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/hwiz"oh, wiz"oh/, Brit. Slang. adj. 1. absolutely first-rate; superb; excellent. interj. 2. (used as an exclamation of approval, wonder, or pleasure.) [WHIZ1 + -O] * * *
/hooh/, pron.; possessive whose; objective whom. 1. what person or persons?: Who did it? 2. (of a person) of what character, origin, position, importance, etc.: Who does she ...
See World Health Organization. * * *
Who Killed Cock Robin?
an old English nursery rhyme in which a group of animals talk about the death of a robin (= a small bird) and offer to help at his funeral. It may refer to the loss of political ...
Who Wants to be a Millionaire
a television game show which was first shown in Britain in 1998, presented by Chris Tarrant (1946– ). It has since been produced in different versions in many countries around ...
/hoohd/ contraction of who would: Who'd have thought it! Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hoohl/ contraction of who will or who shall: Who'll mind the store? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hooh"euhr/ contraction of who are: Who're the people at the next table? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hoohz/ 1. contraction of who is: Who's there? 2. contraction of who has: Who's seen it? * * *
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
a play (1962) by Edward Albee. * * *
who's who
1. a reference work containing short biographical entries on the outstanding persons in a country, industry, profession, etc.: a who's who in automotive engineering. 2. the ...
who've [ho͞ov] contraction who have * * *
Who, the
▪ British rock group Introduction       British rock group that was among the most popular and influential bands of the 1960s and '70s and that originated the rock ...
/hwoh, woh/, interj. stop! (used esp. to horses). [1615-25; dial. var. of HO2] * * *
/hooh dun"it/, n. Informal. a narrative dealing with a murder or a series of murders and the detection of the criminal; detective story. [1925-30; jocular formation from question ...
/hooh air"/, pron. Literary. whoever. * * *
/hooh ev"euhr/, pron.; possessive whosever; objective whomever. 1. whatever person; anyone that: Whoever did it should be proud. Ask whoever is there. Tell it to whomever you ...
—wholeness, n. /hohl/, adj. 1. comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total: He ate the whole pie. They ...
whole blood
/hohl" blud"/ for 1; /hohl" blud'/ for 2 1. blood directly from the body, from which none of the components have been removed, used in transfusions. 2. relationship between ...
whole brother
a brother whose parents are the same as one's own. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
whole gale
Meteorol. a wind of 55-63 mph (24-28 m/sec). [1795-1805] * * *
whole hog
Informal. 1. the furthest extent; everything: With them it was whole hog or nothing. 2. go whole hog, to do something completely or thoroughly: The townspeople went whole hog for ...
whole life insurance.
See ordinary life insurance. * * *
whole milk
milk containing all its constituents as received from the cow or other milk-giving animal. [1965-70] * * *
whole note
Music. a note equivalent in duration to four quarter notes. See illus. under note. [1590-1600] * * *
whole number
Math. 1. Also called counting number. one of the positive integers or zero; any of the numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, ...). 2. (loosely) integer (def. 1). [1550-60] * * *
whole rest
Music. a rest equivalent in duration to a whole note. See illus. under rest2. [1885-90] * * *
whole sister
a sister whose parents are the same as one's own. * * *
whole snipe
the common snipe. See under snipe (def. 1). * * *
whole step
Music. an interval of two semitones, as A-B or B-C#; a major second. Also called wholetone. [1895-1900] * * *
whole tone
whole tone n. Music an interval consisting of two adjacent semitones: also whole step * * *
whole-cell vaccine (hōlʹsĕlʹ) n. A vaccine composed of suspensions of whole bacterial cells that have been killed. * * *
/hohl"grayn"/, adj. of or being natural or unprocessed grain containing the germ and bran. [1955-60] * * *
/hohl"hawg", -hog"/, adj. Informal. complete and thorough; wholehearted. [1820-30] * * *
See whole language. * * *
adj. /hohl"lengkth", -length"/; n. /hohl"lengkth', -length'/, adj. 1. extended to or having its entire length; not shortened or abridged: a whole-length report. 2. portraying, ...
/hohl"sohld"/, adj. wholehearted; hearty. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
whole-tone scale
/hohl"tohn'/, Music. a scale progressing entirely by whole tones, as C, D, E, F#, G#, A#, C. * * * ▪ music  in music, a scalar arrangement of pitches, each separated from ...
/hohl"hweet", -weet"/, adj. prepared with the complete wheat kernel. [1875-80] * * *
whole blood n. Blood drawn from the body from which no constituent, such as plasma or platelets, has been removed. * * *
whole cloth n. Pure fabrication or fiction: “He invented, almost out of whole cloth, what it means to be American” (Ned Rorem). “His account of being drugged, kidnapped and ...
/hohl"foohd'/, n. Brit. food with little or no refining or processing and containing no artificial additives or preservatives; natural or organic food. [1955-60; WHOLE + FOOD] * ...
whole gale n. A wind with a speed ranging from 55 to 63 miles (87 to 102 kilometers) per hour, according to the Beaufort scale. * * *
—wholeheartedly, adv. —wholeheartedness, n. /hohl"hahr"tid/, adj. fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic, etc.; hearty; earnest: a wholehearted attempt to ...
See wholehearted. * * *
See wholeheartedly. * * *
whole hog Slang n. The whole way; the fullest extent: went the whole hog and ordered dessert. adv. Completely; unreservedly: swallowed the official version whole hog. * * *
whole language n. A method of teaching children to read by emphasizing the use and recognition of words in everyday contexts and books that are not ...
wholelife insurance
whole life insurance n. Insurance that provides death protection for the insured's entire lifetime. * * *
/hohl"meel'/, adj. Brit. whole-wheat. [1610-20; WHOLE + MEAL2] * * *
whole milk n. Milk from which no constituent, such as fat, has been removed. * * *
See whole. * * *
whole note n. Music A note having, in common time, the value of four beats. * * *
whole number n. 1. A member of the set of positive integers and zero. 2. A positive integer. 3. An integer. * * *
whole rest n. Music A rest having the value of four beats in common time. * * *
—wholesaler, n. /hohl"sayl'/, n., adj., adv., v., wholesaled, wholesaling. n. 1. the sale of goods in quantity, as to retailers or jobbers, for resale (opposed to ...
wholesale price index
 measure of changes in the prices charged by manufacturers and wholesalers. Wholesale price indexes measure the changes in commodity prices at a selected stage or stages before ...
See wholesale. * * *
/hohl"say'ling/, n. the business of selling to retailers, esp. in large quantities (distinguished from retailing). [1790-1800; WHOLESALE + -ING1] * * * Selling of merchandise to ...
—wholesomely, adv. —wholesomeness, n. /hohl"seuhm/, adj. 1. conducive to moral or general well-being; salutary; beneficial: wholesome recreation; wholesome environment. 2. ...
See wholesome. * * *
See wholesomely. * * *
/hohl"tuym"/, adj. Brit. full-time. Also, whole-time. [1905-10; WHOLE + TIME] * * *
—wholistic, adj. /hoh"liz euhm/, n. holism. * * *
/hoh"lee, hohl"lee/, adv. 1. entirely; totally; altogether; quite. 2. to the whole amount, extent, etc. 3. so as to comprise or involve all. [1250-1300; ME holliche. See WHOLE, ...
/hoohm/, pron. 1. the objective case of who: Whom did you call? Of whom are you speaking? With whom did you stay? 2. the dative case of who: You gave whom the book? [bef. 900; ...
/hoohm ev"euhr/, pron. the objective case of whoever: She questioned whomever she met. Whomever she spoke to, she was invariably polite. [1300-50; ME; see WHOM, EVER] * * *
/hwomp, womp/, Informal. n. 1. a loud, heavy blow, slap, bang, or the like: He fell with an awful whomp. v.t. 2. to defeat (a person, opposing team, etc.) decisively: We whomped ...
/hoohm"soh/, pron. the objective case of whoso. * * *
/hoohm'soh ev"euhr/, pron. the objective case of whosoever: Ask whomsoever you like. Inquire of whomsoever you meet. [1400-50; late ME, equiv. to whomso whomsoever (early ME swa ...
/hwoof, woof, hwoohf, woohf/, n. 1. a deep gruff sound. v.i. 2. to make such a sound. interj. 3. (used to express exultation or surprise). [1760-70; imit.] * * *
/hoohp, hoop/; esp. for 1, 3-5, 7-12 /hwoohp, hwoop, woohp, woop/, n. 1. a loud cry or shout, as of excitement or joy. 2. the sound made by a person suffering from whooping ...
/hoohp"dee dooh', -dooh", hoop"-, hwoohp"-, hwoop"-, woohp"-, woop"-/, n., pl. whoop-de-dos. Informal. 1. lively and noisy festivities; merrymaking: New Year's Eve ...
n. /hwoop"ee, woop"ee, hwooh"pee, wooh"-/; interj. /hwoop"ee", woop"ee", hwooh"pee", wooh"-/, Informal. n. 1. make whoopee, to engage in uproarious merrymaking. interj. 2. (used ...
whoopee cushion
a type of cushion or pillow used as a practical joke that, when sat upon, produces a loud noise resembling flatulence. Also, whoopie cushion. [1955-60] * * *
/hooh"peuhr, hwooh"-, wooh"-/, n. 1. a person or thing that whoops. 2. See whooper swan. 3. Informal. See whooping crane. [1650-60; WHOOP + -ER1] * * *
whooper swan
a common, Old World swan, Cygnus cygnus, distinguished by a yellow patch at the base of its bill, noted for its whooping cry. [1875-80] * * *
Whoopi Goldberg
➡ Goldberg (II) * * *
whooping cough
/hooh"ping, hoop"ing/, Pathol. an infectious disease of the respiratory mucous membrane, caused by Bordetella pertussis, characterized by a series of short, convulsive coughs ...
whooping crane
a white North American crane, Grus americana, having a loud, whooping call: an endangered species. See illus. under crane. [1720-30, Amer.] * * * Migratory North American bird ...
whoop·ing cough (ho͞oʹpĭng, hwo͞oʹ-, wo͞oʹ-, ho͝opʹĭng) n. A highly contagious disease of the respiratory system, usually affecting children, that is caused by the ...
whooping crane n. A large, long-legged North American bird (Grus americana), now very rare, having predominantly white plumage and a loud trumpeting cry. * * *
/hoohp"lah, hwoohp"-, woohp"-/, n. hoopla. * * *
/hwoops, hwoohps, woops, woohps/, interj. (used to express surprise, mild embarrassment, etc., or as a casual apology.) [WHOOP + -s as in OOPS] * * *
/hwoohsh, hwoosh, woohsh, woosh/, n. 1. a loud, rushing noise, as of air or water: a great whoosh as the door opened. v.i. 2. to move swiftly with a gushing or hissing noise: ...
/hooh"zis/, n., pl. whoosises. Informal. 1. an object or person whose name is not known or cannot be recalled: It's the whoosis next to the volume control. 2. a person or thing ...
/hooh"zee/, n., pl. whoosies. Informal. whoosis. * * *
/hwop, wop/, v., whopped, whopping, n. Informal. v.t. 1. to strike forcibly. 2. to defeat soundly, as in a contest. 3. to put or pull violently; whip: to whop out a book. v.i. 4. ...
/hwop"euhr, wop"-/, n. Informal. 1. something uncommonly large of its kind. 2. a big lie. Also, whapper. [1775-85; WHOP + -ER1] * * *
[pl] a US make of round chocolate sweets with light crisp centres made by Hershey Foods. Compare Maltesers™. * * *
/hwop"ing, wop"-/, adj. Informal. 1. very large of its kind; thumping: We caught four whopping trout. adv. 2. extremely; exceedingly: a whopping big lie. Also, ...
/hawr, hohr/ or, often, /hoor/, n., v., whored, whoring. n. 1. a woman who engages in promiscuous sexual intercourse, usually for money; prostitute; harlot; strumpet. v.i. 2. to ...
/hawr"deuhm, hohr"-/ or, often, /hoor"-/, n. 1. the activity or state of whoring. 2. Bible. idolatry. [1125-75; ME hordom, equiv. to OE hor adultery + -dom -DOM; cf. ON ...
/hawr"hows', hohr"-/ or, often, /hoor"-/, n., pl. whorehouses /-how'ziz/. a house or apartment in which prostitutes are available for hire; house of prostitution; ...
whorehouse cut
Cards. a cut in which a pack is divided into two parts, each of which is divided again before the pack is reassembled. * * *
whore·mas·ter (hôrʹmăs'tər, hōrʹ-) n. 1. A man who associates with or pays for sexual relations with prostitutes or a prostitute. 2. A pimp. * * *
—whoremongering, whoremastery, n. /hawr"mung'geuhr, -mong'-, hohr"-/ or, often, /hoor"-/, n. someone who consorts with whores; a lecher or pander. Also called whoremaster ...
/hawr"seuhn, hohr"-/ or, often, /hoor"-/, n. 1. a bastard. 2. wretch; scoundrel. adj. 3. wretched; scurvy. [1200-50; ME horeson SON of a WHORE] * * *
/hwawrf, wawrf/, n. Benjamin Lee, 1897-1941, U.S. linguist. * * *
Whorf, Benjamin Lee
born April 24, 1897, Winthrop, Mass., U.S. died July 26, 1941, Wethersfield, Conn. U.S. linguist. He worked professionally as a fire-prevention authority. The concept he ...
Whorf,Benjamin Lee
Whorf (wôrf, hwôf), Benjamin Lee. 1897-1941. American linguist who developed what came to be known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis in collaboration with his teacher Edward ...
Whorfian hypothesis
/hwawr"fee euhn, hwohr"-, wawr"-, wohr"-/. See Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. [1960-65; WHORF + -IAN] * * *
—whorishly, adv. —whorishness, n. /hawr"ish, hohr"-/ or, often, /hoor"-/, adj. having the character or characteristics of a whore; lewd; unchaste. [1525-35; WHORE + -ISH1] * ...
See whorish. * * *
See whorishly. * * *
/hwerrl, hwawrl, werrl, wawrl/, n. 1. a circular arrangement of like parts, as leaves or flowers, around a point on an axis; verticil. 2. one of the turns or volutions of a ...
whorl foot
Furniture. See French foot (def. 1). * * *
/hwerrld, hwawrld, werrld, wawrld/, adj. 1. having a whorl or whorls. 2. disposed in the form of a whorl, as leaves. [1770-80; WHORL + -ED3] * * *
whorled loosestrife.
See under loosestrife (def. 1). * * *
/hwerrt, werrt/, n. the whortleberry. Also, whortle /hwerr"tl, werr"-/, wort. [1570-80; dial. var. of ME hurte, OE horte WHORTLEBERRY] * * *
/hwerr"tl ber'ee, werr"-/, n., pl. whortleberries. 1. the edible black berry of a Eurasian shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, of the heath family. 2. the shrub itself. Also, ...
/hoohz/, pron. 1. (the possessive case of who used as an adjective): Whose umbrella did I take? Whose is this one? 2. (the possessive case of which used as an adjective): a word ...
/hoohz'soh ev"euhr/, pron. 1. (the possessive case of whosoever used as an attributive adjective): Whosesoever books are overdue will be fined. 2. the one or ones belonging to ...
/hooh zev"euhr/, pron. 1. (the possessive case of whoever used as an adjective): Whosever wagon this is, get it out of here. Whosever is this ridiculous hat? 2. the one or ones ...
/hooh"zis/, n. whoosis. * * *
/hooh"soh/, pron.; objective whomso. whosoever; whoever. [1125-75; ME, early ME hwa swa, OE (swa) hwa swa. See WHO, SO1] * * *
/hooh'soh ev"euhr/, pron.; possessive whosesoever; objective whomsoever. whoever; whatever person: Whosoever wants to apply should write to the bureau. [1175-1225; ME; see WHOSO, ...
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
the best-known play (1962) by the US writer Edward Albee. It is about a college teacher and his wife who constantly argue and play cruel games with each other and a younger ...
Who’s Who
a British book, published every year, which gives the personal details of important, rich or famous people. The details are written by the people themselves, and some of them ...
whr abbrev. watt-hour * * *
watt-hour. * * *
whs. or whse. abbrev. warehouse * * * whs. abbr. warehouse. * * *
whs. stk.
warehouse stock. * * *
warehouse. Also, whs. * * *
wholesale. * * *
/hwump, wump/, n., v. thump. [1925-30; imit.] * * *
/hwup, wup/, v.t., whupped, whupping. South Midland and Southern U.S. to whip; beat or defeat decisively: The top seed whupped his opponent in three straight sets. [1890-95; ...
/hwuy, wuy/, adv., conj., n., pl. whys, interj. adv. 1. for what? for what reason, cause, or purpose?: Why did you behave so badly? conj. 2. for what cause or reason: I don't ...
/hwuy"euhl, wuy"/ contraction of why will or why shall: Why'll it take so long? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwuy"euhr, wuy"/ contraction of why are: Why're you so late? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwuyz, wuyz/ contraction of why is: Why's dinner so late? Usage. See contraction. * * *
/hwuy al"euh, wuy-/, n. a city in S Australia. 29,962. * * * ▪ South Australia, Australia       city and port, southern South Australia, on the east coast of Eyre ...
/hwid"euh, wid"euh/, n. 1. any of several small African finches of the subfamily Viduinae, the males of which have elongated, drooping tail feathers during the breeding ...
whydah (bird)
whydah (bird) or whydah [hwid′ə, wid′ə] n. 〚altered < widow bird, by assoc. with Ouidah (sometimes sp. Whidah), seaport in Dahomey〛 any of several chiefly ...
Whymper, Edward
born April 27, 1840, London, Eng. died Sept. 16, 1911, Chamonix, Fr. British mountaineer and artist. He became a mountaineer after making sketches for a book on the Alps. In ...
Whyte classification
/hwuyt, wuyt/ a system for classifying steam locomotives according to the total number of wheels on the front trucks, drivers, and rear trucks, in that order. For example, a ...
Whyte, William Hollingsworth
▪ 2000       American writer and urbanologist who was the author of The Organization Man (1956), which illustrated the conformity that defined the environment of large ...
Wisconsin (approved esp. for use with zip code). * * *
Stock Exchange. when-issued. Also, w.i. * * *
Apart, in half. 1. Suffixed form *wi-ito-. wide, from Old English wīd, wide (< “far apart”), from Germanic *wīdaz. 2. Suffixed (comparative) form *wi-tero-. a. with, ...
☆ Wi-Fi [wī′fī΄ ] 〚< wi( reless) fi( delity), after HI-FI〛 service mark for a wireless local area network that uses radio waves to connect computers and other devices ...
Man. Contracted from *wiə-ro-, derivative of weiə-. Derivatives include werewolf, world, and virtuoso. 1. a. werewolf, wergeld, from Old English wer, man; b. (i) world, from ...
Mil. wounded in action. * * *
/wee yahk"/, n. Biak. * * *
/wik"euh/, n. (sometimes cap.) witchcraft, esp. benevolent, nature-oriented practices derived from pre-Christian religions. [1970-75; < OE wicca (male) sorcerer (ME wicche, mod. ...
/wik"euhn/, n. (sometimes cap.) a practitioner of wicca. * * *
Wichale, Treaty of
▪ Italy-Ethiopia [1889] Wichale also spelled  Ucciali        (May 2, 1889), pact signed at Wichale, Ethiopia, by the Italians and Menilek II of Ethiopia, whereby ...
▪ people also called  Mataco        South American Indians of the Gran Chaco, who speak an independent language and live mostly between the Bermejo and Pilcomayo ...
/wich"i taw'/, n., pl. Wichitas for 1. 1. a member of a tribe of North American Indians, originally of Kansas but relocated in Oklahoma after the Civil War. 2. the Caddoan ...
Wichita Falls
a city in N Texas. 94,201. * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, seat (1882) of Wichita county, northern Texas, U.S. The city is located on the Wichita River in the ...
Wichita orogeny
▪ geology       a period of block faulting in the southern part of the Wichita–Arbuckle System in western Oklahoma and northern Texas. The uplift is dated from the ...
Wichita State University
▪ university, Wichita, Kansas, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Wichita, Kan., U.S. The university comprises the W. Frank ...
Wichita Falls A city of north-central Texas near the Oklahoma border northwest of Fort Worth. It prospered after the discovery of oil in the area in the early 20th century. ...
Wichterle, Otto
▪ 1999       Czech chemist and educator who, in 1961, created soft contact lenses using a phonograph motor and a child's Erector set; by the mid-1990s some 100 million ...
wick1 —wickless, adj. /wik/, n. 1. a bundle or loose twist or braid of soft threads, or a woven strip or tube, as of cotton or asbestos, which in a candle, lamp, oil stove, ...
/wik/, n. a town in the Highland region, in N Scotland: herring fisheries. 7613. * * * ▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       royal burgh (town) and fishing port, Highland ...
—wickedly, adv. /wik"id/, adj., wickeder, wickedest, adv. adj. 1. evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous: wicked people; wicked habits. 2. mischievous ...
See wicked. * * *
/wik"id nis/, n. 1. the quality or state of being wicked. 2. wicked conduct or practices. 3. a wicked act or thing. [1250-1300; ME; see WICKED, -NESS] * * *
/wik"euhr/, n. 1. a slender, pliant twig; osier; withe. 2. plaited or woven twigs or osiers as the material of baskets, chairs, etc.; wickerwork. 3. something made of wickerwork, ...
/wik"euhr werrk'/, n. material or products consisting of plaited or woven twigs or osiers; articles made of wicker. [1705-15; WICKER + WORK] * * * ▪ ...
/wik"it/, n. 1. a window or opening, often closed by a grating or the like, as in a door, or forming a place of communication in a ticket office, a teller's cage in a bank, ...
/wik"it kee'peuhr/, n. Cricket. the player on the fielding side who stands immediately behind the wicket to stop balls that pass it. [1740-50; WICKET + KEEPER] * * *
▪ village and administrative centre, Rhode Island, United States       resort village and administrative centre of North Kingstown town (township), Washington county, ...
Wicki, Bernhard
▪ 2001       motion picture actor and director of German-language films (b. Oct. 28, 1919, Sankt Pölten, Austria—d. Jan. 5, 2000, Munich, Ger.), was best known ...
/wik"ing/, n. material for wicks. [1840-50; WICK1 + -ING1] * * *
/wik"ee up'/, n. 1. (in Nevada, Arizona, etc.) an American Indian hut made of brushwood or covered with mats. 2. Western U.S. any rude hut. Also, wickyup, wikiup. [1850-55, ...
/wik"lif/, n. 1. John. Also, Wiclif. See Wycliffe, John. 2. a city in NE Ohio, near Cleveland. 16,790. * * *
Wick·liffe or Wic·lif (wĭkʹlĭf), John. See Wycliffe, John. * * *
/wik"loh/, n. a county in Leinster province, in the E Republic of Ireland. 87,289; 782 sq. mi. (2025 sq. km). Co. seat: Wicklow. * * * ▪ Ireland Irish  Cill ...
Wicklow Mountains
▪ mountains, Ireland  extensive mountain range in County Wicklow, Ireland, forming part of the Leinster Chain. The mountain area comprises a vast anticline (upwarp of rock ...
Wicksell, Knut
▪ Swedish economist born Dec. 20, 1851, Stockholm died May 3, 1926, Stocksund, Swed.       Swedish economist, the foremost in his generation and internationally ...
Wicksteed, Philip Henry
▪ British economist born Oct. 25, 1844, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Eng. died March 18, 1927, Childrey, Berkshire       British economist, classicist, literary critic, and ...
▪ county, Maryland, United States       county, southeastern Maryland, U.S., bordered by Delaware to the north, the Pocomoke River to the east, the Wicomico River to ...
/wik"euh pee/, n., pl. wicopies. 1. the leatherwood, Dirca palustris. 2. basswood. [1695-1705; < Western Abenaki wìgabi inner bark suitable for cordage (or a c. of this, e.g., ...
1. widow. 2. widower. * * *
Widal, Fernand-Isidore
▪ French physician and bacteriologist born March 9, 1862, Dellys, Alg. died Jan. 14, 1929, Paris       French physician and bacteriologist who made important ...
Wi·dal test (vē-dälʹ) n. A test of blood serum that uses an agglutination reaction to diagnose typhoid fever.   [After Fernand Widal (1862-1929), French physician.] * * *
/wid"euhr/, n. Dial. widow. [by reduction of final vowel to a and substitution of -ER1] * * *
/wid"euhr shinz'/, adv. Chiefly Scot. withershins. * * *
Widdicombe Fair
a popular old English song about a group of people who borrow a horse to go to a horse fair in Widdicombe, a village in Devon. Each verse of the song ends with the names of the ...
Widdowson, Elsie May
▪ 2001       British nutritionist (b. Oct. 21, 1906, London, Eng.—d. June 14, 2000, Cambridge, Eng.), who, in collaboration with her longtime research partner, Robert ...
widdy1 /wid"ee/, n., pl. widdies. Chiefly Scot. 1. a band or rope, traditionally one made from intertwined willow twigs. 2. a hangman's rope; noose. Also, widdie, ...
—wideness, n. /wuyd/, adj., wider, widest, adv., n. adj. 1. having considerable or great extent from side to side; broad: a wide boulevard. 2. having a certain or specified ...
wide area network
▪ computer science       a computer communications network that spans cities, countries, and the globe, generally using telephone lines and satellite links. The ...
wide boy
wide boy n. [Brit. Slang] a shrewd and unscrupulous man, esp. one who engages in petty crime, shady dealings, etc. * * *
wide receiver
Football. an offensive player positioned wide of the formation, as a split end, used primarily as a pass receiver. [1965-70] * * *
/wuyd"ang"geuhl/, adj. Photog. 1. of or pertaining to a lens having a relatively wide angle of view, generally 45° or more, and a focal length of less than 50 mm. 2. employing, ...
wide-angle converter
Photog. See under converter (def. 8). Also called wide-angle converter lens. * * *
wide-angle glaucoma
open-angle glaucoma. See under glaucoma. * * *
wide-area network
a computer network that spans a relatively large geographical area. Also called WAN. * * *
—wide-awakeness, n. /wuyd"euh wayk"/, adj. 1. fully awake; with the eyes wide open. 2. alert, keen, or knowing: a wide-awake young woman. n. 3. Also called wide-awake hat. a ...
wide-bod·y or wide·bod·y (wīdʹbŏd'ē) n. pl. wide-·bod·ies A jet aircraft having a wide fuselage with passenger seats divided by two lengthwise aisles. * * *
/wuyd"uyd'/, adj. with the eyes open wide, as in amazement, innocence, or sleeplessness. [1850-55] * * *
/wuyd"oh"peuhn/, adj. 1. opened to the full extent: a wide-open window. 2. lacking laws or strict enforcement of laws concerning liquor, vice, gambling, etc.: a wide-open ...
/wuyd"rayn"jing/, adj. extending over a large area; extensive or diversified in scope: wide-ranging lands; a wide-ranging discussion. [1810-20] * * *
/wuyd"skreen"/, adj. of, noting, or pertaining to motion pictures projected on a screen having greater width than height, usually in a ratio of 1 to 2.5. [1950-55] * * *
/wuyd"spred"ing/, adj. 1. spreading over or covering a large area: wide-spreading showers; wide-spreading ivy. 2. affecting or reaching a large area: a wide-spreading ...
widearea network
wide area network n. WAN. * * *
See wide-awake. * * *
/wuyd"bod'ee/, n., pl. widebodies. a jet airliner having a fuselage wide enough to allow passenger seating to be divided by two aisles running from front to back. Also, ...
/wuyd"lee/, adv. 1. to a wide extent. 2. over a wide space or area: a widely distributed plant. 3. by or among a large number of persons: a widely known artist. 4. in many or ...
/wuyd"meuhn/, n. John Edgar, born 1941, U.S. novelist. * * *
Wideman, John Edgar
born June 14, 1941, Washington, D.C., U.S. U.S. writer and educator. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania he became the second African American to receive a ...
widemouth blindcat
/wuyd"mowth'/. See under blindcat. [WIDE + MOUTH] * * *
/wuyd"mowdhd', -mowtht'/, adj. 1. (of a person, object, body of water, etc.) having a wide mouth: a widemouthed river. 2. (of a person) having the mouth opened wide, as in ...
—widener, n. /wuyd"n/, v.t., v.i. to make or become wide or wider; broaden; expand. [1600-10; WIDE + -EN1] * * *
See widen. * * *
Widener University
▪ university, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S. It comprises the College ...
Widener, George D.
▪ American racehorse owner born Mar. 11, 1889, Philadelphia died Dec. 8, 1971, Chestnut Hill, Pa., U.S.       U.S. financier, breeder, owner and racer of Thoroughbred ...
Widener, Peter A.B.
▪ American businessman and philanthropist in full  Peter Arrell Brown Widener   born Nov. 13, 1834, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Nov. 6, 1915, Elkins Park, ...
See widely. * * *
Widerberg, Bo
▪ 1998       Swedish film director whose works generally stressed themes of social consciousness; his best-known film, Elvira Madigan, 1967, which made a popular hit of ...
wide receiver n. Football A receiver who usually lines up several yards to the side of the offensive formation. * * *
widescreen or wide-screen [wīd′skrēn΄wīd′skrēn′] adj. 1. designating or of a film made for projection on a screen much wider than it is high: usually from a ratio of ...
/wuyd"spred"/, adj. 1. spread over or open, or occupying a wide space. 2. distributed over a wide region, or occurring in many places or among many persons or individuals: ...
/wij"euhn/, n., pl. widgeons, (esp. collectively) widgeon for 1. 1. any of several common freshwater ducks related to the mallards and teals in the genus Anas, having metallic ...
/wij"it/, n. 1. a small mechanical device, as a knob or switch, esp. one whose name is not known or cannot be recalled; gadget: a row of widgets on the instrument panel. 2. ...
/wuy"dish/, adj. rather wide; tending to be wide: a widish bookcase; widish hips. [1770-80; WIDE + -ISH1] * * *
Widmann, Joseph Viktor
▪ Swiss author born Feb. 20, 1842, Nennowitz, Moravia, Austrian Empire [now in Brno, Czech Republic] died Nov. 6, 1911, Bern, Switz.       Swiss writer, editor, and ...
Widmanstätten pattern
▪ astronomy       lines that appear in some iron meteorites when a cross section of the meteorite is etched with weak acid. The pattern is named for Alois Josep ...
Widmark, Richard
▪ 2009       American actor born Dec. 26, 1914, Sunrise, Minn. died March 24, 2008, Roxbury, Conn. became an overnight Hollywood sensation following his film debut in ...
Widmer, Arthur
▪ 2007       American film innovator (b. July 25, 1914, Washington, D.C.—d. May 28, 2006, Hollywood, Calif.), was the inventor of “blue-screen technology,” a ...
Wid·nes (wĭdʹnĭs) A municipal borough of northwest England on the Mersey River east-southeast of Liverpool. It is a processing and manufacturing center. Population: ...
Widor, Charles-Marie
▪ French organist and composer in full  Charles-marie-jean-albert Widor   born Feb. 21, 1844, Lyon, France died March 12, 1937, Paris       French organist, composer, ...
—widowly, adj. /wid"oh/, n. 1. a woman who has lost her husband by death and has not remarried. 2. Cards. an additional hand or part of a hand, as one dealt to the table. 3. ...
widow bird
whydah. [1765-75; trans. of NL Vidua, name of the genus (L: WIDOW). See WHYDAH] * * *
widow woman
Older Use. a widow. Also called widow lady. [1605-15] * * *
widow's cruse
an inexhaustible supply of something: in allusion to the miracle of the cruse of oil in I Kings 17:10-16 and II Kings 4:1-7. * * *
widow's mite
a small contribution given cheerfully by one who can ill afford it. Mark 12:41-44. [1585-95] * * *
widow's peak
a point formed in the hairline in the middle of the forehead. [1840-50] * * *
widow's walk
a platform or walk atop a roof, as on certain coastal New England houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries: often used as a lookout for incoming ships. [1935-40, Amer.] * * *
wid·ow's mite (wĭdʹōz) n. A small contribution made by one who has little.   [From the widow who gave two small coins to the Temple treasury in Mark 12:43.] * * *
widow's peak n. A V-shaped point formed by the hair near the top of the human forehead.   [From the superstition that it is a sign of early widowhood.] * * *
widow's walk n. A railed, rooftop platform typically on a coastal house, originally designed to observe vessels at sea. * * *
widowbird [wid′ō bʉrd΄] n. 〚calque of Port viuva, widowbird, lit., widow (< L vidua: see WIDOW): from the resemblance of its dark plumage to a widow's mourning ...
—widowered, adj. —widowerhood, n. /wid"oh euhr/, n. a man who has lost his wife by death and has not remarried. [1325-75; late ME (see WIDOW, -ER1); r. widow (now dial.), OE ...
wid·ow·er·hood (wĭdʹō-ər-ho͝od') n. The condition or period of being a widower. * * *
/wid"oh hood'/, n. the state or a period of being a widow or, sometimes, a widower. [bef. 900; ME wid(e)wehood, OE widuwanhad, equiv. to widuwan, gen. sing. of widuwe WIDOW + ...
▪ Old English literature Modern English  Far Traveler        Old English poem, probably from the 7th century, that is preserved in the Exeter Book, a 10th-century ...
/width, witth/ or, often, /with/, n. 1. extent from side to side; breadth; wideness. 2. a piece of the full wideness, as of cloth. [1620-30; WIDE + -TH1, modeled on breadth, ...
/width"wuyz', witth"-/, or, often, /with"-/, adv. in the direction of the width. Also, widthways /width"wayz', witth"-/ or, often, /with"-/. [1880-85; WIDTH + -WISE] * * *
/vee"dooh kint'/, n. Wittekind. * * *
wie geht's
/vee gayts"/, German. how's it going?; how are you? * * *
Wied, Gustav
▪ Danish author in full  Gustav Johannes Wied   born March 6, 1858, Holmegaard, near Nakskov, Denmark died October 24, 1914, Roskilde       Danish dramatist, ...
Wied-Neuwied, Maximilian, Prinz zu
▪ German naturalist and explorer in full  Alexander Philipp Maximilian, Prinz Zu Wied-neuwied   born Sept. 23, 1782, Neuwied, Prussia [now in Germany] died Feb. 3, 1867, ...
Wiegand, Clyde E.
▪ 1997       U.S. physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bomb, and later, in the 1950s, was part of a team that discovered the ...
/vee"lahnt'/, n. 1. Christoph Martin /krddis"tawf mahrdd"teen/, 1733-1813, German poet, novelist, and critic. 2. Heinrich /huyn"rddikh/, 1877-1957, German chemist: Nobel prize ...
Wieland, Christoph Martin
▪ German poet born Sept. 5, 1733, Oberholzheim, near Biberach [Germany] died Jan. 20, 1813, Weimar, Saxe-Weimar       poet and man of letters of the German Rococo ...
Wieland, Heinrich Otto
born June 4, 1877, Pforzheim, Ger. died Aug. 5, 1957, W.Ger. German chemist. He won a 1927 Nobel Prize for research on bile acids which showed that the three acids then ...
Wieland, Joyce
▪ 1999       Canadian artist (b. June 30, 1931, Toronto, Ont.—d. June 27, 1998, Toronto), was one of Canada's most influential woman artists and produced works in a ...
—wieldable, adj. —wielder, n. /weeld/, v.t. 1. to exercise (power, authority, influence, etc.), as in ruling or dominating. 2. to use (a weapon, instrument, etc.) ...
See wield. * * *
See wieldable. * * *
/weel"dee/, adj., wieldier, wieldiest. readily wielded or managed, as in use or action. [1325-75; ME; see WIELD, -Y1] * * *
▪ province, Poland Introduction Polish  Województwo Wielkopolskie   województwo (province), west-central Poland. One of 16 provinces created in 1999 when Poland underwent ...
Wielopolski, Count Aleksander
▪ Polish statesman born March 13, 1803, Sedziejowice, near Pińczów, Pol., Russian Empire died Dec. 30, 1877, Dresden, Ger.  Polish statesman who undertook a program of ...
Wieman, Carl E.
▪ American physicist born March 26, 1951, Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.       American physicist who, with Eric A. Cornell (Cornell, Eric A.) and Wolfgang Ketterle (Ketterle, ...
/veen/, n. 1. Wilhelm /vil"helm/, 1864-1928, German physicist: Nobel prize 1911. 2. German name of Vienna. * * *
Wien, Wilhelm
▪ German physicist in full  Wilhelm Carl Werner Otto Fritz Franz Wien   born January 13, 1864, Gaffken, Prussia [now Parusnoye, Russia] died August 30, 1928, Munich, ...
/wee"neuhr/, n. 1. frankfurter. 2. See Vienna sausage. Also, wienerwurst /wee"neuhr werrst', -woorst'/. [1865-70, Amer.; < G, short for Wiener Wurst Viennese sausage] * * * (as ...
/wee"neuhr/, n. Norbert, 1894-1964, U.S. mathematician: pioneer in cybernetics. * * * (as used in expressions) Wiener Kreis Wiener Werkstätte Wiener Norbert * * *
Wiener Neustadt
▪ Austria       city, northeastern Austria. It lies near the Leitha River south of Vienna. Founded in 1194 by the Babenberg duke Leopold V, it was chartered in 1277 and ...
Wiener schnitzel
/vee"neuhr shnit'seuhl, shnit"seuhl/ Viennese, German Cookery. a breaded veal cutlet, variously seasoned or garnished. [1860-65; < G, equiv. to Wiener Viennese + Schnitzel ...
Wiener Werkstätte
English Vienna Workshops Cooperative enterprise for crafts and design founded in Vienna in 1903. Inspired by William Morris and the English Arts and Crafts Movement, it was ...

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