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waddy Tweet Definition of waddy Like Definition of waddy on Facebook
noun (wadd, ies)
  1. (colloquial) A cowboy.
    • 1992, w:Cormac_McCarthy, Cormac McCarthy?, All the Pretty Horses,
    • : This is how it was with the old waddies, aint it?
     
wedge Tweet Definition of wedge Like Definition of wedge on Facebook
noun 
  1. One of the simple machines; A piece of material, such as metal or wood, thick at one edge and tapered to a thin edge at the other for insertion in a narrow crevice, used for splitting, tightening, securing, or levering (w:Wedge (mechanical device), Wikipedia article).
  2. (context, colloquial, UK) A quantity of money.
I made a big fat from that job.
  1. (archaic) A flank of cavalry acting to split some portion of an opposing army, charging in an inverted V formation.
  2. A group of goose, geese or swans when they are in flight in a V formation.
verb (wedges, wedging, wedged)
  1. To support or secure using a wedge.
I wedged open the window with a screwdriver.
  1. To force into a narrow gap.
He had wedged the package between the wall and the back of the sofa.
  1. To work wet clay by cutting or knead, kneading for the purpose of homogenizing the mass and expelling air bubbles.
     
whicker Tweet Definition of whicker Like Definition of whicker on Facebook
noun 
  1. The soft neigh made by a horse.
verb 
  1. Of a horse, to neigh softly, to make a breathy whinny.
     
whiffletree Tweet Definition of whiffletree Like Definition of whiffletree on Facebook
noun 
  1. a whippletree
     
whippletree Tweet Definition of whippletree Like Definition of whippletree on Facebook
noun 
  1. a wooden crossbar for a plough or carriage, pivoted in the middle, from which traces are fastened to a draught animal
     
wickiup Tweet Definition of wickiup Like Definition of wickiup on Facebook
noun 
  1. a domed hut, similar to a wigwam, used by some semi-nomadic Native American tribes.
    • 1992: At that time there were still indians camped on the western plains and late in the day he passed in his riding a scattered group of their wickiups propped upon that scoured and trembling waste. " Cormac McCarthy?, All the Pretty Horses
     
wiggler Tweet Definition of wiggler Like Definition of wiggler on Facebook
noun 
  1. Anything that wiggles
  2. The larva of a mosquito
  1. (physics) A magnet designed to make a beam of charged particles follow a curving path in a accelerator
     
without Tweet Definition of without Like Definition of without on Facebook
adverb 
  1. (archaic or literary) outside, externally
    • 1904: I knew that someone had entered the house cautiously from . " Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez" (Norton 2005, p.1100)
     
woolly Tweet Definition of woolly Like Definition of woolly on Facebook
adjective (woolli, er)
  1. Made of wool.
  2. Having a thick, soft texture, as if made of wool.
hair
  1. (figurative) Of thinking, principles, etc, based on emotion rather than logic.
That's the sort of thinking that causes wars to start.
     

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