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Wheldon, Sir Huw Pyrs
▪ British executive born May 7, 1916, Prestatyn, Flintshire [now in Denbighshire], Wales died March 14, 1986, London, England       British broadcasting producer and ...
whelk1 /hwelk, welk/, n. any of several large, spiral-shelled, marine gastropods of the family Buccinidae, esp. Buccinum undatum, that is used for food in Europe. [bef. 900; late ...
n (in Britain) a small covered stand from which whelks (= small sea animals in shells) and other types of cheap seafood are sold. Whelk-stalls were traditionally found on the ...
/hwelkt, welkt/, adj. ridged like the shell of a snail: a whelked horn. [1550-60; WHELK1 + -ED3] * * *
See whelk2. * * *
/hwelm, welm/, v.t. 1. to submerge; engulf. 2. to overcome utterly; overwhelm: whelmed by misfortune. v.i. 3. to roll or surge over something, as in becoming ...
—whelpless, adj. /hwelp, welp/, n. 1. the young of the dog, or of the wolf, bear, lion, tiger, seal, etc. 2. a youth, esp. an impudent or despised one. 3. Mach. a. any of a ...
whelping ice
Newfoundland. the ice on which a seal lies while giving birth in the spring. [1915-20] * * *
/hwen, wen/; unstressed /hweuhn, weuhn/, adv. 1. at what time or period? how long ago? how soon?: When are they to arrive? When did the Roman Empire exist? 2. under what ...
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
a song from the American Civil War which was popular with both sides. It was written in 1863 by Patrick Gilmore (1829–92) who was born in Ireland. The first verse is: When ...
When the Saints Go Marching In
one of the best-known traditional Dixieland songs in the US. It is played every day in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The first verse is: Oh, when the saints go marching ...
/hwend, wend, hwen"euhd, wen"euhd/ contraction of when did: When'd that happen? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwen"l, wen"l/ contraction of when will: When'll we meet again? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwen"euhr, wen"euhr/ contraction of when are: When're we having lunch? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwenz, wenz/ 1. contraction of when is: When's the show over? 2. contraction of when does: When's the next train leave? 3. contraction of when has: When's he ever been an ...
/hwen"euhv, wen"euhv/ contraction of when have: When've you talked to her? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwen ish"oohd, wen-, hweuhn-, weuhn-/ or, esp. Brit., /-is"yoohd/, adj. of, pertaining to, or noting an agreement to buy securities paid for at the time of delivery. Abbr.: wi, ...
/hwen az", wen-, hweuhn-, weuhn-/, conj. 1. Archaic. a. when. b. inasmuch as. 2. Obs. whereas. [1375-1425; late ME; see WHEN, AS1] * * *
/hwens, wens/ adv. 1. from what place?: Whence comest thou? 2. from what source, origin, or cause?: Whence has he wisdom? conj. 3. from what place, source, cause, etc.: He told ...
/hwens'soh ev"euhr, wens'-/, adv., conj. Archaic. from whatsoever place, source, or cause. [1505-15; modeled on WHERESOEVER; see WHENCE] * * *
/hwen air", wen-, hweuhn-, weuhn-/, conj. Literary. whenever (def. 1). * * *
/hwen ev"euhr, wen-, hweuhn-, weuhn-/, conj. 1. at whatever time; at any time when: Come whenever you like. 2. when? (used emphatically): Whenever did he say that? [1350-1400; ...
/hwen'soh ev"euhr, wen'-/, adv., conj. at whatsoever time. [1275-1325; ME, equiv. to whenso (modeled on whereso; see WHERESOEVER) + ever EVER] * * *
/hwair, wair/, adv. 1. in or at what place?: Where is he? Where do you live? 2. in what position or circumstances?: Where do you stand on this question? Without money, where are ...
/hwaird, waird/ 1. contraction of where did: Where'd you go on your holiday? 2. contraction of where would: Where'd you like to go? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwair air", wair-/, conj., adv. Literary. wherever. * * *
/hwairl, wairl/ contraction of where shall or where will: Where'll I be ten years from now? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwair"euhr, wair"-, hwair, wair/ contraction of where are: Where're you going? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwairz, wairz/ 1. contraction of where is: Where's my belt? 2. contraction of where has: Where's he been all night? 3. contraction of where does: Where's he study law? Usage. ...
/hwairv, wairv, hwair"euhv, wair"-/ contraction of where have: Where've you seen this before? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwair"euh bowt', wair"-/, adv. whereabouts. [1250-1300; ME; see WHERE, ABOUT] * * *
/hwair"euh bowts', wair"-/, adv. 1. about where? where? conj. 2. near or in what place: trying to find whereabouts in the world we were. n. 3. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the ...
/hwair az", wair-/, conj., n., pl. whereases. conj. 1. while on the contrary: One arrived promptly, whereas the others hung back. 2. it being the case that, or considering that ...
/hwair at", wair-/, conj. 1. Literary. a. at which: a reception whereat many were present. b. to which; whereupon: a remark whereat she quickly angered. adv. 2. Archaic. in ...
/hwair buy", wair-/, conj., adv. 1. by what or by which; under the terms of which. 2. Obs. by what? how? [1150-1200; ME wherby. See WHERE, BY1] * * *
/hwair"fawr', -fohr', wair"-/, adv. 1. Archaic. for what? why? 2. for that cause or reason: Wherefore let us be grateful. n. 3. the cause or reason: to study the whys and ...
/hwair frum", -from", wair-/, conj., adv. from which; whence. [1480-90; WHERE + FROM] * * *
/hwair in", wair-/, conj. 1. in what or in which. adv. 2. in what way or respect? [1200-50; ME wherin. See WHERE, IN] * * *
/hwair in"tooh, wair-; hwair'in tooh", wair'-/, conj. into which. [1530-40; WHERE + INTO] * * *
/hwair uv", -ov", wair-/, adv., conj. of what, which, or whom. [1150-1200; ME wherof. See WHERE, OF1] * * *
/hwair on", -awn", wair-/, conj. 1. on what or which. adv. 2. Archaic. on what? [1175-1225; ME wheron. See WHERE, ON] * * *
/hwair'soh air", wair'-/, conj. Literary. wheresoever. * * *
/hwair'soh ev"euhr, wair'-/, conj. in or to whatsoever place; wherever. [1275-1325; ME, equiv. to whereso wherever (OE (swa) hwaer swa) + ever EVER] * * *
/hwair throoh", wair-/, conj. through, during, or because of which. [1175-1225; ME hwerthrough. See WHERE, THROUGH] * * *
/hwair tooh", wair-/, conj., adv. 1. Archaic. to what or what place or end. 2. to which. [1175-1225; ME wherto. See WHERE, TO] * * *
/hwair un"tooh, wair-; hwair'un tooh", wair'-/, conj., adv. Archaic. whereto. [1375-1425; late ME quhareunto. See WHERE, UNTO] * * *
/hwair'euh pon", -pawn", wair'-; hwair"euh pon', -pawn', wair"-/, conj. 1. upon what or upon which. 2. at or after which. 3. Archaic. upon what? [1300-50; ME wherupon. See WHERE, ...
/hwair ev"euhr, wair-/, conj. 1. in, at, or to whatever place. 2. in any case or condition: wherever it is heard of. adv. 3. where? (used emphatically): Wherever did you find ...
/hwair with", -widh", wair-/, adv., conj. 1. Literary. with which; by means of which. 2. Archaic. a. with what? b. because of which; by reason of which. c. whereupon; at ...
/hwair"widh awl', -with-, wair"-/, n. 1. that with which to do something; means or supplies for the purpose or need, esp. money: the wherewithal to pay my rent. adv. 2. by means ...
/hwer"ee, wer"ee/, n., pl. wherries, v., wherried, wherrying. n. 1. a light rowboat for one person; skiff. 2. any of various barges, fishing vessels, etc., used locally in ...
—whetter, n. /hwet, wet/, v., whetted, whetting, n. v.t. 1. to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction. 2. to make keen or eager; stimulate: to whet the appetite; ...
/hwedh"euhr, wedh"-/, conj. 1. (used to introduce the first of two or more alternatives, and sometimes repeated before the second or later alternative, usually with the ...
/hwet"stohn', wet"-/, n. 1. a stone for sharpening cutlery or tools by friction. 2. anything that sharpens: a whetstone for dull wits. [bef. 900; ME whetston, OE hwetstan. See ...
/hwyooh/, interj. 1. (a whistling exclamation or sound expressing astonishment, dismay, relief, etc.) n. 2. an utterance of "whew." [1505-15; imit.] * * *
Whewell, William
born May 24, 1794, Lancaster, Lancashire, Eng. died March 6, 1866, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire British philosopher and historian. He spent most of his career at the University of ...
/hyooh"euh luyt'/, n. a white or colorless mineral of organic origin, calcium oxalate monohydrate, Ca(C2O4)·H2O, one of the main crystalline components of kidney stones and ...
—wheylike, adj. /hway, way/, n. a milk serum, separating as liquid from the curd after coagulation, as in cheese making. [bef. 900; ME wheye, OE hwaeg; c. D, LG wei] * * ...
whey-face (hwāʹfās', wāʹ-) n. A person with a pallid face. * * *
/hway"ee, way"ee/, adj. of, like, or containing whey. [1540-50; WHEY + -EY1] * * *
—wheyfaced, adj. /hway"fays', way"-/, n. a face that or a person who is pallid, as from fear. [1595-1605; WHEY + FACE] * * *
/hway"ish, way"-/, adj. rather like whey: a mottled, wheyish complexion. [1555-65; WHEY + -ISH1] * * *
wharf. * * *
/hwich, wich/, pron. 1. what one?: Which of these do you want? Which do you want? 2. whichever: Choose which appeals to you. 3. (used relatively in restrictive and nonrestrictive ...
a magazine produced each month by the Consumers’ Association in Britain. It consists of reports comparing different makes of similar products and services, to help people to ...
/hwich ev"euhr, wich-/, pron. 1. any one that: Take whichever you like. 2. no matter which: Whichever you choose, the others will be offended. adj. 3. no matter which: whichever ...
/hwich'soh ev"euhr, wich'-/, pron., adj. whichever. [1400-50; late ME; WHICH, SOEVER] * * *
/hwich"way', wich"-/, adv. See every (def. 6). [WHICH + WAY1] * * *
/hwik"euhr, wik"-/, Chiefly New Eng. and South Atlantic States. v.i. 1. to whinny; neigh. n. 2. a whinny; neigh. [1650-60; whick- (cf. OE hwicung squeaking, said of mice) + -ER6; ...
/hwid, hwud, wid, wud/, v., whidded, whidding, n. Scot. v.i. 1. to move quickly and quietly. n. 2. a quick, noiseless movement. [1580-90; appar. akin to OE hwitha a breeze (c. ON ...
/hwid"euh, wid"euh/, n. whydah. * * *
whidah (bird)
whidah (bird) or whidah [hwid′ə, wid′ə] n. WHYDAH ( * * *
Whidbey Island
▪ island, Washington, United States Whidbey also spelled  Whidby         island, part of Island county, northwestern Washington, U.S., in Puget Sound. Approximately ...
Whid·bey Island (hwĭdʹbē, wĭdʹ-) An island of northwest Washington in Puget Sound northwest of Everett and east of Admiralty Inlet. * * *
Whiddy Island
▪ island, Ireland       island in Bantry Bay, County Cork, Ireland. It lies 2 miles (3 km) west of Bantry, at the head of Bantry Bay. It is about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) ...
whiff1 —whiffer, n. /hwif, wif/, n. 1. a slight gust or puff of wind, air, vapor, smoke, or the like: a whiff of fresh air. 2. a slight trace of odor or smell: a whiff of ...
See whiff. * * *
/hwif"it, wif"-/, n. Informal. an insignificant person; whippersnapper. [1795-1805, Amer.; WHIFF1 + -ET, modeled on whippet] * * *
/hwif"euhl, wif"-/, v., whiffled, whiffling. v.i. 1. to blow in light or shifting gusts or puffs, as the wind; veer or toss about irregularly. 2. to shift about; vacillate; be ...
whiffle ball
☆ whiffle ball n. 〚< Wiffle, a trademark〛 1. any of various lightweight, hollow plastic balls with several large air holes that cause them to abruptly curve or sink when ...
whiffler1 /hwif"leuhr, wif"-/, n. 1. a person who frequently shifts opinions, attitudes, interests, etc. 2. a person who is vacillating or evasive in an argument. [1600-10; ...
/hwif"euhl tree', wif"-/, n. Northern U.S. a crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a cart, carriage, plow, etc. Also called ...
/hwig, wig/, v.i., whigged, whigging. Scot. to move along briskly. [1660-70; perh. Scots var. of dial. fig to move briskly; see FIDGET] * * * Member of a political faction in ...
/hwig, wig/, n. 1. Amer. Hist. a. a member of the patriotic party during the Revolutionary period; supporter of the Revolution. b. a member of a political party (c1834-1855) that ...
Whig and Tory
▪ historical British political party       members of two opposing political parties or factions in England, particularly during the 18th century. Originally “Whig” ...
Whig Party
(1834–54) U.S. political party. Organized by opponents of Pres. Andrew Jackson, whom they called "King Andrew," the party took its name from the British antimonarchist party. ...
Whiggery [hwig iz΄əm, wīliz΄əmwhig′ər ē] n. the practices and principles of Whigs, esp. of English Whigs: also Whiggism [hwig iz΄əm, wīliz΄əm] * * * See Whig. * * *
—Whiggishly, adv. —Whiggishness, n. /hwig"ish, wig"-/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Whigs or Whiggism. 2. inclined to Whiggism. [1670-80; WHIG + -ISH1] * * ...
/hwig"iz euhm, wig"-/, n. the principles or practices of Whigs. Also, Whiggery /hwig"euh ree, wig"-/. [1660-70; WHIG + -ISM] * * *
/hwig'meuh lear"ee, wig'-/, n. 1. a whim; notion. 2. a whimsical or fanciful ornament or contrivance; gimmick. [1720-30; orig. Scots, earlier figmalirie, perh. with fig (see ...
/hwig'meuh lear"ee, wig'-/, n., pl. whigmaleeries. whigmaleerie. * * *
/hwuyl, wuyl/, n., conj., prep., v., whiled, whiling. n. 1. a period or interval of time: to wait a long while; He arrived a short while ago. 2. Archaic. a particular time or ...
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
a popular carol often sung at Christmas. * * *
/hwuylz, wuylz/, adv. 1. Chiefly Scot. at times. 2. Obs. in the meantime. conj. 3. Archaic. while. [1175-1225; ME; see WHILE, -S1] * * *
/hwil"i keuhrz, wil"-/, interj. Informal. (used as an intensive after gee or golly gee to express astonishment, delight, etc.) Also, whillikins /hwil"i kinz, wil"-/. [orig. ...
/hwuy"leuhm, wuy"-/, Archaic. adj. 1. former; erstwhile: whilom friends. adv. 2. at one time. [bef. 900; ME; OE hwilum at times, dat. pl. of hwil WHILE (n.)] * * *
/hwuylst, wuylst/, conj. while. [1325-75; ME whilest, equiv. to WHILES + parasitic -t as in amongst, amidst] * * *
/hwim, wim/, n. 1. an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy: a sudden whim to take a midnight walk. 2. capricious humor: to be swayed by whim. [1635-45; ...
/hwim"hwam', wim"wam'/, n. 1. any odd or fanciful object or thing; a gimcrack. 2. whim-whams, Informal. nervousness; jitters: He had the whim-whams after the ...
/hwim"breuhl, wim"-/, n. a curlew, Numenius phaeopus, of both the New and Old Worlds. [1520-30; whim (perh. imit.) + intrusive -b- + -REL] * * *
—whimperer, n. —whimperingly, adv. /hwim"peuhr, wim"-/, v.i. 1. to cry with low, plaintive, broken sounds. v.t. 2. to utter in a whimper. n. 3. a whimpering cry or ...
See whimper. * * *
See whimperer. * * *
/hwim"zee, wim"-/, n., pl. whimseys. whimsy. * * *
whimsey glass
▪ glass also called  Frigger,         glass with no utilitarian purpose, executed to satisfy the whim of the glassmaker. Such offhand exercises in skill are almost as ...
—whimsically, adv. /hwim"zi keuhl, wim"-/, adj. 1. given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious: a pixyish, whimsical fellow. 2. of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, ...
/hwim'zi kal"i tee, wim'-/, n., pl. whimsicalities for 2. 1. Also, whimsicalness. whimsical quality or character. 2. a whimsical notion, speech, or act. [1750-60; WHIMSICAL + ...
See whimsical. * * *
/hwim"zee, wim"-/, n., pl. whimsies. 1. capricious humor or disposition; extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression: a play with lots of whimsy. 2. an odd or ...
/hwin, win/, n. Chiefly Brit. any thorny or prickly shrub, esp. gorse. [1375-1425; late ME whynne, appar. < Scand; cf. Icel hvingras bent grass, Dan hvene, Sw (h)ven] * * *
/hwin"chat', win"-/, n. a small Old World thrush, Saxicola rubetra, having a buff-colored breast and white streaks in the tail. [1670-80; WHIN + CHAT] * * * ▪ ...
—whiner, n. —whiningly, adv. /hwuyn, wuyn/, v., whined, whining, n. v.i. 1. to utter a low, usually nasal, complaining cry or sound, as from uneasiness, discontent, ...
See whine. * * *
See whiner. * * *
/hwing"ding', wing"-/, n. wing-ding. * * *
☆ whingding [hwiŋ′diŋ΄, wiŋ′diŋ΄ ] n. var. of WINGDING * * *
—whinger, n. /hwinj, winj/, v.i., whinged, whinging. Brit. and Australian Informal. to complain; whine. [bef. 1150; dial. (Scots, N England), earlier Scots quhynge, OE hwinsian ...
See whinge. * * *
See whinger. * * *
See whiner. * * *
/hwin"ee, win"ee/, v., whinnied, whinnying, n., pl. whinnies. v.i. 1. to utter the characteristic cry of a horse; neigh. v.t. 2. to express by whinnying. n. 3. a whinnying ...
/hwin"stohn', win"-/, n. Chiefly Brit. any of the dark-colored, fine-grained rocks, esp. igneous rocks, as dolerite and basalt. [1505-15; dial. (Scots and N England) whin ...
—whininess, n. /hwuy"nee, wuy"-/, adj., whinier, whiniest. complaining; fretful; cranky: The baby is whiny because he missed his nap. Also, whiney. [1850-55; WHINE + -Y1] * * *
—whiplike, adj. —whipper, n. /hwip, wip/, v., whipped or whipt, whipping, n. v.t. 1. to beat with a strap, lash, rod, or the like, esp. by way of punishment or chastisement; ...
whip graft
Hort. a graft prepared by cutting both the scion and the stock in a sloping direction and securing them by tying or taping. Cf. whip-and-tongue graft. [1665-75] * * *
whip hand
1. the hand that holds the whip, in driving. 2. an advantageous or controlling position: She had the whip hand throughout the debate. [1670-80] * * *
whip roll
Textiles. a roller, located at the back of a loom, that guides the warp ends as they come up from the warp beam on their way to the harness. [1860-65] * * *
whip scorpion
whip scorpion n. any of various tropical or subtropical arachnids (esp. order Uropygi) resembling the scorpion but having a long, whiplike tail at the end of the abdomen and no ...
whip-and-tongue graft
/hwip"euhn tung", wip"-/, Hort. a graft prepared by cutting both the scion and the stock in a sloping direction and inserting a tongue in the scion into a slit in the stock. Also ...
/hwip"krak'euhr, wip"-/, n. 1. a person who cracks a whip. 2. a person who exerts authority, esp. excessively or ostentatiously. * * *
/hwip"tayld', wip"-/, adj. having a long, slender tail like a whip. [WHIP + TAIL1 + -ED3] * * *
whip-tailed ray
a whipray. [1895-1900] * * *       any of certain stingrays of the family Dasyatidae. See stingray. * * *
▪ bird genus also called  Coachwhipbird,    either of the two species of the Australian genus Psophodes, belonging to the songbird family Muscicapidae. They are named for ...
/hwip"kawrd', wip"-/, n. 1. a cotton, woolen, or worsted fabric with a steep, diagonally ribbed surface. 2. a strong, hard-twisted cord, sometimes used for the lashes of ...
whip hand n. 1. A dominating position; advantage. 2. The hand in which a whip is held. * * *
/hwip"lash', wip"-/, n. 1. the lash of a whip. 2. an abrupt snapping motion or change of direction resembling the lash of a whip. 3. Also, whiplash injury. a neck injury caused ...
/hwipt, wipt/, adj. 1. having received a whipping. 2. subdued or defeated as though by whipping: whipped by poverty. 3. beaten into a froth: whipped cream. 4. exhausted, tired, ...
whipped cream
whipped cream n. rich sweet cream stiffened as by whipping and used as a topping on desserts, etc.: also whip cream * * *
whipper [hwip′ər, wip′ər] n. a person or thing that whips * * * See whip. * * *
/hwip"euhr in", wip"-/, n., pl. whippers-in. 1. Fox Hunting. a professional or honorary member of a hunt staff who assists the huntsman with the hounds. 2. Brit. whip (def. ...
/hwip"euhr snap'euhr, wip"-/, n. an unimportant but offensively presumptuous person, esp. a young one. [1665-75; prob. b. earlier whipster and snippersnapper, similar in sense; ...
/whip"it, wip"-/, n. 1. one of a breed of small, swift dogs resembling a greyhound, used for hunting rabbits and for racing. 2. Also called whippet tank. a fast, light tank used ...
/hwip"ing, wip"-/, n. 1. a beating or flogging, esp. one administered with a whip or the like in punishment. 2. a defeat, as in sports. 3. an arrangement of cord, twine, or the ...
whipping boy
1. a person who is made to bear the blame for another's mistake; scapegoat. 2. (formerly) a boy educated along with and taking punishment in place of a young prince or ...
whipping cream
cream with enough butterfat to allow it to be made into whipped cream. * * *
whipping post
a post to which persons are tied to undergo whipping as a legal penalty. [1590-1600] * * *
whipping boy n. 1. A scapegoat. 2. A boy formerly raised with a prince or other young nobleman and whipped for the latter's misdeeds. * * *
/hwip"euhl, wip"-/, n. 1. Fred Lawrence, born 1906, U.S. astronomer. 2. George Hoyt /hoyt/, 1878-1976, U.S. pathologist: Nobel prize for medicine 1934. * * *
Whipple, Fred Lawrence
▪ 2005       American astronomer (b. Nov. 5, 1906, Red Oak, Iowa—d. Aug. 30, 2004, Cambridge, Mass.), was an expert on meteors, meteorites, and comets. In 1950 he ...
Whipple, George H(oyt)
born Aug. 28, 1878, Ashland, N.H., U.S. died Feb. 1, 1976, Rochester, N.Y. U.S. pathologist. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He and George Minot discovered ...
Whipple, George H.
▪ American pathologist in full  George Hoyt Whipple  born Aug. 28, 1878, Ashland, N.H., U.S. died Feb. 1, 1976, Rochester, N.Y.  American pathologist whose discovery that ...
Whipple, Squire
▪ American engineer born Sept. 16, 1804, Hardwick, Mass., U.S. died March 15, 1888, Albany, N.Y.       U.S. civil engineer, inventor, and theoretician who provided the ...
Whipple,George Hoyt
Whip·ple (hwĭpʹəl, wĭpʹ-), George Hoyt. 1878-1976. American pathologist. He shared a 1934 Nobel Prize for discovering that a diet of liver relieves anemia. * * *
/hwip"euhl tree', wip"-/, n. Northern U.S. whiffletree. [1725-35; whipple (see WHIP, -LE) + TREE] * * *
/hwip"euhr wil', wip"-; hwip'euhr wil", wip'-/, n. a nocturnal North American nightjar, Caprimulgus vociferus, having a variegated plumage of gray, black, white, and ...
/hwip"ee, wip"ee/, adj., whippier, whippiest. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a whip. 2. bending and snapping back in the manner of a whip: a whippy tree branch. [1865-70; ...
/hwip"ray', wip"-/, n. any ray having a long, whiplike tail, esp. a stingray. [1690-1700; WHIP + RAY2] * * *
/hwip"saw', wip"-/, n., v., whipsawed, whipsawed or whipsawn, whipsawing. n. 1. a saw for two persons, as a pitsaw, used to divide timbers lengthwise. v.t. 2. to cut with a ...
/hwip"sawd', wip"-/, adj. Stock Exchange. subjected to a double loss, as when an investor has bought a stock at a high price soon before it declines and then, in order to make ...
/hwip"skawr'pee euhn, wip"-/, n. any of numerous arachnids of the order Uropygi, of tropical and warm temperate regions, resembling a scorpion but having an abdomen that ends in ...
a zoo in southern England, north-west of London. When it opened in 1931 it was one of the first zoos in the world to breed animals that were in danger of dying out, and to allow ...
/hwip"snayk', wip"-/, n. 1. any of several long, slender New World snakes of the genus Masticophis, the tail of which resembles a whip. 2. any of various similar or related ...
/hwip"stawl', wip"-/, Aeron. n. 1. a stall during a vertical climb in which the nose of the airplane falls forward and downward in a whiplike movement. v.t. 2. to cause (an ...
/hwip"stich', wip"-/, v.t. 1. to sew with stitches passing over an edge, in joining, finishing, or gathering. n. 2. one such stitch. 3. every whipstitch, Southern U.S. at short ...
/hwip"stok', wip"-/, n. the handle of a whip. [1520-30; WHIP + STOCK] * * *
whipt (hwĭpt, wĭpt) v. A past tense and a past participle of whip. * * *
/hwip"tayl', wip"-/, n. 1. any of numerous New World lizards of the family Teiidae, esp. of the genus Cnemidophorus, characterized by great agility and alertness. 2. any of ...
/hwip"werrm', wip"-/, n. any of several parasitic nematodes of the genus Trichuris, having a long, slender, whiplike anterior end. [1870-75; WHIP + WORM] * * * ▪ ...
/hwerr, werr/, v., whirred, whirring, n. v.i. 1. to go, fly, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming or buzzing sound: An electric fan whirred softly in the ...
—whirler, n. —whirlingly, adv. /hwerrl, werrl/, v.i. 1. to turn around, spin, or rotate rapidly: The merry-go-round whirled noisily. 2. to turn about or aside quickly: He ...
/hwerrl"euh bowt', werrl"-/, n. 1. a whirling about. 2. a whirligig. adj. 3. whirling about. [1585-95; WHIRL + ABOUT] * * *
▪ racehorse       (foaled 1938), American racehorse (Thoroughbred) who in 1941 captured the U.S. Triple Crown—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont ...
See whirl. * * *
/hwerr"li gig', werr"-/, n. 1. something that whirls or revolves. 2. a whirling motion or course: the whirligig of fashion. 3. a giddy or flighty person. 4. Dial. a ...
whirligig beetle
any of numerous aquatic beetles of the family Gyrinidae, commonly seen in groups circling about rapidly on the surface of the water. [1850-55] * * * ▪ insect       any ...
whirligig beetle n. Any of various gregarious beetles of the family Gyrinidae that circle about rapidly on the surface of water. * * *
whirling dervish
Islam. a member of a Turkish order of dervishes, or Sufis, whose ritual consists in part of a highly stylized whirling dance. * * *
/hwerrl"poohl', werrl"-/, n. 1. water in swift, circular motion, as that produced by the meeting of opposing currents, often causing a downward spiraling action. 2. See whirlpool ...
whirlpool bath
1. a bath in which the body is immersed in swirling water as therapy or for relaxation. 2. a device that swirls and often heats the water in such a bath. 3. a tub or pool ...
/hwerrl"wind', werrl"-/, n. 1. any of several relatively small masses of air rotating rapidly around a more or less vertical axis and advancing simultaneously over land or sea, ...
/hwerr"lee, werr"-/, n., pl. whirlies. a violent whirlwind carrying snow, occurring in Antarctica. [WHIRL + -Y2] * * *
/hwerr"lee berrd', werr"-/, n. Informal. helicopter. [1950-55; WHIRL + -Y1 + BIRD] * * *
/hwerr, werr/, v.i., v.t., n. whir. * * *
/hwerr"ee, werr"ee/, v., whirried, whirrying. Scot. v.i. 1. to hurry; go rapidly. v.t. 2. to carry (something) or drive (cattle) swiftly. [1575-85; perh. b. WHIR and HURRY] * * *
/hwish, wish/, v.i., v.t. 1. to make, or move with, a whiz or swish. n. 2. a whishing sound. [1510-20; imit.] * * *
/hwist, wist, hwisht, wisht/, interj., adj., n., v.i., v.t. whist2. [1510-20; ult. imit.; cf. OE hwiscettung squeaking (said of mice)] * * *
/hwisk, wisk/, v.t. 1. to move with a rapid, sweeping stroke: She whisked everything off the table with her arm. 2. to sweep (dust, crumbs, etc., or a surface) with a whisk ...
whisk broom
a small, short-handled broom used chiefly to brush clothes. [1855-60] * * *
whisk fern
▪ genus  either of the two species of the primitive fern genus Psilotum in the family Psilotaceae of the order Psilotales and the class Psilotopsida of the division ...
whisk·broom (hwĭskʹbro͞om', -bro͝om', wĭskʹ-) n. A small short-handled broom used especially to brush clothes. * * *
—whiskery, adj. /hwis"keuhr, wis"-/, n. 1. whiskers, a beard. 2. Usually, whiskers. See side whiskers. 3. a single hair of the beard. 4. Archaic. a mustache. 5. one of the ...
/hwis"keuhrd, wis"-/, adj. having, wearing, or covered with whiskers. [1755-65; WHISKER + -ED3] * * *
See whiskered. * * *
/hwis"kee, wis"-/, n., pl. whiskeys, adj. n. 1. an alcoholic liquor distilled from a fermented mash of grain, as barley, rye, or corn, and usually containing from 43 to 50 ...
whiskey jack
whiskey jack n. 〚earlier whisky-john, itself altered (as if
whiskey jack.
See gray jay. [1735-45; var. of WHISKY-JOHN, WHISKY-JONISH, by folk etym. < Eastmain Cree (dial. of Montagnais) wi·skaca·nis Canada jay, dim. of wi·skaca·n blacksmith, appar. ...
Whiskey Rebellion
U.S. Hist. a revolt of settlers in western Pennsylvania in 1794 against a federal excise tax on whiskey: suppressed by militia called out by President George Washington to ...
Whiskey Ring
(1875) Group of U.S. whiskey distillers who defrauded the government of taxes. The ring operated mainly in St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Chicago and kept liquor taxes after bribing ...
whiskey sour
a cocktail made with whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar. [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
whiskey jack n. See gray jay.   [Alteration of whiskey-john, by folk etymology from Cree dialectal wiiskachaan.] * * *
whiskey sour n. A cocktail made with whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar. * * *
/hwis"kee, wis"-/, n., pl. whiskies, adj. whiskey (used esp. for Scotch or Canadian whiskey). * * *
/hwis"peuhr, wis"peuhr/, v.i. 1. to speak with soft, hushed sounds, using the breath, lips, etc., but with no vibration of the vocal cords. 2. Phonet. to produce utterance ...
/hwis"peuhrd, wis"-/, adj. rumored; reported: He is whispered to be planning to run for governor. [1560-70; WHISPER + -ED2] * * *
/hwis"peuhr euhr, wis"-/, n. 1. a person or thing that whispers. 2. a gossip, talebearer, rumor-monger, or the like. [1540-50; WHISPER + -ER1] * * *
—whisperingly, adv. /hwis"peuhr ing, wis"-/, n. 1. whispered talk or conversation. 2. rumor, hearsay, or gossip. 3. a whispered sound. adj. 4. that whispers; making a sound ...
whispering campaign
the organized spreading of insinuations or rumors to destroy the reputation of a person, organization, etc. [1915-20] * * *
whispering gallery
a space or gallery beneath a dome or broad arch in which low sounds produced at any of certain points are clearly audible at certain other distant points. [1690-1700] * * *
—whisperously, adv. /hwis"peuhr euhs, wis"-/, adj. whispery. [1880-85; WHISPER + -OUS] * * *
/hwis"peuh ree, wis"-/, adj. 1. like a whisper: a soft, whispery voice. 2. abounding in whispers or other quiet, mysterious sounds: dark, whispery streets. [1825-35; WHISPER + ...
whist1 /hwist, wist/, n. a card game, an early form of bridge, but without bidding. [1655-65; earlier whisk, perh. identical with WHISK, though sense relationship ...
—whistleable, adj. /hwis"euhl, wis"-/, v., whistled, whistling, n. v.i. 1. to make a clear musical sound, a series of such sounds, or a high-pitched, warbling sound by the ...
whistle pig
Chiefly Appalachian. a woodchuck. * * *
whistle stop
1. a small, unimportant town, esp. one along a railroad line. 2. a short talk from the rear platform of a train, esp. during a political campaign. 3. a brief appearance, single ...
—whistle-blowing, n. /hwis"euhl bloh'euhr, wis"-/, n. a person who informs on another or makes public disclosure of corruption or wrongdoing. Also, whistle blower. [1965-70] * ...
See whistleblower. * * *
/hwis"euhl stop', wis"-/, v., whistle-stopped, whistle-stopping, adj. v.i. 1. to campaign for political office by traveling around the country, originally by train, stopping at ...
whistle-stop campaign
n a political campaign in which a politician makes short stops at many different towns. The expression was first used in the US, where small American towns were called ...
whis·tle·blow·er or whis·tle-blow·er or whistle blower (hwĭsʹəl-blō'ər, wĭsʹ-) n. One who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in ...
whistle pig n. Appalachian Mountains See woodchuck. See Regional Note at woodchuck. * * *
/hwis"leuhr, wis"-/, n. 1. a person or thing that whistles. 2. something that makes a sound like a whistle: The windstorm was a 60-mile-an-hour whistler. 3. any of various birds ...
—Whistlerian /hwis lear"ee euhn, wis-/, adj. /hwis"leuhr, wis"-/, n. James (Abbott) McNeill /meuhk neel"/, 1834-1903, U.S. painter and etcher, in France and England after ...
Whistler's Mother
(formal name, Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Artist's Mother) a painting (1871) by James McNeill Whistler. * * *
Whistler, James (Abbott) McNeill
born July 14, 1834, Lowell, Mass., U.S. died July 17, 1903, London, Eng. U.S.-born British painter, etcher, and lithographer. He attended West Point but soon abandoned the army ...
Whistler, James McNeill
▪ American artist Introduction in full  James Abbott McNeill Whistler  born July 11, 1834, Lowell, Mass., U.S. died July 17, 1903, London, Eng.   American-born artist ...
Whistler,James Abbott McNeill
Whis·tler (hwĭsʹlər, wĭsʹ-), James Abbott McNeill. 1834-1903. American painter whose subtle coloring and tonal harmony were influenced by musical aesthetics and Japanese ...
Whistler’s Mother
the popular title of the painting Arrangement in Grey and Black (1872) by the US artist James Whistler. It is a picture of his mother, Mrs George Washington Whistler, sitting in ...
whistles and bells.
See bells and whistles. * * *
whistle stop n. 1. A town or station at which a train stops only if signaled. 2. A brief appearance of a political candidate in a small town, traditionally on the observation ...
/hwis"ling, wis"-/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that whistles. 2. the sound produced. 3. Vet. Pathol. a form of roaring characterized by a peculiarly shrill sound. [bef. ...
whistling buoy
Naut. a buoy having a whistle operated by air trapped and compressed in an open-bottomed chamber by the rising and falling water level caused by natural wave action. * * *
whistling duck
any of several long-legged, chiefly tropical ducks of the genus Dendrocygna, most of which have whistling cries. [1690-1700] * * * ▪ bird also called  Tree ...
whistling swan
the small North American subspecies, Cygnus columbianus columbianus, of the tundra swan. [1775-85] * * * Species (Cygnus columbianus) of North American swan that calls with a ...
whis·tling swan (hwĭsʹlĭng, wĭsʹ-) n. A white North American swan (Olor columbianus) having a soft, musical trumpeting voice and a black beak with a yellow spot at the ...
Whiston, William
▪ Anglican priest and mathematician born Dec. 9, 1667, Norton, Leicestershire, Eng. died Aug. 22, 1752, Lyndon, Rutland  Anglican (Anglicanism) priest and mathematician who ...
/hwit, wit/, n. a particle; bit; jot (used esp. in negative phrases): not a whit better. [1470-80; perh. alter. of ME wiht WIGHT1] * * *
Whit Monday
the day after Whit Sunday. It used to be a bank holiday in Britain. In the 1960s it was replaced by the Spring Bank Holiday, which some people still call Whit Monday. * * *
Whit Sunday
➡ quarter days * * *
Whit Week
/whit, wit/ Whitsuntide. [1895-1900; modeled on WHITSUNDAY] * * *
/hwit"euh keuhr, wit"-/, n. a male given name. * * *
Whitaker, Pernell
▪ American boxer born Jan. 2, 1964, Norfolk, Va., U.S.    American professional boxer, world lightweight (135 pounds), junior welterweight (140 pounds), welterweight (147 ...
Whitaker, Sir Frederick
▪ prime minister of New Zealand born April 23, 1812, Bampton, Oxfordshire, Eng. died Dec. 4, 1891, Auckland, N.Z.       solicitor, politician, and businessman who ...
Whitaker’s Almanack
a well-known British reference book that was first published in 1868. It is published in December every year and consists of a wide range of information about Britain and other ...
a large British company that owns hotels, pubs and restaurants. In the past it made several types of beer, but its beer business was sold to Interbrew in 2000. * * *
Whitbread Book of the Year
a major British literary prize, organized and paid for by Whitbread. At the beginning of January each year, five new British or Irish books are chosen as the best book of their ...
Whitbread First Novel Award
➡ Smith (XV) * * *
/hwit"bee, wit"-/, n. 1. a port in SE Ontario, in S Canada, on Lake Ontario. 36,698. 2. a seaport in E North Yorkshire, in NE England: ruins of an abbey; church council A.D. 664. ...
Whitby, Synod of
Meeting of the Christian church of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria in 664 or, possibly, 663, to decide whether to follow Celtic or Roman usages, which had been ...
Whitcher, Frances Miriam Berry
▪ American writer née  Frances Miriam Berry   born Nov. 1, 1811, Whitesboro, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 4, 1852, Whitesboro       American writer whose popular satirical ...
/hwit"cherrch'stoh"vil, wit"-/, n. a town in SW Ontario, in S Canada, N of Toronto. 12,884. * * *
/hwuyt, wuyt/, adj., whiter, whitest, n., v., whited, whiting. adj. 1. of the color of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.; reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or ...
/hwuyt, wuyt/, n. 1. Byron R(aymond) ("Whizzer"), born 1917, U.S. lawyer and jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1962-93. 2. Edmund, born 1940, U.S. novelist. 3. ...
white admiral
white admiral n. a butterfly (Limenitis arthemis) of Canada and the E U.S., with showy, white bands on its wings * * *
white admiral.
See under purple (def. 7). * * *
white alder.
See sweet pepperbush. [1855-60] * * *
white alert
1. (in military or civilian defense) an all-clear signal, directive, etc., indicating that the danger of air raid no longer exists. 2. a return to normal conditions following an ...
white alkali
1. Agric. a whitish layer of mineral salts, esp. sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, and magnesium sulfate, often occurring on top of soils where rainfall is low. 2. refined soda ...
white amur
white amur n. GRASS CARP * * *
white ant
termite. [1675-85] * * *
white arsenic
white arsenic n. ARSENOUS ACID * * *
white ash.
See under ash2 (def. 1). [1675-85, Amer.] * * *
white aspen.
See under aspen (def. 1). * * *
White Australia Policy
      the anti-Asian immigration policy initiated by the new Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. It reflected a long-standing and unifying sentiment of the various ...
white bacon
South Midland and Southern U.S. bacon (def. 2). [1935-40] * * *

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