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Wiener, Norbert
born Nov. 26, 1894, Columbia, Mo., U.S. died March 18, 1964, Stockholm, Swed. U.S. mathematician. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard at 18. He joined the faculty of MIT in 1919. ...
Wie·ner (wēʹnər), Norbert. 1894-1964. American mathematician who founded the field of cybernetics. * * *
Wie·ner schnit·zel (vēʹnər shnĭtʹsəl) n. A breaded veal cutlet.   [German : Wiener, of Vienna, Austria + Schnitzel, cutlet.] * * *
Wie·ner·wald (vēʹnər-vält') A forested range of northeast Austria west and northwest of Vienna. It is a popular resort area. * * *
wie·ner·wurst (wēʹnər-wûrst', -wo͝orst') n. A smoked pork or beef sausage similar to a frankfurter.   [German : Wiener, of Vienna, Austria + Wurst, sausage; see ...
/vye nyahf"skee/, n. Henryk /hen"rddik/, 1835-80, Polish violinist and composer. * * *
Wieniawski, Henryk
▪ Polish violinist and composer Henryk also spelled  Henri   born July 10, 1835, Lublin, Pol., Russian Empire [now in Poland] died March 31, 1880, Moscow, ...
/wee"nee/, n. Informal. weenie. * * *
Wierzyński, Kazimierz
▪ Polish poet born August 27, 1894, Drohobyez, Austria-Hungary [now Drohobych, Ukraine] died February 13, 1969, London, England       a member of the group of Polish ...
/vees"bahd'n/, n. the capital of Hesse in W Germany: health resort; mineral springs. 251,800. * * * City (pop., 2002 est.: 271,276), capital of Hesse, southern Germany. It is ...
Wie·schaus (wēʹshous', vēʹ-), Eric. Born 1947. German-born biologist. His research on fruit flies resulted in the identification of the genes that are essential for ...
Wieschaus, Eric F.
▪ American geneticist born June 8, 1947, South Bend, Ind., U.S.       American developmental biologist who shared the 1995 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, with ...
/wi zel"/, n. Elie /el"ee/, (Eliezer), born 1928, U.S. author, born in Rumania: Nobel peace prize 1986. * * * (as used in expressions) Wiesel Elie Eliezer Wiesel Wiesel Torsten ...
Wiesel, Elie
orig. Eliezer Wiesel born Sept. 30, 1928, Sighet, Rom. Romanian-born U.S. novelist. Living in a small Hasidic community, Wiesel and his family were deported in 1944 to ...
Wiesel, Elie(zer)
Wie·sel (vēʹsəl), Elie(zer). Born 1928. Romanian-born writer and lecturer. A survivor of Nazi concentration camps, he is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. ...
Wiesel, Torsten (Nils)
born June 3, 1924, Uppsala, Swed. Swedish neurobiologist. After earning his medical degree in Sweden, he moved to the U.S., where he joined David Hubel in investigating brain ...
Wiesel, Torsten Nils
▪ Swedish biologist born June 3, 1924, Uppsala, Swed.       Swedish neurobiologist, corecipient with David Hunter Hubel (Hubel, David Hunter) and Roger Wolcott Sperry ...
Wiesenthal, Simon
▪ 2006       Austrian Nazi-hunter and activist (b. Dec. 31, 1908, Buczacz, Austria-Hungary [now Buchach, Ukraine]—d. Sept. 20, 2005, Vienna, Austria), after having ...
Wie·sen·thal (wēʹsən-thäl', vēʹzĕn-täl'), Simon. Born 1908. Ukranian-born Holocaust survivor who, as founder (1961) and head of the Jewish Documentation Center, has ...
Wieser, Friedrich von
▪ Austrian economist born July 10, 1851, Vienna, Austria died July 23, 1926, Sankt Gilgen       economist who was one of the principal members of the Austrian school of ...
—wifedom, n. —wifeless, adj. —wifelessness, n. /wuyf/, n., pl. wives /wuyvz/, v., wifed, wifing. n. 1. a woman joined in marriage to a man; a woman considered in relation ...
Wife of Bath
one of the best-known characters in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. She is a lively woman who has been married five times and makes many humorous remarks about sex. The story she ...
Wife of Bath’s Tale
➡ Wife of Bath * * *
wife swapping
sexual activity in which two or more married couples exchange partners. [1955-60] * * *
/wuyf"hood/, n. 1. the state of being a wife. 2. wifely character or quality; wifeliness. [1350-1400; ME wifhood, OE wifhad. See WIFE, -HOOD] * * *
/wuyf"luyk'/, adj. 1. wifely. adv. 2. in a manner befitting a wife. [1590-1600; WIFE + -LIKE] * * *
See wifely. * * *
—wifeliness, n. /wuyf"lee/, adj., wifelier, wifeliest. of, like, or befitting a wife. Also, wifelike. [bef. 900; ME wifly, OE wiflic. See WIFE, -LY] * * *
Wiffle ball
☆ Wiffle ball [wif′əl ] n. 〚< Wiffle, a trademark〛 WHIFFLE BALL * * *
—wigless, adj. —wiglike, adj. /wig/, n., v., wigged, wigging. n. 1. an artificial covering of hair for all or most of the head, of either synthetic or natural hair, worn to ...
/wig"euhn/, n. a stiff, canvaslike fabric for stiffening parts of garments. [1870-75; after WIGAN, where originally produced] * * * Town and metropolitan borough (pop., 2001: ...
/wig"euhn/, n. borough of Greater Manchester, in W England. 309,600. * * * Town and metropolitan borough (pop., 2001: 301,417), northwestern Greater Manchester, historic county ...
Wigan Pier
an area of factories and warehouses next to the Leeds- Liverpool canal in Wigan. It was a centre for industry in the 19th century when goods were transported by canal and has now ...
/wij"euhn/, n., pl. wigeons, (esp. collectively) wigeon. widgeon. * * * or widgeon Any of four species of dabbling ducks, popular game and food birds. The male European wigeon ...
/wigd/, adj. wearing a wig: The wigged justices entered the courtroom. [WIG + -ED3] * * *
/wig"euh ree/, n., pl. wiggeries. 1. wigs or a wig; false hair. 2. the wearing of wigs. [1765-75; WIG + -ERY] * * *
/wig"in/, n. Kate Douglas, 1856-1923, U.S. writer. * * *
Wiggin, Kate Douglas
orig. Kate Douglas Smith born Sept. 28, 1856, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Aug. 24, 1923, Harrow, Middlesex, Eng. U.S. novelist and a leader of the kindergarten movement in the ...
Wiggin,Kate Douglas Smith
Wig·gin (wĭgʹĭn), Kate Douglas Smith. 1856-1923. American writer of children's books, including Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903). * * *
/wig"ing/, n. Brit. Informal. a scolding or reproof. [1805-15; WIG + -ING1] * * *
Wiggins, J Russell
▪ 2001       American journalist, newspaper editor, and statesman (b. Dec. 4, 1904, Luverne, Minn.—d. Nov. 12, 2000, Brooklin, Maine), helped transform the Washington ...
/wig"euhl/, v., wiggled, wiggling, n. v.i. 1. to move or go with short, quick, irregular movements from side to side: The puppies wiggled with delight. v.t. 2. to cause to ...
wiggle nail
a fastener consisting of a piece of corrugated sheet steel with one wavy edge sharpened, for uniting two pieces of wood, as in a miter joint. * * *
wiggle room
room to maneuver; latitude. [1985-90] * * *
/wig"euhl tayl'/, n. wriggler (def. 2). * * *
/wig"leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that wiggles. 2. wriggler (def. 2). 3. Southern U.S. an earthworm. [1890-95; WIGGLE + -ER1] Regional Variation. See earthworm. * * *
wiggle room n. Flexibility, as of options or interpretation: ambiguous wording that left some wiggle room for further negotiation. * * *
/wig"euhlz werrth'/, n. Michael, 1631-1705, U.S. theologian and author, born in England. * * *
Wigglesworth, Michael
▪ American theologian and writer born Oct. 18, 1631, Yorkshire?, Eng. died June 10, 1705, Malden, Mass. [U.S.]       British-American clergyman, physician, and author ...
Wigglesworth, Sir Vincent
▪ British entomologist born April 17, 1899, Kirkham, Lancashire, Eng. died Feb. 11, 1994, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire       English entomologist, noted for his ...
Wigglesworth, Sir Vincent Brian
▪ 1995       British entomologist (b. April 17, 1899, Kirkham, Lancashire, England—d. Feb. 11?, 1994, Cambridge, England), pioneered in the study of insect physiology; ...
Wig·gles·worth (wĭgʹəlz-wûrth'), Michael. 1631-1705. English-born American cleric and poet whose works include the popular poem The Day of Doom (1662). * * *
/wig"lee/, adj., wigglier, wiggliest. 1. wiggling: a wiggly child. 2. undulating; wavy: a wiggly line. [1900-05; WIGGLE + -Y1] * * *
/wig"ee/, adj., wiggier, wiggiest. Slang. 1. crazy or eccentric. 2. crazed or delirious. [1810-20; WIG + -Y1] * * *
wight1 /wuyt/, n. 1. a human being. 2. Obs. a. a supernatural being, as a witch or sprite. b. any living being; a creature. [bef. 900; ME, OE wiht; c. G Wicht, ON vettr, Goth ...
/wuyt/, n. Isle of, an island off the S coast of England, forming an administrative division of Hampshire. 147 sq. mi. (381 sq. km). Co. seat: Newport. * * *
Wight, Isle of
Island and unitary authority (pop., 2001: 132,719), part of the historic county of Hampshire, in the English Channel off the southern coast of England. Separated from mainland ...
Wight,Isle of
Wight (wīt), Isle of An island in the English Channel off south-central England. It is a popular resort area and yachting center. Queen Victoria often stayed at the Osborne ...
/wuyt"meuhn/, n. Hazel Hotchkiss, 1886-1974, U.S. tennis player. * * *
Wightman Cup
a women’s tennis competition between British and US players which took place every year from 1923 to 1989. It was then stopped because the British players were not good enough ...
Wightman, Hazel Hotchkiss
orig. Hazel Virginia Hotchkiss born Dec. 20, 1886, Healdsburg, Calif., U.S. died Dec. 5, 1974, Newton, Mass. U.S. tennis player. She was a dominant competitor in the pre-World ...
/wig"lit/, n. a small wig, esp. one used to supplement the existing hair. [1825-35; WIG + -LET] * * *
/wig"may'keuhr/, n. a person who makes or sells wigs. [1705-15; WIG + MAKER] * * *
/vig"mahn/, n. Mary, 1886-1973, German dancer and choreographer. * * *
Wigman, Mary
▪ German dancer original name  Marie Wiegmann   born Nov. 13, 1886, Hanover, Ger. died Sept. 18, 1973, West Berlin       German dancer, a pioneer of the modern ...
Wigmore Hall
a hall for concerts in the West End of London. It is used mainly for the performance of classical songs and chamber music (= music written for a small orchestra). * * *
Wigmore, John Henry
▪ American legal scholar born March 4, 1863, San Francisco, California, U.S. died April 20, 1943, Chicago, Illinois       American legal scholar and teacher whose ...
/wig"neuhr/, n. Eugene Paul, born 1902, U.S. physicist, born in Hungary: Nobel prize 1963. * * *
Wigner, Eugene (Paul)
orig. Jenó Pál Wigner born Nov. 17, 1902, Budapest, Hung. died Jan. 1, 1995, Princeton, N.J., U.S. Hungarian-born U.S. physicist. After studies at the University of Berlin, ...
Wigner, Eugene Paul
▪ 1996       Hungarian-born U.S. physicist (b. Nov. 17, 1902, Budapest, Hung.—d. Jan. 1, 1995, Princeton, N.J.), was the joint winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize for ...
Wigner,Eugene Paul
Wig·ner (wĭgʹnər), Eugene Paul. 1902-1995. Hungarian-born American physicist. He shared a 1963 Nobel Prize for research on the structure of the atom and its nucleus. * * *
/wig"teuhn, -town'/, n. a historic county in SW Scotland. Also called Wigtownshire /wig"teuhn shear', -sheuhr, -town'-/. * * *
▪ former county, Scotland, United Kingdom also called  Wigtown        historic county at the southwestern tip of Scotland, facing the Irish Sea to the south and the ...
—wigwagger, n. /wig"wag'/, v., wigwagged, wigwagging, n. v.t., v.i. 1. to move to and fro. 2. Naut. to signal by movements of two flags or the like waved according to a ...
See wigwag. * * *
/wig"wom, -wawm/, n. 1. an American Indian dwelling, usually of rounded or oval shape, formed of poles overlaid with bark, mats, or skins. Cf. lodge (def. 9), tepee. 2. the ...
▪ king of Kent died April 23, 725       king of Kent who came to the throne in 691 or 692 after a period of anarchy.       Wihtred was not sole king until 692 at ...
Wii Fit
▪ electronic fitness game       interactive electronic fitness game (electronic game) released in 2007 by the Nintendo Company Ltd. for their Wii gaming ...
Wii Sports
▪ electronic game        electronic game created by Japanese designer Eguchi Katsuya and produced by Nintendo (Nintendo console) for the 2006 launch of the Nintendo Wii ...
Wijetunga, Dingiri Banda
▪ 2009       Sri Lankan politician born Feb. 15, 1916, Polgahanga, Ceylon [now Sri Lanka] died Sept. 21, 2008, Kandy, Sri Lanka brought stability to Sri Lanka as the ...
▪ Web site        World Wide Web (WWW) site that can be modified or contributed to by users. Wikis can be dated to 1995, when American computer programmer Ward ...
▪ encyclopaedia       free, Internet-based encyclopaedia operating under an open-source (open source) management style. It is overseen by the nonprofit Wikimedia ...
/wik"ee up'/, n. wickiup. * * *
Twenty. Compound of wi-, in half, hence two, and *(d)km̥t-ī (nominative dual), decade, reduced zero-grade form of dekm̥. Oldest form *wīk̑m̥tī-, becoming *wīkm̥tī- in ...
Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Ulrich von
▪ German scholar in full  Emmo Friedrich Richard Ulrich Von Wilamowitz-moellendorff   born Dec. 22, 1848, Markowitz, Prussia [Germany] died Sept. 25, 1931, Berlin, ...
/wil"beuhr fawrs', -fohrs'/, n. William, 1759-1833, British statesman, philanthropist, and writer. * * *
Wilberforce University
▪ university, Wilberforce, Ohio, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Wilberforce, Ohio, U.S. It is affiliated with the African ...
Wilberforce, Samuel
▪ English bishop born Sept. 7, 1805, London, Eng. died July 19, 1873, near Leatherhead, Surrey  British cleric, an Anglican prelate and educator and a defender of orthodoxy, ...
Wilberforce, William
born Aug. 24, 1759, Hull, Yorkshire, Eng. died July 29, 1833, London British politician. Entering the House of Commons in 1780, he supported parliamentary reform and Catholic ...
Wil·ber·force (wĭlʹbər-fôrs', -fōrs'), William. 1759-1833. British politician. As a member of Parliament (1780-1825) he campaigned for the British abolition of slavery. * ...
Wilbert [wil′bərt] n. 〚Ger Willebert < OHG willeo, WILL1 + beraht, berht, BRIGHT〛 a masculine name * * *
Wilbert Awdry
➡ Awdry * * *
/wil"breuh ham'/, n. a city in SW Massachusetts. 12,053. * * *
/wil"beuhr/, n. 1. Richard, born 1921, U.S. poet: U.S. poet laureate since 1987. 2. Also, Wilber. a male given name: from an Old English word meaning "wild boar." * * *
Wilbur Wright
➡ Wright brothers * * *
Wilbur, Richard
▪ American poet in full  Richard Purdy Wilbur  born March 1, 1921, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American poet associated with the New Formalist ...
Wilbur, Richard (Purdy)
born March 1, 1921, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. poet, critic, editor, and translator. He studied literature at Harvard University and established himself as an important young ...
Wilbur,Richard Purdy
Wil·bur (wĭlʹbər), Richard Purdy. Born 1921. American poet whose works, including Things of This World (1956), adhere to formal conventions of rhyme and meter. * * *
/wil"beuh ruyt'/, n. a member of a conservative body of Quakers formed in 1845 in protest against the evangelicalism of the Gurneyites. [1860-65, Amer.; after John Wilbur ...
Wilbye, John
born March 7, 1574, Diss, Norfolk, Eng. died September 1638, Colchester, Essex British composer. He spent his entire life in the employ of the Kytson family, as a domestic ...
/wil"koh/, interj. (esp. in radio transmission) an indication that the message just received will be complied with. [1935-40; short for will comply] * * *
/wil"koks/, n. Ella Wheeler, 1850-1919, U.S. poet. * * *
Wilcox, Desmond John
▪ 2001       British television executive and documentarian (b. May 21, 1931, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, Eng.—d. Sept. 6, 2000, London, Eng.), made memorable ...
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
▪ American poet and journalist née  Ella Wheeler   born Nov. 5, 1850, Johnstown Center, Rock county, Wis., U.S. died Oct. 30, 1919, Short Beach, Conn.  American poet and ...
Wilczek, Frank
▪ American physicist born May 15, 1951, New York, New York, U.S.       American physicist who, with David J. Gross (Gross, David J.) and H. David Politzer (Politzer, H. ...
—wildly, adv. —wildness, n. /wuyld/, adj., wilder, wildest, adv., n. adj. 1. living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal; wild geese. 2. growing or ...
wild allspice
☆ wild allspice n. SPICEBUSH (sense 1) * * *
wild apricot
apricot (def. 4). * * *
wild bean
1. groundnut (def. 1). 2. any of several other leguminous plants, esp. of the genus Strophostyles. [1770-80, Amer.] * * *
wild bergamot
a plant, Monarda fistulosa, of the mint family, native to eastern North America, having a rounded cluster of lilac-colored or purple flowers, growing in dry places. [1835-45, ...
wild bleeding-heart
a plant, Dicentra eximia, of the fumitory family, native to the eastern coast of the U.S., having elongated clusters of drooping, heart-shaped rose-colored or pink flowers. * * *
wild boar
a wild Old World swine, Sus scrofa, from which most of the domestic hogs are believed to be derived. [1475-85] * * * also called  Wild Pig,         any of the wild ...
wild brier
1. the dog rose, Rosa canina. 2. the sweetbrier, Rosa eglanteria. 3. any other brier growing wild. * * *
wild buckwheat.
See umbrella plant (def. 3). [1875-80] * * *
Wild Bunch
I. the Wild Bunch ➡ Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. II. The Wild Bunch a violent western film (1969), directed by Sam Peckinpah, about a group of outlaws (= criminals) who become ...
wild calla.
See water arum. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
wild card
1. Cards. a card having its value decided by the wishes of the players. 2. a determining or important person or thing whose qualities are unknown, indeterminate, or ...
wild carrot
wild carrot n. a common, inedible, biennial weed (Daucus carota) of the umbel family, with finely divided foliage and umbels of white flowers: the cultivated, edible carrot was ...
wild carrot.
See Queen Anne's lace. * * *
wild cashew
▪ tree also called  espavé   a tall, tropical forest tree of Central and South America closely related to the domesticated cashew, A. occidentale. The wild cashew grows ...
wild celery.
See tape grass. [1850-55] * * *
wild cucumber
▪ vine also called  balsam apple        (species Echinocystis lobata), climbing plant of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), native to eastern North America. The true ...
wild date
a feather palm, Phoenix sylvestris, of India, having drooping, bluish-green or grayish leaves and small, orange-yellow fruit. * * *
wild duck
      in the Northern Hemisphere, common name for the mallard (q.v.). * * *
wild fig
the caprifig. [1700-10] * * *
wild geranium
geranium (def. 2). [1880-85] * * *
wild ginger
any of various plants belonging to the genus Asarum, of the birthwort family, esp. A. canadense, a woodland plant of eastern North America, having two heart-shaped leaves, a ...
wild goose
any undomesticated goose, esp. the greylag of Britain or the Canada goose. [bef. 1050; ME; OE] * * *
wild hog
wild hog n. 1. WILD BOAR 2. PECCARY * * *
wild hollyhock
checkerbloom. * * *
wild honeysuckle.
See pinxster flower. [1755-65, Amer.] * * *
Wild Hunt
(in northern European legend) a phantom hunt, conducted either in the sky or in forests. * * *
Wild Huntsman
the leader of the Wild Hunt, often associated with Odin. [1790-1800] * * *
wild hyacinth
any of several plants having usually blue flowers resembling those of a hyacinth, as Camassia scilloides, of the central U.S., or Triteleia hyacinthina, of western North ...
wild hydrangea
a shrub, Hydrangea arborescens, of the saxifrage family, common throughout the eastern half of the U.S., having egg-shaped leaves and a rounded cluster of white flowers. Also ...
wild indigo
any of several plants belonging to the genus Baptisia, of the legume family, esp. B. tinctoria, having yellow flowers. [1735-45, Amer.] * * *
wild leek
ramp2. * * *
wild lettuce
any of various uncultivated species of lettuce, growing as weeds in fields and waste places, esp. a North American species, Lactuca canadensis. * * *
wild lily of the valley
a low-growing woodland plant, Maianthemum canadense, of the lily family, native to northeastern North America, having a cluster of small white flowers. Also called Canada ...
wild madder
madder1 (defs. 1, 2). * * *
wild man
1. a person who is uncivilized; a savage. 2. a person of violent temper, erratic behavior, etc. 3. a person of extreme or outrageous political opinions. [1250-1300; ME] * * *
wild mandrake
the May apple, Podophyllum peltatum. * * *
wild mango
▪ plant also called  dika        (Irvingia gabonensis), tropical African tree, of the family Irvingiaceae, notable for its edible yellow fruit, which somewhat ...
wild monkshood
a plant, Aconitum uncinatum, of the buttercup family, native to the eastern central U.S., having roundish leaves and hooded, blue flowers, growing in rich, moist soil. * * *
wild mustard
any of several weedy plants belonging to the genus Brassica, of the mustard family, as charlock. [1590-1600] * * *
wild oat
1. any uncultivated species of Avena, esp. a common weedy grass, A. fatua, resembling the cultivated oat. 2. a hardy plant, Uvularia sessilifolia, of the lily family, of eastern ...
wild oats
wild oats n. ☆ 1. a woodland plant (Uvularia sessilifolia) of the lily family, with small, drooping, yellowish flowers, native to E North America 2. any of several wild grasses ...
wild olive
any tree resembling the olive in structure or fruit. [1800-10] * * *
wild orange.
See laurel cherry. [1795-1805] * * *
wild pansy
any uncultivated or wild form of the common pansy, Viola tricolor. [1895-1900] * * *
wild parsley
any of several uncultivated plants resembling the parsley in shape and structure. * * *
wild parsnip
wild parsnip n. a tall, stout, biennial weed (Pastinaca sativa) of the umbel family, with pinnately compound leaves: regarded as the ancestor of the cultivated parsnip * * *
wild passionflower
the maypop, Passiflora incarnata. * * *
wild pig
also called  Wild Boar,         any of the wild members of the pig species Sus scrofa (family Suidae, order Artiodactyla), the ancestors of domestic pigs. See boar. * * ...
wild pink
wild pink n. 1. a) any of several catchflies ☆ b) an early flowering catchfly (Silene caroliniana) of the E U.S., having lance-shaped leaves and bright-pink flowers in ...
wild pitch
Baseball. a pitched ball that the catcher misses and could not be expected to catch, resulting in a base runner's or runners' advancing one or more bases or the batter's reaching ...
wild poinsettia.
See Mexican fire-plant. * * *
wild potato
1. a plant, Solanum jamesii, of the southwestern U.S., related to the edible cultivated potato. 2. man-of-the-earth. [1765-75, Amer.] * * *
wild pumpkin
calabazilla. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
wild radish
▪ weed also called  Jointed Charlock        (species Raphanus raphanistrum), widespread annual weed of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), native to Eurasia and ...
wild rice
1. a tall aquatic grass, Zizania aquatica, of northeastern North America. 2. the grain of this plant, used for food. Also called water oats, water rice. [1740-50] * * * Coarse ...
wild rose
any native species of rose, usually having a single flower with the corolla consisting of one circle of five roundish, spreading petals. [1775-85] * * *
wild rosemary
a bog shrub, Ledum palustre, of the heath family, found from the North Temperate Zone to the Arctic Circle, having leaves that are rust-colored and hairy beneath with rolled ...
wild rubber
rubber obtained from trees growing wild. * * *
wild rye
any grass of the genus Elymus, somewhat resembling rye. [1745-55] * * * ▪ plant also called  lyme grass (genus Elymus)        any of a group of about 50 species of ...
wild sarsaparilla
a low plant, Aralia nudicaulis, of the ginseng family, native to eastern North America, having a single, long-stalked, compound leaf and a ball-like cluster of greenish-yellow ...
wild senna
a subshrubby senna, Cassia marilandica, of the eastern U.S., having yellow flowers. Also called American senna. * * *
wild service tree.
See under service tree (def. 1). * * *
wild silk
1. tussah. 2. Brit. See raw silk. [1790-1800, Amer.] * * *
wild spinach
any of various plants of the genus Chenopodium, sometimes used in place of spinach. * * *
wild sweet potato
man-of-the-earth. [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
wild sweet william
1. See blue phlox. 2. a plant, Phlox maculata, of the phlox family, native to eastern North America, having purple-spotted stems and elongated clusters of pink or purple ...
wild thyme
mother-of-thyme. * * *
wild turkey
the ancestral species of the domesticated turkey. Cf. turkey (def. 1). [1605-15, Amer.] * * *
wild type
—wild-type, adj. Genetics. 1. an organism having an appearance that is characteristic of the species in a natural breeding population. 2. the form or forms of a gene commonly ...
wild vanilla
☆ wild vanilla n. a perennial plant (Trilisa odoratissima) of the composite family, with vanilla-scented foliage: found in the SE U.S. * * *
wild vanilla.
See vanilla plant. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
Wild Weasel
a nickname given various U.S. military aircraft fitted with radar-detection and jamming equipment and designed to suppress enemy air defenses with missiles that home on radar ...
Wild West
the western frontier region of the U.S., before the establishment of stable government. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
Wild West show
an entertainment, often as part of a circus, representing scenes and events from the early history of the western U.S. and displaying feats of marksmanship, horseback riding, ...
wild yam
any of several uncultivated yams, esp. Dioscorea villosa, of the U.S., having a woody, tuberous root. [1835-45] * * *
Wild, Jack
▪ 2007       British actor (b. Sept. 30, 1952, Royton, Lancashire, Eng.—d. March 1, 2006, Tebworth, Bedfordshire, Eng.), achieved international fame as a teenager for ...
Wild, Jonathan
▪ English criminal born c. 1682, , Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Eng. died May 24, 1725, London       master English criminal of early 18th-century London, leader of ...
/wuyld"n wool"ee/, adj. unrestrained; lawless: a wild-and-woolly frontier town. [1885-90; perh. orig. referring to range-bred cattle] * * *
/wuyld"kahrd'/, adj. 1. of, constituting, or including a wild card. 2. Informal. of, being, or including an unpredictable or unproven element, person, item, etc. 3. Sports. of, ...
/wuyld"uyd'/, adj. 1. having an angry, insane, or distressed expression in the eyes. 2. extremely irrational, senseless, or radical: a wild-eyed scheme. [1810-20] * * *
wild-goose chase
/wuyld"goohs"/ 1. a wild or absurd search for something nonexistent or unobtainable: a wild-goose chase looking for a building long demolished. 2. any senseless pursuit of an ...
wild-goose chase (wīldʹgo͞osʹ) n. A futile pursuit or search. * * *
/wuyld"hed"id/, adj. given to wild or exorbitant ideas. * * *
wild-water racing
▪ canoeing competition also called  white-water racing        competitive canoe or kayak racing down swift-flowing, turbulent streams called wild water (often ...
wild bergamot n. See horsemint. * * *
wild boar n. A wild pig (Sus scrofa) of Eurasia and northern Africa, having dark dense bristles. It is the ancestor of the domestic hog. * * *
wild·card or wild card (wīldʹkärd') n. 1. Games. A playing card whose value can vary as determined by its holder. 2. Sports. An athlete or team selected to compete in a ...
wild carrot n. See Queen Anne's lace. * * *
/wuyld"kat'/, n., pl. wildcats, (esp. collectively) wildcat for 1-4, adj., v., wildcatted, wildcatting. n. 1. any of several North American felines of the genus Lynx. Cf. ...
wildcat bank
a bank that issued notes without adequate security in the period before the establishment of the national banking system in 1864. [1830-40, Amer.] * * * In the U.S., an unsound ...
wildcat strike
a labor strike that has not been called or sanctioned by the officials of the union. Also called outlaw strike, quickie strike. [1940-45, Amer.] * * *
/wuyld"kat'euhr/, n. 1. an oil prospector. 2. a person who promotes risky or unsound business ventures. 3. a person who participates in a wildcat strike. [1880-85, Amer.; WILDCAT ...
wild celery n. See eelgrass. * * *
/wuyld/, n. Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) /fing"geuhl oh fla"heuhr tee wilz", oh flair"tee/, ("Sebastian Melmoth"), 1854-1900, Irish poet, dramatist, novelist, essayist, and ...
Wilde, Cornel
▪ American actor byname of  Cornelius Louis Wilde   born Oct. 13, 1915, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 16, 1989, Los Angeles, Calif.       American actor and ...
Wilde, Jimmy
▪ Welsh boxer byname  Mighty Atom  born May 15, 1892, near Quakers Yard, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales died March 10, 1969, Cardiff  Welsh professional boxer, world flyweight (112 ...
Wilde, Oscar
▪ Irish author in full  Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde  born , Oct. 16, 1854, Dublin, Ire. died Nov. 30, 1900, Paris, Fr.  Irish (Irish literature) wit, poet, and ...
Wilde, Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills)
Wilde (wīld), Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills). 1854-1900. Irish-born writer. Renowned as a wit in London literary circles, he achieved recognition with The Picture of Dorian ...
/wuyl"dee euhn/, adj. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary style of Oscar Wilde. [1920-25; WILDE + -AN] * * *
/wil"deuh beest', vil"-/, n., pl. wildebeests, (esp. collectively) wildebeest. gnu. [1830-40; < Afrik wildebees < D wildebeest, equiv. to wild WILD + beest BEAST] * * * ▪ ...
Wildenstein, Daniel Leopold
▪ 2002       French-born art historian, art dealer, and thoroughbred race horse owner (b. Sept. 11, 1917, Verrières-le-Buisson, France—d. Oct. 23, 2001, Paris, ...
Wildenvey, Herman
▪ Norwegian poet pseudonym of  Herman Theodor Portaas   born July 20, 1886, Nedre Eiker, Norway died September 27, 1959, Larvik       Norwegian poet whose sunny songs ...
wilder1 —wilderment, n. /wil"deuhr/, Archaic. v.t. 1. to cause to lose one's way. 2. to bewilder. v.i. 3. to lose one's way. 4. to be bewildered. [1605-15; perh. extracted from ...
/wuyl"deuhr/, n. 1. Billy (Samuel Wilder), born 1906, U.S. film director, producer, and writer; born in Austria. 2. Laura Ingalls /ing"geuhlz/, 1867-1957, U.S. writer of ...
Wilder, Billy
orig. Samuel Wilder born June 22, 1906, Sucha, Austria died March 27, 2002, Beverly Hills, Calif., U.S. Austrian-born U.S. film director and screenwriter. Working as a ...
Wilder, Douglas
▪ American politician in full  Lawrence Douglas Wilder  born January 17, 1931, Richmond, Virginia, U.S.    American politician, the first popularly elected African ...
Wilder, Gene
▪ American actor original name  Jerome Silberman  born June 11, 1935, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.    American comic actor best known for his portrayals of high-strung ...
Wilder, Laura Ingalls
orig. Laura Ingalls born Feb. 7, 1867, Lake Pepin, Wis., U.S. died Feb. 10, 1957, Mansfield, Mo. U.S. children's author. She led the pioneer life with her family, living in ...
Wilder, Thornton
▪ American writer in full  Thornton Niven Wilder  born April 17, 1897, Madison, Wis., U.S. died Dec. 7, 1975, Hamden, Conn.       American writer, whose innovative ...
Wilder, Thornton (Niven)
Wilder, Thornton (Niven). 1897-1975. American writer whose works include novels, such as The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), and the theatrically innovative drama Our Town ...
Wil·der (wīlʹdər), Billy. Born 1906. Austrian-born American filmmaker whose works include Double Indemnity (1944), Some Like It Hot (1959), and Fedora (1978). * * *
Wilder,Laura Ingalls
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. 1867-1957. American writer of novels, such as Little House on the Prairie (1935), based on her childhood on the American frontier. * * *
See wilder. * * *
/wil"deuhr nis/, n. 1. a wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals; a tract of wasteland. 2. a tract of land officially ...
/wil"deuhr nis/, n. a wooded area in NE Virginia: several battles fought here in 1864 between armies of Grant and Lee. * * *
wilderness area
a region whose natural growth is protected by legislation and whose recreational and industrial use is restricted. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
wilderness areas
➡ national parks and protected areas * * *
Wilderness Road
Amer. Hist. a 300-mile (500-km) route from eastern Virginia through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky, explored by Daniel Boone in 1769 and marked as a trail by him and other ...
Wilderness, Battle of the
(May 5–7, 1864) Engagement in the American Civil War. When Ulysses S. Grant planned a Union campaign to capture Richmond, Va., and advanced with 115,000 troops, he was met by ...
Wil·der·ness Road (wĭlʹdər-nĭs) The principal route for westward migration in the United States from c. 1790 to 1840. Blazed largely by Daniel Boone in 1775, it stretched ...
wild fennel n. Any of various Mediterranean and western Asian annual herbs of the genus Nigella, having finely dissected leaves, showy white, blue, or yellow solitary flowers, ...
/wuyld"fuyeur'/, n. 1. a highly flammable composition, as Greek fire, difficult to extinguish when ignited, formerly used in warfare. 2. any large fire that spreads rapidly and ...
/wuyld"flow'euhr/, n. 1. the flower of a plant that normally grows in fields, forests, etc., without deliberate cultivation. 2. the plant itself. Also, wild flower. [1790-1800; ...
/wuyld"fowl'/, n. a game bird, esp. a wild duck, goose, or swan. [bef. 1000; ME wilde foul, OE wildefugl. See WILD, FOWL] * * *
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
a British organization, set up in 1946 by Peter Scott to study and protect wildfowl (= wild birds that live on or near water, such as ducks and geese). See also Slimbridge. * * *
Wildfowl Trust, The
▪ nature preserve, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom       centre of the world's largest collection of waterfowl. It was established in 1946 by Sir Peter Scott on ...
Wildgans, Anton
▪ Austrian dramatist and poet born April 17, 1881, Vienna, Austria died May 3, 1932, Mödling, near Vienna       Austrian dramatist and poet known for his mystical ...
wild geranium n. A North American woodland plant (Geranium maculatum) having rose-purple flowers. Also called spotted cranesbill. * * *
wild ginger n. Any of various plants of the genus Asarum, especially A. canadense of North America, having broad leaves, a solitary brownish flower, and an aromatic root. Also ...
wild goose n. Any of numerous species of undomesticated geese, as the Canada goose and the graylag. * * *
wild hyacinth n. See eastern camass. * * *
wild indigo n. Any of several North American plants of the genus Baptisia, especially B. tinctoria, having trifoliate leaves and bright yellow flowers. * * *
/wuyl"ding/, n. 1. a wild apple tree. 2. its fruit. 3. any plant that grows wild. 4. a plant, originally cultivated, that now grows wild; an escape. 5. a wild animal. adj. 6. not ...
/wuyl"dish/, adj. somewhat wild. [1705-15; WILD + -ISH1] * * *
/wuyld"land'/, n. land that has not been cultivated, esp. land set aside and protected as a wilderness. [1805-15; WILD + -LAND] * * *
wildland fire
 uncontrolled fire in a forest (forest fire), grassland, brushland (brush fire), or land sown to crops.       Fire danger in a wildland setting varies with weather ...
/wuyld"luyf'/, n. 1. undomesticated animals living in the wild, including those hunted for food, sport, or profit. adj. 2. of, for, or abounding in wildlife: a wildlife ...
wildlife conservation
Regulation of wild animals and plants in such a way as to provide for their continuance. Efforts are aimed at preventing the depletion of present populations and ensuring the ...
▪ 1995  At the beginning of the 20th century, even though tigers had been hunted for at least a thousand years, there were still an estimated 100,000 of them living in the ...
wildlife refuge
➡ nature reserves * * *
wildlily of the valley
wild lily of the valley n. A perennial woodland herb (Maianthemum canadense) of North America, having a terminal cluster of small fragrant white flowers. * * *
/wuyld"ling/, n. a wild plant, flower, or animal. [1830-40; WILD + -LING1] * * *
See wild. * * *
Wildman, Sir John
▪ English agitator born c. 1621–23 died June 4, 1693       English agitator and Leveler associate who outlasted vicissitudes under three British kings and two ...
wild marjoram n. See marjoram. * * *
wild mustard n. Charlock. * * *
See wildly. * * *
wild oat n. 1. often wild oats An annual Eurasian grass (Avena fatua) related to the cultivated oat. Often used in the plural. 2. wild oats Misdeeds and indiscretions committed ...
wild olive n. See devilwood. * * *
wild pansy n. The heartsease. * * *
wild pink n. A perennial herb (Silene caroliniana) native to the eastern United States, having pink or white flowers, opposite leaves, and glandular, hairy flower clusters. * * *
wild pitch n. Baseball An erratic pitch that the catcher cannot be expected to catch and that enables a base runner to advance. * * *
wild rice n. 1. A tall aquatic annual grass (Zizania aquatica) of North America, bearing edible grain. 2. The grain of this plant. * * *
wild rye n. Any of various grasses of the genus Elymus of the Northern Hemisphere. * * *
wild turkey n. A wild variety of turkey, especially one from which the common domesticated North American turkey is developed. * * *
wild type n. The typical form of an organism, strain, gene, or characteristic as it occurs in nature, as distinguished from mutant forms that may result from selective ...
Wild West (wīld) n. The western United States during the period of its settlement, especially with reference to its lawlessness. * * *
/wuyld"wood'/, n. a wood growing in the wild or natural state; forest. [bef. 1150; ME wilde wode, OE wilde wudu. See WILD, WOOD1] * * *
/wuyl/, n., v., wiled, wiling. n. 1. a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device. 2. wiles, artful or beguiling behavior. 3. deceitful cunning; ...

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