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wing nut © School Division, Houghton Mifflin Company n. A nut with winglike projections for thumb and forefinger leverage in turning. Also called thumbnut. * * *
/wing"oh'veuhr/, n. Aeron. an airplane maneuver involving a steep, climbing turn to a near stall, then a sharp drop of the nose, a removal of bank, and a final leveling off in ...
/wingz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) 1. Also called aviation badge. Mil. Informal. a badge bearing the image of a spread pair of bird's wings with a distinctive center design, ...
Wings of the Dove, The
/duv/ a novel (1902) by Henry James. * * *
/wing"span'/, n. 1. the distance between the wing tips of an airplane. 2. wingspread. [1915-20; WING + SPAN1] * * *
/wing"spred'/, n. the distance between the most outward tips of the wings when they are as extended as possible. [1895-1900; WING + SPREAD] * * *
wingtip [wiŋ′tip΄] n. 1. the outermost end of a wing 2. ☆ a) a man's shoe, esp. a brogue, of a style characterized by a decorative piece of leather over the vamp, peaked ...
/wing"ee/, adj., wingier, wingiest. 1. having wings. 2. rapid; swift. [1590-1600; WING + -Y1] * * *
/win"euh frid/, n. a female given name. * * *
Winisk River
▪ river, Ontario, Canada       river, north-central Ontario, Canada, emptying into Hudson Bay. Arising from Wunnummin Lake, it flows eastward to Winisk Lake and then ...
wink1 —winkingly, adv. /wingk/, v.i. 1. to close and open one or both eyes quickly. 2. to close and open one eye quickly as a hint or signal or with some sly meaning (often ...
Winkelman, Henri Gerard
▪ Dutch military officer born Aug. 17, 1876, Maastricht, Neth. died Dec. 27, 1952, Soesterberg       general who commanded the armed forces of The Netherlands during ...
/wing"keuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that winks. 2. a blinker or blinder for a horse. 3. Informal. an eyelash or an eye. [1540-50; WINK1 + -ER1] * * *
Winkfield, James
▪ American jockey born April 12, 1882, Chilesburg, Kentucky, U.S. died March 23, 1974, near Paris, France       American jockey, the last African American to win the ...
/wing"keuhl/, n., v., winkled, winkling. Brit. n. 1. any of various marine gastropods; periwinkle. v.t. 2. Informal. to pry (something) out of a place, as winkle meat is dug out ...
winkle-picker [wiŋ′kəl pik΄ər] n. 〚reason for name uncert.〛 [Brit. Slang] a shoe or boot with a narrow, sharply pointed toe * * *
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie
▪ Dutch encyclopaedia       the standard Dutch encyclopaedia, published by Elsevier in Amsterdam. The first edition (1870–82) was based on the German Brockhaus ...
Winkler, Clemens Alexander
▪ German chemist born Dec. 26, 1838, Freiberg, Ger. died Oct. 8, 1904, Dresden       German chemist who discovered the element germanium.       After 12 years ...
Winkler, Hans Günter
▪ German athlete born July 24, 1926, Wuppertal-Barmen, Ger.    German equestrian champion who won seven Olympic medals and was the most decorated Olympic show jumper of all ...
See win. * * *
/win"l stray'/, n. Chiefly Scot. windlestraw. * * *
See winnable. * * *
—winnability, n. /win"euh beuhl/, adj. that can be won: a winnable war. [1535-45; WIN + -ABLE] * * *
▪ Ghana       coastal town, southern Ghana. It lies along the Gulf of Guinea near the mouth of the Ayensu River. It was originally a roadstead port, dependent upon the ...
/win'euh bay"goh/, n., pl. Winnebagos, (esp. collectively) Winnebago for 1. 1. a member of a North American Indian tribe speaking a Siouan language closely related to Assiniboin, ...
Winnebago, Lake A lake of eastern Wisconsin traversed by the Fox River. It is a popular recreation area. * * *
n (pl -gos) a popular US make of motor home (= a large motor vehicle fitted as a home and used for holidays, etc.). The first Winnebago was made in 1966 at Forest City, Iowa, ...
▪ Nevada, United States       city, seat (1873) of Humboldt county, in northwestern Nevada, U.S., on the Humboldt River. Originally known as French Ford for the first ...
Winnemucca, Sarah
▪ Native American educator, author and lecturer also called  Sarah Hopkins Winnemucca  or  Sally Winnemucca , original name  Thoc-me-tony,  Thocmectony , or ...
/win'euh peuh saw"kee/, n. Winnipesaukee. * * *
/win"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that wins; victor. 2. winner take all, a situation or outcome whereby the winner receives all the prizes or rewards. [1325-75; ME; see WIN, ...
winner's circle
1. a small, usually circular area or enclosure at a racetrack where awards are bestowed on winning mounts and their jockeys. 2. any select group of winners, achievers, or those ...
win·ner's circle (wĭnʹərz) n. pl. winners' circles An enclosed area at a racetrack where the winning horse and jockey are brought for awards and publicity. * * *
/wi net"keuh/, n. a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago. 12,772. * * * ▪ Illinois, United States       village, Cook county, northeastern Illinois, U.S. It lies along ...
Winnetka Plan
▪ education       widely imitated educational experiment in individualized ungraded learning, developed in 1919 under the leadership of Carleton Washburne (Washburne, ...
/win"ee/, n. 1. a male given name, form of Winston. 2. a female given name, form of Winifred. * * *
/win"ee dheuh pooh"/, n. a collection of children's stories (1926) by A. A. Milne. * * *
➡ Pooh. * * *
—winningly, adv. —winningness, n. /win"ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that wins. 2. Usually, winnings. something that is won, esp. money. 3. Mining. a. any opening ...
winning gallery
Court Tennis. a winning opening on the hazard side, below the penthouse and farthest from the dedans. Cf. dedans (def. 1), grille (def. 5). [1875-80] * * *
winning hazard.
See under hazard (def. 7). * * *
winning opening
Court Tennis. the dedans, winning gallery, or grille. [1875-80] * * *
winning post
a post on a racetrack, marking the goal of a race. [1810-20] * * *
Winning, Thomas Joseph Cardinal
▪ 2002       Scottish cleric (b. June 3, 1925, Wishaw, Scot.—d. June 17, 2001, Glasgow, Scot.), was the spiritual leader of Roman Catholics in Scotland; his service as ...
/win"ing ist/, adj. Informal. 1. winning most often: the winningest coach in college basketball. 2. most winning or charming: the winningest smile in town. [1970-75; WINNING + ...
winning gallery n. A winning opening in court tennis below the side penthouse and on the hazard side of the net. * * *
See winning. * * *
See winningly. * * *
winning opening n. Any of three openings in court tennis into which a played ball may be hit, thus affording the player a point. * * *
winning post n. The post at the end of a racecourse. * * *
—Winnipegger, n. /win"euh peg'/, n. 1. a city in and the capital of Manitoba, in S Canada, on the Red River. 560,874. 2. Lake, a lake in S Canada, in Manitoba. ab. 260 mi. (420 ...
Winnipeg Free Press
▪ Canadian newspaper       daily newspaper published in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Can., whose outspoken independence and championship of public service and minority causes ...
Winnipeg River
River, southeastern Manitoba and southwestern Ontario, Canada. It issues from the Lake of the Woods and flows northwest for about 200 mi (320 km) before entering the ...
Winnipeg, Lake
Lake, south-central Manitoba, Canada. Fed by many rivers, including the Saskatchewan, Red River of the North, and Winnipeg, it is drained to the northeast by the Nelson River. ...
Winnipeg, Lake A lake of south-central Manitoba, Canada. A remnant of the glacial Lake Agassiz, it is now a popular resort area surrounded by valuable timberlands. * * *
/win'euh pi goh"sis/, n. Lake, a lake in S Canada, in W Manitoba, W of Lake Winnipeg. 2086 sq. mi. (5405 sq. km). * * *
Winnipegosis, Lake
Lake, western Manitoba, Canada. Located west of Lake Winnipeg, it is a remnant of glacial Lake Agassiz. Numerous streams feed the 2,075-sq-mi (5,374-sq-km) lake, which drains ...
Win·ni·pe·go·sis (wĭn'ə-pĭ-gōʹsĭs), Lake A lake of southwest Manitoba, Canada, west of Lake Winnipeg. It drains southward into Lake Manitoba and has important ...
Winnipeg River A river, about 322 km (200 mi) long, of southwest Ontario and southeast Manitoba, Canada, flowing northwest to Lake Winnipeg. * * *
/win'euh peuh saw"kee/, n. Lake, a lake in central New Hampshire: summer resort. 25 mi. (40 km) long. Also, Winnepesaukee. * * *
Winnipesaukee, Lake
Lake, east-central New Hampshire, U.S. New Hampshire's largest lake, it covers an area of 71 sq mi (184 sq km) and is 20 mi (32 km) long by 12 mi (19 km) wide. It is dotted with ...
Win·ni·pe·sau·kee (wĭn'ə-pĭ-sôʹkē), Lake A lake of east-central New Hampshire. It is in a popular resort area. * * *
/win"euhk/, n. Scot. window. [1485-95; windok, Scots var. of ME windoge WINDOW] * * *
—winnower, n. /win"oh/, v.t. 1. to free (grain) from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, etc., esp. by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a forced current of ...
See winnow. * * *
/win"ee/, n. 1. a male given name, form of Winston. 2. a female given name, form of Winifred. * * *
/wuy"noh/, n., pl. winos. Informal. a person who is addicted to wine, esp. a derelict. [1915-20, Amer.; WINE + -O] * * *
Winogradsky, Sergey (Nikolayevich)
born Sept. 1, 1856, Kiev, Russian Empire died Feb. 25, 1953, Brie-Comte-Robert, France Russian microbiologist. In studying the physiology of sulfur bacteria, he showed that the ...
Winogradsky, Sergey Nikolayevich
▪ Russian microbiologist Winogradsky also spelled  Vinogradsky   born Sept. 1, 1856, Kiev, Russian Empire [now in Ukraine] died Feb. 25, 1953, Brie-Comte-Robert, ...
/wi noh"neuh/, n. 1. a city in SE Minnesota, on the Mississippi. 25,075. 2. a female given name. * * * ▪ Minnesota, United States       city, seat of Winona county, ...
Winona State University
▪ university, Winona, Minnesota, United States       coeducational institution of higher learning, located in the Hiawatha Valley of the Mississippi River in Winona, ...
▪ Vermont, United States       city, Chittenden county, northwestern Vermont, U.S. The city lies on a steep side hill rising from the Winooski River just northeast of ...
Winooski River
▪ river, Vermont, United States       river in north-central Vermont, U.S. It rises near Cabot in Washington county and flows southwest, then northwest across the ...
Winship, Thomas
▪ 2003       American newspaper editor (b. July 1, 1920, Cambridge, Mass.—d. March 14, 2002, Boston, Mass.), took over the post of Boston Globe editor from his father, ...
Winslet, Kate
▪ English actress in full  Kate Elizabeth Winslet  born Oct. 5, 1975, Reading, Berkshire, Eng.    English actress who was known for her sharply drawn portrayals of ...
/winz"loh/, n. 1. Edward, 1595-1655, English colonist and author in America: governor of the Plymouth colony 1633, 1639, 1644. 2. a male given name. * * * (as used in ...
Winslow Homer
➡ Homer * * *
Winslow, Edward
born Oct. 18, 1595, Droitwich, Worcestershire, Eng. died May 8, 1655, at sea, near Jamaica, British West Indies British-American colonist. In 1620 he sailed on the Mayflower to ...
Winslow, Josiah
born с 1629, Plymouth colony died Dec. 18, 1680, Marshfield, Plymouth colony American colonist. The son of Edward Winslow, he succeeded Myles Standish as commander of Plymouth ...
Win·slow (wĭnzʹlō), Edward. 1595-1655. English colonial administrator who traveled to America on the Mayflower and served three times as governor of Plymouth Colony (1633, ...
—winsomely, adv. —winsomeness, n. /win"seuhm/, adj. sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging: a winsome smile. [bef. 900; ME winsom, OE wynsum, equiv. to wyn joy ...
See winsome. * * *
See winsomely. * * *
/win"zeuhr/, n. Justin, 1831-97, U.S. librarian and historian. * * *
Winsor, Justin
born Jan. 2, 1831, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Oct. 22, 1897, Cambridge, Mass. U.S. librarian and historian. A freelance writer in his native Boston, Winsor was appointed a ...
Winsor, Kathleen
▪ 2004       American novelist (b. Oct. 16, 1919, Olivia, Minn.—d. May 26, 2003, New York, N.Y.), achieved almost instant notoriety in 1944 with Forever Amber, her ...
Winstanley, Gerrard
▪ English social reformer baptized Oct. 10, 1609, Wigan, Lancashire, Eng. died 1676       leader and theoretician of the group of English agrarian communists known as ...
▪ Connecticut, United States       city and principal community in the town (township) of Winchester, Litchfield county, northwestern Connecticut, U.S., at the ...
Winstedt, Sir Richard Olof
▪ British educator born Aug. 2, 1878, Oxford died June 2, 1966, London       director of education in British Malaya who shaped Malay education and produced an ...
/win"steuhn/, n. a male given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Howard John Winston Lennon John Winston Winston Salem * * *
Winston Churchill
➡ Churchill (II) * * *
Winston, Stan
▪ 2009 Stanley Winston        American special-effects artist born April 7, 1946, Arlington, Va. died June 15, 2008, Malibu, Calif. earned praise—and 10 Oscar ...
/win"steuhn say"leuhm/, n. a city in N North Carolina. 131,885. * * * City (pop., 2000: 185,776), north-central North Carolina, U.S. With High Point and Greensboro it forms a ...
—winterer, n. —winterish, adj. —winterishly, adv. —winterless, adj. /win"teuhr/, n. 1. the cold season between autumn and spring in northern latitudes (in the Northern ...
winter aconite
a small Old World plant, Eranthis hyemalis, of the buttercup family, often cultivated for its bright-yellow flowers, which appear very early in the spring. [1785-95] * * * ▪ ...
winter barley
barley that is planted in the autumn to be harvested in the spring or early summer. [1570-80] * * *
winter cherry
1. Also called Chinese lantern plant. a Eurasian ground cherry, Physalis alkekengi, of the nightshade family, bearing fruit enclosed in a showy, orange-red, inflated calyx. 2. ...
winter cress
any cress belonging to the genus Barbarea, of the mustard family, having lyrate leaves and yellow flowers. [1540-50] * * * ▪ plant       any of about 20 species of the ...
winter crookneck
any of several winter varieties of squash, Cucurbita moschata, having elongated, curved necks. [1905-10] * * *
Winter Dance Party itinerary
▪ Primary Source       This itinerary for the Winter Dance Party tour (see photo) was prepared for the performers and their families. By this point Buddy Holly and the ...
winter flounder
☆ winter flounder n. a common, brownish-gray flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) of the Atlantic coast of North America, valued as a food fish, esp. in winter * * *
winter flounder.
See under lemon sole. [1805-15, Amer.] * * *
Winter Games
Olympic Games held every fourth winter and including skiing, ice-skating, bobsledding, and other primarily winter sports. Cf. Summer Games. * * *
winter garden
1. an outdoor garden maintained during the winter with hardy plants. 2. a conservatory devoted to the cultivation of winter-blooming plants. [1775-85] * * *
Winter Haven
a city in central Florida. 21,119. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, Polk county, central Florida, U.S., situated amid a large cluster of small lakes, about ...
winter hazel
▪ plant       any of about 10 species of the genus Corylopsis, deciduous shrubs or small trees of the witch hazel family (Hamamelidaceae). They are native to eastern ...
winter jasmine
a shrub, Jasminum nudiflorum, of China, having winter-blooming, yellow flowers. * * *
winter melon
a variety of late-keeping muskmelon, Cucumis melo inodorus, having a sweet, edible flesh. [1895-1900] * * *
winter oats
oats that are planted in the autumn to be harvested in the spring or early summer. * * *
winter of discontent
a phrase first used by some British newspapers and politicians to describe the winter of 1978–9 in Britain, when there were many strikes and economic problems. The phrase was ...
Winter Olympics.
See Winter Games. * * *
Winter Park
a city in E Florida. 22,314. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, Orange county, central Florida, U.S., just north of Orlando. The city was founded as Lakeview ...
winter purslane
a plant, Montia perfoliata, native to western North America, of the purslane family, having edible, egg-shaped leaves and clusters of small, white flowers. Also called miner's ...
winter rose.
See Christmas rose. [1735-45] * * *
winter savory.
See under savory2. [1590-1600] * * *
winter solstice
Astron. the solstice on or about December 21st that marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. [1625-35] * * *
Winter Springs
a town in central Florida. 10,475. * * *
winter squash
any of several varieties of Cucurbita maxima or C. moschata that mature in late autumn and are used, when ripe, as a vegetable. [1740-50] * * *
winter vetch.
See hairy vetch. * * *
winter wheat
wheat that is planted in the autumn to be harvested in the spring or early summer. [1665-75] * * *
winter wren
(in the Western Hemisphere) a small wren, Troglodytes troglodytes, of coniferous forests. [1800-10, Amer.] * * *
Winter's bark
(sometimes l.c.) an evergreen tree, Drimys winteri, ranging from Mexico to Cape Horn, having aromatic leaves and cream-colored, jasmine-scented flowers. [1615-25; named after ...
Winter's Tale, The
a drama (1610-11?) by Shakespeare. * * * ▪ work by Shakespeare       play in five acts by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William), written about 1609–11 and ...
Winter, Fred
▪ 2005 Frederick Thomas Winter        British steeplechase (jump) jockey and trainer (b. Sept. 20, 1926, Andover, Hampshire, Eng.—d. April 5, 2004, Swindon, Wiltshire, ...
win·ter-feed (wĭnʹtər-fēd') tr.v. win·ter-·fed, (-fĕd') win·ter-·feed·ing, win·ter-·feeds To feed (livestock) when grazing is not possible. * * *
—winter-hardiness, winterhardiness, n. /win"teuhr hahr'dee/, adj. (esp. of plants, shrubs, or the like) able to survive the effects of cold weather. Also, winterhardy. * * *
▪ plant family       family of aromatic trees and shrubs of the order Magnoliales that contains 4–7 genera and 60–90 species, depending on the authority consulted. ...
winter aconite n. Any of various Eurasian herbs of the genus Eranthis, especially E. hyemalis, having palmately dissected leaves and a solitary yellow flower that blooms in ...
/win"teuhr ber'ee/, n., pl. winterberries. 1. any of several North American hollies of the genus Ilex, having red berries that are persistent through the winter. 2. See black ...
Winterbotham, Frederick William
▪ British secret service official born April 16, 1897, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England died January 28, 1990, Blandford, Dorset       British secret-service official ...
Winterbottom, Sir Walter
▪ 2003       British association football (soccer) manager and coach (b. March 31, 1913, Oldham, Lancashire, Eng.—d. Feb. 16, 2002, Guildford, Surrey, Eng.), was from ...
/win"teuhr bawrn', -bohrn', -boorn'/, n. a channel filled only at a time of excessive rainfall. [bef. 950; OE winterburna (not recorded in ME). See WINTER, BURN2] * * *
winter break n. A period of recess during the winter term at school and usually including the winter holidays. * * *
winter cherry n. A frequently cultivated Eurasian plant (Physalis alkekengi) having small red berries enclosed in inflated papery orange-red seed cases. Also called Chinese ...
winter cress n. Any of various herbs of the genus Barbarea of the mustard family, having pinnately divided basal leaves and yellow flowers. * * *
/win"teuhr feed'/, v., winterfed, winterfeeding, n. v.t. 1. to feed (cattle, sheep, etc.) during the winter when pasturage is not available. 2. to supply (grain, hay, etc.) to ...
winter flounder n. A dark, rusty brown flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) of the North American Atlantic coast, prized especially in winter as a food fish. * * *
/win"teuhr green'/, n. 1. Also called checkerberry. a small, creeping, evergreen shrub, Gaultheria procumbens, of the heath family, common in eastern North America, having white, ...
wintergreen barberry
a Chinese evergreen shrub, Berberis julianae, of the barberry family, having spiny leaves, dark green above, pale beneath, clusters of yellow flowers, and bluish-black fruit. * * ...
wintergreen oil.
See methyl salicylate. [1835-45] * * *
Winterhalter, Franz Xaver
▪ German painter born April 20, 1805, Menzenschwand, Germany died July 8, 1873, Frankfurt am Main       German painter and lithographer, known for his portraits of ...
See winter. * * *
See winterize. * * *
—winterization, n. —winterizer, n. /win"teuh ruyz'/, v., winterized, winterizing. v.t. 1. to prepare (an automobile, house, etc.) for cold weather by (in automobiles) adding ...
/win"teuhr kil'/, v.t., v.i. 1. to kill by or die from exposure to the cold of winter, as wheat. n. 2. an act or instance of winterkilling. 3. death resulting from ...
/win"teuhr lee/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or occurring in winter; hibernal. 2. wintry. [bef. 1000; OE winterlic (not recorded in ME); see WINTER, -LY] * * *
winter melon n. See honeydew melon.   [Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) dōngguā: dōng, winter + guā, melon.] * * *
winter purslane n. An annual plant (Montia perfoliata) of western North America, having small white flowers and fleshy leaves sometimes eaten in salads. Also called miner's ...
Winterreise, Die
Ger. /dee vin"teuh rdduy'zeuh/ a song cycle (1827) by Franz Schubert, consisting of 24 songs set to poems of Wilhelm Müller. * * *
/win"teuhrz/, n. Yvor /uy"vawr/, 1900-68, U.S. poet and critic. * * *
Winters, Jonathan
▪ American comedian in full  Jonathan Harshman Winters III  born November 11, 1925, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.       American comedian who was once described by talk-show ...
Winters, Shelley
▪ 2007 Shirley Schrift        American actress (b. Aug. 18, 1922, St. Louis, Mo.—d. Jan. 14, 2006, Beverly Hills, Calif.), had a career that spanned more than half a ...
Winters, Yvor
▪ American poet born Oct. 17, 1900, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Jan. 25, 1968, Palo Alto, Calif.       American poet, critic, and teacher who held that literature should ...
winter savory n. See savory2. * * *
/win"teuhr set'/, n. a drama in verse (1935) by Maxwell Anderson. * * *
winter solstice n. In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice that occurs on or about December 22. * * *
Winterson, Jeanette
▪ British author born Aug. 27, 1959, Manchester, Eng.       British novelist noted for her quirky, unconventional, and often comic novels.       Educated at St. ...
winter squash n. Any of several thick-rinded varieties of squash, such as the acorn squash, that can be stored for long periods. Also called hubbard squash. * * *
/win"teuhr sweet'/, n. a shrub, Chimonanthus praecox, native to China, having large leaves and fragrant yellow flowers. [1890-95; WINTER + SWEET] * * *
/vin"teuhr toor'/; Ger. /vin"teuhrdd toohrdd'/, n. a city in Zurich canton, in N Switzerland, NE of Zurich. 91,000. * * * ▪ Switzerland       city, Zürich canton, ...
Winterthur Museum
▪ museum, Winterthur, Delaware, United States in full  Winterthur Museum & Country Estate        museum in Winterthur, Del., U.S., near Wilmington, that specializes ...
/win"teuhr tuyd'/, n. Literary. wintertime. [bef. 900; ME; OE wintertid. See WINTER, TIDE1] * * *
/win"teuhr tuym'/, n. the season of winter. [1350-1400; ME; r. ME wintertide WINTERTIDE] * * *
winter wheat n. Wheat planted in the autumn and harvested the following spring or early summer. * * *
winter wren n. A small wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) having a short tail and black bars on the belly. * * *
/win"teuh ree, -tree/, adj., winterier, winteriest. wintry. * * *
Winter’s Tale
a play (c. 1610) by William Shakespeare. It begins sadly and ends happily. Leontes, king of Sicilia, thinks that his wife is not faithful. He puts her in prison and orders his ...
/win"threuhp/, n. 1. John, 1588-1649, English colonist in America: 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony 1629-33, 1637-40, 1642-44, 1646-49. 2. his son, John, 1606-76, ...
Winthrop desk.
See Governor Winthrop desk. * * *
Winthrop, John
born Jan. 22, 1588, Edwardstone, Suffolk, Eng. died April 5, 1649, Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony American colonial political leader, first governor of the Massachusetts Bay ...
Win·throp (wĭnʹthrəp), John. 1588-1649. English-born American colonial administrator who was the first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, serving seven terms between 1629 ...
/win"tl/, n., v., wintled, wintling. Scot. n. 1. a rolling or staggering motion. v.i. 2. to roll or swing back and forth. 3. to tumble over; capsize. [1775-85; < early D ...
▪ Queensland, Australia       town, central Queensland, Australia, on Western Mills Creek, an intermittent tributary of the Diamantina River. Settled in 1873 and ...
Winton, Alexander
▪ American automobile manufacturer born June 20, 1860, Grangemouth, Stirling, Scot. died June 21, 1932, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.       Scottish-born American pioneer ...
Winton, Timothy John
▪ 1996       Australia's most successful author since Nobel laureate Patrick White, Tim Winton put another feather in his cap in 1995 when his novel The Riders became an ...
Wintour, Anna
▪ 2008 born Nov. 3, 1949, London, Eng.  American Vogue magazine's editor in chief, Anna Wintour, continued in 2007 to exceed the influence of her predecessors and rivals by ...
Wintour, Charles Vere
▪ 2000       British journalist and editor who, while at the helm of London's Evening Standard (1959–76 and 1978–80), turned the struggling tabloid into one of the ...
See wintry. * * *
See wintrily. * * *
—wintrily, adv. —wintriness, n. /win"tree/, adj., wintrier, wintriest. 1. of or characteristic of winter: wintry blasts; wintry skies. 2. resembling winter weather; having ...
/win tooh", win"tooh/, n., pl. Wintus, esp. collectively Wintu for 1. 1. a member of an American Indian people of the Sacramento River valley in California. 2. the Wintun ...
/win toohn", win"toohn/, n. 1. Also called Copehan. a small family of North American Indian languages of Penutian stock spoken in northern California and including Wintu and ...
/wuy"nee/, adj., winier, winiest. 1. of, like, or characteristic of wine. 2. affected by wine. Also, winey. [1350-1400; ME; see WINE, -Y1] * * *
winze1 /winz/, n. Mining. a vertical or inclined shaft driven downward from a drift into an orebody. Also, windz. Cf. raise (def. 39). [1750-60; earlier winds, appar. deriv. of ...
1. work in process. 2. work in progress. Also, W.I.P. * * *
/wuyp/, v., wiped, wiping, n. v.t. 1. to rub lightly with or on a cloth, towel, paper, the hand, etc., in order to clean or dry the surface of: He wiped the furniture with a damp ...
/wuypt"owt"/, adj. Slang. 1. completely exhausted. 2. intoxicated; high. Also, wiped. [1960-65] * * *
/wuyp"owt'/, n. 1. Informal. destruction, annihilation, or murder. 2. (in sports) Informal. a decisive defeat. 3. a fall from a surfboard. 4. Slang. a total or complete failure: ...
/wuy"peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that wipes. 2. the thing with which something is wiped, as a towel, handkerchief, or squeegee. 3. See windshield wiper. 4. Elect. the portion ...
See wire. * * *
/wee'rah joor"ee/, n. an Australian Aboriginal language, spoken over a wide area of central New South Wales. * * *
—wirable, adj. —wirelike, adj. /wuyeur/, n., adj., v., wired, wiring. n. 1. a slender, stringlike piece or filament of relatively rigid or flexible metal, usually circular in ...
wire agency.
See wire service. * * *
wire brush
a brush with steel bristles for removing rust, flaking paint, etc. * * *
wire cloth
—wire-cloth, adj. a material of wires of moderate fineness, used for making strainers, manufacturing paper, etc. [1790-1800] * * *
wire cutter
any of various devices designed to cut wire. [1870-75] * * *
wire drawing
Making of wire, generally from a rod or bar. The wire-drawing process consists of pointing the rod, threading the pointed end through a die, and attaching the end to a drawing ...
wire entanglement
a barbed-wire obstacle, usually mounted on posts and zigzagged back and forth along a front, designed to channel, delay, or halt an advance by enemy foot soldiers. [1875-80] * * *
wire fox terrier
wire fox terrier n. see FOX TERRIER * * *
wire gauge
a gauge calibrated for determining the diameter of wire. [1825-35] * * *
wire gauze
a gauzelike fabric woven of very fine wires. [1810-20] * * *
wire glass
a pane or sheet of glass having a network of wire embedded within it as a reinforcement. [1895-1900] * * *
wire grass
☆ wire grass n. any of several grasses with wiry stems; esp. a European meadow grass (Poa compressa), naturalized in Canada and the U.S. * * *
wire grass.
See Canada bluegrass. [1745-55, Amer.] * * *
wire house
Stock Exchange. a brokerage firm with branch offices connected with their main office by a private system of telephone, telegraph, and teletype wires. Also, wirehouse. * * *
wire netting
netting made of interwoven wire, coarser than wire gauze. [1850-55] * * *
wire recorder
a forerunner of the tape recorder that recorded sound on a steel wire by magnetizing the wire as it passed an electromagnet. [1940-45] * * *
wire recording
1. a recording made on a wire recorder. 2. an act or instance of recording on a wire recorder. * * *
wire rope
a rope made of or containing strands of wire twisted together. [1835-45] * * *
wire service
a business organization that gathers news, news photos, the latest stock-market prices, etc., for distribution, usually by teletypewriter, to its subscribers, esp. newspapers: so ...
wire side
the wrong side of a sheet of paper; the side against the wire during manufacture. Cf. felt side. * * *
wire transfer
an order transmitted by telephone, telegraph, or electronically from one bank to another to pay or credit money to a payee designated by a payer. * * *
wire vine
a twining vine, Muehlenbeckia complexa, of the buckwheat family, native to New Zealand, having wirelike stems and circular leaves. Also called maidenhair-vine. * * *
wire wheel
/wuyeur" hweel', weel'/ for 1; /wuyeur" hweel", weel"/ for 2 1. a wheellike brush having stiff wire bristles and used esp. for finishing or cleaning metal. 2. a wheel, as on a ...
/wuyeur"brush"/, v.t. to clean or remove with a wire brush. * * *
wire-haired [wīrherd΄] adj. having coarse, or wiry, hair: also written wirehaired * * *
—wire-stitcher, n. /wuyeur"stich'/, v.t. Bookbinding. to stitch (the backs of gathered sections) by means of a machine that automatically forms staples from a continuous reel ...
/wuyeur"trans ferr", -trans"feuhr/, v.t., wire-transferred, wire-transferring. to transmit (money or credit) by wire transfer. * * *
wire-wound resistor
/wuyeur"wownd'/, Elect. a resistor consisting of a wire with a high resistance wound in a coil around a cylindrical core of insulating material. Also, wirewound resistor. * * *
/wuyeur"wohv'/, adj. 1. made of woven wire. 2. noting fine, glazed paper used esp. as letter paper. [1790-1800; WIRE + WOVE] * * *
/wuyeurd/, adj. 1. equipped with wires, as for electricity or telephone service. 2. made of wire; consisting of or constructed with wires: a wired barrier. 3. tied or secured ...
—wiredrawer /wuyeur"draw'euhr/, n. /wuyeur"draw'/, v.t., wiredrew, wiredrawn, wiredrawing. 1. to draw (metal) out into wire, esp. by pulling forcibly through a series of holes ...
See wiredraw. * * *
/wuyeur"drawn'/, adj. 1. drawn out long and thin like a wire. 2. (of ideas, comparisons, etc.) finely spun; extremely intricate; minute. [1595-1605; WIRE + DRAWN] * * *
wire·drew (wīrʹdro͞o') v. Past tense of wiredraw. * * *
wirefox terrier
wire fox terrier n. Any of a breed of small fox terrier developed in northern England, having a rough wiry white coat with patches of black or tan. Also called wirehair, ...
wire fraud n. Fraud committed by means of electronic communication, as by telephone or modem. * * *
wire gauge n. 1. A gauge for measuring the diameter of wire, usually consisting of a disk having variously sized slots in its periphery or a long graduated plate with similar ...
wire glass n. Sheet glass reinforced with wire netting. Also called safety glass. * * *
wire·grass (wīrʹgrăs') n. Any of various grasses, such as Bermuda grass, having tough wiry roots or rootstocks. * * *
/wuyeur"hair'/, n. a fox terrier having a wiry coat. Also called wire-haired terrier. [1880-85; WIRE + HAIR] * * *
/wuyeur"haird'/, adj. having coarse, stiff, wirelike hair. Also, wire-haired. [1795-1805; WIRE + HAIRED] * * *
wirehaired pointing griffon
griffon2 (def. 2). [1925-30] * * *
wirehairedpointing griffon
wirehaired pointing griffon n. Any of a breed of medium-sized hunting dog originating in the Netherlands, having a rough steel-gray coat with patches of chestnut. * * *
wirehaired terrier n. See wire fox terrier. * * *
—wirelessly, adv. —wirelessness, n. /wuyeur"lis/, adj. 1. having no wire. 2. noting or pertaining to any of various devices that are operated with or actuated by ...
wireless communications
System using radio-frequency, infrared, microwave, or other types of electromagnetic or acoustic waves in place of wires, cables, or fibre optics to transmit signals or ...
Wireless Revolution
▪ 2003 by Fiona Harvey       In Helsinki, Fin., gamblers are getting their national lottery tickets by mobile telephone. In Hull, Eng., drivers are paying for their ...
wireless telegraphy
—wireless telegraph. Now Rare. radiotelegraphy. [1895-1900] * * *
wireless telephone
wireless telephone n. a telephone operating by radio-transmitted signals wireless telephony n. * * *
wireless telephony
—wireless telephone. Now Rare. radiotelephony. * * *
wireless telegraphy n. Telegraphy by radio rather than by long-distance transmission lines. Also called wireless telegraph. * * *
wireless telephone n. See radiotelephone. * * *
/wuyeur"meuhn/, n., pl. wiremen. 1. a person who installs and maintains electric wiring. 2. Slang. a professional wiretapper. [1540-50; WIRE + -MAN] * * *
/wuyeur"foh'toh/, pl. Wirephotos, v., Wirephotoed, Wirephotoing. 1. Trademark. a. a device for transmitting photographs over distances by wire. b. a photograph so ...
/wuyeur"pool'euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that pulls wires. 2. a person who uses secret means to direct and control the actions of others, esp. for selfish ends; intriguer. 3. ...
/wuyeur"pool'ing/, n. 1. an act of pulling wires. 2. the use of influence to manipulate persons or organizations, as political organizations, for one's own ends. [1825-35; WIRE + ...
/wuyeur"euhr/, n. 1. a person who wires. 2. a person who uses wire to snare game. [1855-60; WIRE + -ER1] * * *
/wuyeur"roohm', -room'/, n. 1. a bookmaking establishment, esp. one disguised as a lawful business. 2. a room, as in a newspaper office or television station, containing a ...
wire rope n. Rope made of twisted strands of wire. * * *
wire service n. A news-gathering organization that distributes syndicated copy electronically, as by teletype or the Internet, usually to subscribers. * * *
/wuyeur"sond'/, n. Meteorol. an instrument carried aloft by a captive balloon and sending temperature and humidity data over a wire cable. [WIRE + SONDE] * * *
/wuyeur"spun'/, adj. 1. drawn out as wire is. 2. overly subtle; obscure. 3. having too little substance. [WIRE + SPUN] * * *
/wuyeur"tap'/, n., v., wiretapped, wiretapping, adj. n. 1. an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information. v.t. 2. to obtain ...
/wuyeur"tap'euhr/, n. 1. a person who taps wires to learn the nature of messages passing over them. 2. a swindler who professes to have betting tips or other information from ...
wire·walk·er (wīrʹwô'kər) n. An acrobat who walks on a wire tightrope. * * *
/wuyeur"way'/, n. a prefabricated, enclosed passage for electrical wiring, as in a building. [1905-10; WIRE + WAY1] * * *
/wuyeur"werrk'/, n. fabrics or articles made of wire. [1580-90; WIRE + WORK] * * *
—wireworker, n. /wuyeur"werrks'/, n., pl. wireworks. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) an establishment where wire is made or put to some industrial use. [1590-1600; WIRE + ...
/wuyeur"werrm'/, n. 1. any of the slender, hard-bodied larvae of click beetles, many of which live underground and feed on the roots of plants. 2. any of various small ...
See wiry. * * *
See wirily. * * *
/wuyeur"ing/, n. 1. an act of a person who wires. 2. Elect. the aggregate of wires in a lighting system, switchboard, radio, etc. [1800-10; WIRE + -ING1] * * *
wiring harness
Elect. a system of insulated conducting wires bound together with insulating materials, used in the electrical system of a machine, as a motor vehicle or washing machine. Also ...

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