79, U.S. film actor. 3. a township in N New ...
Wayne Rooney
➡ Rooney (II) * * *
Wayne Sleep
➡ Sleep * * *
Wayne State University
▪ university, Detroit, Michigan, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Detroit, Mich., U.S. It is a comprehensive research ...
Wayne, Anthony
born Jan. 1, 1745, near Paoli, Pa. died Dec. 15, 1796, Presque Isle, Pa., U.S. American Revolutionary officer. He owned a tannery before he was commissioned a colonel in the ...
Wayne, David
▪ 1996       (WAYNE JAMES MCMEEKAN), U.S. actor (b. Jan. 30, 1914, Traverse City, Mich.—d. Feb. 9, 1995, Santa Monica, Calif.), took Broadway by storm as the ...
Wayne, James M.
▪ United States jurist in full  James Moore Wayne   born c. 1790, , Savannah, Ga., U.S. died July 5, 1867, Washington, D.C.       associate justice of the United ...
Wayne, John
orig. Marion Michael Morrison born May 26, 1907, Winterset, Iowa, U.S. died June 11, 1979, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. film actor. While a member of the University of Southern ...
Wayne, Marshall
▪ 2000       American diver who won a gold medal in the platform diving event and a silver medal in the 3-m springboard diving competition at the 1936 Olympic Games in ...
Wayne, Anthony. Called “Mad Anthony.” 1745-1796. American Revolutionary general who was involved in numerous campaigns, including the Battles of Brandywine (1777) and ...
Wayne, John. Known as “Duke.” 1907-1979. American film actor who played tough heroes in Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939), Red River (1948), and True Grit (1969), for which ...
/waynz"berr oh, -bur oh/, n. a city in N Virginia. 15,329. * * * ▪ Virginia, United States       city, administratively independent of, but located in, Augusta county, ...
Waynflete, William of
▪ British lord chancellor also spelled  Wainfleet,  original name  William Patyn  born 1395?, Wainfleet-All-Saints, Lincolnshire, Eng. died Aug. 11, 1486, Bishop's ...
way·point (wāʹpoint') n. A point between major points on a route, as along a track. * * *
/wayz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) way (defs. 7, 14, 20a). [ME weyes, OE weges, gen. sing. of weg WAY1] * * *
ways and means
1. legislation, methods, and means of raising revenue for the use of the government. 2. methods and means of accomplishing or paying for something. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
Ways and Means Committee
a permanent committee of members of the US House of Representatives which makes suggestions about laws for raising money for the US government. It suggests new laws or changes to ...
waysand means
ways and means pl.n. 1. Methods and resources available to accomplish an end, especially to meet expenses. 2. Methods and means, especially legislation, for raising revenue ...
/way"suyd'/, n. 1. the side of the way; land immediately adjacent to a road, highway, path, etc.; roadside. adj. 2. being, situated, or found at or along the wayside: a wayside ...
way station n. A station between principal stations on a route, as of a railroad. * * *
—waywardly, adv. —waywardness, n. /way"weuhrd/, adj. 1. turned or turning away from what is right or proper; willful; disobedient: a wayward son; wayward behavior. 2. swayed ...
See wayward. * * *
See waywardly. * * *
/way"wawrn', -wohrn'/, adj. worn or wearied by travel: She was wayworn after the long trip. [1770-80; WAY1 + WORN] * * *
Wazīr, Khalīl Ibrāhīm al-
▪ Palestinian leader byname  Abū Jihād   born October 10, 1935, Ramla, Palestine [now in Israel] died April 16, 1988, Tunis, Tunisia       Palestinian leader who ...
/weuh zear'euh bahd"/, n. Balkh. * * * ▪ Pakistan       town, northern Punjab province, Pakistan, just east of the Chenāb River. It is an important rail junction, ...
/weuh zear'euh stahn", -stan"/, n. a mountainous region in NW Pakistan. * * * ▪ region, Pakistan       geographic region of the North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. ...
☆ wazoo [wä zo͞o′ ] n. pl. wazoos Slang the buttocks or anus: chiefly in the phrase up (or out) the wazoo, to a great or excessive degree; in abundance or overabundance * * ...
Ważyk, Adam
▪ Polish author born November 17, 1905, Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire [now in Poland] died August 13, 1982, Warsaw       Polish poet and novelist who began his career ...
Wazzan, Shafiq Dib al-
▪ 2000       Lebanese politician who, as a moderate Sunni Muslim, was a compromise choice for prime minister (1980–82), but he failed in his attempts to end his ...
▪ Poland German  Waldenburg        city, Dolnośląskie województwo (province), southwestern Poland, in the central Sudeten (Sudety) mountains. The second largest ...
Wałęsa [vä len′sə, väwen′sä] Lech [lekh] 1943- ; Pol. labor leader & politician: president of Poland (1990-95) * * *
Wałęsa, Lech
▪ president of Poland born Sept. 29, 1943, Popowo, near Włocławek, Pol.    labour activist who helped form and led (1980–90) communist Poland's first independent trade ...
Wałȩsa, Lech
born Sept. 29, 1943, Popowo, near Włocławek, Pol. Polish labour leader and president of Poland (1990–95). An electrician, he worked in the Lenin Shipyard at Gdańsk, Pol. ...
Elect. weber; webers. * * *
WBC abbrev. 1. white blood cell 2. white blood (cell) count * * * WBC abbr. white blood cell. * * *
wood-burning fireplace. * * *
see ybl. * * *
west by north. * * *
W boson n. An elementary particle that has a mass approximately 160,000 times that of the electron, exists in positively and negatively charged forms, and constitutes the quantum ...
west by south. * * *
water closet. * * *
WCC abbrev. World Council of Churches * * *
WCTU abbrev. Woman's Christian Temperance Union * * * WCTU abbr. Woman's Christian Temperance Union. * * *
Stock Exchange. when distributed. * * *
1. ward. 2. word. * * *
War Damage Corporation. * * *
see dwd. * * *
West Semitic, to put, place, cast. wadi, from Arabic wādi, valley, ravine, river bed, akin to wadā, to pay blood money, in derived stem ʾawdā, to cut off, kill. * * *
/wee/, pron. pl., possessive our or ours, objective us. 1. nominative pl. of I. 2. (used to denote oneself and another or others): We have two children. In this block we all own ...
We Shall Overcome
a song used during the civil rights movement by African Americans and their supporters to show that they intended to overcome prejudice and segregation. Mahalia Jackson often ...
/weed/ contraction of we had, we should, or we would. Usage. See contraction. * * *
/weel/; unstressed /wil/ contraction of we will. Usage. See contraction. * * *
/wear/ contraction of we are: We're happy to see you. Usage. See contraction. * * *
/weev/ contraction of we have: We've been here for an hour. Usage. See contraction. * * *
We. For oblique cases of the pronoun see nes-2. Suffixed variant form *wey-es. we, from Old English wē, we, we, from Germanic *wīz.   [Pokorny u̯ē̆- 1114.] * * *
To blow. Contracted from *weə₁-; oldest basic form *ə₂weə₁-. 1. Suffixed shortened form *we-dhro-. weather, from Old English weder, weather, storm, wind, from Germanic ...
Water, liquid, milk. Contracted from *weə₁-r-; zero-grade *uə₁-r-, contracted to *ūr-. Related to euə-dh-r̥. Suffixed zero-grade form *ūr-īnā-. urine, from Latin ...
Weah, George
▪ Liberian athlete in full  George Oppong Weah  born Oct. 1, 1966, Monrovia, Liberia       Liberian football (soccer) player, who was named African, European, and ...
Weah, George Oppong
▪ 1997       The gulf between working as a telephone technician in poverty-stricken Liberia and the luxurious lifestyle of an Italian association football (soccer) star ...
/week/, adj., weaker, weakest. 1. not strong; liable to yield, break, or collapse under pressure or strain; fragile; frail: a weak fortress; a weak spot in armor. 2. lacking in ...
weak accumulation point
Math. See accumulation point. * * *
weak ending
Pros. a verse ending in which the metrical stress falls on a word or syllable that would not be stressed in natural utterance, as a preposition, the object of which is carried ...
weak force
Physics. a force between elementary particles that causes certain processes that take place with low probability, as radioactive beta-decay and collisions between neutrinos and ...
weak interaction
Physics. the interaction between elementary particles and the intermediate vector bosons that carry the weak force from one particle to another. [1960-65] * * *
weak nuclear force
weak nuclear force n. WEAK INTERACTION * * *
weak safety
Football. See free safety. * * *
weak side
Football. the side of the offensive line opposite the side with the tight end, thereby the side having the smaller number of players. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
weak sister
Informal. 1. a vacillating person; coward. 2. a part or element that undermines the whole of something; a weak link. [1855-60] * * *
—weak-headedly, adv. —weak-headedness, n. /week"hed"id/, adj. 1. easily intoxicated by alcoholic beverages. 2. prone to dizziness or giddiness. 3. weak-minded. [1645-55] * * *
—weak-kneedly, adv. —weak-kneedness, n. /week"need"/, adj. yielding readily to opposition, pressure, intimidation, etc. [1860-65] * * *
—weak-mindedly, adv. —weak-mindedness, n. /week"muyn"did/, adj. 1. having or showing a lack of mental firmness; irresolute; vacillating. 2. having or showing mental ...
See weak-minded. * * *
/week"wild"/, adj. having or showing a want of firmness of will; easily swayed. [1880-85] * * *
—weakener, n. /wee"keuhn/, v.t. 1. to make weak or weaker. 2. Phonet. to change (a speech sound) to an articulation requiring less effort, as from geminate to nongeminate or ...
See weaken. * * *
weaker sex
Sometimes Offensive. the female sex; women. * * *
Weakest Link
a television quiz show which first appeared in Britain on the BBC in 2000 and now has versions in countries around the world. A team of nine contestants answer general knowledge ...
weakest link
➡ Weakest Link * * *
/week"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) weakfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) weakfishes. any food fish of the genus Cynoscion, as C. regalis, inhabiting ...
/week"han"did/, adj. 1. having weak hands. 2. having insufficient help; shorthanded: The flu epidemic didn't help the already weakhanded office. [1530-40; WEAK + HANDED] * * *
—weakheartedly, adv. —weakheartedness, n. /week"hahr"tid/, adj. without courage or fortitude; fainthearted. [1540-50; WEAK + HEARTED] * * *
weak interaction n. A fundamental interaction between elementary particles that is several orders of magnitude weaker than the electromagnetic interaction and is responsible for ...
—weakishly, adv. /wee"kish/, adj. rather weak. [1585-95; WEAK + -ISH1] * * *
See weakly. * * *
/week"ling/, n. 1. a person who is physically or morally weak. adj. 2. weak; not strong. [1520-30; WEAK + -LING1] Syn. 1. milksop, chicken, namby-pamby. * * *
—weakliness, n. /week"lee/, adj., weaklier, weakliest, adv. adj. 1. weak or feeble in constitution; not robust; sickly. adv. 2. in a weak manner. [1350-1400; ME weekely. See ...
/week"nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness. 2. an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's ...
weakon [wē′kän΄] n. Particle Physics any of three massive elementary particles, the positive and negative W particles and the neutral Z particle, that are thought to be ...
weak sister n. Slang 1. A weak or undependable member of a group. 2. A person regarded as timid or indecisive. * * *
weal1 /weel/, n. 1. well-being, prosperity, or happiness: the public weal; weal and woe. 2. Obs. wealth or riches. 3. Obs. the body politic; the state. [bef. 900; ME wele, OE ...
/weeld/, n. wooded or uncultivated country. [bef. 1150; ME weeld, OE weald forest; c. G Wald; cf. WOLD1] * * *
/weeld/, n. The, a region in SE England, in Kent, Surrey, and Essex counties: once a forest area; now an agricultural region. * * *
Weald, The
▪ region, England, United Kingdom       ancient raised tract of forest nearly 40 miles (64 km) wide in southeastern England, separating the London basin from the English ...
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative county of East Sussex, historic county of Sussex, England. The district takes its name from that of ...
—wealthless, adj. /welth/, n. 1. a great quantity or store of money, valuable possessions, property, or other riches: the wealth of a city. 2. an abundance or profusion of ...
wealth and income, distribution of
▪ economics       the way in which the wealth and income of a nation are divided among its population, or the way in which the wealth and income of the world are divided ...
Wealth of Nations
an important work of economic and social theory by Adam Smith, published in 1776. Its full title was Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. In it he ...
See wealthy. * * *
See wealthily. * * *
—wealthily, adv. —wealthiness, n. /wel"thee/, adj., wealthier, wealthiest. 1. having great wealth; rich; affluent: a wealthy person; a wealthy nation. 2. characterized by, ...
/wel"thee/, n. a variety of red apple, grown in the U.S., ripening in early autumn. [orig. uncert.] * * *
—weanedness /wee"nid nis, weend"-/, n. /ween/, v.t. 1. to accustom (a child or young animal) to food other than its mother's milk; cause to lose the need to suckle or turn to ...
/wee"neuhr/, n. 1. a recently weaned animal. 2. Stockbreeding. a device placed over the mouth of an animal that is being weaned, to keep it from suckling. [1570-80; WEAN + ...
/ween"ling/, n. 1. a child or animal newly weaned. adj. 2. newly weaned. [1525-35; WEAN + -LING1] * * *
—weaponed, adj. —weaponless, adj. /wep"euhn/, n. 1. any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon. 2. ...
weapon of mass destruction
▪ weaponry       weapon with the capacity to inflict death and destruction on such a massive scale and so indiscriminately that its very presence in the hands of a ...
/wep'euh near"/, n. 1. Mil. a person who prepares an atomic bomb for detonation. 2. a person who designs nuclear weapons. [1945; WEAPON + -EER] * * *
See weaponeer. * * *
/wep"euhn ree/, n. 1. weapons or weaponlike instruments collectively. 2. the invention and production of weapons. [1835-45; WEAPON + -RY] * * *
(as used in expressions) intermediate range nuclear weapons weapons system Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons * * *
weapons carrier
Mil. a light truck for transporting weapons or munitions in the field. [1945-50] * * *
weapons system
Any integrated system for the control and operation of a specific type of weaponry. Weapons are usually divided into two categories, strategic and tactical. Strategic weapons ...
weapons-grade [wep′ənz grād΄] adj. designating or of uranium, plutonium, or other fissionable nuclear material of a quality suitable for use in nuclear weapons * * *
weap·ons system (wĕpʹənz) n. Weapons together with the materiel necessary for their use against an enemy. * * *
—wearer, n. /wair/, v., wore, worn, wearing, n. v.t. 1. to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, equipment, ornament, or the like: to wear a coat; to ...
wear and tear
/tair/ damage or deterioration resulting from ordinary use; normal depreciation. Also, wear-and-tear. [1660-70] * * *
Wear Valley
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and historic county of Durham, northeastern England, in the northwestern part of the county. Lying ...
Wear, River
▪ river, England, United Kingdom       river that rises near Wearhead in the county of Durham, England, and enters the North Sea at Sunderland. With headwaters in the ...
/wair"owt'/, n. the act or fact of wearing out; a worn-out condition: wear-out at the knees of pants. Also, wearout. [1895-1900; n. use of v. phrase wear out] * * *
/wair'euh bil"i tee/, n. the durability of clothing under normal wear. [1925-30; WEAR(ABLE) + -ABILITY] * * *
/wair"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being worn; appropriate, suitable, or ready for wearing. n. 2. Usually, wearables. that which may be worn; clothing. [1580-90; WEAR + ...
wearand tear
wear and tear (târ) n. Loss, damage, or depreciation resulting from ordinary use and exposure. * * *
See wear. * * *
—wearifully, adv. —wearifulness, n. /wear"ee feuhl/, adj. 1. full of weariness; fatigued; exhausted. 2. causing weariness or fatigue; tedious; tiresome; annoying. [1425-75; ...
See weariful. * * *
See wearifully. * * *
—wearilessly, adv. /wear"ee lis/, adj. unwearying; tireless: a weariless vigil. [1400-50; late ME; see WEARY, -LESS] * * *
See weariless. * * *
See weary. * * *
weariness [wir′ēnis] n. 1. the condition or quality of being weary; fatigue or tedium 2. something that wearies * * * See wearily. * * *
—wearingly, adv. /wair"ing/, adj. 1. gradually impairing or wasting: Reading small print can be wearing on the eyes. 2. wearying or exhausting: a wearing task. 3. relating to ...
wearing apparel
clothing; garments. [1610-20] * * *
—wearisomely, adv. —wearisomeness, n. /wear"ee seuhm/, adj. 1. causing weariness; fatiguing: a difficult and wearisome march. 2. tiresome or tedious: a wearisome person; a ...
See wearisome. * * *
Wearne, (Alice) Eileen
▪ 2008       Australian athlete born Jan. 30, 1912, Sydney, Australia died July 6, 2007, Sydney was only the second woman to represent Australia in track and field at ...
/wair"proohf'/, adj. resistant to damage or deterioration by normal use or wear. [WEAR + -PROOF] * * *
—wearily, adv. —weariness, n. —wearyingly, adv. /wear"ee/, adj., wearier, weariest, v., wearied, wearying. adj. 1. physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, ...
/wee"zeuhnd/, n. Archaic. 1. throat. 2. esophagus; gullet. 3. trachea; windpipe. [bef. 1000; ME wesand, OE waesend, var. of wasend gullet; c. OFris wasande windpipe] * * *
/wee"zeuhl/, n., pl. weasels, (esp. collectively) weasel, v. n. 1. any small carnivore of the genus Mustela, of the family Mustelidae, having a long, slender body and feeding ...
weasel word
—weasel-worded, adj. a word used to temper the forthrightness of a statement; a word that makes one's views equivocal, misleading, or confusing. [1895-1900, Amer.] * * *
weasel words
☆ weasel words n. 〚prob. in allusion to the weasel's habit of sucking out the contents of an egg without destroying the shell〛 words or remarks that are deliberately ...
/wee"zeuh lee/, adj. resembling a weasel, esp. in features or manner: a weaselly little clerk with furtive eyes. [1830-40; WEASEL + -Y1] * * *
weasel word n. An equivocal word used to deprive a statement of its force or to evade a direct commitment.   [From the weasel's habit of sucking the contents out of an egg ...
—weatherer, n. /wedh"euhr/, n. 1. the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc. 2. a strong wind or storm or strong winds ...
weather advisory
advisory (def. 5). * * *
weather balloon
Meteorol. See sounding balloon. [1935-40] * * *
Weather Bureau
the former name of the U.S. National Weather Service. * * *       agency established by many nations to observe and report the weather and to issue forecasts (weather ...
weather deck
(on a ship) the uppermost continuous deck exposed to the weather. [1840-50] * * *
weather eye
1. sensitivity and alertness to signs of change in the weather. 2. a steady and astute watchfulness, esp. alertness to change. 3. keep one's or a weather eye open, to be on one's ...
weather forecasting
Prediction of the weather through application of the principles of physics and meteorology. Weather forecasting predicts atmospheric phenomena and changes on the Earth's surface ...
weather forecasts
➡ weather * * *
weather gauge
1. Naut. See under gauge (def. 17). 2. the position of advantage; upper hand: Having bought out her competitors, she now has the weather gauge in the industry. [1890-95] * * *
weather joint
a mortar joint having a downward and outward slope. Also called weathered joint. * * *
weather map
a map or chart showing weather conditions over a wide area at a particular time, compiled from simultaneous observations at different places. [1870-75, Amer.] * * * ▪ ...
weather modification
Deliberate or inadvertent alteration of atmospheric conditions by human activity, sufficient to modify the weather on a local or regional scale. Deliberate alterations include ...
weather radar
radar designed or suitable for use in detecting clouds and precipitation. * * *
weather report
a summary of weather conditions, often including predicted conditions, for an area. [1860-65] * * *
weather satellite
 any of a class of Earth satellites designed to monitor meteorological conditions (see Earth satellite). * * *
weather satellite.
See meteorological satellite. [1955-60] * * *
weather ship
a ship equipped for meteorological observation. [1945-50] * * *
weather signal
a visual signal, as a light or flag, indicating a weather forecast. * * *
weather station
an installation equipped and used for meteorological observation. [1905-10] * * *
weather strip
a narrow strip of metal, wood, rubber, or the like placed between a door or window sash and its frame to exclude rain, wind, etc. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
weather stripping
1. See weather strip. 2. a number of weather strips, taken collectively. [1940-45, Amer.] * * *
weather tide
Naut. a tide moving against the direction of the wind. [1805-15] * * *
weather vane
a device, as a rod to which a freely rotating pointer is attached, for indicating the direction of the wind. Also, weathervane. Also called vane, wind vane. [1715-25] * * *
/wedh"euhr beet'n/, adj. 1. bearing evidences of wear or damage as a result of exposure to the weather. 2. tanned, hardened, or otherwise affected by exposure to weather: a ...
/wedh"euhr bownd'/, adj. delayed or shut in by bad weather. [1580-90] * * *
/wedh"euhr ri zis'teuhnt/, adj. resisting the effects of severe weather, as rain or cold: weather-resistant cloth for topcoats. [1930-35] * * *
/wedh"euhr strip'/, v.t., weather-stripped, weather-stripping. to apply weather stripping to (something). [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
/wedh"euhr wuyz'/, adj. 1. skillful in predicting weather. 2. skillful in predicting reactions, opinions, etc.: weather-wise political experts. [1350-1400; late ME wederwise. See ...
/wedh'euhr euh bil"i tee/, n. the property of a material that permits it to endure or resist exposure to the weather. [1945-50; WEATHER + -ABILITY] * * *
weather balloon n. A balloon used to carry instruments aloft to gather meteorological data in the atmosphere. * * *
/wedh"euhr bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. an early type of board used as a siding for a building. 2. Chiefly Brit. any of various forms of board used as a siding for a building. 3. ...
/wedh"euhr bawr'ding, -bohr'-/, n. 1. a covering or facing of weatherboards. 2. weatherboards collectively. [1625-35; WEATHERBOARD + -ING1] * * *
weather bureau n. An agency responsible for the gathering and interpreting of meteorological data for weather study and forecasts. * * *
/wedh"euhr kast', -kahst'/, n. a forecast of weather conditions, esp. on radio or television. [1865-70; WEATHER + (FORE)CAST] * * *
—weathercasting, n. /wedh"euhr kas'teuhr, -kah'steuhr/, n. an announcer on a radio or television station who delivers the weathercast. [WEATHERCAST + -ER1] * * *
/wedh"euhr koht'/, n. 1. Also, weathercoating. a weatherproof coating, applied esp. to the exterior of a building. 2. Chiefly Brit. a waterproof coat for wear in bad ...
/wedh"euhr kok'/, n. 1. a weather vane with the figure of a rooster on it. 2. (loosely) any weather vane. 3. a person who readily adopts the latest fads, opinions, etc.: The ...
weather deck n. A ship's deck that is open to the sky and exposed to the weather. * * *
/wedh"euhrd/, adj. 1. seasoned or otherwise affected by exposure to the weather. 2. (of wood) artificially treated to seem discolored or stained by the action of air, rain, ...
weather eye n. An ability to recognize quickly signs of changes in the weather. Idiom: keep a/one's weather eye open To keep watch; stay alert. * * *
/wedh"euhr fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) weatherfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) weatherfishes. any of several loaches of the genus Misgurnus, esp. ...
/wedh"euhr feuhrd/, n. a town in N Texas. 12,049. * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, seat of Parker county, north-central Texas, U.S. It lies some 30 miles (50 ...
/wedh"euhr glas', -glahs'/, n. any of various instruments, as a barometer or a hygroscope, designed to indicate the state of the atmosphere. [1620-30; WEATHER + GLASS] * * *
/wedh"euhr ing/, n. 1. Archit. wash (def. 48). 2. material used as a weather strip. 3. Geol. the various mechanical and chemical processes that cause exposed rock to ...
—weatherization, n. /wedh"euh ruyz'/, v.t., weatherized, weatherizing. to make (a house or other building) secure against cold or stormy weather, as by adding insulation, ...
See weatherly. * * *
—weatherliness, n. /wedh"euhr lee/, adj. Naut. (of a ship or boat) making very little leeway when close-hauled. [1645-55; WEATHER + -LY] * * *
/wedh"euhr man'/, n., pl. weathermen. 1. a person who forecasts and reports the weather; meteorologist. 2. a weathercaster. [1535-45; WEATHER + MAN1] Usage. See -man. * * *
weather map n. A map or chart depicting the meteorological conditions over a specific geographic area at a specific time. * * *
➡ weather * * *
/wedh"euhr perr'seuhn/, n. a meteorologist or weathercaster. [WEATHER(MAN) + -PERSON] Usage. See -person. * * *
—weatherproofness, n. /wedh"euhr proohf'/, adj. 1. able to withstand exposure to all kinds of weather. v.t. 2. to make (something) weatherproof. [1610-20; WEATHER + -PROOF] * * ...
/wedh"euhr prooh'feuhr/, n. 1. a worker who weatherproofs houses and other buildings. 2. a weatherproof material, as a sealant. [WEATHERPROOF + -ER1] * * *
weather ship n. An oceangoing vessel equipped to make meteorological observations. * * *
weather station n. A facility or location where meteorological data are gathered, recorded, and released. * * *
☆ weatherstrip [weth′ərstrip΄ ] n. a thin strip of metal, felt, wood, etc., used to cover the joint between a door or window sash and the jamb, casing, or sill so as to ...
☆ weatherstripping [weth′ərstrip΄iŋ ] n. 1. WEATHERSTRIP 2. weatherstrips collectively * * * weather stripping n. 1. A narrow piece of material, such as plastic, rubber, ...
—weathertightness, n. /wedh"euhr tuyt'/, adj. secure against wind, rain, etc. [1895-1900; WEATHER + TIGHT] * * *
weath·er·vane (wĕthʹər-vān') n. A device for indicating wind direction. * * *
/wedh"euhr woom'euhn/, n., pl. weatherwomen. a woman who works as a weathercaster. [1970-75; WEATHER(MAN) + -WOMAN] Usage. See -woman. * * *
/wedh"euhr wawrn', -wohrn'/, adj. weather-beaten. [1600-10; WEATHER + WORN] * * *
/weev/, v., wove or (esp. for 5, 9) weaved; woven or wove; weaving; n. v.t. 1. to interlace (threads, yarns, strips, fibrous material, etc.) so as to form a fabric or ...
weave bead
Welding. See under bead (def. 13). * * *
/wee"veuhr/, n. 1. a person who weaves. 2. a person whose occupation is weaving. 3. a weaverbird. [1325-75; ME wevere. See WEAVE, -ER1] * * * (as used in expressions) Weaver ...
/wee"veuhr/, n. 1. James Baird, 1833-1912, U.S. politician: congressman 1879-81, 1885-89. 2. Robert Clifton, 1907-97, U.S. economist and government official: first Secretary of ...
weaver finch
weaver finch n. any of a number of Old World finches (family Ploceidae) that weave elaborate domed nests of sticks, grass, etc. * * *
weaver's hitch
weaver's hitch or weaver's knot n. SHEET BEND * * *
weaver's hitch.
See sheet bend. Also called weaver's knot. [1525-35] * * *
weav·er's hitch (wēʹvərz) n. See sheet bend. * * *
weaver's knot n. See sheet bend. * * *
Weaver, Dennis
▪ 2007       American actor (b. June 4, 1924, Joplin, Mo.—d. Feb. 24, 2006, Ridgway, Colo.), first became famous for his portrayal from 1955 to 1964 of the limping ...
Weaver, Earl
▪ American baseball player and manager in full  Earl Sidney Weaver , byname  the Earl of Baltimore  born Aug. 14, 1930, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.    American professional ...
Weaver, James B
▪ American politician born June 12, 1833, Dayton, Ohio, U.S. died Feb. 6, 1912, Des Moines, Iowa  American politician who leaned toward agrarian radicalism; he twice ran ...

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