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  1. The state of being bent or twisted out of shape.
  2. A distortion or twist, such as in a piece of wood.
  3. The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric; crossed by the woof.
  4. (nautical) A line or cable used in warping a ship.
  1. To twist or turn something out of shape
  2. To deflect something from a true or proper course
  3. To affect something wrongly, unfairly or unfavourably; to bias
  4. To arrange strands of thread etc so that they run lengthwise in weaving
  5. (nautical) To move a vessel by hauling on a line or cable that is fastened to an anchor or pier; especially to move a sailing ship through a restricted place such as a harbour
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : We had a dreary morning's work before us, for there was no sign of any wind, and the boats had to be got out and manned, and the ship warped three or four miles around the corner of the island...
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noun (washes)
  1. The process or an instance of washing or being washed by water.
  2. The quantity of clothes washed at a time.
  3. The sound of breaking of the seas e.g. on the shore.
  4. The wake of a moving ship.
  5. The turbulence left in the air by a moving airplane.
  6. A lotion with medicinal or hygienic properties.
    • Mouthwash
      1. Ground washed away to the sea or a river.
      2. A shallow body of water.
      3. (rfv-sense) In arid and semi-arid regions, the normally dry bed of an intermittent or ephemeral stream; an arroyo; wadi
    • 1997 Stanley Desmond Smith, et al. Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants, Nature
    • :In some desert- systems (which have been termed "xero-riparian")
    • 1999 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
    • :" though the may carry surface water for only a few hours a year.
    • 2005 Le Hayes Pilgrims in the Desert: The Early History of the East Mojave Desert
    • :Rock Spring Wash continues a short distance then joins Watson Wash. Water from Rock Spring comes out of the boulder strewn and disappears into the sand
      1. A lack of progress or regress; no change
      ''His first week at the new job was a , since he spent so much time learning the system instead of using it. <!--is there a corresponding verb sense?--No, AFAIK>
verb (wash, es)
  1. To clean with water.
  2. To move by the force of water in motion (as in the flood washed away houses).
  3. (mining) To separate valuable material (such as gold) from worthless material by the action of flowing water.
  4. (intransitive) To clean oneself with water.
  5. (intransitive) To be eroded or carried away by the action of water.
washout Tweet Definition of washout Like Definition of washout on Facebook
  1. A channel produced by the erosion of a relatively soft surface by a sudden gush of water.
  2. A disappointment or total failure; an unsuccessful person.
    As an actor, he was a complete , so he went back to accounting.
  3. A sporting fixture that could not be completed because of rain.
  4. The aerodynamic effect of a small twist in the shape of an aircraft wing
windmill Tweet Definition of windmill Like Definition of windmill on Facebook
  1. A machine which translates linear motion of wind to rotational motion by means of adjustable vanes called sails.
  2. The structure containing such machinery.
  3. A child's toy consisting of vanes mounted on a stick that rotate when blown by a person or by the wind.
  4. (basketball) A dunk where the dunker swings his arm in a circular motion before throwing the ball through the hoop.
  5. A w:Guitar moves
    1. Windmill, guitar move where the strumming hand mimics a turning windmill.
wing Tweet Definition of wing Like Definition of wing on Facebook
  1. An appendage of an animal's (bird, bat, insect) body that enables it to fly.
  2. (context, slang) Human arm.
  3. Part of an airplane that produces the lift for rising into the air.
  4. Part of a building, an extension from the main building
  5. Part of a huge room. (rfv-sense, Is this right? Could not find any proof. Hekaheka Jul 4, 2007)
  6. A fraction of a political movement. Usually implies a position apart from the mainstream center position.
  7. A military air unit, smaller than a division but larger than a group or squadron.
  8. A panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.
  9. (context, nautical) A platform on either side of the bridge of a vessel, normally found in pairs.
  10. (context, hockey, football, icehockey) A position in several field games on either side of the field.
  1. (transitive) To injure slightly (as with a gunshot), especially in the arm.
  2. (intransitive) To fly.
  3. (intransitive) wing it: To act or speak extemporaneously; to improvise.
wingspan Tweet Definition of wingspan Like Definition of wingspan on Facebook
  1. the distance from the left wingtip to the right wingtip

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