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Wagner Tweet Definition of Wagner Like Definition of Wagner on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A common occupational surname of German origin. Widely known as the surname of the German composer w:Richard Wagner, Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
Wainwright Tweet Definition of Wainwright Like Definition of Wainwright on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English occupational surname from someone who builds wagons
waldo Tweet Definition of waldo Like Definition of waldo on Facebook
  1. A remote manipulation system in which a slave device mimics the motions of a master device manipulated directly by the operator.
    • 1940: Robert A. Heinlein, Waldo
    • : "Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism."
Walker Tweet Definition of Walker Like Definition of Walker on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an northern English occupational surname from the occupation of treating cloth by "walking" it
Wallace Tweet Definition of Wallace Like Definition of Wallace on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname, notably of the Scottish patriot William Wallace.
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since the nineteenth century.
Wallis Tweet Definition of Wallis Like Definition of Wallis on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An alternative name (the German name) for Valais (the French name).
Walter Tweet Definition of Walter Like Definition of Walter on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male)
Ward Tweet Definition of Ward Like Definition of Ward on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English occupational surname for a guard or watchman
Warner Tweet Definition of Warner Like Definition of Warner on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname derived from a medieval given name, from Germanic war,warin "guard" + hari,heri "army", modern German Werner.
  2. An English surname, reduced from Warrener.
  3. (given name, male), occasional transferred use of the surnames.
Warren Tweet Definition of Warren Like Definition of Warren on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname.
  2. (given name, male) used in medieval England and revived in the nineteenth century, partly with reference to the surname.
Warwick Tweet Definition of Warwick Like Definition of Warwick on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The county town of Warwickshire, England
Washington Tweet Definition of Washington Like Definition of Washington on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. w:George Washington, George Washington, the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and first President of the United States of America, from 1789 to 1797.
  2. Washington, D.C., the federal capital of the United States since 1800.
  3. (context, by synecdoche) The government or administrative authority of the United States.
"Washington"s conclusion that Israel likely misused U.S.-made cluster munitions by firing them at civilian areas in Lebanon has brought new pressure on Israel to review its wartime practices." " Cluster-bomb report weighs on Israel, Yahoo News, January 30, 2007.
  1. A (USstate) Capital: Olympia.
  2. A town in the county of Tyne and Wear in the Northeast of England.
  3. (given name, male) popular during the first century of American independence, also in the form George Washington.
waters Tweet Definition of waters Like Definition of waters on Facebook
  1. (plural of, water)
  1. (third-person singular of, water
    1. Verb, water)
Watson Tweet Definition of Watson Like Definition of Watson on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A northern English and Scottish patronymic surname derived from Wat
  2. w:Doctor Watson, Doctor Watson fictional character in, and narrator of the w:Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes stories
  3. Any character who performs as catalyst for the protagonist detective's mental processes in a mystery story; a consciousness that's privy to facts in the case without being in on the conclusions drawn from them until the proper time. After w:William L. DeAndrea?, William L. DeAndrea?, discussing Sir w:Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle.
Watt Tweet Definition of Watt Like Definition of Watt on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Scottish surname derived from the given name Wat
watts Tweet Definition of watts Like Definition of watts on Facebook
  1. (plural of, watt)
Wayne Tweet Definition of Wayne Like Definition of Wayne on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname.
weaver Tweet Definition of weaver Like Definition of weaver on Facebook
  1. One who weaves
Webb Tweet Definition of Webb Like Definition of Webb on Facebook
  1. web, World Wide Web
proper noun 
  1. an English and Scottish occupational surname for a weaver
weber Tweet Definition of weber Like Definition of weber on Facebook
  1. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of magnetic flux; the flux linking a circuit of one turn that produces an electromotive force of one volt when reduced uniformly to zero in one second. Symbol: Wb
Webster Tweet Definition of Webster Like Definition of Webster on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname.
weed Tweet Definition of weed Like Definition of weed on Facebook
  1. (countable) Any plant growing in cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or desired vegetation, or to the disfigurement of the place; an unsightly, useless, or injurious plant.
If it isn't in a straight line or marked with a label, it's a .
  1. (context, uncountable, slang) marijuana, Marijuana.
  2. (context, obsolete, uncountable) tobacco, Tobacco.
  3. (context, obsolete, countable) A cigar.
  4. (context, obsolete, countable) A horse unfit to breed from.
  5. (context, countable, UK, informal) A puny person; one who has with little physical strength.
  6. (rfv-sense) (countable) A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which attacks women in childbed.
  7. (rfv-sense) (uncountable) Underbrush; low shrubs.
  8. (rfv-sense, figuratively, or something?) (context, countable, figuratively) Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
(rfc, needs a rewrite)
  1. To remove weeds (unwanted vegetation) from (a cultivated area).
I weeded my flower bed.
Welch Tweet Definition of Welch Like Definition of Welch on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname, presumably originally a welshman.
  2. Archaic spelling of Welsh. Used in British regiment title w:Royal Welch Fusiliers, Royal Welch Fusiliers, spelling confirmed by Army order 1920.
Weld Tweet Definition of Weld Like Definition of Weld on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An old English surname, possibly deriving from the ancient word for woodland. The family is mainly located in the Southern regions of England.
Wellington Tweet Definition of Wellington Like Definition of Wellington on Facebook
  1. A gumboot.
proper noun 
  1. The capital of New Zealand.
  2. The Government of New Zealand
Wells Tweet Definition of Wells Like Definition of Wells on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a small cathedral city in Somerset, England; the smallest city in England.
Wentworth Tweet Definition of Wentworth Like Definition of Wentworth on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Any of several placenames in England and elsewhere
  2. The w:Wentworth Club, Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey
  3. An English habitational surname
Wesley Tweet Definition of Wesley Like Definition of Wesley on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English habitational surname for someone who lived in one of several places containing the elements "west lea"
  2. w:John Wesley, John Wesley, founder of Methodism
  3. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since the eighteenth century, today often without any religious connotations.
West Tweet Definition of West Like Definition of West on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, The_West) the West
  1. The western, Western world; the regions, primarily situated in the Western hemisphere, Hemisphere, whose culture is derived from Europe.
  2. The Western bloc; the countries of Western Europe.
  3. The Western United States in the 19th century era of terrestrial expansion; the Wild West.
  4. The western states of the United States.
  5. The western part of any region.
Weston Tweet Definition of Weston Like Definition of Weston on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Any of many placenames in England and Scotland
  2. An English and Scottish habitational surname.
Wheatley Tweet Definition of Wheatley Like Definition of Wheatley on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. any of several place names
  2. an English surname derived from the place name
wheeler Tweet Definition of wheeler Like Definition of wheeler on Facebook
  1. (italbrac, used in combination with a preceding whole number) A vehicle having the specified number of wheels.
Wheelwright Tweet Definition of Wheelwright Like Definition of Wheelwright on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a comparatively rare English occupational surname for someone who made wooden wheels
whistler Tweet Definition of whistler Like Definition of whistler on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Whistler)
  1. someone or something that whistles
  2. the whistling marmot
  3. the goldeneye
  1. (physics) an audio-frequency electromagnetic wave produced by atmospheric disturbances such as lightning
White Tweet Definition of White Like Definition of White on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a British surname from a nickname for someone with white hair
whitehead Tweet Definition of whitehead Like Definition of whitehead on Facebook
  1. A pimple formed by a clogged sebaceous gland, usually with a milky-white cap.
Ruth knew that the whiteheads of her teenage acne were a temporary state of affairs, but that did nothing to quell her distress when an eruption hit just before prom.
Whitney Tweet Definition of Whitney Like Definition of Whitney on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A habitational surname.
  2. (given name, female) derived from the surname, popular in the 1980s and 1990s.
whittle Tweet Definition of whittle Like Definition of whittle on Facebook
  1. a large knife
verb (whittl, ing)
  1. (context, transitive, or, intransitive) To cut or shape wood with a knife.
  2. (transitive) To reduce or gradually eliminate something (such as a debt).
wiener Tweet Definition of wiener Like Definition of wiener on Facebook
  1. , a sausage made from beef, chicken or pork, also a hot dog
  2. , a frankfurter
  3. , (colloquial) penis
  4. , someone who is nervous or afraid to partake in certain activities
wilder Tweet Definition of wilder Like Definition of wilder on Facebook
  1. (comparative of, wild)
Wilkinson Tweet Definition of Wilkinson Like Definition of Wilkinson on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English patronymic surname derived from Wilkin
Williams Tweet Definition of Williams Like Definition of Williams on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Welsh patronymic surname derived from the given name William
Wills Tweet Definition of Wills Like Definition of Wills on Facebook
  1. (plural of, Will)
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male). (form of, A diminutive, William)
Wilson Tweet Definition of Wilson Like Definition of Wilson on Facebook
proper noun (PersonalName?)
  1. An English, Scottish and northern Irish patronymic surname derived from the given name Will (short form of William)
  2. (given name, male) derived from the surname.
Windsor Tweet Definition of Windsor Like Definition of Windsor on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A town in Berkshire, England - famous for w:Windsor Castle, Windsor Castle
  2. Several other places in England, Australia, Canada and the United States
  3. An English habitational surname from the town in Berkshire
  4. A male given name transferred from the surname
  5. The Royal w:House of Windsor, House of Windsor
winters Tweet Definition of winters Like Definition of winters on Facebook
  1. Plural of winter.
  1. In the winter.
wise Tweet Definition of wise Like Definition of wise on Facebook
noun wÄ«se
  1. (archaic) way, manner
= verb (wis, es)
  1. To become wise.
  2. (transitive, slang) Usually with "up", to inform.
Mo wised him up about his situation.
  1. (intransitive, slang) Usually with "up", to learn.
''After Mo had a word with him, he wised up.
adjective (wiser, wisest)
  1. Showing good judgement or the benefit of experience.
Storing extra food for the winter was a wise decision.
They were considered the wise old men of the administration.
  1. (colloquial) Disrespectful.
Don't get wise with me!
wither Tweet Definition of wither Like Definition of wither on Facebook
  1. (intransitive) To shrivel, droop or dry up, especially from lack of water
  2. (intransitive) To become helpless due to emotion
  3. (transitive) To cause to shrivel or dry up
  4. (transitive) To make helpless due to emotion
wolf Tweet Definition of wolf Like Definition of wolf on Facebook
noun (wolves)
  1. A large wild canid (member of the dog family), closely related to, and at times consanguineous to the domestic dog, which is considered a subspecies of the wolf.
  2. (the Wolf) The constellation w:Lupus, Lupus.
  3. A man who makes amorous advances on many women.
verb (wolfs, wolfing, wolfed, wolfed)
  1. (transitive) To devour; to gobble; to eat (something) voraciously.
Wood Tweet Definition of Wood Like Definition of Wood on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English topographic surname for someone who lived in or near a wood
  2. An English occupational surname for a woodsman
woodruff Tweet Definition of woodruff Like Definition of woodruff on Facebook
  1. (herb) an herb used for flavouring wines and liqueurs.
Worcester Tweet Definition of Worcester Like Definition of Worcester on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A city in Worcestershire, England
Wordsworth Tweet Definition of Wordsworth Like Definition of Wordsworth on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. w: William Wordsworth, William Wordsworth (1770 " 1850); a major English romantic poet who helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature. Wordsworth was England's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850.
work Tweet Definition of work Like Definition of work on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) labour, Labour, employment, occupation, job.
I go to everyday.
  1. (uncountable) effort, Effort expended on a particular task.
Holding a brick over your head is hard .
It takes a lot of to write a dictionary.
  1. (uncountable) (context, Physics) A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force
    • distance. No work is done if the object does not move.
Work is done against friction to drag a bag along the ground.
  1. (uncountable) (Thermodynamics) A nonthermal First Law energy in transit between one form or repository and another. Also, a means of accomplishing such transit.
  2. (countable) A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.
It is a of art.
  1. (uncountable) The place where one is employed.
He hasn"t come home yet, he"s still at .
  1. (countable) A fortification.
William the Conqueror fortified many castles, throwing up new ramparts, bastions and all manner of works.
verb (works, working, worked or rarely, wrought)
  1. (intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.
He"s working in a bar.
  1. (transitive) To effect by gradual degrees.
He worked his way through the crowd.
The dye worked its way through.
  1. (transitive) To embroider with thread.
  2. (transitive) To set into action.
He worked the levers.
  1. (transitive) (context, Zymurgy) To cause to ferment.
  2. (transitive) To exhaust, by working (as a mine).
  3. (transitive) To shape, form, or improve a material (as stone or metal).
  4. (transitive) To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality.
She works the night clubs.
The salesman works the Midwest.
This artist works mostly in acrylics.
  1. (transitive) To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.
  2. (transitive) To provoke or excite; to influence.
The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy.
  1. (transitive) To use or manipulate to one"s advantage.
She knows how to the system.
  1. (transitive) To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.
I cannot a miracle.
  1. (transitive) To cause to work.
He is working his servants hard.
  1. (intransitive) To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for.
He pointed at the car and asked, "Does it "?
He looked at the bottle of pain pills, wondering if they would .
My plan didn"t .
  1. (intransitive) (figuratively) To influence.
They worked on her to join the group.
  1. (intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth.
  2. (intransitive) To move in an agitated manner.
His fingers worked with tension.
  1. (intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled;
This dough does not easily.
The soft metal works well.
wren Tweet Definition of wren Like Definition of wren on Facebook
noun (plural wrens)
  1. Members of a mainly New World passerine bird family Troglodytidae.
  2. Small bird of similar appearance to a true wren.
Wright Tweet Definition of Wright Like Definition of Wright on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a British occupational surname from a maker of machinery; found in many combinations such as Cartwright
  2. an American surname; a confused anglicization of the French le droit
wynn Tweet Definition of wynn Like Definition of wynn on Facebook
  1. a letter of the Old English alphabet, borrowed from the futhark and used to represent the sound of w; replaced in Middle English times by the digraph uu, which later developed into the letter w.
wythe Tweet Definition of wythe Like Definition of wythe on Facebook
  1. A unit of thickness in masonry construction defined by the quantity of masonry units 4" or greater.
That wall has to be at least three wythes of brick to support your load.

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