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wainscot Tweet Definition of wainscot Like Definition of wainscot on Facebook
  1. An area of wooden (especially oaken) panelling on the lower part of a room"s walls.
verb (wainscott, ed)
  1. Decorate a wall with a wainscot.
wale Tweet Definition of wale Like Definition of wale on Facebook
  1. A ridge or low barrier.
  2. A raised rib in knit goods or fabric. (As opposed to course)
  3. The texture of a piece of fabric.
  4. The outside planking of a wooden ship. (See gunwale)
  5. A horizontal timber use for support or retaining earth.
  6. A ridge on the outside of a horse collar.
  7. A ridge or streak produced on skin by a cane or whip.
verb (wal, ing)
  1. To strike the skin in such a way as to produce a wale.
    • 1832: Owen Felltham, Resolves, Divine, Moral, Political
    • :Would suffer his lazy rider to bestride his patie: back, with his hands and whip to his flesh, and with his heels to dig into his hungry bowels?
    • 2002: Hal Rothman, Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Started the Twenty-First Century
    • :When faced with an adulthood that offered few options, grinding poverty and marriage to a man who drank too much and came home to on his own family beatings.
waling Tweet Definition of waling Like Definition of waling on Facebook
  1. (present participle of, wale)
wallboard Tweet Definition of wallboard Like Definition of wallboard on Facebook
  1. See drywall.
washer Tweet Definition of washer Like Definition of washer on Facebook
  1. Something that washes; especially an appliance such as a washing machine or dishwasher.
  2. A person who washes for a living; a washerwoman.
  3. A flat disk, placed beneath a nut or at some joint, to distribute pressure, relieve friction or prevent leakage.
  4. A face cloth.
waste pipe Tweet Definition of waste pipe Like Definition of waste pipe on Facebook
  1. a pipe that carries off liquid waste; a drain or drainpipe
water closet Tweet Definition of water closet Like Definition of water closet on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, flush toilet)
abbreviation WC)
  1. (context, mostly, UK) a flush toilet, or the room, in a public place, containing one
    • "The English Origins: There was a noble origin to the water closet in its earliest days. Sir John Harington, godson to Queen Elizabeth, set about making a "necessary" for his godmother and himself in 1596. A rather accomplished inventor, Harington ended his career with this invention, for he was ridiculed by his peers for this absurd device. He never built another one, though he and his godmother both used theirs."
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waterspout Tweet Definition of waterspout Like Definition of waterspout on Facebook
  1. a tornado that occurs over a body of water
  2. a channel through which water is discharged, especially from the gutters of a roof
wattle and daub Tweet Definition of wattle and daub Like Definition of wattle and daub on Facebook
  1. A structure of interwoven branchs and twigs plastered with mud, clay or dung, used in the construction of dwellings, especially as infill in a half-timbered wall
weathering Tweet Definition of weathering Like Definition of weathering on Facebook
  1. (geology) mechanical or chemical erosion of rocks due to weather.
  1. (present participle of, weather)
whipsaw Tweet Definition of whipsaw Like Definition of whipsaw on Facebook
  1. a crosscut saw operated by two people
verbto whipsaw
  1. to operate a whipsaw
  2. to lose potential profit by buying shares just before the price falls, or by selling them just before the price rises
  3. to defeat someone in two different ways at once
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.
window box Tweet Definition of window box Like Definition of window box on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, windowbox)
  1. a narrow box, filled with earth, placed on a windowsill and used for growing plants
windowpane Tweet Definition of windowpane Like Definition of windowpane on Facebook
  1. a piece of glass filling a window or a section of a window
  2. A quadruple dose of liquid LSD.
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.
wing nut Tweet Definition of wing nut Like Definition of wing nut on Facebook
  1. a nut with wing-like projections to provide leverage in turning; a thumbnut
winterize Tweet Definition of winterize Like Definition of winterize on Facebook
verb (winteriz, ing)
  1. (transitive) To prepare (something) for winter weather
  2. (transitive) To remove the saturated fats from (a vegetable oil) by cooling and filtering it, such that it does not go cloudy in the winter
wire Tweet Definition of wire Like Definition of wire on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die.
  2. A piece of such material; a thread or slender rod of metal, a cable
  3. A metal conductor that carries electricity.
  4. A fence made of usually barbed wire.
  5. (sports) A finish line of a racetrack.
  6. (informal) A telecommunication wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; a telegram
  7. (slang) A hidden listening device on the person of an undercover operative for the purposes of obtaining incriminating spoken evidence.
verb (wir, ing)
  1. to fasten with wire, especially with reference to wine bottles, corks, or fencing
We need to that hole in the fence.
  1. to string on a wire
  1. to equip for use with electricity
  2. to add something into an electrical system by means of wiring; to incorporate or include something
I'll just your camera to the computer screen.
  1. (informal) To send a message or a money value to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominately by telegraph.
Urgent: please me another 100 pounds sterling.
  1. to make someone tense or psyched-up
I'm never going to sleep " I'm completely wired from all that coffee.
  1. (slang) To install eavesdropping equipment.
We wired the suspects house.
wired Tweet Definition of wired Like Definition of wired on Facebook
  1. (past of, wire)
  1. equipped, Equipped with wires, so as to connect to a power source or to other electric or electronic equipment; connected by wires.
  2. Equipped with hidden electronic eavesdropping devices.
  3. reinforced, Reinforced, supported, tied or bound with wire.
  4. (slang) Very excited, hyper; high-strung.
    After three cups of coffee she was too to sleep.
  5. (context, poker slang) A pair in Seven card stud with one face up and one face down
  6. (context, poker slang) Three of a kind as the first three cards in Seven card stud
    I was dealt three of a kind, .
wire netting Tweet Definition of wire netting Like Definition of wire netting on Facebook
  1. a hexagonal network of interwoven wire used in fencing; chicken wire
woodwork Tweet Definition of woodwork Like Definition of woodwork on Facebook
  1. handiwork with wood
  2. (football) The goalpost or crossbar
That goal was so close, it went in off the woodwork
woodworking Tweet Definition of woodworking Like Definition of woodworking on Facebook
  1. The crafts of carpentry, cabinet making and related skills of making things from wood.
workbench Tweet Definition of workbench Like Definition of workbench on Facebook
  1. A sturdy bench or table at which manual work is done by a carpenter, machinist and so on
wrench Tweet Definition of wrench Like Definition of wrench on Facebook
noun (wrenches)
  1. a hand tool for making rotational adjustments, such as fitting nuts and bolts, or fitting pipes.
verb (wrench, es)
  1. to pull or twist violently.
With a surge of adrenaline, she wrenched the car door off and pulled out the injured man.
  1. to injure (a joint) by pulling or twisting.
Be careful not to your ankle walking along those loose stones!
  1. to use the tool known as a wrench
The plumber wrenched the pipes until they came loose.

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