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Woods, William B.
▪ United States jurist in full  William Burnham Woods   born Aug. 3, 1824, Newark, Ohio, U.S. died May 14, 1887, Washington, D.C.       associate justice of the ...
Woods (wo͝odz), Eldrick. Known as “Tiger.” Born 1975. American golfer who became the first player to win three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles (1994-1996) and the youngest ...
Woods,Lake of the
Woods, Lake of the A lake of southwest Ontario and southeast Manitoba, Canada, and northern Minnesota. It is a popular fishing and resort area. * * *
woods colt (wo͝odz) n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See old-field colt. See Regional Note at old-field colt. * * *
/wood"shed'/, n., v., woodshedded, woodshedding. n. 1. a shed for storing wood for fuel. v.i. 2. Slang. to practice a musical instrument assiduously and with a specific goal in ...
wood shot n. 1. A golf shot made with a wood. 2. A stroke in racket games made with the frame of the racket instead of the strings. * * *
/wood"zee euh/, n. any of various small ferns of the genus Woodsia, of northern temperate, alpine, and arctic regions, having short, stout stalks, usually lance-shaped fronds, ...
▪ plant family  the cliff fern family, containing 15 genera and about 700 species, in the division Pteridophyta. Members of Woodsiaceae are distributed nearly worldwide, but ...
/woodz"meuhn/, n., pl. woodsmen. 1. Also, woodman. a person accustomed to life in the woods and skilled in the arts of the woods, as hunting or trapping. 2. a ...
/wood"seuhn/, n. Carter Godwin, 1875-1950, U.S. historian and publisher: pioneer in modern black studies. * * *
Woodson, Carter G(odwin)
born Dec. 19, 1875, New Canton, Va., U.S. died April 3, 1950, Washington, D.C. U.S. historian. Born into a poor family, he supported himself as a coal miner and was unable to ...
Woodson, Carter G.
▪ American historian in full  Carter Godwin Woodson   born Dec. 19, 1875, New Canton, Va., U.S. died April 3, 1950, Washington, D.C.  American historian who first opened ...
wood sorrel n. See oxalis. * * *
wood spirits pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) See methanol. * * *
/wood"stok'/, n. 1. a town in NE Illinois. 11,725. 2. a rock music festival held in August of 1969 near Bethel, N.Y.: originally scheduled to be held at Woodstock, N.Y. 1073. * * ...
Woodstock Music and Art Fair
▪ American music festival [1969]  the most famous of the 1960s rock festivals, held on a farm property in Bethel, New York, August 15–17, 1969. The Woodstock Music and Art ...
wood stork n. See wood ibis. * * *
wood sugar n. See xylose. * * *
▪ bird also called  Swallow-shrike        (Artamus), any of 10 species of songbirds constituting the family Artamidae (order Passeriformes). Woodswallows are found ...
/wood"zee/, adj., woodsier, woodsiest. of, or characteristic or suggestive of, the woods: a woodsy fragrance. [1855-60, Amer.; WOOD1 + -S3 + -Y1; cf. -SY] * * *
wood tar n. A viscous black fluid that is a byproduct of the destructive distillation of wood and is used in pitch, preservatives, and medicines. * * *
wood thrush n. A large plump thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) of wooded areas of eastern North America, having a reddish-brown head and a spotted cream-colored breast. * * *
wood tick n. Any of various ticks of the genus Dermacentor, that live in or on wood and transmit the microorganism that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia in ...
/wood"tohn'/, adj. 1. having a finish painted, dyed, printed, etc., to imitate the pattern or color of wood; woodgrain: a woodtone instrument panel in a car. n. 2. a woodtone ...
/wood"terr'neuhr/, n. a person whose occupation is wood turning. [1830-40; WOOD1 + TURNER1] * * *
wood·turn·ing (wo͝odʹtûr'nĭng) n. The art or process of shaping wood into forms on a lathe.   woodʹturn'er n. * * *
Woodville, Elizabeth
▪ queen of England born 1437 died June 7/8, 1492, London       wife of King Edward IV of England. After Edward's death popular dislike of her and her court facilitated ...
wood vinegar n. See pyroligneous acid. * * *
wood warbler n. See warbler. * * * ▪ bird       any of several members of the songbird family Parulidae (formerly Compsothlypidae or Mniotiltidae, order Passeriformes). ...
/wood"weuhrd/, n. 1. Robert Burns, 1917-79, U.S. chemist: Nobel prize 1965. 2. a town in NW Oklahoma. 13,610. * * * (as used in expressions) Woodward Comer Vann Woodward Robert ...
Woodward, Bob
▪ 2005       The reporter became the story when Plan of Attack, the latest book from legendary Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, was leaked to the Associated ...
Woodward, C Vann
▪ 2000       American historian (b. Nov. 13, 1908, Vanndale, Ark.—d. Dec. 17, 1999, Hamden, Conn.), combined his scholarship abilities, especially his knowledge of ...
Woodward, C(omer) Vann
born Nov. 13, 1908, Vanndale, Ark., U.S. died Dec. 17, 1999, Hamden, Conn. U.S. historian. He graduated from Emory University in 1930 and received his Ph.D. from the University ...
Woodward, C(omer)Vann
Wood·ward (wo͝odʹwərd), C(omer) Vann. Born 1908. American historian whose works include Origins of the New South (1951) and The Strange Career of Jim Crow (1955). * * *
Woodward, C. Vann
▪ American historian and educator in full  Comer Vann Woodward  born Nov. 13, 1908, Vanndale, Ark., U.S. died Dec. 17, 1999, Hamden, Conn.       American historian ...
Woodward, Robert B(urns)
born April 10, 1917, Boston, Mass., U.S. died July 8, 1979, Cambridge, Mass. U.S. chemist. He attended MIT and taught at Harvard University (1938–79). Recognizing that ...
Woodward, Robert Burns
▪ American chemist Introduction born April 10, 1917, Boston, Mass., U.S. died July 8, 1979, Cambridge, Mass.  American chemist best known for his syntheses of complex organic ...
Woodward, William
▪ American banker and racehorse owner born April 7, 1876, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 26, 1953, New York City       American banker and an influential breeder, ...
Woodward,Robert Burns
Woodward, Robert Burns. 1917-1979. American chemist. He won a 1965 Nobel Prize for work in synthesizing complicated organic compounds. * * *
/wood"wak'seuhn/, n. woadwaxen. * * *
/wood"wind'/, n. 1. a musical wind instrument of the group comprising the flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and occasionally, the saxophones. 2. woodwinds, the section of an ...
woodwind instrument
Any musical wind instrument that produces sound by either directing a stream of air against the edge of a hole or by making a reed or a double reed vibrate (see reed ...
/wood"werrk'/, n. 1. objects or parts made of wood. 2. the interior wooden fittings, esp. of a house, as doors, stairways, or moldings. 3. come out of the woodwork, Informal. to ...
/wood"werr'keuhr/, n. a worker in wood, as a carpenter, joiner, or cabinetmaker. [1870-75; WOOD1 + WORKER] * * *
/wood"werr'king/, n. 1. the act or art of working wood. adj. 2. pertaining to or used for shaping wood: woodworking tools. [1870-75; WOOD1 + WORKING] * * *
/wood"werrm'/, n. a worm or larva that breeds in or bores into wood. [1530-40; WOOD1 + WORM] * * *
Woodworth, Robert S.
▪ American psychologist in full  Robert Sessions Woodworth  born October 17, 1869, Belchertown, Massachusetts, U.S. died July 4, 1962, New York, New ...
woody1 —woodiness, n. /wood"ee/, adj., woodier, woodiest. 1. abounding with woods; wooded. 2. belonging or pertaining to the woods; sylvan. 3. consisting of or containing wood; ...
/wood"ee/, n. a male given name, form of Woodrow. * * * (as used in expressions) Allen Woody Guthrie Woody Herman Woody * * *
Woody Allen
➡ Allen (II) * * *
Woody Guthrie
➡ Guthrie * * *
woody nightshade
bittersweet (def. 3). [1570-80] * * *
Wood–Forbes Mission
▪ United States history       (1921), fact-finding commission sent to the Philippines by newly elected U.S. president Warren Harding in March 1921, which concluded that ...
wooer [wo͞o′ər] n. a person who woos; suitor * * * See woo. * * *
woof1 /woof, woohf/, n. 1. filling (def. 5). 2. texture; fabric. 3. Brit. warp (def. 13). [bef. 900; ME oof, owf, OE owef, awef (Compare gewef), equiv. to o-, a- A-3 + wef (akin ...
/woof"euhr/, n. Audio. a loudspeaker designed for the reproduction of low-frequency sounds. [1935-40; WOOF2 + -ER1] * * *
Wookey Hole
a group of caves in south-west England. In prehistoric times people lived in the caves, and there is a local story that a witch used to live there. They are now a tourist ...
—woollike, adj. /wool/, n. 1. the fine, soft, curly hair that forms the fleece of sheep and certain other animals, characterized by minute, overlapping surface scales that give ...
wool clip
the total yield of wool shorn during one season from the sheep of a particular region. [1890-95] * * *
wool fat
lanolin. [1890-95] * * *
wool sponge
a commercial sponge, Hippiospongia lachne, of Florida and the West Indies, the surface of which resembles the fleece of a sheep. Also called sheepswool sponge. [1875-80, Amer.] * ...
wool stapler
—woolstapling, adj. 1. a dealer in wool. 2. a person who sorts wool, according to the staple or fiber. [1700-10] * * *
wool-sort·er's disease (wo͝olʹsôr'tərz) n. A pulmonary form of anthrax that results from the inhalation of spores of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis in the wool of ...
wool-sta·pler (wo͝olʹstā'plər) n. 1. A dealer in wool. 2. One who sorts wool by the quality of the staple or fiber.   woolʹ-sta'pling adj. & n. * * *
See wool-stapler. * * *
Wooldridge, Ian Edmund
▪ 2008 “Woolers”        British sportswriter born Jan. 14, 1932 died March 4, 2007, London, Eng. was considered one of England's best sports journalists, writing ...
/wool"euhn/, n. 1. any cloth of carded wool yarn of which the fibers vary in length: bulkier, looser, and less regular than worsted. 2. woolens, wool cloth or clothing. adj. 3. ...
/wool"euhr/, n. a domestic animal raised for its wool. [WOOL + -ER1] * * *
/woolf/, n. Virginia (Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf), 1882-1941, English novelist, essayist, and critic. * * *
Woolf, (Adeline) Virginia
orig. Adeline Virginia Stephen born Jan. 25, 1882, London, Eng. died March 28, 1941, near Rodmell, Sussex British novelist and critic. Daughter of Leslie Stephen, she and her ...
Woolf, (Adeline) Virginia (Stephen)
Woolf (wo͝olf), (Adeline) Virginia (Stephen). 1882-1941. British writer whose works include fiction written in an experimental stream-of-consciousness style, such as Mrs. ...
Woolf, Arthur
▪ British engineer baptized Nov. 4, 1766, Camborne, Cornwall, Eng. died Oct. 26, 1837, Guernsey       British engineer who pioneered in the development of the compound ...
Woolf, Douglas
▪ American author born March 23, 1922, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 18, 1992, Urbana, Ill.       American author of gently comic fiction about people unassimilated ...
Woolf, Leonard
▪ British writer in full  Leonard Sidney Woolf  born Nov. 25, 1880, London died Aug. 14, 1969, Rodmell, Sussex, Eng.  British man of letters, publisher, political worker, ...
Woolf, Sir John
▪ 2000       British film and television producer who cofounded (1948) the independent production company Romulus Films Ltd. with his brother, James, and produced such ...
Woolf, Virginia
▪ British writer Introduction original name in full  Adeline Virginia Stephen  born Jan. 25, 1882, London, Eng. died March 28, 1941, near Rodmell, Sussex  English writer ...
wool fat n. 1. See wool grease. 2. See lanolin. * * *
/wool"fel'/, n. the skin of a wool-bearing animal with the fleece still on it. [1375-1425; late ME wolle fell. See WOOL, FELL4] * * *
—woolgatherer, n. /wool"gadh'euhr/, v.i. to engage in woolgathering. [1840-50; by back formation from WOOLGATHERING] * * *
See woolgather. * * *
/wool"gadh'euhr ing/, n. 1. indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness: His woolgathering was a handicap in school. 2. gathering of the tufts of wool shed by ...
wool grease n. A fatty, pale yellow wax that coats the fibers of sheep's wool and yields lanolin. Also called wool fat. * * *
—woolgrowing, n. /wool"groh'euhr/, n. a person who raises sheep or other animals for the production of wool. [1800-10; WOOL + GROWER] * * *
See woolgrower. * * *
☆ woolhat [wool′hat ] n. South 1. a person who owns or works a small farm 2. an unsophisticated or conservative person * * *
n [U] a US make of soap for washing delicate clothes and fabrics. * * *
/wool"keuht/, n. Alexander, 1887-1943, U.S. essayist and journalist. * * *
Woollcott, Alexander
▪ American author and critic born Jan. 19, 1887, Phalanx, N.J., U.S. died Jan. 23, 1943, New York City       American author, critic, and actor known for his acerbic ...
Woollcott, Alexander (Humphreys)
born Jan. 19, 1887, Phalanx, N.J., U.S. died Jan. 23, 1943, New York, N.Y. U.S. author, critic, and actor. He joined the New York Times in 1909 and became its drama critic in ...
Wooll·cott (wo͝olʹkət, -kŏt'), Alexander. 1887-1943. American drama critic and journalist whose collections of essays include While Rome Burns (1934) and Long, Long Ago ...
wool·len (wo͝olʹən) adj. & n. Variant of woolen. * * *
Wooller, Wilfred
▪ 1998       Welsh all-around athlete who played international rugby for Wales 18 times between 1933 and 1939, scored 13,593 runs (average 22.57) and took 958 wickets ...
/wool"ee/, n. Sir (Charles) Leonard, 1880-1960, English archaeologist and explorer. * * *
Woolley, Frank Edward
▪ British athlete born May 27, 1887, Tonbridge, Kent, England died October 18, 1978, Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada       English cricketer, one of the greatest of all ...
Woolley, Mary Emma
▪ American educator born July 13, 1863, South Norwalk, Conn., U.S. died Sept. 5, 1947, Westport, N.Y.       American educator who, as president of Mount Holyoke ...
Woolley, Sir Leonard
▪ British archaeologist born April 17, 1880, London died Feb. 20, 1960, London       British archaeologist whose excavation of the ancient Sumerian city of Ur (in ...
➡ Woolworth’s * * *
See woolly. * * *
—woolliness, n. /wool"ee/, adj., woollier, woolliest, n., pl. woollies. adj. 1. consisting of wool: a woolly fleece. 2. resembling wool in texture or appearance: woolly ...
woolly aphid
1. any plant louse of the family Aphididae, characterized by a waxy secretion that appears like a jumbled mass of fine, curly, white cottony or woolly threads, as Eriosoma ...
woolly bear
the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs. [1835-45] * * * or wooly bear Caterpillar of a tiger moth. The larva of the ...
woolly mammoth
a shaggy-coated mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius, that lived in cold regions across Eurasia and North America during the Ice Age, known from fossils, cave paintings, and ...
woolly manzanita
a tree or shrub, Arctostaphylos tomentosa, of the heath family, common from British Columbia to California, having broad leaves, with the underside covered with white hairs, and ...
woolly monkey
either of two large New World monkeys Lagothrix lagotricha, with black skin and dark, woolly fur, and L. flavicauda, similar but with a buffy face patch and a yellow-banded tail, ...
woolly rhinoceros
 extinct species of rhinoceros found in fossil deposits of the Pleistocene Epoch (1.8 million to 11,800 years ago) in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. It probably evolved ...
woolly spider monkey
▪ mammal also called  muriqui        extremely rare primate that lives only in the remaining Atlantic forests of southeastern Brazil. The woolly spider monkey is ...
woolly worm
Midland U.S. See woolly bear. [1910-15, Amer.] * * *
—woolly-headedness, n. /wool"ee hed"id/, adj. 1. having hair of a woolly texture or appearance. 2. marked by fuzzy thinking; muddleheaded; dim-witted. [1640-50] * * *
woolly a·del·gid (ə-dĕlʹjĭd) n. Any of various aphidlike insects of the family Adelgidae that secrete a waxy or woolly covering and are destructive to conifers, especially ...
woolly bear n. The hairy caterpillar of any of various moths, especially that of the North American tiger moth Isia isabella, having a reddish-brown middle stripe and black at ...
/wool"ee but'/, n. any of several Australian trees of the genus Eucalyptus, esp. E. longifolia, having rough, often fibrous bark. [1835-45; WOOLLY + BUTT1] * * *
woolly mammoth n. A Pleistocene mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) once widespread in the cold regions of the Northern Hemisphere. * * *
/wool"meuhn/, n., pl. woolmen. a person who buys and sells wool; wool dealer. [1350-1400; ME; see WOOL, MAN1] * * *
Woolman, John
▪ American religious leader born October 19, 1720, Ancocas, New Jersey [U.S.] died October 7, 1772, York, Yorkshire, England       British-American Quaker (Friends, ...
Woolmer, Bob
▪ 2008 Robert Andrew Woolmer        English cricketer and coach born May 14, 1948, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India died March 18, 2007, Kingston, Jam. was a respected ...
/wool"pak'/, n. 1. a coarse fabric, usually of jute, in which raw wool is packed for transport. 2. the package in which raw wool is done up for transport. 3. something resembling ...
/wool"sak'/, n. 1. a sack or bag of wool. 2. Brit. a. (in the House of Lords) one of a number of cloth-covered seats or divans stuffed with wool, for the use of judges, esp. one ...
Woolsey, Sarah Chauncey
▪ American author pseudonym  Susan Coolidge   born Jan. 29, 1835, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. died April 9, 1905, Newport, R.I.       American children's author whose ...
Woolsey, Theodore Dwight
▪ American educator born Oct. 31, 1801, New York City died July 1, 1889, New Haven, Conn., U.S.       American educator and scholar, president of Yale (Yale University) ...
/wool"shed'/, n. a building in which sheep are sheared and wool is gathered and prepared for market. [1840-50; WOOL + SHED1] * * *
/wool"skin'/, n. a sheepskin with the wool still attached. [1400-50; late ME; see WOOL, SKIN] * * *
Woolson, Constance Fenimore
▪ American writer born March 5, 1840, Claremont, N.H., U.S. died Jan. 24, 1894, Venice, Italy       American writer whose stories and novels are particularly notable ...
woolsorters' disease
/wool"sawr'teuhrz/, Pathol. pulmonary anthrax in humans, caused by inhaling the spores of Bacillus anthracis, which may contaminate wool fleece. [1875-80; WOOL + SORTER + 'S1] * ...
Woolston, Thomas
▪ English theologian born 1670, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Eng. died Jan. 27, 1733, London       English religious writer and Deist (Deism).       Woolston ...
/wool"ij, -ich/, n. a former borough of Greater London, England, now part of Greenwich and Newham: royal military academy and arsenal. * * * ▪ London, United ...
/wool"werrth'/, n. Frank Winfield /win"feeld'/, 1852-1919, U.S. merchant. * * *
Woolworth Building
a New York building which was the tallest in the world when it was completed in 1913. It is on Broadway and is 792 feet/242 metres high. It cost $13.5 million and was built by F ...
Woolworth Co.
U.S. merchandising company. F.W. Woolworth (1852–1919) founded his first "five-and ten-cent" store in 1879. By 1904 there were 120 stores in 21 states. The company's New York ...
Woolworth,Frank Winfield
Wool·worth (wo͝olʹwûrth'), Frank Winfield. 1852-1919. American merchant. Starting in 1879, he built a national chain of five-and-tens. * * *
(BrE also (infml Woollie’s) a chain of large shops in Britain and other countries, selling a wide variety of goods at low prices. It has branches in many British towns and ...
—wooliness, n. /wool"ee/, adj., woolier, wooliest, n., pl. woolies. woolly. * * *
/woom"euhr euh/, n. a notched stick used by Australian Aborigines to propel spears or darts. Also, womera. [1810-20; < Dharuk wu-ma-ra] * * *
/wooh"meuh rang'/, n. Australian Obs. boomerang. [1840-50; < Dharuk wu-ma-ran] * * *
/woohn sok"it/, n. a city in NE Rhode Island. 45,914. * * * ▪ Rhode Island, United States       city, Providence county, northern Rhode Island, U.S., on the ...
Woop Woop
/woop" woop'/, Australian Slang (disparaging). an imaginary remote town or district symbolizing isolation and backwardness. Also, woop woop. [1925-30; jocular coinage mimicking ...
/woops, woohps/, interj. whoops. * * *
/woo rah"lee/, n. curare. * * *
/woohsh, woosh/, n., v.i., v.t. whoosh. * * *
/woos"teuhr/, n. 1. David, 1711-77, American Revolutionary War general. 2. a city in N Ohio. 19,289. * * * ▪ Ohio, United States       city, seat (1811) of Wayne ...
wootz (steel)
Steel produced by a method known in ancient India. The process involved preparation of porous iron, hammering it while hot to release slag, breaking it up and sealing it with ...
See woozy. * * *
See woozily. * * *
—woozily, adv. —wooziness, n. /wooh"zee, wooz"ee/, adj., woozier, wooziest. 1. stupidly confused; muddled: woozy from a blow on the head. 2. physically out of sorts, as with ...
/wop/, n. Slang (disparaging and offensive). an Italian or a person of Italian descent. [1910-15, Amer.; < It (Neapolitan dial.) guappo swaggerer < Sp guapo pimp, ruffian, via ...
/woos"teuhr/, n. 1. Joseph Emerson, 1784-1865, U.S. lexicographer. 2. a city in central Massachusetts. 161,799. 3. a city in Hereford and Worcester, in W England, on the Severn: ...
Worcester Art Museum
▪ museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States       in Worcester, Mass., one of the finest small art museums in the United States, whose chronologically arranged ...
Worcester china
Trademark. a soft-paste porcelain containing very little clay or none at all, made at Worcester, England, since 1751. Also called Royal Worcester, Worcester ...
Worcester porcelain
      pottery ware made, under various managements, at a factory in Worcester, Eng., from 1751 until the present; the factory became the Worcester Royal Porcelain Company ...
Worcester sauce
(also fml) and (AmE Worcestershire Sauce) n [U] a very popular dark sauce with a strong flavour made in Worcester by the Lea and Perrins company. It was originally created in ...
Worcester, Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of
▪ English Royalist also called  (1628–44) Lord Herbert Of Raglan,  also called  Earl Of Glamorgan  born 1601 died April 3, 1667, Lambeth?, near London, ...
Worcester, John Tiptoft, 1st Earl of
▪ English Yorkist leader Tiptoft also spelled  Tibetot   born c. 1427, , Everton, Bedfordshire, Eng. died Oct. 18, 1470, London       noted English Yorkist leader ...
Worcester, Joseph Emerson
▪ American lexicographer born Aug. 24, 1784, Bedford, N.H., U.S. died Oct. 27, 1865, Cambridge, Mass.       American lexicographer whose dictionaries rivaled those of ...
Worcester, Thomas Percy, Earl of
▪ English noble born c. 1344 died July 23, 1403       English noble, brother of Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, and uncle of Sir Henry Percy, called ...
Worcester,Joseph Emerson
Worcester, Joseph Emerson. 1784-1865. American lexicographer. The publication of his Comprehensive Pronouncing and Explanatory Dictionary of the English Language (1830) brought ...
/woos"teuhr shear', -sheuhr/, n. a former county in W central England, now part of Hereford and Worcester. * * * ▪ county, England, United Kingdom       administrative ...
Worcestershire sauce
a sharp sauce made with soy, vinegar, spices, etc., originally made in Worcester, England. [1680-90] * * *
/werrd/, n. 1. a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning. Words are composed ...
word accent
Phonet. See word stress. [1900-05] * * *
word association
stimulation of an associative pattern by a word. * * *
word association test
Psychol. a technique for determining a subject's associative pattern by providing a verbal stimulus to which a verbal response is required. [1945-50] * * *
word blindness
alexia. [1880-85] * * *
word class
Gram. a group of words all of which are members of the same form class or part of speech. [1920-25] * * *
word deafness
—word-deaf, adj. Pathol. inability to comprehend the meanings of words though they are heard, caused by lesions of the auditory center of the brain. [1885-90] * * *
word for word
—word-for-word, adj. 1. in exactly the same words; verbatim. 2. one word at a time, without regard for the sense of the whole: She translated the book word for ...
word game
any game or contest involving skill in using, forming, guessing, or changing words or expressions, such as anagrams or Scrabble. * * *
word games
➡ toys and games * * *
Word of God
word (def. 10). [1520-30] * * *
word of honor
a pledge of one's honor that a specified condition, bargain, etc., will be fulfilled; oath; promise. [1805-15] * * *
word of mouth
—word-of-mouth, adj. informal oral communication: The rumor spread rapidly by word of mouth. [1545-55] * * *
word order
the way in which words are arranged in sequence in a sentence or smaller construction: In Latin, word order is freer than in English. [1890-95] * * *
word painting
—word painter. 1. an effective verbal description. 2. See tone painting. [1865-70] * * *
word picture
a description in words, esp. one that is unusually vivid: She drew a word picture of a South Pacific sunset. [1855-60] * * *
word processing
writing, editing, and production of documents, as letters, reports, and books, through the use of a computer program or a complete computer system designed to facilitate rapid ...
word processor
1. a computer program or computer system designed for word processing. 2. a person who performs word processing. [1975-80] * * * ▪ computing       computer program used ...
word salad
incoherent speech consisting of both real and imaginary words, lacking comprehensive meaning, and occurring in advanced schizophrenic states. [1910-15] * * *
word square
a set of words such that when arranged one beneath another in the form of a square they read alike horizontally and vertically. [1875-80] * * *
word stress
the stress pattern or patterns associated with the words of a particular language when they are considered in isolation. Also called word accent. Cf. sentence stress. [1910-15] * ...
word time
Computers. the time required to transfer a machine word, esp. one stored serially, from one memory unit to another. Cf. access time. * * *
word wrap
a feature of word-processing systems and some electronic typewriters that automatically moves a word to a new line to avoid overrunning the margin. Also called ...
word-association test
word-association test [wʉrd′ə sō΄sē ā′shən] n. a psychological test in which the person being tested responds to a given word with the first word (or the first word in ...
/werrd"bluynd'/, adj. having alexia. [1895-1900] * * *
word-for-word [wʉrdfər wʉrd′] adj. in exactly the same words * * * See word for word. * * *
/werrd"hawrd', -hohrd'/, n. a person's vocabulary. [1890-95; literal mod. rendering of OE wordhord] * * *
/werrd"lawr', -lohr'/, n. 1. a study of words and derivations. 2. the vocabulary of a particular language and the history of its words. Also, wordlore. [1865-70] * * *
word-of-mouth [wʉrdəv mouth′] adj. communicated orally, as in conversation * * * See word of mouth. * * *
See word processing. * * *
/werr"dij/, n. 1. words collectively. 2. quantity or amount of words: The wordage of the document exceeds a million. 3. verbiage; wordiness. 4. choice of words; wording: His ...
wordassociation test
word association test n. Psychology A test for assessing personality traits and conflicts, in which the subject responds to a given word with the first word that comes to mind or ...
word blindness n. See alexia.   wordʹ-blind' (wûrdʹblīnd') adj. * * *
/werrd"book'/, n. 1. a book of words, usually with definitions, explanations, etc.; a dictionary. 2. the libretto of an opera. [1590-1600; WORD + BOOK] * * *
word deafness n. A form of aphasia in which the meaning of ordinary spoken words becomes incomprehensible. * * *
Worde, Wynkyn de
orig. Jan van Wynkyn born , Alsace died 1534/35 Alsatian-born British printer. He was employed at William Caxton's press from its founding in 1476 until Caxton's death, when ...
Worde,Wynkyn de
Worde (wôrd), Wynkyn de. Died c. 1534. English printer credited with the introduction of italic type and numerous other innovations. * * *
Worden, John L
▪ American admiral born March 12, 1818, Westchester county, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 18, 1897, Washington, D.C.  U.S. naval officer who commanded the Union warship Monitor ...
wordfor word
word for word adv. In exactly the same words; verbatim.   wordʹ-for-wordʹ (wûrdʹfər-wûrdʹ) adj. * * *
See wordy. * * *
See wordily. * * *
/werr"ding/, n. 1. the act or manner of expressing in words; phrasing. 2. the particular choice of words in which a thing is expressed: He liked the thought but not the ...
—wordlessly, adv. —wordlessness, n. /werrd"lis/, adj. 1. speechless, silent, or mute. 2. not put into words; unexpressed. [1150-1200; ME; see WORD, -LESS] * * *
See wordless. * * *
See wordlessly. * * *
—wordmongering, n. /werrd"mung'geuhr, -mong'-/, n. a writer or speaker who uses words pretentiously or with careless disregard for meaning. [1580-90; WORD + MONGER] * * *
See wordmonger. * * *
wordof mouth
word of mouth n. Spoken communication: News of their success spread by word of mouth.   wordʹ-of-mouthʹ (wûrdʹəv-mouthʹ) adj. * * *
word order n. The syntactic arrangement of words in a sentence, clause, or phrase. * * *
/werrd"play'/, n. 1. clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit. 2. a play on words; pun. [1870-75; WORD + PLAY] * * *
word proc·ess·ing (prŏsʹĕs'ĭng, prōʹsĕs'-) n. Abbr. WP The creation, input, editing, and production of documents and texts by means of computer ...
word processor n. Abbr. WP 1. A computer system or program designed for word processing. 2. One who uses a word processor. * * *
/werrd"smith'/, n. 1. an expert in the use of words. 2. a person, as a journalist or novelist, whose vocation is writing. [1895-1900; WORD + SMITH] * * *
word square n. Games A set of words arranged in a square such that they read the same horizontally and vertically. Also called acrostic. * * *
—Wordsworthian, adj., n. —Wordsworthianism, n. /werrdz"werrth'/, n. William, 1770-1850, English poet: poet laureate 1843-50. * * *
Wordsworth, Dorothy
born Dec. 25, 1771, Cockermouth, Cumberland, Eng. died Jan. 25, 1855, Rydal Mount, Westmorland English writer. An inspiring influence on her brother William Wordsworth, she ...
Wordsworth, William
born April 7, 1770, Cockermouth, Cumberland, Eng. died April 23, 1850, Rydal Mount, Westmorland English poet. Orphaned at age 13, Wordsworth attended Cambridge University, but ...
Words·worth (wûrdzʹwûrth'), William. 1770-1850. British poet whose most important collection, Lyrical Ballads (1798), published jointly with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped ...
See Wordsworth, William. * * *
—wordily, adv. —wordiness, n. /werr"dee/, adj., wordier, wordiest. 1. characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose: She grew impatient at his ...
/wawr, wohr/, v. pt. of wear. * * *
/wawr"owt", wohr"-/, adj. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. worn-out. * * *
/werrk/, n., adj., v., worked or (Archaic except for 35, 37, 40) wrought; working. n. 1. exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil. 2. something ...
/werrk/, n. Henry Clay, 1832-84, U.S. songwriter. * * * I In economics and sociology, the activities and labour necessary for the survival of society. As early as 40,000 BC, ...
work basket
work basket n. a basket for holding sewing equipment * * *
work camp
1. a camp for prisoners sentenced to labor, esp. to outdoor labor such as roadbuilding or farming. 2. a volunteer project in which members of a church, service organization, ...
work ethic
a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character. [1950-55] * * *
work farm
a farm to which juvenile offenders are sent for a period to work, for disciplinary purposes or rehabilitation. [1950-55] * * *
work force
1. the total number of workers in a specific undertaking: a holiday for the company's work force. 2. the total number of persons employed or employable: a sharp increase in the ...
Work Foundation
a British organization, known as The Industrial Society until 2002, which aims to improve the quality of people’s working lives by carrying out research and providing advice to ...
work function
1. Physics. the least energy necessary to free an electron from a metal surface. 2. Thermodynam. See Helmholtz function. * * *
work hardening
▪ metallurgy       in metallurgy, increase in hardness of a metal induced, deliberately or accidentally, by hammering, rolling, drawing, or other physical processes. ...
work load
the amount of work that a machine, employee, or group of employees can be or is expected to perform. [1940-45] * * *
work of art
1. a piece of creative work in the arts, esp. a painting or sculpture. 2. a product that gives aesthetic pleasure and that can be judged separately from any utilitarian ...
work order
an order authorizing specific work, repairs, etc., to be done. * * *
work out
➡ sport and fitness * * *
work release
➡ prisons * * *
work rules
a set of rules, usually established by one or more unions in an agreement with management, specifying the tasks to be done by each employee. [1960-65] * * *
work sheet
1. a sheet of paper on which work schedules, working time, special instructions, etc., are recorded. 2. a piece or scrap of paper on which problems, ideas, or the like, are set ...
work song
a folk song sung by workers, with a rhythm like that of their work. [1920-25] * * * ▪ music       any song that belongs to either of two broad categories: songs used as ...
work station
1. a work or office area assigned to one person, often one accommodating a computer terminal or other electronic equipment. 2. a computer terminal or microcomputer connected to a ...
work stoppage
the collective stoppage of work by employees in a business or an industry to protest working conditions. [1940-45] * * *
work train
a train that transports railroad workers, building materials, etc., to construction or maintenance assignments on the railroad. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
work, history of the organization of
Introduction       history of the methods by which society structures the activities and labour necessary to its survival. work is essential in providing the basic ...
/werrk"ferr'loh/, adj. work-release. [1955-60] * * *
/werrk"oweur', -ow'euhr/, n. any of the hours of a day during which work is done, as in an office, usually between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. Also, workhour, working hour. [1840-50] * * *
Work-related courses
➡ further education * * *
/werrk"ri lees'/, adj. of or pertaining to a program under which prisoners may work outside of prison while serving their sentences. [1955-60] * * *
work-study [work′stud′ē] adj. of or relating to any of various programs, as at a university, which enable students to engage in part-time employment while continuing their ...
work-study program
/werrk"stud"ee, -stud'ee/ a program enabling high-school or college students to combine academic work with actual job experience. [1945-50] * * *
See work to rule. * * *
/werrk"up'/, n. Print. an undesirable deposit of ink on a surface being printed, caused by the forcing into type-high position of quads or other spacing material. [n. use of v. ...
See workable. * * *
—workability, workableness, n. /werr"keuh beuhl/, adj. 1. practicable or feasible: He needs a workable schedule. 2. capable of or suitable for being worked. [1535-45; WORK + ...
See workability. * * *
See workability. * * *
/werr"keuh day'/, adj. 1. of or befitting working days; characteristic of a workday and its occupations. 2. ordinary; commonplace; everyday; prosaic. [1150-1200; alter. (prob. ...
—workaholism, n. /werrk'euh haw"lik, -hol"ik/, n. a person who works compulsively at the expense of other pursuits. [1965-70; WORK + -AHOLIC] * * *
See workaholic. * * *
/werrk"bag'/, n. a bag for holding implements and materials for work, esp. needlework. [1765-75; WORK + BAG] * * *
/werrk"bas'kit, -bah'skit/, n. a basket used to hold needlework paraphernalia. [1735-45; WORK + BASKET] * * *
/werrk"bench'/, n. a sturdy table at which an artisan works. [1775-85; WORK + BENCH] * * *
/werrk"boht'/, n. a boat used for work or trade rather than sport, public transportation, or military purposes. [1935-40; WORK + BOAT] * * *
/werrk"book'/, n. 1. a manual of operating instructions. 2. a book designed to guide the work of a student by inclusion of questions, exercises, etc. 3. a book in which a record ...
/werrk"boks'/, n. a box to hold instruments and materials for work, esp. needlework. [1805-15; WORK + BOX1] * * *
work camp n. 1. See prison camp. 2. A camp where volunteers, often from religious organizations, work together on community service projects. * * *
/werrk"day'/, n. 1. a day on which work is done; working day. 2. the part of a day during which one works. 3. the length of time during a day on which one works: a seven-hour ...
/werrkt/, adj. that has undergone working. [1700-10; WORK + -ED2] Syn. WORKED, WROUGHT both apply to something on which effort has been applied. WORKED implies expended effort of ...

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