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Central Semitic, to be(come) near, associated, in charge. a. mullah, from Urdu, from Persian, from Arabic mawlā, master, patron, friend; b. vilayet, from Arabic wilāya, ...
Wolf. 1. a. wolf, from Old English wulf, wolf; b. aardwolf, from Middle Dutch wolf, wulf, wolf; c. wolfram, from Old High German wolf, wolf; d. Frankish *wulf, wolf, in compound ...
Fox. 1. vulpine, from Latin vulpēs, fox. 2. Taboo variant *əlōpē̆k-. alopecia, from Greek alōpēx, fox.   [Pokorny u̯l̥p- 1179.] * * *
white male. * * *
William. * * *
See War Manpower Commission. * * *
WMD abbrev. weapon(s) of mass destruction * * *
wmk abbrev. watermark * * *
watermark. * * *
Wireless Markup Language: an XML-based set of standards used to tag and format text displayed on handheld wireless devices. [1995-2000] * * *
World Meteorological Organization. * * *
west-northwest. * * *
/woh/, n., pl. wos, interj. Archaic. woe. * * *
1. wait order. 2. War Office. 3. Warrant Officer. Also, W.O. * * *
/wohd/, n. 1. a European plant, Isatis tinctoria, of the mustard family, formerly cultivated for a blue dye extracted from its leaves. 2. the dye extracted from this plant. [bef. ...
/woh"did/, adj. dyed or colored blue with woad. [1570-80; WOAD + -ED3] * * *
/wohd"wak'seuhn/, n. an ornamental Eurasian shrub, Genista tinctoria, whose flowers yield a yellow dye formerly used with woad to make a permanent green dye. Also, woodwaxen. ...
/wohld/, n. weld2. * * *
/wob"ee gong'/, n. Australian. the carpet shark. [1850-55; perh. < an Australian Aboriginal language] * * *
—wobbler, n. /wob"euhl/, v., wobbled, wobbling, n. v.i. 1. to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly ...
wobble pump
Aeron. an auxiliary hand pump for supplying fuel to the carburetor of an aircraft engine when the automatic pumping mechanism fails. [1925-30] * * *
See wobble. * * *
n [pl] an informal name for the members of the US trade union IWW. * * *
See wobbly. * * *
—wobblingly, adv. /wob"ling/, adj. that wobbles or causes to wobble. Also, wabbling. [1650-60; WOBBLE + -ING2] * * *
—wobbliness, n. /wob"lee/, adj., wobblier, wobbliest. shaky; unsteady. Also, wabbly. [1850-55; WOBBLE + -Y1] * * *
/wob"lee/, n., pl. Wobblies. a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. [1910-15, Amer.; of uncert. orig.] * * *
➡ Keillor. * * *
/woh"bi gawn', -gon'/, adj. Archaic. woebegone. * * *
/woh"beuhrn, wooh"-/, n. a city in E Massachusetts, N of Boston. 36,626. * * * ▪ Massachusetts, United States       city, Middlesex county, northeastern Massachusetts, ...
Woburn Abbey
a stately home near the town of Bedford in southern England. It was built in the 18th century on land where an abbey had once been. It is open to the public, who come to see the ...
/woh"keuhs/, n. a yellow pond lily, Nuphar polysepalum, of northwestern North America, having heart-shaped leaves and cup-shaped flowers. Also, wokas, wokus. [1875-80, Amer.; ...
/wood"hows'/, n. Sir P(elham) G(renville) /pel"euhm/, 1881-1975, U.S. novelist and humorist, born in England. * * *
Wodehouse, P(elham) G(renville)
Wode·house (wo͝odʹhous'), P(elham) G(renville). 1881-1975. British writer known for his humorous novels and stories that feature the aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his butler ...
Wodehouse, Sir P(elham) G(renville)
born Oct. 15, 1881, Guildford, Surrey, Eng. died Feb. 14, 1975, Southampton, N.Y., U.S. English-born U.S. novelist, short-story writer, lyricist, and playwright. He lived for ...
Wodehouse, Sir P.G.
▪ British author in full  Pelham Grenville Wodehouse   born Oct. 15, 1881, Guildford, Surrey, Eng. died Feb. 14, 1975, Southampton, N.Y., U.S.       English-born ...
/wohd"n/, n. the chief god of the pagan Anglo-Saxons, identified with the Scandinavian Odin. Also, Wodan. [bef. 900; ME, OE Woden (c. G Wotan, ON Othinn), equiv. to wod WOOD2 + ...
—wodgy, adj. /woj/, n. Brit. Informal. 1. a lump, chunk, or wad. 2. an object having a lumpy, bulgy shape. [1905-10; perh. alter. of WEDGE] * * *
Wodzislaw Slaski
Wod·zi·slaw Śląs·ki (vô-jēʹswäf shlôɴʹskē) A city of southern Poland southwest of Katowice. It is a rail junction and manufacturing center. Population: 111,955. * ...
Wodzislaw Śląski
Wod·zi·slaw Śląs·ki (vô-jēʹswäf shlôɴʹskē) A city of southern Poland southwest of Katowice. It is a rail junction and manufacturing center. Population: 111,955. * ...
Wodzisław Śląski
▪ Poland       city, Śląskie województwo (province), south-central Poland. Located in the Rybnik coal fields, it is 6 miles (10 km) north of the border with the Czech ...
/woh/, n. 1. grievous distress, affliction, or trouble: His woe was almost beyond description. 2. an affliction: She suffered a fall, among her other woes. interj. 3. an ...
—woebegoneness, n. /woh"bi gawn', -gon'/, adj. 1. beset with woe; affected by woe, esp. in appearance. 2. showing or indicating woe: He always had a woebegone look on his ...
See woebegone. * * *
—woefully, adv. —woefulness, n. /woh"feuhl/, adj. 1. full of woe; wretched; unhappy: a woeful situation. 2. affected with, characterized by, or indicating woe: woeful ...
See woeful. * * *
See woefully. * * *
Woertz, Patricia A.
▪ 2007       When Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), a dominant American grain processor long known by its former slogan, “Supermarket to the world,” tapped Patricia ...
Woese, Carl R.
▪ 2004       For his revolutionary discovery of what the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences termed “a third domain of life,” microbiologist Carl Woese, a professor at ...
/woh"seuhm/, adj. Archaic. woeful. [1810-20; WOE + -SOME1] * * *
Woestijne, Karel van de
▪ Flemish author born March 10, 1878, Ghent, Belg. died Aug. 23, 1929, Zwijnaarde       Flemish poet whose body of work constitutes a symbolic ...
Woffington [wäf′iŋ tən] Peg [peg] (born Margaret Woffington) 1714?-60; Ir. actress in England * * *
Woffington, Peg
▪ Irish actress byname of  Margaret Woffington,  also called  The Woffington  born c. 1714, Dublin, Ire. died March 28, 1760, London, Eng.  Irish actress, one of the ...
—woggish, adj. /wog/, n. Chiefly Brit. Slang (disparaging and offensive). any nonwhite, esp. a dark-skinned native of the Middle East or Southeast Asia. [1925-30; perh. ...
(1938– ) an Irish radio and television presenter. He was one of the first disc jockeys on Radio 1 when it opened in 1967, and later had his own chat show on BBC television ...
/werr"leuhr, verr"-/; Ger. /vue"leuhrdd/, n. Friedrich /frddee"drddikh/, 1800-82, German chemist. * * *
Wöhler, Friedrich
▪ German chemist Introduction born July 31, 1800, Eschersheim, near Frankfurt am Main [Germany] died Sept. 23, 1882, Göttingen, Ger.  German chemist who was one of the ...
Woiwode, Larry
▪ American author in full  Larry Alfred Woiwode  born Oct. 30, 1941, Carrington, N.D., U.S.       American writer whose semiautobiographical fiction reflects his ...
Wojciechowski, Stanisław
▪ president of Poland born March 15, 1869, Kalisz, Pol., Russian Empire died April 9, 1953, Golabki, Pol.       one of the leaders in the struggle for Polish ...
/wok/, n. a large bowl-shaped pan used in cooking Chinese food. [1955-60; < dial. Chin (Guangdong) wohk pan, equiv. to Chin huo] * * * ▪ cooking pan       thin-walled ...
/woh"keuhs/, n. wocas. Also, wokus. * * *
/wohk/, v. a pt. of wake. * * *
/woh"keuhn/, v. a pp. of wake. * * *
▪ India       town, central Nagaland (Nāgāland) state, northeastern India. It lies at the foot of the Wokha Hills, 50 miles (80 km) north of Kohima. It is a trade ...
Wo·king (wōʹkĭng) An urban district of southeast England, a residential suburb of London. Population: 81,800. * * * ▪ district, England, United ...
▪ town and unitary authority, England, United Kingdom       town and unitary authority, geographic and historic county of Berkshire, England. It lies 33 miles (53 km) ...
/wool"keuht/, n. a town in S Connecticut. 13,008. * * *
Wolcott, Oliver
born Nov. 20, 1726, Windsor, Conn. died Dec. 1, 1797, Litchfield, Conn., U.S. American public official. He was a member of the Connecticut council (1771–86), a delegate to ...
wold1 /wohld/, n. 1. an elevated tract of open country. 2. Often, wolds. an open, hilly district, esp. in England, as in Yorkshire or Lincolnshire. [bef. 900; ME; OE w(e)ald ...
Wolde, Mamo
▪ 2003 Degaga Wolde        Ethiopian long-distance runner (b. June 12, 1932, Dirre Jille, Eth.—d. May 26, 2002, Addis Ababa, Eth.), became a national hero at the 1968 ...
Wolds (wōldz) A range of chalk hills in northeast England along both banks of the Humber River. * * * n [pl] two ranges of hills in north-east England. The range to the north ...
—wolflike, adj. /woolf/, n., pl. wolves /woolvz/, v. n. 1. any of several large carnivorous mammals of the genus Canis, of the dog family Canidae, esp. C. lupus, usually ...
/vawlf/, n. 1. Baron Christian von. See Wolff, Baron Christian von. 2. Friedrich August /frddee"drddikh ow"goost/, 1759-1824, German classical scholar. 3. Hugo /hooh"goh/, ...
wolf call
a whistle, shout, or the like uttered by a male in admiration of a female's appearance. * * *
Wolf Creek Crater
▪ crater, Western Australia, Australia       huge meteorite crater 65 miles (105 km) south of Halls Creek, Western Australia. The crater is on the edge of a ...
wolf cub
Brit. a member of the junior division, for boys from 8 to 11, of the Boy Scouts; cub scout. [1810-20] * * *
wolf dog
1. any dog used in hunting wolves. 2. a cross between a wolf and a domestic dog. 3. an Eskimo dog. [1630-40] * * *
wolf herring
a voracious clupeoid fish, Chirocentrus dorab, inhabiting the tropical Indian and Pacific oceans. Also called dorab. * * * ▪ fish species       (Chirocentrus dorab), ...
wolf note
wolf (defs. 8a, c). * * *
Wolf number
/woolf/; Fr. /vawlf/, Astron. a number indicating the degree of sunspot activity on the sun as a factor of observer idiosyncrasies, the number of sunspot groups, and the number ...
wolf pack
1. a group of submarines operating together in hunting down and attacking enemy convoys. 2. a group of wolves hunting together. [1890-95 for def. 2; 1940-45 for def. 1] * * *
wolf snake
      any of a number of nonvenomous members of the family Colubridae, named for large teeth in both jaws. Asian wolf snakes are placed in the genera Cercaspis (one ...
wolf spider
any of numerous ground spiders of the family Lycosidae, including the southern European tarantula, Lycosa taretula, that hunt their prey instead of using a web. [1600-10] * * ...
wolf whistle
1. a wolf call made by whistling, often characterized by two sliding sounds, a peal up to a higher note and then one up to a lower note and down. 2. a similar whistle used by a ...
Wolf, Alfred Peter
▪ 1999       American nuclear and organic chemist whose work led to advances in medical imaging, especially the development of positron emission tomography (b. Feb. 13, ...
Wolf, Arnold Jacob
▪ 2009       American rabbi and activist born March 19, 1924, Chicago, Ill. died Dec. 23, 2008, Chicago was a progressive, often controversial voice within the Jewish ...
Wolf, Christa
orig. Christa Ihlenfeld born March 18, 1929, Landsberg an der Warthe, Ger. German novelist, essayist, and screenwriter. She was reared in a middle-class, pro-Nazi family; ...
Wolf, Daniel
▪ 1997       U.S. journalist who was one of the founders of the Village Voice weekly newspaper and served as its first editor, 1955-70 (b. May 25, 1915—d. April 11, ...
Wolf, Eric Robert
▪ 2000       Austrian-born anthropologist and historian (b. Feb. 1, 1923, Vienna, Austria—d. March 6/7, 1999, Irvington, N.Y.), studied historical trends across ...
Wolf, Friedrich August
▪ German philologist born Feb. 15, 1759, Haynrode, near Nordhausen, Brandenburg [now in Germany] died Aug. 8, 1824, Marseille, France       German classical scholar who ...
Wolf, Hazel
▪ 2001       Canadian-born American environmentalist (b. March 10, 1898, Victoria, B.C.—d. Jan. 19, 2000, Port Angeles, Wash.), was a longtime advocate for ...
Wolf, Henry
▪ 2006       Austrian-born American graphic designer and photographer (b. May 23, 1925, Vienna, Austria—d. Feb. 14, 2005, New York, N.Y.), influenced and energized ...
Wolf, Hugo
▪ Austrian composer in full  Hugo Philipp Jakob Wolf   born March 13, 1860, Windischgraz, Austria [now Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia] died Feb. 22, 1903, Vienna  composer who ...
Wolf, Hugo (Filipp Jakob)
born March 13, 1860, Windischgraz, Austria died Feb. 22, 1903, Vienna Austrian composer. He entered the Vienna Conservatory at age 15, but, as a rabid Wagnerian, he lost ...
Wolf, Markus Johannes
▪ 2007       German spymaster (b. Jan. 19, 1923, Hechingen, Ger.—d. Nov. 9, 2006, Berlin, Ger.), supervised at least 4,000 agents in the foreign intelligence division ...
Wolf, Max
▪ German astronomer in full  Maximillian Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf   born June 21, 1863, Heidelberg, Baden [Germany] died Oct. 3, 1932, Heidelberg  German astronomer who ...
Wolf, Rudolf
▪ Swiss astronomer in full  Johann Rudolf Wolf   born July 7, 1816, Fällenden, near Zürich, Switz. died Dec. 6, 1893, Zürich       Swiss astronomer and ...
Wolf (vôlf), Hugo. 1860-1903. Austrian composer known for his musical settings of the poetry of Goethe and Italian and Spanish writers and for the opera Der Corregidor ...
/woolf"chuyld'/, n., pl. wolf-children. a child who is thought to have been suckled or nurtured by wolves. [1855-60] * * *
/woolf"eel'/, n. a large, eellike fish, Anarrhichthys ocellatus, inhabiting waters along the Pacific coast of North America. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
/vawlf'ferdd rddah"rddee/, n. Ermanno /erdd mahn"naw/, 1876-1948, Italian composer. * * *
Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno
▪ Italian composer born Jan. 12, 1876, Venice, Italy died Jan. 21, 1948, Venice       Italian operatic composer who followed both the comic and the realistic ...
Wolf-Rayet star
/woolf"ruy ay"/; Fr. /vawlf rddann ye"/ a very hot (35,000-100,000 K) and luminous star in the early stages of evolution, with broad emission lines in its spectrum. Also called ...
/woolf"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n., pl. wolfberries. a North American shrub, Symphoricarpos occidentalis, of the honeysuckle family, having gray, hairy, egg-shaped leaves and pinkish, ...
Wolf Cub (wo͝olf) n. Chiefly British A Cub Scout. * * *
▪ Germanic literary hero       Germanic hero who appears in the Middle High German poems of Ortnit and Wolfdietrich in Das Heldenbuch (see Heldenbuch, Das) as the son ...
wolf dog n. 1. A dog trained to hunt wolves. 2. The hybrid offspring of a dog and a wolf. * * *
/woolf/, n. 1. Charles, 1791-1823, Irish poet. 2. James, 1727-59, English general. 3. Thomas (Clayton) /klayt"n/, 1900-38, U.S. novelist. 4. Tom (Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr.), ...
Wolfe, Charles
▪ Irish poet born Dec. 14, 1791, Dublin, Ire. died Feb. 21, 1823, Queenstown, County Cork       Irish poet and clergyman, whose “Burial of Sir John Moore” (1817), ...
Wolfe, James
born Jan. 2, 1727, Westerham, Kent, Eng. died Sept. 13, 1759, Quebec British army commander. After a distinguished military career in Europe, in 1758 he helped lead Gen. ...
Wolfe, Nathan
▪ 2009 born Aug. 24, 1970, Detroit, Mich.       At a meeting sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in February 2008, American virologist ...
Wolfe, Thomas
▪ American author in full  Thomas Clayton Wolfe   born Oct. 3, 1900, Asheville, N.C., U.S. died Sept. 15, 1938, Baltimore, Md.  American writer best known for his first ...
Wolfe, Thomas (Clayton)
born Oct. 3, 1900, Asheville, N.C., U.S. died Sept. 15, 1938, Baltimore, Md. U.S. writer. Wolfe studied at the University of North Carolina and in 1923 moved to New York City, ...
Wolfe, Tom
orig. Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr. born March 2, 1930, Richmond, Va., U.S. U.S. journalist and novelist. He earned a doctorate from Yale University and then wrote for newspapers ...
Wolfe (wo͝olf), James. 1727-1759. British general in Canada. He defeated the French at Quebec (1759) but was mortally wounded in the battle. * * *
Wolfe,Thomas Clayton
Wolfe, Thomas (Clayton). 1900-1938. American writer who is best known for his two autobiographical novels, Look Homeward, Angel (1929) and You Can't Go Home Again (1940). * * *
Wolfe,Thomas Kennerly
Wolfe, Thomas (Kennerly). Known as “Tom.” Born 1931. American writer. A leading exponent of New Journalism, he has written extensively on popular culture. His works include ...
/woolf"berr oh, -bur oh/, n. a town in E New Hampshire, on Lake Winnipesaukee: summer resort. 3968. * * *
wolf eel n. A Pacific wolf fish (Anarrhichthys ocellatus) having a long body and a pointed tail. * * *
Wolfenden Report
a British government report, completed in 1957, on homosexuality. It was responsible for homosexual acts between consenting (= agreeing) adults becoming legal in Britain. All ...
Wolfensohn, James D.
▪ 1996       "I have learned that the real test of development can be measured not by the bureaucratic approval process but by the smile on a child's face when a project ...
☆ wolfer [wool′fər ] n. a person who hunts wolves * * *
—Wolffian, adj. /vawlf/; Eng. /woolf/, n. 1. Christian von /krddis"tee ahn' feuhn/, Baron. Also, Wolf. 1679-1754, German philosopher and mathematician. 2. Kaspar Friedrich ...
Wolff, Betje
▪ Dutch author in full  Elizabeth Wolff-Bekker   born July 24, 1738, Vlissingen, The Netherlands died November 5, 1804, The Hague  Dutch writer and collaborator with Aagje ...
Wolff, Christian, Freiherr (baron) von
born Jan. 24, 1679, Breslau, Silesia died April 9, 1754, Halle, Prussia German philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. He was educated at the universities of Breslau, Jena, ...
Wolff, Tobias
▪ American author in full  Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff  born June 19, 1945, Birmingham, Ala., U.S.       American writer primarily known for his short stories, in ...
Wolff,Kaspar Friedrich
Wolff (vôlf), Kaspar Friedrich. 1733-1794. German anatomist noted for his pioneering work in embryology. * * *
Wolffian body
Embryol. the mesonephros. [1835-45; named after Kaspar Friedrich WOLFF; see -IAN] * * *
Wolffian duct
(sometimes l.c.) Embryol. a duct, draining the mesonephros of the embryo, that becomes the vas deferens in males and vestigial in females. [1875-80; named after K. F. WOLFF; see ...
Wolff·i·an body (wo͝olʹfē-ən) n. See mesonephros.   [After Wolff, Kaspar Friedrich.] * * *
Wolffian duct n. The embryonic duct of the mesonephros, which in the male becomes the vas deferens and in both sexes gives rise to the ureter.   [After Wolff, Kaspar ...
/woolf"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) wolffish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) wolffishes. 1. any large fish of the genus Anarhichas, as A. lupus of the ...
Ger. /vuelf"lin/, n. 1. Eduard Ger. /ay"dooh ahrddt'/, 1831-1908, Swiss classical scholar. 2. his son Heinrich Ger. /huyn"rddikh/, 1864-1945, Swiss art historian. * * *
Wölfflin, Heinrich
born June 21, 1864, Basel, Switz. died July 19, 1945, Basel Swiss art historian. He was educated at the universities of Basel, Berlin, and Munich, and his doctoral thesis ...
/woolf"gang/; Ger. /vawlf"gahng/, n. a male given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Köhler Wolfgang Korngold Erich Wolfgang Pauli Wolfgang Mozart ...
Wolfgang, Marvin
▪ American criminologist born November 14, 1924, Millersburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. died April 12, 1998, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania       American criminologist who was ...
/woolf"hownd'/, n. any of several large dogs used in hunting wolves. Cf. borzoi, Irish wolfhound. [1780-90; WOLF + HOUND1] * * *
—wolfishly, adv. —wolfishness, n. /wool"fish/, adj. 1. resembling a wolf, as in form or characteristics. 2. characteristic of or befitting a wolf; fiercely ...
See wolfish. * * *
See wolfishly. * * *
/woolf"man'/, n., pl. wolfmen. Folklore. a man who turns into a wolf on certain occasions, as at the time of the full moon; werewolf. [1600-10; WOLF + MAN1] * * *
Wolfman Jack
▪ 1996       (ROBERT WESTON SMITH), U.S. rock-and-roll radio disc jockey whose gravel-throated voice and wolf howls made him a cult personality on the nighttime airwaves ...
(1943– ) the US Deputy Secretary of Defense under George W Bush since 2001. He is known for his neoconservative views. * * *
Wolfowitz, Paul
▪ 2006       Already widely known as one of the main architects of the war in Iraq, Paul Wolfowitz took on a decidedly different role on the global stage in 2005: ...
wolf pack n. A group of submarines that attack a single vessel or a convoy. * * *
/wool"freuhm, vawl"-/, n. 1. Chem. tungsten. 2. Mineral. wolframite. [1750-60; < G Wolfram orig., wolframite, prob. equiv. to Wolf WOLF + -ram, repr. MHG ram soot, dirt; formed ...
Wolfram von Eschenbach
/vawl"frddahm feuhn esh"euhn bahkh'/; Eng. /wool"freuhm von esh"euhn bahkh', -bahk'/ c1170-c1220, German poet. * * * born с 1170 died с 1220 German poet. An impoverished ...
Wolfram, Stephen
▪ 2003       With the publication in 2002 of his 1,263-page self-published book A New Kind of Science, British-born physicist Stephen Wolfram attempted to establish just ...
/wool"freuh mayt', vawl"-/, n. Chem. tungstate. [1855-60; WOLFRAM + -ATE2] * * *
/wool fram"ik, vawl"-/, adj. Chem. tungstic. [1855-60; WOLFRAM + -IC] * * *
/wool"freuh muyt', vawl"-/, n. a mineral, iron manganese tungstate, (Fe,Mn)WO4, occurring in heavy grayish-black to brownish-black tabular or bladed crystals: an important ore of ...
/woolfs"bayn'/, n. any of several plants in the aconite genus Aconitum, including A. lycoctonum, bearing stalks of hood-shaped purplish-blue flowers, the monkshood A. napellus, ...
/woolfs"berrg/; Ger. /vawlfs"boorddk/, n. a city in Lower Saxony, in N central Germany, near Brunswick. 124,900. * * * ▪ Germany       city, Lower Saxony Land (state), ...
Wolfson, Joseph
▪ 2001 “Joe”        American surfer (b. July 11, 1949, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. Feb. 21, 2000, Los Angeles, Calif.), pioneered the sport of body-boarding, which involved ...
wolf spider n. Any of various spiders of the family Lycosidae that stalk prey on the ground and do not spin webs, especially a common small species (Lycosa tarentula) of southern ...
wolf whistle n. A typically two-note whistle made as an often unsolicited expression of sexual attention.   wolf whistle v. * * *
Wolgemut, Michael
▪ German artist Wolgemut also spelled  Wohlgemut, or Wohlgemuth   born 1434, Nürnberg [Germany] died Nov. 30, 1519  leading late Gothic painter of Nürnberg in the late ...
▪ island, Poland       island off the northwestern coast of Poland, in Zachodniopomorskie województwo (province). It is surrounded by the Baltic Sea to the north, the ...
Wolken, Jerome Jay
▪ 2000       American biophysicist who invented the Light Concentrating Lens System, which, when used in eyeglasses, allowed some blind people to see; a noted ...
/wool"euh steuhn/, n. William Hyde, 1766-1828, English chemist and physicist. * * *
Wollaston Lake
a lake in NE Saskatchewan, in central Canada. ab. 796 sq. mi. (2062 sq. km). * * * Lake, northeastern Saskatchewan, Canada. It is 70 mi (113 km) long and 25 mi (40 km) wide, ...
Wollaston wire
extremely fine wire formed by a process (Wollaston process) in which the metal, drawn as an ordinary wire, is encased in another metal and the two drawn together, after which the ...
Wollaston, Lake
▪ lake, Canada       lake, northeastern Saskatchewan. It lies in the southern part of the Barren Grounds (a subarctic prairie region of northern Canada), 30 miles (50 ...
Wollaston, William
▪ British philosopher born March 26, 1659, Coton Clanford, Staffordshire, Eng. died Oct. 29, 1724, London       British Rationalist philosopher and moralist whose ...
Wollaston, William Hyde
▪ British scientist Introduction born Aug. 6, 1766, East Dereham, Norfolk, Eng. died Dec. 22, 1828, London  British scientist who enhanced the techniques of powder ...
Wollaston,William Hyde
Wol·las·ton (wo͝olʹə-stən), William Hyde. 1766-1828. British chemist and physicist who discovered palladium (1803) and rhodium (1804). * * *
/wool"euh steuh nuyt'/, n. a mineral, calcium silicate, CaSiO3, occurring usually in fibrous white masses. [1815-25; named after W. H. WOLLASTON; see -ITE1] * * * ▪ ...
Wol·las·ton Lake (wo͝olʹə-stən, wŏlʹ-) A lake of northeast Saskatchewan, Canada, draining into the Churchill and Mackenzie river systems. * * *
Wollemi pine
▪ tree  rare evergreen tree, a member of the conifer family Araucariaceae. The only member of its genus. Wollemi pine was found in 1994 growing in a remote canyon in Wollemi ...
Wollomombi Falls
▪ waterfall, New South Wales, Australia       set of two cataracts on the Wollomombi River, a headstream of the Macleay River, in northeastern New South Wales, ...
/wool"euhn gawng', -gong'/, n. a seaport in E New South Wales, in E Australia. 232,510. * * * ▪ New South Wales, Australia       city, coastal New South Wales, ...
Wollstein, Martha
▪ American physician born , Nov. 21, 1868, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 30, 1939, New York City       American physician and investigator in pediatric ...
Wollstonecraft [wool′stən kraft΄] Mary (Mrs. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin) 1759-97; Eng. writer & feminist: wife of William Godwin & by him mother of Mary Wollstonecraft ...
Wollstonecraft, Mary
born April 27, 1759, London, Eng. died Sept. 10, 1797, London English writer. She taught school and worked as a governess and as a translator for a London publisher. Her early ...
Woll·stone·craft (wo͝olʹstən-krăft', -kräft'), Mary. In full Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. 1759-1797. British writer and reformer noted for A Vindication of the Rights of ...
/woh"lof/, n. a language of Senegal, a Niger-Congo language closely related to Fulani. * * * Muslim people of Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauretania. They speak a language of the ...
Wolof empire
▪ historical empire, Africa also spelled  Ouolof        (fl. 14th–16th century), state that dominated what is now inland Senegal during the early period of European ...
Wolof language
▪ African language       an Atlantic language (Atlantic languages) of the Niger-Congo language family genetically related to Fula and Serer. There are two main variants ...
Wolpe, Joseph
▪ 1998       South African-born American psychotherapist who helped usher in cognitive behavioral therapy during the 1960s; he devised a treatment to help desensitize ...
/woolz"lee/, n. Garnet Joseph 1st Viscount, 1833-1913, British field marshal. * * *
Wolseley, Garnet, 1st Viscount
▪ British field marshal in full  Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley of Wolseley, Baron Wolseley of Cairo and of Wolseley  born June 4, 1833, Golden Bridge, County ...
/wool"zee/, n. Thomas, 1475?-1530, English cardinal and statesman. * * *
Wolsey, Thomas, Cardinal
born с 1475, Ipswich, Suffolk, Eng. died Nov. 29, 1530, Leicester, Leicestershire English prelate and statesman. He served as chaplain to Henry VII and later Henry VIII, for ...
Wol·sey (wo͝olʹzē), Thomas. 1475?-1530. English prelate and politician. The influential chief adviser to Henry VIII, he fell from favor after failing to secure papal ...
Wolstenholme, Kenneth
▪ 2003       British sports commentator (b. July 17, 1920, Worsley, Lancashire [now in Greater Manchester], Eng.—d. March 25, 2002, Torquay, Devon, Eng.), covered more ...
/wool"veuhr/, n. a person who hunts for wolves. [1585-95; see WOLF, -ER1] * * *
/wool"veuhr hamp'teuhn/, n. a city in West Midlands, in W England. 269,000. * * * ▪ district, England, United Kingdom       metropolitan borough, metropolitan county of ...
/wool'veuh reen", wool"veuh reen'/, n. 1. Also called carcajou. a stocky, carnivorous North American mammal, Gulo luscus, of the weasel family, having blackish, shaggy hair with ...
Wolverine State
Michigan (used as a nickname). * * *
/woolvz/, n. pl. of wolf. * * *
(in full World of Music, Arts and Dance) an organization started by Peter Gabriel in 1982 which organizes festivals which include music, art and dance from around the world. The ...
—womanless, adj. /woom"euhn/, n., pl. women /wim"in/, v., adj. n. 1. the female human being (distinguished from man). 2. an adult female person. 3. a female attendant to a lady ...
Woman and Home
a British women’s magazine. It has been published once a month since 1926 and contains articles on subjects such as fashion, homes, cooking and travel. It is read mainly by ...
Woman Citizen, The
▪ American periodical       American weekly periodical, one of the most influential women's publications of the early decades of the 20th century. It came into existence ...
woman in the street
the average woman: a new magazine for the woman in the street. [1925-30] * * *
woman of letters
1. a woman engaged in literary pursuits, esp. a professional writer. 2. a woman of great learning; scholar. * * *
woman of the house.
See lady of the house. * * *
woman of the streets
a prostitute; streetwalker. Also, woman of the street. [1925-30] * * *
woman of the world
a woman experienced and sophisticated in the ways and manners of the world, esp. the world of society. [1570-80] * * *
woman suffrage
—woman-suffrage, adj. —woman-suffragist, n. the right of women to vote; female suffrage. [1840-50] * * * Right of women by law to vote in national and local ...
Woman's Christian Temperance Union
      American organization, founded in November 1874 in Cleveland, Ohio, in response to the “Woman's Crusade,” a series of temperance demonstrations that swept ...
Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU)
U.S. temperance-movement organization. Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1874, it used educational, social, and political means to promote legislation. Its president (1879–98) ...
Woman's Journal
▪ American periodical       American weekly suffragist periodical, first published on January 8, 1870, by Lucy Stone (Stone, Lucy) and her husband, Henry Blackwell, to ...
Woman's Peace Party
▪ American organization       American organization that was established as a result of a three-day peace meeting organized by Jane Addams (Addams, Jane) and other ...
woman's rights.
See women's rights. * * *
/woom"euhn chay'seuhr/, n. a philanderer; womanizer. * * *
/woom"euhn day'/, n., pl. woman-days. a unit of measurement, esp. in accountancy; based on a standard number of woman-hours in a day of work. * * *
/woom"euhn hay'teuhr/, n. a person, esp. a man, who dislikes women; misogynist. [1600-10] * * *
/woom"euhn oweur', -ow'euhr/, n. a unit of measurement, esp. in accountancy, based on an ideal amount of work accomplished by one woman in an hour. [1960-65] * * *
wom·an-to-wom·an (wo͝omʹən-tə-wo͝omʹən) adj. Characterized by direct interaction between or among women: woman-to-woman talks; a woman-to-woman conference. * * *
/woom"euhn year'/, n. a unit of measurement, esp. in accountancy, based on a standard number of woman-days in a year of work. * * *
womanabout town
woman about town n. pl. women about town A sophisticated and socially active woman who frequents fashionable places. * * *
/woom"euhn feuh lee/, adv. in a manner full of womanly spirit: She struggled womanfully to complete the task. [1815-25; WOMAN + (MAN)FULLY] * * *
/woom"euhn hood'/, n. 1. the state of being a woman; womanly character or qualities. 2. women collectively: American womanhood. [1325-75; ME; see WOMAN, -HOOD] * * *
—womanishly, adv. —womanishness, n. /woom"euh nish/, adj. 1. womanlike or feminine. 2. weakly feminine; effeminate. [1325-75; ME; see WOMAN, -ISH1] Syn. 2. See womanly. * * *
See womanish. * * *
See womanishly. * * *
See womanist. * * *
wom·an·ist (wo͝omʹən-ĭst) adj. Having or expressing a belief in or respect for women and their talents and abilities beyond the boundaries of race and class: ...
/woom"euh nuyz'/, v., womanized, womanizing. v.t. 1. to make effeminate. v.i. 2. to pursue or court women habitually. Also, esp. Brit., womanise. [1585-95; WOMAN + -IZE] * * *
/woom"euh nuy'zeuhr/, n. a philanderer. [1920-25; WOMANIZE + -ER1] * * *
/woom"euhn kuynd'/, n. women, as distinguished from men; the female sex. [1325-75; ME; see WOMAN, KIND2] * * *
See woman. * * *
/woom"euhn luyk'/, adj. like a woman; womanly. [1400-50; late ME; see WOMAN, -LIKE] Syn. See womanly. * * *
See womanly. * * *
—womanliness, womanness, n. /woom"euhn lee/, adj. 1. like or befitting a woman; feminine; not masculine or girlish. adv. 2. in the manner of, or befitting, a woman. [1250-1300; ...
womanof letters
woman of letters n. pl. women of letters A woman who is devoted to literary or scholarly pursuits: “[Eva Le Gallienne] was... a woman of letters who produced forcefully ...
womanof the hour
woman of the hour n. pl. women of the hour 1. A woman in whose honor a gathering is held. 2. A woman who is currently an object of public attention. * * *
womanof the house
woman of the house n. pl. women of the house The primary woman of a household. * * *
womanof the world
woman of the world n. pl. women of the world A sophisticated, worldly woman. * * *
/woom"euhn pow'euhr/, n. 1. potential or actual power from the endeavors of women: the utilization of womanpower during a great national emergency. 2. the influence exerted by ...
woman suffrage n. 1. The right of women to vote; exercise of the franchise by women. 2. A movement to promote and secure such rights. * * *
Woman’s Hour
a British radio programme consisting of a wide range of reports, talks and fiction by, for and about women. It has been broadcast every weekday on Radio 4 since 1946. * * *
Woman’s Own
a popular British women’s magazine. It has been published once a week since 1932 and contains short stories, usually about love, as well as articles on subjects like fashion ...
Woman’s Realm
a British women’s magazine. It has been published once a week since 1958 and contains a wide range of true and fictional stories. It is read mainly by older women. * * *
Woman’s Weekly
a popular British women’s magazine. It has been published once a week since 1911 and consists of a mixture of true stories about people’s lives, fictional love stories, ...
—wombed, adj. /woohm/, n. 1. the uterus of the human female and certain higher mammals. 2. the place in which anything is formed or produced: the womb of time. 3. the interior ...
/woohm"teuh toohm"/, adj. Chiefly Brit. extending from prebirth to death: said esp. of care under the National Health Service. [1970-75] * * *
/wom"bat/, n. any of several stocky, burrowing, herbivorous marsupials of the family Vombatidae, of Australia, about the size of a badger. [1790-1800; < Dharuk wom-bat] * * ...
See womb. * * *
n any of a group of imaginary animals with long fur and long noses. They live underground in a large London park and at night they come out to collect the rubbish that people ...
/wim"in/, n. pl. of woman. * * * (as used in expressions) National Organization for Women Women's Army Corps women's movement * * *
Women at Point Sur, The
/serr/ a narrative poem (1927) by Robinson Jeffers. * * *
Women at the Crossroads: Advances and Setbacks
▪ 2000 by Siobhan Dowd       At the 20th century's close, 50 years after the publication of Simone de Beauvoir's classic treatise Le Deuxième Sexe (The Second Sex), ...
Women in Love
a novel (1920) by D. H. Lawrence. * * *
Women of All Red Nations
▪ American organization       American organization, founded in 1974, that developed out of a group of women supporting the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the early ...
Women Strike for Peace
▪ American organization       organization that evolved out of an international protest against atmospheric nuclear testing held on November 1, 1961. On that day between ...
/wim"inz/, n., pl. women's. 1. a range of sizes usually from 38 to 44 for garments that fit larger than average women. 2. a garment in this size range. 3. the department or ...
Women's Armed Services Integration Act
▪ United States law       law enacted in 1948 that permitted women to serve as full members of the U.S. armed forces.       During World War I many women had ...
Women's Army Corps
      U.S. Army unit created during World War II to enable women to serve in noncombat positions. Never before had women, with the exception of nurses, served within the ...
Women's Army Corps (WAC)
U.S. Army unit. It was established (as the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps) by Congress to enlist women for auxiliary noncombat duty in World War II. Its first head was Oveta C. ...
Women's Equality Day
▪ American holiday       annual event in the United States, observed on August 26 since its inception in 1971, marking women's advancements toward equality with men. ...
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
▪ international organization       organization whose opposition to war dates from World War I, which makes it the oldest continuously active peace organization in the ...
Women's Land Army
▪ United States federal organization       U.S. federally established organization that from 1943 to 1947 recruited and trained women to work on farms left untended ...
women's liberation
—women's liberationist. a movement to combat sexual discrimination and to gain full legal, economic, vocational, educational, and social rights and opportunities for women, ...
women's liberation (movement)
women's liberation (movement) n. the WOMEN'S MOVEMENT begun in the mid-20th cent. * * *
women's movement
women's movement n. a movement or campaign to achieve WOMEN'S RIGHTS, specif., the widespread movement begun in the mid-20th cent. chiefly in North America and Europe * * ...
Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Championship
▪ Table Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Championship* year winner runner-up results 1997 Houston Comets New York Liberty 1–0 1998 Houston Comets Phoenix ...
Women's National Loyal League
▪ American organization       organization formed on May 14, 1863, by Susan B. Anthony (Anthony, Susan B.) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Stanton, Elizabeth Cady) that ...
women's rights
the rights claimed for women, equal to those of men, with respect to suffrage, property, the professional fields, etc. Also, woman's rights. [1830-40] * * *
women's room.
See ladies' room. [1850-55] * * *
women's studies
a program of studies concentrating on the role of women in history, learning, and culture. [1970-75] * * *
Women's Trade Union League
▪ American organization       American organization, the first national association dedicated to organizing women workers. Founded in 1903, the WTUL proved remarkably ...
women's wear
apparel and accessories for women. Also, womenswear. [1915-20] * * *
Women's world chess champions
▪ Table Women's world chess champions championship reign name nationality 1927-44 Menchik-Stevenson, Vera Francevna* Russian 1950-53 Rudenko, ...

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