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white-throated sparrow
/hwuyt"throh'tid, wuyt"-/ a common North American finch, Zonotrichia albicollis, having a white patch on the throat and a black and white striped crown. Also called ...
white-throat·ed sparrow (hwītʹthrō'tĭd, wītʹ-) n. A large North American sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) having a white patch on the throat, black and white stripes on ...
/hwuyt"tuy", wuyt"-/, adj. requiring that guests wear formal attire, esp. that men wear white bow ties with formal evening dress: a white-tie embassy reception. Cf. ...
white-toothed shrew
▪ mammal genus       any of 164 species of mouse-sized African and Eurasian insectivores (insectivore) making up nearly half of the more than 325 species of true shrews ...
white-water [hwit′wôt΄ər] adj. of or having to do with recreational rafting, kayaking, etc. on rivers with rapids, fast currents, etc. * * * white-wa·ter (hwītʹwô'tər, ...
white-winged dove
/hwuyt"wingd', wuyt"-/ a common dove, Zenaida asiatica, of the southwestern U.S. to Chile. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
white-winged scoter
a blackish North American duck, Melanitta deglandi, having a white patch on each wing. [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
white-winged dove (hwītʹwĭngd', wītʹ-) n. A large gray American dove (Zenaida asiatica) having a patch of white on each wing. * * *
white-winged scoter n. A large, black North American diving duck (Melanitta deglandi) having a patch of white on each wing. * * *
/hwuyt"ay'keuhr, wuyt"-/, n. (often cap.) an arbitrary name for a piece of land used for purposes of supposition in legal argument or the like (often distinguished from ...
white admiral n. A nymphalid butterfly (Limenitis arthemis) of eastern North America, having a broad white band on blue-black wings. * * *
white ant n. See termite. * * *
/hwuyt"bayt', wuyt"-/, n., pl. whitebait. 1. a young sprat or herring. 2. Cookery. any small, delicate fish cooked whole without being cleaned, esp. the sprat. [1750-60; WHITE + ...
white·bark pine (hwītʹbärk', wītʹ-) n. A prostrate shrub or tree (Pinus albicaulis) native to the mountains of Pacific North America and having small, purplish-brown, ...
white bass (băs) n. A North American freshwater food fish (Morone chrysops) having a silvery color and blackish stripes on each side. * * *
/hwuyt"beem', wuyt"-/, n. a European tree, Sorbus aria, of the rose family, having leathery leaves, showy, white flowers, and mealy, orange-red or scarlet fruit. [1695-1705; ...
white bear n. See polar bear. * * *
/hwuyt"beard', wuyt"-/, n. an old man, esp. one with a white or gray beard. [1400-50; late ME; see WHITE, BEARD] * * *
white birch n. Any of several birch trees having white bark, as Betula pendula of Europe or the paper birch B. papyrifera of North America. * * *
whiteblood cell
white blood cell n. Abbr. WBC Any of various blood cells that have a nucleus and cytoplasm, separate into a thin white layer when whole blood is centrifuged, and help protect the ...
/hwuyt"bawrd', -bohrd', wuyt"-/, n. a smooth, glossy sheet of white plastic that can be written on with a colored pen or marker in the manner of a blackboard. [1980-85] * * *
white book n. An official publication of a national government.   [From its formerly being bound in white.] * * *
/hwuyt"boyz', wuyt"-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) a secret agrarian peasant organization, active in Ireland during the early 1760s, whose members wore white shirts for recognition ...
white bread n. Bread made from finely ground, usually bleached wheat flour. See Regional Note at light bread. * * *
white bryony n. A climbing Eurasian vine (Bryonia alba) having lobed leaves, greenish-white flowers, and blackish berries. * * *
/hwuyt"kap', wuyt"-/, n. a wave with a broken and foaming white crest. [1660-70; WHITE + CAP1] * * *
white cedar n. Either of two North American evergreen trees (Thuja occidentalis or Chamaecyparis thyoides) having light-colored wood. * * *
white cell n. See white blood cell. * * *
/hwuyt"chap'euhl, wuyt"-/, n. a district in E London, England. * * *
Whitechapel Art Gallery
A building in Whitechapel, London, where art exhibitions are held. It was opened in 1901 as the East End Art Gallery. The Whitechapel Open is an exhibition of work by artists in ...
white chip n. 1. Games. A white disk used in poker as a betting token of minimal value. 2. Something of minimal value or worth. * * *
white chocolate n. Cocoa butter combined with milk and a sweetener, often flavored with vanilla. * * *
white cloud n. A small, brightly colored freshwater fish (Tanichthys albonubes) native to China and popular in home aquariums. * * *
white clover n. A common European clover (Trifolium repens) widely naturalized in North America, having rounded white flower heads. Also called Dutch clover. * * *
/hwuyt"koht', wuyt"-/, n. a baby seal, usually less than four weeks old and still having its initial white fur. [1545-55; WHITE + COAT] * * *
white corpuscle n. See white blood cell. * * *
white crab n. See ghost crab. * * *
white crappie n. A silvery, edible North American freshwater fish (Pomoxis annularis) related to the sunfish. * * *
/hwuyt"kup', wuyt"-/, n. a creeping South American plant, Nierembergia repens, of the nightshade family, having bell-shaped, lilac- or blue-tinged, cream-white flowers. [WHITE + ...
/hwuy"tid, wuy"-/, adj. 1. made white; bleached; blanched. 2. covered with whitewash, whiting, or the like. [1300-50; ME; see WHITE, -ED2] * * *
whited sepulcher
an evil person who feigns goodness; hypocrite. Matt. 23:27. [1575-85] * * *
white daisy n. See daisy. * * *
whit·ed sepulcher (hwīʹtĭd, wīʹ-) n. An evil person who pretends to be holy or good; a hypocrite.   [From the simile applied by Jesus to hypocrites as exemplified by some ...
white dwarf n. The remnant of a star that has collapsed, having an extremely dense state with no empty space between its atoms, but not reaching the extremely dense state of a ...
white elephant n. 1. a. A rare, expensive possession that is a financial burden to maintain. b. Something of dubious or limited value. 2. An article, ornament, or household ...
/hwuyt"fays', wuyt"-/, n. 1. a Hereford. 2. Theat. a. a performer, as a clown, who appears in clown white. b. the white facial makeup used by such a performer. [1700-10; WHITE + ...
white feather n. A sign of cowardice. Idiom: show the white feather To act like a coward.   [From the belief that a gamecock with a white feather in its tail was a poor ...
—Whitefieldian, Whitefieldite, n. /hwit"feeld', wit"-/, n. George, 1714-70, English Methodist evangelist. * * *
Whitefield, George
▪ British clergyman born Dec. 27, 1714, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Eng. died Sept. 30, 1770, Newburyport, Mass. [U.S.]  Church of England evangelist who by his popular ...
White·field (hwĭtʹfēld', wĭtʹ-, hwītʹ-, wītʹ-), George. 1714-1770. British religious leader. A follower of John Wesley, he preached widely in the American colonies and ...
/hwuyt"fish', wuyt"-/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) whitefish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) whitefishes. 1. any of several fishes of the family Coregonidae, ...
Whitefish Bay
/hwuyt"fish', wuyt"-/ a city in SE Wisconsin, N of Milwaukee. 14,930. * * * ▪ bay, Lake Superior, North America       southeastern arm of Lake Superior, the centre of ...
white flag n. A white cloth or flag signaling truce or surrender. * * *
/hwuyt"fluy', wuyt"-/, n., pl. whiteflies. any of several plant-sucking, homopterous insects of the family Aleyrodidae, having the body and wings dusted with a white, powdery ...
white fox n. The arctic fox in its winter color phase. * * *
White Friar n. See Carmelite.   [From the color of the habit.] * * *
/hwuyt"fruy'euhrz, wuyt"-/, n. a district in central London, England. * * *
Whitefriars Theatre
▪ historical theatre, London, United Kingdom       private London playhouse located in the priory of the Whitefriars monastery on the north side of the River Thames. ...
white frost n. See hoarfrost. * * *
white gasoline n. Gasoline containing no tetraethyl lead. * * *
white gold n. An alloy of gold and nickel, sometimes also containing palladium or zinc, having a pale platinumlike color. * * *
white goods pl.n. 1. White fabrics, usually of cotton or linen. 2. Household merchandise, as bed sheets and curtains, formerly made from white fabrics, but now often colored. 3. ...
/hwuyt"hawl', wuyt"-/, n. 1. Also called Whitehall Palace. a former palace in central London, England, originally built in the reign of Henry III: execution of Charles I, ...
Whitehall Palace
▪ palace, Westminster, London, United Kingdom       former English royal residence located in Westminster (Westminster, City of), London, on a site between the Thames ...
Whitehall Theatre
a theatre on Whitehall, London, in the art deco style. It is famous for the farces (= light comedy plays based on ridiculous situations) which were performed there and were known ...
▪ England, United Kingdom       Irish Sea port, Copeland district, administrative county of Cumbria, historic county of Cumberland, England. The Lowther family ...
/hwuyt"hed', wuyt"-/, n. a small pimple having a white or yellowish head; milium. [1930-35; WHITE + HEAD] * * *
/hwuyt"hed', wuyt"-/, n. Alfred North, 1861-1947, English philosopher and mathematician, in the U.S. after 1924. * * *
Whitehead, Alfred North
born Feb. 15, 1861, Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet, Kent, Eng. died Dec. 30, 1947, Cambridge, Mass., U.S. British mathematician and philosopher. He taught principally at the ...
Whitehead, Henry
▪ British mathematician in full  John Henry Constantine Whitehead  born November 11, 1904, Madras, India died May 8, 1960, Princeton, N.J., U.S.       British ...
Whitehead, Robert
▪ 2003       Canadian-born theatrical producer (b. March 3, 1916, Montreal, Que.—d. June 15, 2002, Pound Ridge, N.Y.), was honoured with a special Tony Award in 2002 ...
Whitehead, William
▪ British poet born Feb. 12, 1715, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Eng. died April 14, 1785, London       British poet laureate from 1757 to 1785.       Whitehead was ...
Whitehead,Alfred North
White·head (hwītʹhĕd', wītʹ-), Alfred North. 1861-1947. British mathematician and philosopher. A founder of mathematical logic, he wrote Principia Mathematica (1910-1913) ...
white heat n. 1. The temperature or physical condition of a white-hot substance. 2. Intense emotion or excitement: working at white heat to make the deadline. * * *
white hole n. A hypothetical hole in outer space from which energy, stars, and other celestial matter emerge or explode.   [white + black hole.] * * *
white hope n. 1. Someone, especially a beginning competitor, whom supporters hope will achieve great success. 2. A white prizefighter believed by fans to have a chance of ...
/hwuyt"hawrs', wuyt"-/, n. a town in and the capital of the Yukon Territory, in NW Canada. 13,311. * * * City (pop., 2001: 19,058), capital of Yukon Territory, Canada. Located ...
White House n. 1. The executive branch of the U.S. government. 2. The executive mansion of the President of the United States. * * * (1910–2001) an Englishwoman who became ...
Whitehouse, Mary Hutcheson
▪ 2002       British schoolteacher and campaigner (b. June 13, 1910, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Eng.—d. Nov. 23, 2001, Colchester, Eng.), was a founder (1964) and ...
whiteiron pyrites
white iron pyrites n. See marcasite. * * *
white knight n. 1. One that comes to the rescue; a savior. 2. A person or company that rescues a targeted firm from a takeover attempt by buying the firm. * * *
Whitelaw of Penrith in Cumbria, William Stephen Ian Whitelaw, Viscount
▪ 2000       British politician who was a longtime Tory MP (1955–83) and Cabinet minister, including noteworthy stints as the first secretary of state for Northern ...
white lead (lĕd) n. A heavy white poisonous powder, essentially basic lead carbonate, used in paint pigments. * * *
white leather also whit·leath·er (hwĭtʹlĕth'ər, wĭtʹ-) n. A soft leather specially treated with salt and alum. * * *
Whiteley, Brett
▪ Australian painter born April 7, 1939, Sydney, Australia died c. June 15, 1992, near Wollongong, New South Wales       Australian painter who was admired for the ...
Whiteley, Frank Yewell, Jr.
▪ 2009       American horse trainer born 1915?, Centreville, Md. died May 2, 2008, Camden, S.C. spent 49 years (1936–84) as a trainer and conditioned such ...
Whiteley, Richard
▪ 2006       British television personality (b. Dec. 28, 1943, Bradford, West Yorkshire, Eng.—d. June 26, 2005, Leeds, Eng.), delighted children and adults alike with ...
white lie n. An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth. * * *
white light n. Light that is a mixture of wavelengths of various colors and is perceived as colorless, as sunlight. * * *
white lightning n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See moonshine. * * *
/hwuyt"luyn', wuyt"-/, n. Naut. codline. [WHITE + LINE1] * * *
white list n. A list of people or organizations considered worthy of approval or acceptance.   [white + blacklist.]   whiteʹ-list'ed (hwītʹlĭs'tĭd, wītʹ-) adj. * * *
Whitelocke, Bulstrode
▪ English lawyer born Aug. 6, 1605, London died July 28, 1675, Chilton Park, near Hungerford, Berkshire, Eng.       English republican lawyer, an influential figure in ...
/hwuyt"lee, wuyt"-/, adv. with a white hue or color: The sun shone whitely. [1350-1400; late ME; see WHITE, -LY] * * *
white magic n. Magic or incantation practiced for good purposes or as a counter to evil. * * *
white mahogany n. See primavera1. * * *
/hwuyt"meuhn, wuyt"-/, n. Paul ("Pops"), 1891-1967, U.S. orchestra conductor. * * *
whiteman's burden
white man's burden n. The supposed or presumed responsibility of white people to govern and impart their culture to nonwhite people, often advanced as a justification for ...
Whiteman, Paul
born March 28, 1890, Denver, Colo., U.S. died Dec. 29, 1967, Doylestown, Pa. U.S. musician and bandleader. Whiteman made his first records in 1920. His instrumental concept, ...
White·man (hwītʹmən, wītʹ-), Paul. 1890-1967. American conductor who introduced symphonic jazz to a general audience. He commissioned George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. * ...
white marlin n. A small marlin (Tetrapturus albidus) of the western Atlantic, having silvery underparts. * * *
white marriage n. A marriage without sexual relations.   [Probably translation of French mariage blanc: mariage, marriage + blanc, white.] * * *
white matter n. Whitish nerve tissue, especially of the brain and spinal cord, consisting chiefly of myelinated nerve fibers. * * *
white meat n. Light-colored meat, especially of poultry. * * *
white metal n. Any of various whitish alloys, such as pewter, that contain high percentages of tin or lead. * * *
white mica n. See muscovite. * * *
White Mountain A peak, 4,345 m (14,246 ft) high, in the Sierra Nevada of east-central California. * * *
White Mountains A section of the Appalachian Mountains in northern New Hampshire rising to 1,917.8 m (6,288 ft) at Mount Washington. * * *
white mulberry n. A deciduous Chinese tree (Morus alba) having edible whitish or purplish multiple fruit. * * *
/hwuyt"n, wuyt"n/, v.t., v.i. to make or become white. [1250-1300; ME whitenen; see WHITE, -EN1] Syn. WHITEN, BLANCH, BLEACH mean to make or become white. To WHITEN implies ...
/hwuyt"n euhr, wuyt"-/, n. 1. a preparation for making something white, as a bleach, dye, or polish: a bottle of shoe whitener. 2. a person or thing that whitens. 3. a person who ...
/hwuyt"nis, wuyt"-/, n. 1. the quality or state of being white. 2. paleness. 3. purity. 4. a white substance. [bef. 1000; ME whitenes, OE hwitnes. See WHITE, -NESS] * * *
white night n. 1. A night without sleep. 2. A night without full darkness, as during the summer in high latitudes. * * *
White Nile (nīl) A section of the Nile River in eastern Africa flowing generally northward to Khartoum, where it joins the Blue Nile to form the Nile River proper. * * *
/hwuyt"n ing, wuyt"-/, n. 1. a preparation for making something white; whiting. 2. the act or process of making or turning white. [1595-1605; WHITEN + -ING1] * * *
white noise n. Acoustical or electrical noise of which the intensity is the same at all frequencies within a given band.   [From the analogy with white light.] * * *
white oak Quercus alba Wendy Smith n. 1. A large oak (Quercus alba) of eastern North America, having heavy, hard, light-colored wood. 2. See roble. * * *
/hwuyt"owt', wuyt"-/, n. 1. Meteorol. a. a condition, found in polar regions, in which uniform illumination from snow on the ground and from a low cloud layer makes features of ...
white pages pl.n. A volume or section of a telephone directory that alphabetically lists the names of people and sometimes businesses. * * *
white paper n. 1. A government report. 2. An authoritative report on a major issue, as by a team of journalists. * * *
White Pass A pass, 880.8 m (2,888 ft) high, in the Coast Mountains between southeast Alaska and northwest British Columbia, Canada, north of Skagway. * * *
white pepper n. Pepper ground from peppercorns from which the outer black layer has been removed. * * *
white perch n. A small food fish (Morone americana) having silvery sides shading to gray or olive above, native to the Atlantic coast and freshwater streams of eastern North ...
white pine n. 1. A timber tree (Pinus strobus) of eastern North America, having needles in clusters of five and durable, easily worked wood. 2. The wood of this tree. 3. Any of ...
white plague n. Tuberculosis, especially of the lungs. * * *
White Plains A city of southeast New York, a residential suburb of New York City. Population: 48,718. * * *
white poplar n. A deciduous Eurasian tree (Populus alba) having palmately lobed leaves with whitish undersides. Also called abele. * * *
white potato n. The edible tuber of the common potato. * * *
/hwuyt"print', wuyt"-/, n. Print. a proof print made by means of the diazo process. [1915-20; WHITE + PRINT, on the model of BLUEPRINT] * * *
white rat n. A domesticated albino variety of the Norway rat. * * *
White River 1. A river of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri flowing about 1,110 km (690 mi) generally southeast to the Mississippi River. 2. A river, about 257 km (160 mi) ...
white room n. See clean room. * * *
White Russia See Belarus. * * *
White Russian n. 1. a. A Belarusian. b. The Belarusian language. 2. A cocktail consisting of vodka, a coffee liqueur, and milk or cream.   [Translation of Russian belorusskiĭ: ...
white sale n. A sale of household items, especially white goods. * * *
white sauce n. A sauce made with butter, flour, and milk, cream, or stock, used as a base for other sauces. * * *
White Sea A sea of northwest Russia, an inlet of the Barents Sea. It was the principal outlet for Muscovite seagoing trade during the 16th century. * * *
See white separatist. * * *
white separatist n. One who advocates the creation of a society in which whites live separately from other races or from which nonwhite races are excluded.   white separatism ...
white shark n. The great white shark. * * *
white slave n. A woman held unwillingly for purposes of prostitution. * * *
white slaver n. A procurer of or trafficker in white slaves. * * *
white slavery n. Forced prostitution. * * *
/hwuyt"smith', wuyt"-/, n. a tinsmith. [1275-1325; ME, modeled on BLACKSMITH] * * *
white snakeroot n. A poisonous eastern North American plant (Eupatorium rugosum) having opposite, heart-shaped leaves and flat-topped clusters of small white flower heads. * * *
white space n. Space on a page or poster not covered by print or graphic matter. * * *
white squall n. A sudden squall occurring in tropical or subtropical waters, characterized by the absence of a dark cloud and the presence of white-capped waves or broken ...
white squire n. An investor sympathetic to management who holds a large block of stock in a company that is or could be subject to a takeover unwanted by the management. * * *
white stork n. The common stork (Ciconia ciconia) of Europe and Asia, having black and white plumage, a dark red bill, and pinkish-red legs. * * *
white sturgeon n. A large freshwater food and sport fish (Acipenser transmontanus) of the American Pacific coast. * * *
white supremacist n. One who believes that white people are racially superior to others and should therefore dominate society.   white supremacy n. * * *
See white supremacist. * * *
whitetail [hwīt′tāl΄, wīt′tāl΄] n. any of various animals with white about the tail, as the white-tailed deer * * * white·tail (hwītʹtāl', wītʹ-) n. See ...
/hwuyt"thawrn', wuyt"-/, n. a hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata, having white flowers. [1225-75; ME, trans. of L alba spina] * * *
/hwuyt"throht', wuyt"-/, n. 1. any of several small songbirds having white throats, esp. an Old World warbler, Sylvia communis. 2. See white-throated sparrow. [1670-80; WHITE + ...
white tie n. 1. A white bow tie worn as a part of men's formal evening dress. 2. Men's formal evening dress.   whiteʹ-tieʹ (hwītʹtīʹ, wītʹ-) adj. * * *
whitetip shark
/hwuyt"tip', wuyt"-/ 1. Also called reef whitetip shark. a smooth dogfish, Triaenodon obseus, having white-tipped dorsal and caudal fins and occurring inshore among the reefs in ...
white trash n. Offensive Slang 1. Used as a disparaging term for a poor white person or poor white people. 2. Used as a disparaging term for a white person or white people ...
white vitriol n. See zinc sulfate. * * *
White Vol·ta (vŏlʹtə, vōlʹ-, vôlʹ-) A river of Burkina Faso and northern Ghana flowing about 885 km (550 mi) southward to join the Black Volta and form the Volta ...
/hwuyt"wawl', wuyt"-/, n. a rubber tire for an automobile, bicycle, etc., whose sidewall is colored white. Also called whitewall tire. [1950-55; WHITE + (SIDE)WALL] * * *
white·wall tire (hwītʹwôl', wītʹ-) n. A vehicular tire having a white sidewall. * * *
white walnut n. See butternut. * * *
▪ pottery Introduction       any of a broad class of ceramic products that are white to off-white in appearance and frequently contain a significant vitreous, or ...
—whitewasher, n. /hwuyt"wosh', -wawsh', wuyt"-/, n. 1. a composition, as of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water, used for whitening walls, woodwork, etc. 2. anything, ...
See whitewash. * * *
/hwuyt"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr, wuyt"-/, adj. of or moving over or through rapids: whitewater rafting down the Colorado River. Also, white-water. [1900-05; from WHITE WATER] * * *
/hwuyt"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr, wuyt"-/, n. a town in SE Wisconsin. 11,520. * * *
Whitewater affair
the name used by the press, etc. to refer to the illegal sale of property in Arkansas by the Whitewater Development Corporation, a company that had connections with US President ...
white whale n. A small toothed whale (Delphinapterus leucas), chiefly of northern waters, that is white when full-grown. Also called beluga, sea canary. * * *
/hwuyt"wing', wuyt"-/, n. a person who wears a white uniform, esp. a public street cleaner. [1850-55; WHITE + WING] * * *
/hwuyt"wood', wuyt"-/, n. 1. any of numerous trees, as the tulip tree or the linden, yielding a white or light-colored wood. 2. the wood of these trees. 3. a cottonwood of the ...
▪ needlework       embroidery worked in white thread on white material, originated in India and China and popular in the West since the Middle Ages as decoration for ...
/hwuy"tee, wuy"-/, n. (sometimes cap.) Slang (disparaging and offensive). a white person or white people collectively. Also, whity. [1820-30; WHITE + -EY2] * * *
white zinfandel n. A medium-sweet rosé wine made from zinfandel grapes. * * *
the oldest and one of the most famous of London’s clubs. It first opened in 1693 as a place where famous and fashionable people went to drink chocolate and gamble. In the late ...
Whitfield, Mal
▪ American athlete byname of  Malvin G. Whitfield   born Oct. 11, 1924, Bay City, Texas, U.S.       American middle-distance runner, world-record holder for the ...
Whitfield, Norman Jesse
▪ 2009       American songwriter and producer born May 12, 1941, Harlem, N.Y. died Sept. 16, 2008, Los Angeles, Calif. helped shape the sound of the music of label ...
Whitgift, John
▪ archbishop of Canterbury born c. 1530, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, Eng. died Feb. 29, 1604, London       archbishop of Canterbury who did much to strengthen the Anglican ...
/hwidh"euhr, widh"-/, adv. 1. to what place? where? 2. to what end, point, action, or the like? to what? conj. 3. to which place. 4. to whatever place. [bef. 900; ME, var. of ME, ...
Whither Europe's Monarchies?
▪ 1999 by Vernon Bogdanor       Before World War I every nation in Europe except France, Portugal, and Switzerland was a monarchy. In 1998, by contrast, only eight ...
/hwidh'euhr soh ev"euhr, widh'-/, conj. Archaic. to whatsoever place. [1200-50; ME, equiv. to whitherso whithersoever (OE swa hwider swa) + ever EVER] * * *
/hwidh"euhr weuhrd, widh"-/, adv. Archaic. toward what place; in what direction. Also, whitherwards. [1150-1200; ME; see WHITHER, -WARD] * * *
▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       royal burgh (town) in Dumfries and Galloway region, historic county of Wigtownshire, southwestern Scotland. It lies on the peninsula ...
whiting1 /hwuy"ting, wuy"-/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) whiting, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) whitings. 1. a slender food fish of the genus Menticirrhus, of ...
Whiting, John Robert
▪ British playwright born Nov. 15, 1917, Salisbury, Wiltshire, Eng. died June 16, 1963, Duddleswell, near Uckfield, Sussex       playwright whose intellectually ...
—whitishness, n. /hwuy"tish, wuy"-/, adj. somewhat white; tending to white. [1350-1400; ME; see WHITE, -ISH1] * * *
Whitlam, Gough
▪ prime minister of Australia in full  Edward Gough Whitlam  born July 11, 1916, Kew, Vic., Austl.    Australian politician and lawyer whose unsuccessful premiership ...
/hwit"ledh'euhr, wit"-/, n. See white leather. [1325-75; ME whitlether. See WHITE, LEATHER] * * *
Whitley Council
▪ labour relations also called  Joint Industrial Council        in Great Britain, any of the bodies made up of representatives of labour and management for the ...
Whitley, Chris
▪ 2006 Christopher Becker Whitley  American singer-songwriter (b. Aug. 31, 1960, Houston, Texas—d. Nov. 20, 2005, Houston), experimented with a wide variety of musical ...
Whitlock, Elizabeth
▪ British actress née Kemble born April 2, 1761, Warrington, Eng. died Feb. 27, 1836       noted actress in England and the United States.       The fifth ...
/hwit"loh, wit"-/, n. an inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger or toe, esp. of the terminal phalanx, usually producing suppuration. Also called felon. [1350-1400; ME ...
whitlow grass
▪ plant       any plant belonging to either of two genera (Erophila and Draba), of the mustard family (Brassicaceae); some authorities believe that all these plants ...
/hwit"loh werrt', -wawrt', wit"-/, n. any of several small, tufted plants belonging to the genus Paronychia, of the pink family, native to temperate and warm regions, having ...
/hwit"meuhn, wit"-/, n. 1. Marcus, 1802-47, U.S. missionary and pioneer. 2. Walt(er), 1819-92, U.S. poet. 3. a city in SE Massachusetts. 13,534. * * * ▪ Massachusetts, United ...
Whitman, Marcus
born Sept. 4, 1802, Rushville, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 29, 1847, Waiilatpu, Oregon Territory U.S. missionary and pioneer. A physician and Congregational missionary, he was sent to ...
Whitman, Meg
▪ 2002       During a year when many Internet ventures had either failed or were struggling to survive, the on-line auction firm eBay Inc. continued to flourish in 2001. ...
Whitman, Sarah Helen Power
▪ American writer and critic née  Sarah Helen Power   born Jan. 19, 1803, Providence, R.I., U.S. died June 27, 1878, Providence       American poet and essayist, ...
Whitman, Walt
▪ American poet Introduction in full  Walter Whitman   born May 31, 1819, West Hills, Long Island, N.Y., U.S. died March 26, 1892, Camden, N.J.  American poet, journalist, ...
Whitman, Walt(er)
born May 31, 1819, West Hills, Long Island, N.Y., U.S. died March 26, 1892, Camden, N.J. U.S. poet, journalist, and essayist. Whitman lived in Brooklyn as a boy and left school ...
Whit·man (hwĭtʹmən, wĭtʹ-), Marcus. 1802-1847. American frontier missionary and physician who with his wife Narcissa Prentiss (1808-1847) established a missionary post in ...
Whitman, Walt. 1819-1892. American poet whose great work Leaves of Grass (first published 1855), written in unconventional meter and rhyme, celebrates the self, death as a ...
Whitmanesque [whit′mə nesk′, wit′mə nesk′] adj. of or like Walt Whitman, his style, or his outlook; often, specif., democratic, expansive, exuberant, etc.: also ...
/hwit"mun"day, -dee, wit"-/, n. the Monday following Whitsunday. [1550-60; modeled on WHITSUNDAY] * * *
/hwit"nee, wit"-/, n. 1. Eli, 1765-1825, U.S. manufacturer and inventor. 2. John Hay, 1904-82, U.S. diplomat and newspaper publisher. 3. Josiah Dwight, 1819-96, U.S. ...
Whitney Houston
➡ Houston (III) * * *
Whitney Museum of American Art
a museum in New York which contains art from the beginning of the 20th century. The original museum was opened by the American artist and art collector Gertrude Vanderbilt ...
Whitney Young
➡ Young (V) * * *
Whitney, Adeline Dutton Train
▪ American writer née  Adeline Dutton Train   born Sept. 15, 1824, Boston, Mass., U.S. died March 21, 1906, Milton, Mass.       American writer whose books, largely ...
Whitney, Amos
born Oct. 8, 1832, Biddeford, Maine, U.S. died Aug. 5, 1928, Portland, Maine U.S. manufacturer. He was apprenticed at age 13. In 1860, with Francis Pratt, he founded the firm ...
Whitney, Anne
▪ American sculptor born September 2, 1821, Watertown, Massachusetts, U.S. died January 23, 1915, Boston, Massachusetts       American sculptor whose life-size statues ...
Whitney, Charlotte Anita
▪ American activist born July 7, 1867, San Francisco, Calif., U.S. died Feb. 4, 1955, San Francisco       American suffragist and political radical who was prominent in ...
Whitney, Cornelius Vanderbilt
▪ American businessman born Feb. 20, 1899, Roslyn, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 13, 1992, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.       American businessman who turned inherited wealth and a ...
Whitney, Eli
born Dec. 8, 1765, Westboro, Mass., U.S. died Jan. 8, 1825, New Haven, Conn. U.S. inventor, engineer, and manufacturer. He is best remembered as the inventor of the cotton gin ...
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt
orig. Gertrude Vanderbilt born Jan. 9, 1875, New York, N.Y., U.S. died April 18, 1942, New York City U.S. sculptor and art patron. Great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, ...
Whitney, John Hay
born Aug. 17, 1904, Ellsworth, Maine, U.S. died Feb. 8, 1982, Manhasset, N.Y. U.S. multimillionaire and sportsman. The son of Harry Payne Whitney and Gertrude Vanderbilt ...
Whitney, Mary Watson
▪ American astronomer born Sept. 11, 1847, Waltham, Mass., U.S. died Jan. 20, 1921, Waltham       American astronomer who built Vassar College's research program in ...
Whitney, Mount
Peak in the Sierra Nevada, southeast-central California, U.S. Located in Sequoia National Park, it is 14,494 ft (4,418 m) high, the highest point in the continental U.S. outside ...
Whitney, Phyllis Ayame
▪ 2009       American author born Sept. 9, 1903, Yokohama, Japan died Feb. 8, 2008, Faber, Va. wrote juvenile fiction that consists primarily of serious accounts of ...
Whitney, Ruth Reinke
▪ 2000       American editor who served as editor in chief of Glamour magazine from 1967 to 1998; during that time she introduced women's social and health issues into ...
Whitney, William C(ollins)
born July 5, 1841, Conway, Mass., U.S. died Feb. 2, 1904, New York, N.Y. U.S. politician. He practiced law in New York City, where he helped Samuel Tilden overthrow the corrupt ...
Whitney, William C.
▪ United States naval secretary in full  William Collins Whitney  born July 5, 1841, Conway, Mass., U.S. died Feb. 2, 1904, New York, N.Y.       U.S. secretary of the ...
Whitney, William Dwight
▪ American linguist born Feb. 9, 1827, Northampton, Mass., U.S. died June 7, 1894, New Haven, Conn.       American linguist and one of the foremost Sanskrit scholars of ...
Whitney, Willis Rodney
▪ American chemist born Aug. 22, 1868, Jamestown, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 9, 1958, Schenectady, N.Y.       American chemist and founder of the General (General Electric ...
Whit·ney (hwĭtʹnē, wĭtʹ-), Eli. 1765-1825. American inventor and manufacturer whose invention of the cotton gin (1793) revolutionized the cotton industry. He also ...
Whitney, Mount A peak, 4,420.7 m (14,494 ft) high, in the Sierra Nevada of east-central California. It is the highest elevation in the continental United States. * * *
/hwit"rak', wit"-/, n. Brit. Dial. a weasel; ermine or stoat. Also, whitret /hwit"reuht, wit"-/, whitterick /hwit"euhr ik, wit"-/. [dissimilated var. of ME whitrat. See WHITE, ...
▪ England, United Kingdom       town east of the Isle of Sheppey on the Thames Estuary shore in the city (district) of Canterbury, administrative and historic county of ...
/hwit"seuhn, wit"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Whitsunday or Whitsuntide. n. 2. Whitsunday or Whitsuntide. [1250-1300; ME Whitsone(n), shortening of whitsonenday (by analysis ...
/hwit"sun"day, -dee, wit"-; hwit"seuhn day', wit"-/, n. the seventh Sunday after Easter, celebrated as a festival in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of ...
Whitsunday Island
▪ island, Queensland, Australia       largest of the Cumberland Islands, lying 6 miles (10 km) off the northeastern coast of Queensland, Australia, in the Coral Sea. An ...
/hwit"seuhn tuyd', wit"-/, n. the week beginning with Whitsunday, esp. the first three days of this week. Also called Whit Week. [1175-1225; ME whitsone(n)tide. See WHITSUN, ...
/hwit"euh keuhr, wit"-/, n. Charles Evans, 1901-73, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1957-62. * * *
Whittaker, Charles E.
▪ United States jurist in full  Charles Evans Whittaker   born Feb. 22, 1901, near Troy, Kan., U.S. died Nov. 26, 1973, Kansas City, Mo.       associate justice of ...
Whittaker, Sir Edmund Taylor
▪ British mathematician born October 24, 1873, Southport, Lancashire, England died March 24, 1956, Edinburgh, Scotland       English mathematician who made pioneering ...
Whittelsey, Abigail Goodrich
▪ American editor née  Abigail Goodrich   born Nov. 29, 1788, Ridgefield, Conn., U.S. died July 16, 1858, Colchester, Conn.       American editor whose mission in ...
Whittemore, Reed
▪ American teacher and poet in full  Edward Reed Whittemore II  born September 11, 1919, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.       American teacher and poet noted for his ...
/hwit"ee euhr, wit"-/, n. 1. John Greenleaf /green"leef'/, 1807-92, U.S. poet. 2. a city in SW California, E of Los Angeles. 68,872. * * * ▪ California, United ...
Whittier, John Greenleaf
born Dec. 17, 1807, near Haverhill, Mass., U.S. died Sept. 7, 1892, Hampton Falls, Mass. U.S. poet and reformer. A Quaker born on a farm, Whittier had limited education but was ...
Whittier,John Greenleaf
Whittier, John Greenleaf. 1807-1892. American poet. His early works, such as Voices of Freedom (1846), reflect his opposition to slavery, but he is best known for his nostalgic ...
Whittingham, Charles
▪ 2000 “Charlie”; “the Bald Eagle”        American horse trainer of over 2,500 winners, including Kentucky Derby winners Ferdinand (1986) and Sunday Silence ...
/hwit"ing teuhn, wit"-/, n. Richard ("Dick"), 1358?-1423, English merchant and philanthropist: Lord Mayor of London 1398, 1406-07, 1419-20. * * *
Whittington, Dick
▪ English merchant and politician byname of  Richard Whittington   died March 1423, London, Eng.  English merchant and lord mayor of London who became a well-known figure ...
Whittington, Richard
known as Dick Whittington died March 1423, London Lord mayor of London (1397–99, 1406–07, 1419–20). The son of a knight, he earned a vast fortune as a merchant and made ...
Whit·ting·ton (hwĭtʹĭng-tən, wĭtʹ-), Richard. 1358?-1423. English merchant and mayor of London (1397-1399, 1406-1407, and 1419-1420) who loaned large sums of money to ...
—whittler, n. /hwit"l, wit"l/, v., whittled, whittling, n. v.t. 1. to cut, trim, or shape (a stick, piece of wood, etc.) by carving off bits with a knife. 2. to form by ...
/hwit"l, wit"l/, n. Sir Frank, born 1907, English engineer and inventor. * * *
Whittle, Sir Frank
born June 1, 1907, Coventry, Warwickshire, Eng. died Aug. 8, 1996, Columbia, Md., U.S. British aviation engineer and pilot who invented the jet engine. He obtained his first ...
See whittle. * * *
/hwit"ling, wit"-/, n. 1. the act of a person who whittles. 2. Often, whittlings. a bit or chip whittled off. [1605-15; WHITTLE + -ING1] * * *
Whittredge, Worthington
▪ American painter in full  Thomas Worthington Whittredge   born May 22, 1820, Springfield, Ohio, U.S. died February 25, 1910, Summit, New Jersey       American ...
/hwit"toohz"day, -dee, -tyoohz"-, wit"-/, n. the day following Whitmonday. [1770-80; modeled on WHITSUNDAY] * * *
/hwit"werrth', wit"-/, n. Kathrynne Ann (Kathy), born 1939, U.S. golfer. * * *
Whitworth, Kathy
▪ American athlete in full  Kathrynne Ann Whitworth   born Sept. 27, 1939, Monahans, Texas, U.S.       American athlete who was one of the great players of women's ...
Whitworth, Sir Joseph
born Dec. 21, 1803, Stockport, Cheshire, Eng. died Jan. 22, 1887, Monte-Carlo, Monaco British mechanical engineer. Working for Henry Maudslay, he devised a scraping technique ...
Whitworth, Sir Joseph, Baronet
▪ British engineer born Dec. 21, 1803, Stockport, Cheshire, Eng. died Jan. 22, 1887, Monte-Carlo  English mechanical engineer who won international recognition as a machine ...
Whitworth,Kathrynne Ann
Whit·worth (hwĭtʹwûrth', wĭtʹ-), Kathrynne Ann. Known as “Kathy.” Born 1939. American golfer who had 88 career wins and was the Ladies Professional Golf Association ...
/hwuy"tee, wuy"-/, adj., whitier, whitiest, n. adj. 1. whitish. n. 2. (sometimes cap.) Slang (disparaging and offensive). whitey. [1585-95; WHITE + -Y1] * * *
whiz1 —whizzingly, adv. /hwiz, wiz/, v., whizzed, whizzing, n. v.i. 1. to make a humming, buzzing, or hissing sound, as an object passing swiftly through the air. 2. to move or ...
whiz kid
Informal. a youthful and exceptionally intelligent, successful, or influential person in a given field: the whiz kid of network programming. [1940-45] * * *
n. /hwiz"bang', wiz"-/; adj. /hwiz"bang", wiz"-/, n. 1. Mil. a small, high-speed shell whose sound as it flies through the air arrives almost at the same instant as its ...
/hwiz"kid', wiz"-/, adj. of, pertaining to, or being a whiz kid: a whiz-kid sales manager. [1940-45] * * *
whiz kid n. Informal A young person who is exceptionally intelligent, innovatively clever, or precociously successful.   [Alteration of Quiz Kid, a panelist on an early game ...
/hwiz"euhr, wiz"-/, n. 1. something that whizzes. 2. a centrifugal machine for drying sugar, grain, clothes, etc. [1880-85; WHIZ1 + -ER1] * * *

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