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Westwall
/west"wawl'/; Ger. /vest"vahl'/, n. See Siegfried line. * * *
westward
/west"weuhrd/, adj. 1. moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the west: a westward migration of farm workers. adv. 2. Also, westwards. toward the west; west: a train moving ...
westward movement
▪ United States history       the populating (by Europeans) of the land within the continental boundaries of the mainland United States, a process that began shortly ...
westwardly
/west"weuhrd lee/, adj. 1. having a westward direction or situation: the westwardly migration of the 1850s. adv. 2. toward the west. [1510-20; WESTWARD + -LY] * * *
westwards
westwards [west′wərdz] adv. WESTWARD * * * See westwardly. * * *
Westwego
/west wee"goh/, n. a town in SE Louisiana. 12,663. * * *
Westwood
/west"wood'/, n. 1. a city in E Massachusetts. 13,212. 2. a town in NE New Jersey. 10,714. * * *
Westwood, Vivienne
▪ 2005       On April 1, 2004, a retrospective devoted to the creations of Vivienne Westwood opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. “Vivienne Westwood: 34 ...
westwork
/west"werrk'/, n. (in German Romanesque architecture) a monumental western front to a church, treated as a tower or towers containing an entrance and vestibule below and a chapel ...
wet
—wetly, adv. —wetness, n. —wetter, n. —wettish, adj. /wet/, adj., wetter, wettest, n., v., wet or wetted, wetting. adj. 1. moistened, covered, or soaked with water or ...
wet bar
a small bar equipped with a sink and running water, for making and serving cocktails at home, in a hotel suite, or the like. [1965-70] * * *
wet blanket
1. a blanket dampened with water so as to extinguish a fire. 2. a person or thing that dampens enthusiasm or enjoyment: Nobody asked him to join the group because he's such a wet ...
wet cell
Elect. a cell whose electrolyte is in liquid form and free to flow. * * *
wet collodion process
Photog. See wet plate process. * * * ▪ photography also called  Collodion Process,         early photographic technique invented by Frederick Scott Archer (Archer, ...
wet compass
Navig. a compass having a compass card floating in a liquid. Also called liquid compass. Cf. dry compass. * * *
wet contact
Elect. a contact through which direct current flows. * * *
wet dock
Naut. a dock accessible only around the time of high tide and entered through locks or gates. [1620-30] * * *
wet dream
wet dream n. Informal 1. an erotic dream during which the person having the dream ejaculates 2. NOCTURNAL EMISSION * * *
wet dream.
See nocturnal emission. [1850-55] * * *
wet fly
Angling. an artificial fly designed for use underwater. Cf. dry fly. [1870-75] * * *
wet gas
▪ natural gas       natural mixture of hydrocarbons (hydrocarbon) that may be gaseous or both liquid and gaseous in the reservoir and that contains an appreciable ...
wet machine
Papermaking. a machine for dewatering pulp. * * *
wet mop
a long-handled, absorbent mop designed to clean floors with water. * * *
wet nurse
a woman hired to suckle another's infant. [1610-20] * * *
wet pack
Med. a type of bath in which wet sheets are applied to the patient. * * *
wet plate process
a photographic process, in common use in the mid-19th century, employing a glass photographic plate coated with iodized collodion and dipped in a silver nitrate solution ...
wet puddling
Metall. puddling on a hearth rich in iron oxide so that carbon monoxide is generated, giving the iron the appearance of boiling. Also called pig boiling. Cf. dry puddling. * * *
wet strength
Papermaking. the relative resistance of paper to tearing when wet, resulting from the addition of resins during manufacture. * * *
wet suit
a close-fitting rubber garment worn by a skin diver in cold water that allows a thin, insulating layer of water to collect between the diver's skin and the suit in order to ...
wet wash
laundry that has been washed but not dried or ironed. Cf. dry wash (def. 1). [1915-20] * * *
Wet, Christiaan Rudolf de
▪ Boer statesman born Oct. 7, 1854, Smithfield District, Orange Free State [now in South Africa] died Feb. 3, 1922, Dewetsdorp district, S.Af.       Boer soldier and ...
wet-
I. wet-1 To blow, inspire, spiritually arouse. Related to wē-. Oldest form *ə₂wet-. Derivatives include Wednesday and atmosphere. 1. Lengthened-grade form *wōt-. a. Woden; ...
wet-blanket
/wet"blang"kit/, v.t. 1. to extinguish (a fire) with a wet blanket. 2. to dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment of (a person, group, etc.). [1865-70] * * *
wet-bulb thermometer
/wet"bulb'/ a thermometer having a bulb that is kept moistened when humidity determinations are being made with a psychrometer. Cf. dry-bulb thermometer. [1840-50] * * *
wet-mop
/wet"mop'/, v.t., wet-mopped, wet-mopping. to clean (a floor) with a wet mop. * * *
wet-nurse
/wet"nerrs'/, v.t., wet-nursed, wet-nursing. 1. to act as a wet nurse to (an infant). 2. to give excessive care or attention to; treat as if helpless: The warden is accused of ...
wet-rice agriculture
/wet"ruys"/ the cultivation of rice by planting on dry land, transferring the seedlings to a flooded field, and draining the field before harvesting. * * *
Wetar
Island, Indonesia. Lying 35 mi (56 km) north of East Timor, it is 80 mi (130 km) long, 28 mi (45 km) wide, and has an area of 1,400 sq mi (3,600 sq km). In its interior, rugged ...
Wetar Island
▪ island, Indonesia Indonesian  Pulau Wetar        island in the Banda Sea, Maluku provinsi (“province”), Indonesia. It lies 35 miles (56 km) north of and across ...
wetback
/wet"bak'/, n. Disparaging and Offensive. a Mexican laborer who enters the U.S. illegally, as by wading the Rio Grande. [1945-50, Amer.; WET + BACK1] * * *
wetbar
wet bar n. A small bar or counter for making alcoholic drinks that is equipped with a sink and running water. * * *
wetblanket
wet blanket n. Informal One that discourages enjoyment or enthusiasm. * * *
wetcell
wet cell n. Electricity A primary cell having a liquid electrolyte. * * *
wetdream
wet dream n. An erotic dream accompanied by ejaculation of semen. * * *
wetfly
wet fly n. An artificial fly used in fishing that floats beneath the water's surface when cast. * * *
wether
/wedh"euhr/, n. 1. a castrated male sheep. 2. Also called wether wool. wool from previously shorn sheep. [bef. 900; ME, OE; c. OS withar, OHG widar, ON vethr, Goth withrus] * * *
Wethered, Joyce
▪ 1998       British golfer (b. Nov. 17, 1907, Brook, Surrey, Eng.—d. Nov. 18, 1997, London, Eng.), dominated women's golf in the 1920s and was considered one of the ...
Wethersfield
/wedh"euhrz feeld'/, n. a town in central Connecticut. 26,013. * * * ▪ Connecticut, United States       urban town (township), Hartford county, central Connecticut, ...
wetland
/wet"land'/, n. Often, wetlands. land that has a wet and spongy soil, as a marsh, swamp, or bog. [1770-80; WET + -LAND] * * *       terrestrial ecosystem characterized by ...
wetmonsoon
wet monsoon n. A monsoon. * * *
Wetmore, Alexander
▪ American ornithologist in full  Frank Alexander Wetmore   born June 18, 1886, North Freedom, Wis., U.S. died Dec. 7, 1978, Maryland       American ornithologist ...
wetness
wet·ness (wĕtʹnĭs) n. 1. The condition of being wet. 2. Moisture. 3. Rainy or persistently damp weather. * * *
wetnurse
wet nurse n. 1. A woman who suckles another woman's child. 2. One who treats another with excessive care or solicitude. * * *
wetpack
wet pack n. A therapeutic pack moistened in hot or cold water. * * *
wetproof
/wet"proohf'/, adj. waterproof. [WET + -PROOF] * * *
wetsuit
wet·suit also wet suit (wĕtʹso͞ot') n. A tight-fitting permeable suit worn in cold water, as by skin divers, to retain body heat. * * *
wettability
/wet'euh bil"i tee/, n. 1. the condition of being wettable. 2. the degree or extent to which something absorbs or can be made to absorb moisture. [1925-30; WETT(ABLE) + ...
wettable
/wet"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. able to be wetted. 2. made soluble or receptive to moisture, as by the addition of a chemical agent. [1880-85; WET + -ABLE] * * *
wetter
wetter [wet′ər] n. a person or thing that wets * * * wet·ter (wĕtʹər) n. One that wets. * * *
Wetterhorn
/vet"euhr hawrn'/, n. a mountain in S Switzerland, in the Bernese Alps. 12,149 ft. (3715 m). * * *
WetterhornPeak
Wet·ter·horn Peak (vĕtʹər-hôrn') A mountain, 4,274.6 m (14,015 ft) high, in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. * * *
Wettin Dynasty
▪ European dynasty       major European dynasty, genealogically traceable to the start of the 10th century AD. Its earliest known ancestors were active in pushing ...
wetting agent
Chem. any admixture to a liquid for increasing its ability to penetrate, or spread over the surface of, a given material, esp. cloth, paper, or leather. [1935-40] * * * ▪ ...
wettingagent
wet·ting agent (wĕtʹĭng) n. A substance that reduces the surface tension of a liquid, causing the liquid to spread across or penetrate more easily the surface of a solid. * * ...
wettish
wettish [wet′ish] adj. somewhat wet * * *
Wettstein, Johann Rudolf
▪ Swiss burgomaster born 1594, Basel, Switz. died April 1666, Basel       burgomaster of Basel who, at the close of the Thirty Years' War, represented the Swiss ...
Wetzstein, Johann Gottfried
▪ German scholar born Feb. 19, 1815, Oelsnitz, Saxony died Jan. 18, 1905, Berlin       Orientalist who propounded (1873) a “literal” interpretation of the Song of ...
Wewak
▪ Papua New Guinea       coastal town, island of New Guinea, northern Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. Wewak is situated near the mouth of the Sepik River. ...
Wewoka
▪ Oklahoma, United States       city, seat (1907) of Seminole county, east-central Oklahoma, U.S. Founded by the offspring of African Americans and Creek Indians in ...
Wexford
/weks"feuhrd/, n. 1. a county in Leinster province, in the SE Republic of Ireland. 99,016; 908 sq. mi. (2350 sq. km). 2. its county seat: a seaport. 11,396. * * * ▪ ...
Wexler, Jerry
▪ 2009 Gerald Wexler        American record producer and music journalist born Jan. 10, 1917, New York, N.Y. died Aug. 15, 2008, Sarasota, Fla. coined the term rhythm ...
Wexler, Milton
▪ 2008       American psychoanalyst born Aug. 24, 1908 , San Francisco, Calif. died March 16, 2007 , Santa Monica, Calif. launched the Hereditary Disease Foundation ...
Wexler, Sy
▪ 2006 Simon Wexler        American filmmaker (b. Oct. 6, 1916, New York, N.Y.—d. March 10, 2005, Los Angeles, Calif.), produced more than 300 training, educational, ...
wey
/way/, n., pl. weys. 1. an old British unit of weight of various values, esp. 16 stones of 16 pounds each, or 256 pounds. 2. an old Scotch-Irish unit of capacity equal to 40 U.S. ...
Weyden
/vuyd"n/, n. Roger or Rogier Flem. /rddaw geerdd"/ van der /van deuhr/; Flem. /vahn deuhrdd/, 1400?-64, Flemish painter. * * *
Weyden, Rogier van der
born 1399/1400, Tournai, France died June 18, 1464, Brussels Flemish painter. He seems to have begun his painting career at the rather advanced age of 27, when he entered the ...
Weyden,Rogier van der
Wey·den (wīdʹn, vīdʹn), Rogier van der. Also known as Roger de la Pasture. 1400?-1464. Flemish painter noted for his religious works of rich emotional expression, including ...
Weyerhaeuser, Frederick
orig. Friedrich Weyerhaeuser born Nov. 21, 1834, Nieder Saulheim, Hesse died April 4, 1914, Pasadena, Calif., U.S. German-born U.S. lumber magnate. He immigrated to the U.S. ...
Weygand
/vay gahonn"/, n. Maxime /mannk seem"/, 1867-1965, French general. * * *
Weygand, Maxime
born Jan. 21, 1867, Brussels, Belg. died Jan. 28, 1965, Paris, France Belgian-born French army officer. He was educated in France and taught at the French cavalry school. He ...
Weyl
/vuyl/, n. Hermann /herr"meuhn/; Ger. /herdd"mahn/, 1885-1955, German mathematician, in the U.S. after 1933. * * *
Weyl, Hermann
▪ German-American mathematician born November 9, 1885, Elmshorn, near Hamburg, Germany died December 8, 1955, Zürich, Switzerland       German American mathematician ...
Weyler y Nicolau, Valeriano, Marqués De Tenerife
▪ Spanish general born Sept. 17, 1838, Palma, Majorca died Oct. 20, 1930, Madrid       Spanish general who, as captain general of Cuba shortly before the outbreak of ...
Weymouth
/way"meuhth/, n. a town in E Massachusetts, S of Boston. 55,601. * * * ▪ Massachusetts, United States       town (township), Norfolk county, eastern Massachusetts, ...
Weymouth and Portland
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       borough (district), administrative and historic county of Dorset, southern England, on the English Channel. Bronze Age weapons ...
Weymouth, Richard Francis
▪ British philologist and biblical scholar born Oct. 26, 1822, near Plymouth, Devon, Eng. died Dec. 27, 1902, Bentwood, Essex       philologist and biblical scholar who ...
Weyprecht, Karl
▪ Austrian polar explorer born , Sept. 8, 1838, Bad König, near Erbach, Hesse-Darmstadt died March 29, 1881, Michelstadt, near Erbach, Ger.       Arctic explorer who ...
Weyrich, Paul
▪ 2009       American political figure born Oct. 7, 1942, Racine, Wis. died Dec. 18, 2008, Fairfax, Va. helped found (1973) the Heritage Foundation, a prominent ...
Weyse
/vay"seuh/, n. Christoph Ernst Friedrich, 1774-1842, Danish organist and composer. * * *
We’ll Meet Again
one of the best-known songs in Britain during World War II, originally sung by Vera Lynn and still popular today. The sentimental words express hope for the future at a time of ...
WF
white female. * * *
wf
Print. See wrong font. Also, w.f. * * *
WFTU
World Federation of Trade Unions. Also, W.F.T.U. * * *
WGA
Writers Guild of America. * * *
WGmc
West Germanic. Also, W. Gmc. * * *
wgn
Central Semitic, to beat, press; noun *gint-, oil or wine press (*-t-, feminine suffix). a. Gath, from Hebrew gat (< *gatt < *gitt < *gint), a press, from *gint; b. Gethsemane, ...
WH
Banking. withholding. * * *
Wh
watt-hour; watt-hours. Also, wh, whr. * * *
WH-question
/dub"euhl yooh aych"kwes'cheuhn/, n. Gram. (in English) a question containing a WH-word, often in initial position, and calling for an item of information to be supplied, as ...
WH-word
/dub"euhl yooh aych"werrd'/, n. Gram. (in English) an interrogative or relative word that usually, but not always, begins with wh-, as what, why, where, which, who, or how. Also, ...
WHA
World Hockey Association. * * *
whachamacallit
/hwuch"euh meuh kawl'it, hwoch"-, wuch"-, woch"-/, n. Informal. an object or person whose name one does not know or cannot recall. Also, whatchamacallit, what-you-may-call-it, ...
whack
—whacker, n. /hwak, wak/, v.t. 1. to strike with a smart, resounding blow or blows. 2. Slang. to divide into or take in shares (often fol. by up): Whack the loot between us ...
whacked
/hwakt, wakt/, adj. Chiefly Brit. Slang. exhausted; tired out. [1915-20; WHACK + -ED2] * * *
whacked-out
/hwakt"owt", wakt"-/, adj. Slang. 1. tired; exhausted; worn-out. 2. wacky; crazy. 3. stupefied or crazed by narcotic drugs or alcohol; stoned. Also, wacked-out. [1965-70] * * *
whacking
/hwak"ing, wak"-/, adj. Informal. large. [1800-10; WHACK + -ING2] * * *
whacko
/hwak"oh, wak"oh/, n., pl. whackos, adj. Slang. n. 1. wacko. adj. 2. wacky. [1975-80; WHACK(Y) + -O] * * *
whacky
/hwak"ee, wak"ee/, adj., whackier, whackiest. Slang. wacky. * * *
whale
whale1 /hwayl, wayl/, n., pl. whales, (esp. collectively) whale, v., whaled, whaling. n. 1. any of the larger marine mammals of the order Cetacea, esp. as distinguished from the ...
whale louse
▪ crustacean plural  Whale Lice        (family Cyamidae), any of a small group of highly specialized peracaridan crustaceans (order Amphipoda) related to the familiar ...
whale oil
oil rendered from whale blubber, formerly widely used as a fuel for lamps and for making soap and candles. [1400-50; late ME] * * * ▪ oil also called  train ...
whale shark
a tropical shark, Rhincodon typus, ranging in size from 30 to 60 ft. (9 to 18 m), having small teeth and a sievelike structure over its gills for catching plankton. [1880-85] * * ...
whaleback
/hwayl"bak', wayl"-/, n. 1. Naut. a. a cargo vessel having a hull with a convex deck. b. a deck or cover curving upward. 2. something shaped like the back of a whale, as a ...
whaleboat
/hwayl"boht', wayl"-/, n. a long, narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas: formerly used in whaling, now mainly for sea rescue. [1665-75; WHALE1 + BOAT] * * ...
whalebone
/hwayl"bohn', wayl"-/, n. 1. an elastic, horny substance growing in place of teeth in the upper jaw of certain whales, and forming a series of thin, parallel plates on each side ...
whalebone whale
any whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of whalebone on the sides of the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water. Also called baleen whale. Cf. toothed ...
whalebonewhale
whalebone whale n. See baleen whale. * * *
whaleman
/hwayl"meuhn, wayl"-/, n., pl. whalemen. a person whose occupation is whaling; whaler. [1655-65, Amer.; WHALE1 + -MAN] * * *
Whalen
/hway"leuhn, way"-/, n. Philip, born 1923, U.S. poet. * * *
Whalen, Philip
▪ American poet in full  Philip Glenn Whalen  born October 20, 1923, Portland, Oregon, U.S. died June 26, 2002, San Francisco, California       American poet who ...
Whalen, Philip Glenn
▪ 2003       American poet, writer, and Buddhist monk (b. Oct. 20, 1923, Portland, Ore.—d. June 26, 2002, San Francisco, Calif.), was a member of the Beat movement of ...
whaleoil
whale oil n. A yellowish oil obtained from whale blubber, formerly used in making soap and candles and as a lubricating oil and a fuel for lamps. * * *
whaler
/hway"leuhr, way"-/, n. a person or vessel employed in whaling. [1675-85; WHALE1 + -ER1] * * *       the blue shark (q.v.) or certain gray sharks of the family ...
Whales
/hwaylz, waylz/, n. Bay of, an inlet of the Ross Sea, in Antarctica: location of Little America. * * *
Whales, Bay of
Former inlet of the Ross Sea, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. It was first seen by the British explorer James C. Ross in 1842. The bay was the continent's most southerly open ...
Whales,Bay of
Whales (hwālz, wālz), Bay of An inlet of the Ross Sea in the Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica. It has been used as a base for Antarctic expeditions since 1911. * * *
whaleshark
whale shark n. A very large shark (Rhincodon typus) of warm marine waters, having a spotted body, small teeth, and a network of rakelike sieves extending from its gills for ...
whalesucker
/hwayl"suk'euhr, wayl"-/, n. a large, blue remora, Remora australis, that attaches itself to whales and dolphins. [WHALE1 + SUCKER] * * *
whaling
/hway"ling, way"-/, n. the work or industry of capturing and rendering whales; whale fishing. [1680-90; WHALE1 + -ING1] * * * Hunting of whales for food, oil, or both. Whaling ...
whaling port
a home port for whaling vessels. * * *
wham
/hwam, wam/, n., interj., v., whammed, whamming, adv. n. 1. a loud sound produced by an explosion or sharp impact: the wham of a pile driver. 2. a forcible impact. interj. 3. ...
Wham!
a British pop group formed in 1982. The group was very successful in the 1980s, with songs including Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (1984) and I’m Your Man (1985). Its main singer ...
whammo
/hwam"oh, wam"oh/, Informal. interj. 1. (used to indicate the sound of a blow, collision, falling object, etc.). n. 2. immense energy; vigor: a movie with plenty of whammo to ...
whammy
/hwam"ee, wam"ee/, n., pl. whammies. Informal. 1. the evil eye; jinx. 2. bad luck or misfortune. 3. a devastating blow, setback, or catastrophe: The drought and the high price of ...
whang
whang1 /hwang, wang/, n. Informal. 1. a resounding blow. 2. the sound produced by such a blow: the whang of gongs and cymbals. v.t. 3. to strike with a resounding blow. v.i. 4. ...
whangdoodle
/hwang"doohd'l, wang"-/, n. Slang. a fanciful creature of undefined nature. [1855-60, Amer.; nonsense formation; see WHANG2, DOODLE] * * *
whangee
/hwang gee", wang-/, n. 1. a bamboo of the genus Phyllostachys, of China. 2. a walking stick or cane made from the stem of this plant. [1780-90; < Chin huáng hard bamboo + -ee < ...
whap
/whop, wop, hwap, wap/, v.t., v.i., whapped, whapping, n. whop. * * *
whapper
/hwop"euhr, wop"-/, n. whopper. * * *
whapping
/whop"ing, wop"-/, adj. whopping. * * *
wharf
/hwawrf, wawrf/, n., pl. wharves /hwawrvz, wawrvz/, wharfs, v. n. 1. a structure built on the shore of or projecting into a harbor, stream, etc., so that vessels may be moored ...
wharf rat
1. a large brown rat that is commonly found on wharves. 2. a person who lives or loiters near wharves, often existing by pilfering from ships or warehouses. [1815-25, Amer.] * * *
wharf shed.
See under transit shed. [1950-55] * * *
wharfage
/hwawr"fij, wawr"-/, n. 1. the use of a wharf: to charge higher rates for wharfage. 2. storage of goods at a wharf: conditions that make wharfage hazardous. 3. the charge or ...
Wharfe, River
▪ river, England, United Kingdom       river in the historic county of Yorkshire in north-central England. It rises in the Pennines in the administrative county of ...
Wharfedale
▪ valley, England, United Kingdom       upper valley of the River Wharfe within the Pennine uplands, in the historic county of Yorkshire, England, noted for its scenic ...
wharfinger
/hwawr"fin jeuhr, wawr"-/, n. a person who owns or has charge of a wharf. Also called wharfmaster /hwawrf"mas'ter, -mah'steuhr, wawrf"-/. [1545-55; WHARFAGE + -ER1, with -n- as ...
wharfrat
wharf rat n. 1. A rat that infests wharves and ships. 2. Slang. A person who frequents wharves. * * *
Wharton
/hwawr"tn, wawr"-/, n. Edith 1862-1937, U.S. novelist. * * *
Wharton, Edith
▪ American writer née  Edith Newbold Jones  born Jan. 24, 1862, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 11, 1937, St.-Brice-sous-Forêt, near Paris, France       American ...
Wharton, Edith (Newbold)
orig. Edith Newbold Jones born Jan. 24, 1862, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 11, 1937, Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, near Paris, France U.S. novelist and short-story writer. Born ...
Wharton, Philip Wharton, 4th Baron
▪ English political reformer in full  Philip Wharton, 4th Baron Wharton of Wharton  born April 18, 1613 died Feb. 4, 1696       prominent English reforming peer from ...
Wharton, Thomas, 1st Marquess of Wharton
▪ English author and politician born August 1648, England died April 12, 1715, London       English peer who was one of the principal Whig politicians after the ...
Wharton, William
▪ 2009 Albert William du Aime        American novelist and painter born Nov. 7, 1925, Philadelphia, Pa. died Oct. 29, 2008, Encinitas, Calif. was best known for his ...
Wharton,Edith Newbold Jones
Whar·ton (hwôrʹtn, wôrʹ-), Edith Newbold Jones. 1862-1937. American writer whose works include subtle satires on New York society, such as The House of Mirth (1905), and ...
wharve
/hwawrv, wawrv/, n. Spinning. a wheel or round piece of wood on a spindle, serving as a flywheel or as a pulley. [bef. 1000; ME wherve, OE hweorfa; deriv. of hwerfan to ...
wharves
/hwawrvz, wawrvz/, n. a pl. of wharf. * * *
what
/hwut, hwot, wut, wot/; unstressed /hweuht, weuht/, pron. 1. (used interrogatively as a request for specific information): What is the matter? 2. (used interrogatively to inquire ...
What Ails the UN Security Council?
▪ 2004 by Edward C. Luck       The UN Security Council's irresolute wrangling in 2003 over whether to use force in Iraq spurred pointed questioning by many observers ...
What the Papers Say
a British television programme that examined the different ways in which the news was reported in different newspapers. It was first broadcast in 1956 and continued until the ...
what'd
/hwut"id, hwot"-, wut"-, wot"-; hwud, wud/ contraction of what did: What'd you say? Usage. See contraction. * * *
what'll
/hwut"l, hwot"l, wut"l, wot"l/ contraction of what will: What'll I do and what'll she say? Usage. See contraction. * * *
what's
/hwuts, hwots, wuts, wots/; unstressed /hweuhts, weuhts/ 1. contraction of what is or what has: What's the matter? What's been done? 2. contraction of what does: What's she do ...
What's Next After SARS?
▪ 2004 Introduction by Brian J. Ford       In November 2002 Huang Xingchu was working as a chef at a restaurant in Shenzhen, a thriving boomtown in China's Guangdong ...
what've
/hwut"euhv, hwot"-, wut"-, wot"-/ contraction of what have: What've you done with the money? Usage. See contraction. * * *
what-if
/hwut"if", hwot"-, wut"-, wot"-/, adj. 1. hypothetical: a what-if scenario. n. 2. a hypothetical case or situation; conjecture: a series of what-ifs. [1980-85] * * *
what-you-may-call-it
/hwuch"euh meuh kawl'it, hwoch"-, wuch"-, woch"-/, n. whachamacallit. * * *
whatchamacallit
/hwuch"euh meuh kawl'it, hwoch"-, wuch"-, woch"-/, n. whachamacallit. Also, what-do-you-call-it /hwud"euh yeuh kawl'it, hwod"-, wud"-, wod"-/. * * *
whate'er
/hwut air", hwot-, hweuht-, wut-, wot-, weuht-/, pron., adj. Literary. whatever. * * *
Whately, Richard
▪ English author and archbishop born , Feb. 1, 1787, London, Eng. died Oct. 8, 1863, Dublin, Ire.       Anglican archbishop of Dublin, educator, logician, and social ...
whatever
/hwut ev"euhr, hwot-, hweuht-, wut-, wot-, weuht-/, pron. 1. anything that (usually used in relative clauses): Whatever you say is all right with me. 2. (used relatively to ...
whatnot
/hwut"not', hwot"-, wut"-, wot"-/, n. 1. a stand with shelves for bric-a-brac, books, etc. 2. something or anything of the same or similar kind: sheets, pillowcases, towels, ...
whatsis
/hwuts"is, hwots"-, wuts"-, wots"-/, n. Informal. a thing or object whose name one does not know or cannot recall. [reduction of what's this] * * *
whatsit
/hwuts"it, hwots"-, wuts"-, wots"-/, n. Informal. whatsis. [reduction of what is it] * * *
whatsoe'er
/hwut'soh air", hwot'-, wut'-, wot'-/, pron., adj. Literary. whatsoever. * * *
whatsoever
/hwut'soh ev"euhr, hwot'-, wut'-, wot'-/, pron., adj. (an intensive form of whatever): whatsoever it be; in any place whatsoever. [1200-50; ME, equiv. to what so whatever (OE swa ...
whaup
/hwahp, hwawp, wahp, wawp/, n. Scot. a curlew, Numenius arquata. [1505-15; perh. repr. earlier *whalp, akin (by gradation) to OE hwilpe plover] * * *
wheal
/hweel, weel/, n. 1. a small, burning or itching swelling on the skin, as from a mosquito bite or from hives. 2. a wale or welt. Also, weal. [bef. 900; akin to WHELK2 and to obs. ...
wheat
—wheatless, adj. /hweet, weet/, n. 1. the grain of any cereal grass of the genus Triticum, esp. T. aestivum, used in the form of flour for making bread, cakes, etc., and for ...
Wheat Belt
the western central region of the US, where most of the country’s wheat is grown. It includes the Great Plains. * * * ▪ region, North America       the part of the ...
wheat berry
the whole kernel of wheat, sometimes cracked or ground and used as a cereal or cooked food, or made into bread. [1535-45] * * *
wheat cake
a pancake made of wheat flour. [1765-75, Amer.] * * *
wheat germ
the embryo or nucleus of the wheat kernel, used in or on foods as a concentrated source of vitamins. [1900-05] * * *
Wheat Ridge
a town in central Colorado, near Denver. 30,293. * * *
wheat rust
Plant Pathol. any of several diseases of wheat caused by rust fungi of the genus Puccinia. [1880-85] * * *
wheatbread
wheat bread n. A bread made from a mixture of white and whole-wheat flours. * * *
wheatear
/hweet"ear', weet"-/, n. any of several small, chiefly Old World thrushes of the genus Oenanthe, having a distinctive white rump, esp. O. oenanthe, of Eurasia and North ...
wheaten
/hweet"n, weet"n/, adj. 1. made of wheat flour or grain. 2. of or pertaining to wheat. 3. of the color of wheat, esp. a pale yellow-brown color. [bef. 900; ME wheten, OE hwaeten. ...
wheaten terrier
Informal. See soft-coated wheaten terrier. [1940-45] * * *
wheatgerm
wheat germ n. The vitamin-rich embryo of the wheat kernel that is separated before milling for use as a cereal or food supplement. * * *
wheatgrass
/hweet"gras', -grahs', weet"-/, n. any of several wheatlike grasses of the genus Agropyron, grown for forage in the western U.S. [1810-20; WHEAT + GRASS] * * * ▪ ...
Wheaties{™}
n [pl] a popular US breakfast cereal made of wheat. It is advertised as ‘The Breakfast of Champions’. The packets carry pictures of successful sports people and teams, which ...
Wheatley
/hweet"lee, weet"-/, n. Phillis /fil"is/, 1753?-84, American poet, born in Africa; probably Senegal. * * *
Wheatley, John
▪ British politician born May 24, 1869, Bonmahon, County Waterford, Ire. died May 12, 1930, Shettleston, near Glasgow, Scot.       British Labourite politician, ...
Wheatley, Phillis
born с 1753, present-day Senegal or The Gambia?, West Africa died Dec. 5, 1784, Boston, Mass., U.S. African American poet and the first African American to publish a book. She ...
Wheatley,Phillis
Wheat·ley (hwētʹlē, wētʹ-), Phillis. 1753?-1784. African-born American poet considered the first widely recognized Black writer in America. Her works include Poems on ...
Wheaton
/hweet"n, weet"n/, n. 1. a town in central Maryland. 48,598. 2. a city in NE Illinois, W of Chicago. 43,043. * * * ▪ Illinois, United States       city, seat (1867) of ...
Wheaton College
▪ college, Norton, Massachusetts, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Norton, Massachusetts, U.S. It is a liberal arts college ...
Wheaton, Henry
▪ American jurist born Nov. 27, 1795, Providence, R.I., U.S. died March 11, 1848, Dorchester, Mass.       American maritime jurist, diplomat, and author of a standard ...
wheatrust
wheat rust n. 1. A destructive disease of wheat caused by a rust fungus. 2. Any of several rust fungi of the genus Puccinia that cause this disease. * * *
Wheatstone
/hweet"stohn', weet"-/ or, esp. Brit., /-steuhn/, n. Sir Charles, 1802-75, English physicist and inventor. * * *
Wheatstone bridge
Elect. a circuit for measuring an unknown resistance by comparing it with known resistances. Also, Wheatstone's bridge. Cf. bridge (def. 9), null method. [1870-75; named after C. ...
Wheatstone, Sir Charles
▪ British physicist born Feb. 6, 1802, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Eng. died Oct. 19, 1875, Paris   English physicist who popularized the Wheatstone bridge, a device that ...
Wheatstonebridge
Wheat·stone bridge (hwētʹstōn', wētʹ-) also Wheat·stone's bridge (-stōnz') to calculate the unknown resistance: Rx = (R2/R1) Rv Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. An ...
wheatworm
/hweet"werrm', weet"-/, n. a small nematode, Tylenchus tritici, that stunts growth and disrupts seed production in wheat. [1860-65; WHEAT + WORM] * * *
whee
/hwee, wee/, interj. (used to express joy or delight). [1895-1900] * * *
wheedle
—wheedler, n. —wheedlingly, adv. /hweed"l, weed"l/, v., wheedled, wheedling. v.t. 1. to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts: We ...
wheedler
See wheedle. * * *
wheedlingly
See wheedler. * * *
wheel
—wheelless, adj. /hweel, weel/, n. 1. a circular frame or disk arranged to revolve on an axis, as on or in vehicles or machinery. 2. any machine, apparatus, instrument, etc., ...
wheel and axle
a simple machine consisting, in its typical form, of a cylindrical drum to which a wheel concentric with the drum is firmly fastened: ropes are so applied that as one unwinds ...
wheel animalcule
a rotifer. Also called wheel animal. [1825-35] * * *
wheel back
a chair back having the form of a circle or oval with spindles or bars meeting at the center. [1905-10] * * *
wheel cover
wheel cover n. a fancy cover for the wheels of motor vehicles: larger than a hubcap * * *
wheel horse
1. Also called wheeler. a horse, or one of the horses, harnessed behind others and nearest the front wheels of a vehicle. 2. Chiefly South Atlantic States. the left-hand horse of ...
wheel lock
1. an old type of gunlock in which sparks are produced by the friction of a small steel wheel against a piece of iron pyrites. 2. a gun having such a gunlock. [1660-70] * * ...
wheel of fortune
1. wheel (def. 9). 2. a wheel-like gambling device that is rotated or spun to determine the winner of certain prizes. [1755-65] * * *
wheel of life
Buddhism. 1. the symbol of the cycle of birth, death, and reincarnation. 2. a pictorial representation of this. * * *
wheel static
noise in an automobile radio induced by wheel rotation. * * *
wheel window
a rose window having prominent radiating mullions. Also called Catherine wheel, marigold window. * * *
wheeland axle
wheel and axle n. A simple machine consisting of an axle to which a wheel is fastened so that torque applied to the wheel winds a rope or chain onto the axle, yielding a ...
wheelbarrow
/hweel"bar'oh, weel"-/, n. 1. a frame or box for conveying a load, supported at one end by a wheel or wheels, and lifted and pushed at the other by two horizontal shafts. v.t. 2. ...
wheelbarrow race
a race in which one member of each team of two walks on his or her hands while the legs are held up by the partner. [1830-40] * * *
wheelbase
/hweel"bays', weel"-/, n. Auto. the distance from the center of the front-wheel spindle to the center of the rear-wheel axle. [1885-90; WHEEL + BASE1] * * *
wheelbug
wheel bug n. A large assassin bug (Arilus cristatus) of North America that has a notched, wheellike projection on the back of the thorax and preys on other insects. * * *
wheelchair
/hweel"chair', weel"-/, n. a chair mounted on wheels for use by persons who cannot walk. [1690-1700; WHEEL + CHAIR] * * *
Wheeldon, Christopher
▪ 2000       To many knowledgeable balletomanes the premiere of Scènes de ballet in 1999 by students of the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New ...
wheeled
/hweeld, weeld/, adj. 1. equipped with or having wheels (often used in combination): a four-wheeled carriage. 2. moving or traveling on wheels: wheeled transportation. [1600-10; ...
wheeler
/hwee"leuhr, wee"-/, n. 1. a person or thing that wheels. 2. a person who makes wheels; wheelwright. 3. something provided with a wheel or wheels (usually used in combination): a ...
Wheeler
/hwee"leuhr, wee"-/, n. 1. Burton Kendall, 1882-1975, U.S. political leader. 2. Joseph, 1836-1906, U.S. Confederate officer and political leader. 3. William Almon /al"meuhn, ...
Wheeler Peak
▪ mountain peak, New Mexico, United States       highest point (13,161 feet [4,011 metres]) in New Mexico, U.S. The peak is located in Taos county, 70 miles (113 km) ...
Wheeler, Harvey
▪ 2005       American political scientist and writer (b. Oct. 17, 1918, Waco, Texas—d. Sept. 6, 2004, Carpinteria, Calif.), was the author of numerous nonfiction ...
Wheeler, John Archibald
▪ 2009       American physicist born July 9, 1911, Jacksonville, Fla. died April 13, 2008, Hightstown, N.J. was the first American involved in the theoretical ...
Wheeler, Joseph
▪ Confederate general born Sept. 10, 1836, near Augusta, Ga., U.S. died Jan. 25, 1906, Brooklyn, N.Y.  Confederate cavalry general during the American Civil ...
Wheeler, Sir Mortimer
▪ British archaeologist in full  Sir Robert Eric Mortimer Wheeler   born Sept. 10, 1890, Glasgow, Scot. died July 22, 1976, Leatherhead, near London, ...
Wheeler, William A
▪ vice president of United States born June 30, 1819, Malone, N.Y., U.S. died June 4, 1887, Malone  19th vice president of the United States (1877–81) who, with Republican ...
Wheeler, William Morton
▪ American entomologist born March 19, 1865, Milwaukee died April 19, 1937, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.       American entomologist recognized as one of the world's foremost ...
Wheeler,Joseph
Whee·ler (hwēʹlər, wēʹ-), Joseph. 1836-1906. American Confederate general and politician. One of the South's most popular and aggressive commanders, he later served as ...
wheeler-dealer
/hwee"leuhr dee"leuhr, wee"-/, n. Informal. a person who wheels and deals. Also, wheeler and dealer. [1950-55] * * *
WheelerPeak
Wheeler Peak A mountain, 4,014.1 m (13,161 ft) high, in north-central New Mexico. It is the highest point in the state. * * *
wheelhorse
wheel horse n. 1. The horse in a team that follows the leader and is harnessed nearest the front wheels. 2. A diligent, dependable worker, especially in a political ...
wheelhouse
/hweel"hows', weel"-/, n., pl. wheelhouses /-how'ziz/. pilothouse. [1805-15; WHEEL + HOUSE] * * *
wheelie
/hwee"lee, wee"-/, n. 1. a small, usually folding, metal frame with wheels for carrying luggage or small packages. 2. a maneuver in which a bicycle, motorcycle, or car has its ...
wheeling
/hwee"ling, wee"-/, n. 1. the act of a person who moves, travels, conveys, etc., on or as on wheels, esp. cycling. 2. a rotating or circular motion: the wheeling of birds. 3. the ...
Wheeling
/hwee"ling, wee"-/, n. 1. a city in N West Virginia, on the Ohio River. 43,070. 2. a town in NE Illinois. 23,266. * * * ▪ West Virginia, United States       city, seat ...
wheellock
wheel lock n. 1. A firing mechanism in certain obsolete small arms, in which a small wheel produces sparks by revolving against a flint. 2. A firearm using such a mechanism. * * *
wheelman
/hweel"meuhn, weel"-/, n., pl. wheelmen. 1. Also, wheelsman /hweelz"meuhn, weel"-/. a helmsman or steersman. 2. a rider of a bicycle, tricycle, or the like. 3. Slang. a. a ...
Wheelock
/hwee"lok, wee"-/, n. Eleazar, 1711-79, U.S. clergyman and educator: founded Dartmouth College. * * *
Wheelock, Eleazar
▪ American educator born April 22, 1711, Windham, Conn. [U.S.] died April 24, 1779, Hanover, N.H., U.S.       American educator who was founder and first president of ...
Wheelock, Lucy
▪ American educator born Feb. 1, 1857, Cambridge, Vt., U.S. died Oct. 2, 1946, Boston, Mass.       American educator who was an important figure in the developmental ...
wheelsman
wheels·man (hwēlzʹmən, wēlzʹ-) n. A wheelman. * * *
wheelspin
/hweel"spin', weel"-/, n. the spinning of a wheel, esp. that of a drive wheel of a powered vehicle that has poor traction. [1925-30; WHEEL + SPIN] * * *
wheelwindow
wheel window n. A rose window, especially one in which the tracery radiates in spokelike fashion with little further ornament. * * *
wheelwork
/hweel"werrk', weel"-/, n. a train of gears, as in a timepiece. [1660-70; WHEEL + WORK] * * *
wheelwright
/hweel"ruyt', weel"-/, n. a person whose trade it is to make or repair wheels, wheeled carriages, etc. [1250-1300; ME; see WHEEL, WRIGHT] * * *
Wheelwright
/hweel"ruyt', weel"-/, n. 1. John, 1592?-1679, English clergyman in America. 2. John Brooks, 1897-1940, U.S. poet. * * *
Wheelwright, William
▪ American businessman and promoter born March 16, 1798, Newburyport, Mass., U.S. died Sept. 26, 1873, London       U.S. businessman and promoter, responsible for ...
wheen
/hween, ween/, Scot. and North Eng. adj. 1. few. n. 2. a few persons or things. [1325-75; ME (north) quheyn, OE hwene, instr. case of hwon few, a few] * * *
wheeze
—wheezer, n. —wheezingly, adv. /hweez, weez/, v., wheezed, wheezing, n. v.i. 1. to breathe with difficulty and with a whistling sound: Asthma caused him to wheeze. 2. to make ...
wheezer
See wheeze. * * *
wheezily
See wheezy. * * *
wheeziness
See wheezily. * * *
wheezingly
See wheezer. * * *
wheezy
—wheezily, adv. —wheeziness, n. /hwee"zee, wee"-/, adj., wheezier, wheeziest. afflicted with or characterized by wheezing: wheezy breathing. [1810-20; WHEEZE + -Y1] * * *


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