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WAN Tweet Definition of WAN Like Definition of WAN on Facebook
  1. (computing) Acronym of "Wide Area Network", as contrasted with a LAN, or Local Area Network
Message latency is much more of an issue on a WAN than on a LAN.
web site Tweet Definition of web site Like Definition of web site on Facebook
  1. A collection of pages on the World Wide Web that are accessible from the same URL and typically residing on the same server.
Winchester Tweet Definition of Winchester Like Definition of Winchester on Facebook
  1. The county town of Hampshire, England; w:Winchester (disambiguation), one of the towns named after it.
  2. Usual shortened form for Winchester rifle or a bottle holding a Winchester quart.
window Tweet Definition of window Like Definition of window on Facebook
  1. An opening, usually covered by one or more panes of clear glass, to allow light and air from outside to enter a building or vehicle.
    • 1952: A window is an opening in a wall to admit light and air. — L.F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 173.
      1. An opening, usually covered by glass, in a shop which allows people to view the shop and its products from outside.
      2. A period of time when something is available.
      launch window
      window of opportunity
      1. A rectangular area on a computer terminal or screen containing some kind of user interface, displaying the output of and allowing input for one of a number of simultaneously running computer processes.
Windows Tweet Definition of Windows Like Definition of Windows on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (computing) Microsoft w:Microsoft Windows, Windows, an operating system with a graphical user interface that dominates the personal computer market.
    • 2001 March, Matt Groening, "Where the Buggalo Roam", Futurama, season 4, episode 6
    • : Bender: And even though the computer was off and unplugged, an image stayed on the screen. It was: the logo!
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  1. (linguistics) A distinct unit of language (sounds in speech or written letters) with a particular meaning, composed of one or more morphemes, and also of one or more phonemes that determine its sound pattern.
    • (RQ:Shakespeare Hamlet), II.ii
    • : Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
    • : Hamlet: Words, words, words.
      1. A distinct unit of language with a set meaning, spelling, and pronunciation, which is approved by some authority.
    • 1896, w:Israel Zangwill, Israel Zangwill, Without Prejudice, p21
    • : "Ain"t! How often am I to tell you ain"t ain"t a ?"
    • 1999, Linda Greenlaw, The Hungry Ocean, Hyperion, p11
    • : Fisherwoman isn"t even a . It"s not in the dictionary.
      1. Something promised.
      I give you my that I will be there on time.
      1. (computing) A numerical value with a bit width native to the machine.
      2. (theology, sometimes "Word") God
    • See s:Bible (King James)/1 John, Bible, King James, John 1
      1. (theology, sometimes "Word") The bible, Bible.
  1. (transitive) To say or write (something) using particular words.
I"m not sure how to this letter to the council.
word processing Tweet Definition of word processing Like Definition of word processing on Facebook
  1. The creation, input, editing and formatting of documents and other text using software on a computer
word processor Tweet Definition of word processor Like Definition of word processor on Facebook
  1. A device similar to a simple computer, designed for word processing
  2. Software that provides word processing functions on a computer, typically including typeface selection, line justification and other formatting, pagination, and numerous other features. Compare text editor.
word wrap Tweet Definition of word wrap Like Definition of word wrap on Facebook
  1. (computing) a word processing feature which automatically adjusts lines of text to fit within the page margins. Words exceeding the margins are set to begin a new line.
work station Tweet Definition of work station Like Definition of work station on Facebook
  1. (Telecommunications): In automated systems, such as computer, communications, and control systems, the input, output, display, and processing equipment that provides the operator-system interface. - w:Federal Standard 1037C
  2. (Telecommunications): A configuration of input, output, display, and processing equipment that constitutes a stand-alone system not requiring external access. - w:Federal Standard 1037C
World Wide Web Tweet Definition of World Wide Web Like Definition of World Wide Web on Facebook
proper noun World Wide Web
  1. An information space on the Internet in which the items of interest, referred to as resources, are identified by global identifiers called uniform resource identifiers. Abbreviations: WWW, 3W.
WP Tweet Definition of WP Like Definition of WP on Facebook
  1. (italbrac, newspaper) Washington Post
  2. (wjargon) Wikipedia
  3. (software) WordPerfect?
  4. (Military) White phosphorus.
wraparound Tweet Definition of wraparound Like Definition of wraparound on Facebook
  1. A garment that is wrapped around the body and tied
  2. A label or advertising display that wraps around a container
  3. (computing) A word processing feature that moves text on to the next line if it will not fit on the current one
  1. (context, of clothing) designed to be wrapped around the body and tied
  2. (of windows, lenses etc) that extends around a corner or bend
write Tweet Definition of write Like Definition of write on Facebook
verb (writes, writing, wrote or archaic, writ, written)
  1. To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate.
The pupil wrote his name on the paper.
Your son has been writing on the wall.
  1. (transitive) To be the author of (a book, article, poem, etc.).
My uncle writes newspaper articles for The Herald.
  1. (context, transitive, US) To send a letter to.
Please me when you get there.
  1. (transitive) Show facts, to make things clear.
The due day of the homework is written in the syllabus.
  1. (intransitive) To form letters, etc., in order to communicate.
  2. (intransitive) To be an author.
I for a living.
  1. (context, intransitive, computing) record data by a machine, especially for spindols.
The speed of the disk is usually lower than the read speed.
WWW Tweet Definition of WWW Like Definition of WWW on Facebook
  1. World Wide Web
  2. (mockingly) World Wide Wait

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