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noun
  1. The twenty-third letter of the Appendix:Roman script, English alphabet, preceded by U and followed by X. It is read double-u.
wash Tweet Definition of wash Like Definition of wash on Facebook
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.
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noun
  1. A waste land; an unhabited desolate region; a wilderness.
  2. A place that has been lay waste, laid waste or destroyed.
  3. A large tract of uncultivated land.
  4. A vaste expanse of water.
  5. A disused mine or part of one.
  6. The action or progress of wasting; extravagant consumption or ineffectual use.
That was a waste of time
Her life seemed a waste
  1. Large abundance of something, especially without it being used.
  2. Gradual loss or decay.
  3. A decaying of the body by disease.
  4. (rare) Destruction or devastation caused by war or natural disasters.
  5. Excess of material, useless by-products or damaged, unsaleable products; garbage; rubbish.
  6. Excrement (animal waste, human waste).
verb (wastes, wasting, wasted)
  1. (transitive) Devastate or destroy.
  2. (transitive) Use up, diminish, reduce by gradual loss; decay; emaciate.
After he lost hope, he wasted away.
  1. (transitive) Squander money or resources uselessly; spend time idly.
We wasted millions of dollars and several years on that project.
  1. (context, transitive, slang) Kill; murder.
  2. (intransitive) Gradually lose weight or weaken.
adjective
  1. Uncultivated or unhabited; barren; desert.
  2. Rejected as being defective; eliminated as being worthless; produced in excess.
  3. Superfluous; needless.
  4. Unfortunate; Disappointing.
water Tweet Definition of water Like Definition of water on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A clear liquid potable by humans and animals; the chemical H<small>2</small>O.
  2. (context, sometimes, countable) Mineral water.
Perrier is the most popular in this restaurant.
  1. (context, countable, often in plural) spa, Spa water.
Many people visit Bath to take the waters.
  1. (alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
  2. (context, India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see w:Classical_element, Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  3. (context, in plural) A sea belonging to particular country.
The boat was found in within the territorial waters.
  1. (context, in plural) Any body of water, such as a river or a lake.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. "Psalms 23:2
  1. (colloquial) urine, Urine.
  2. (context, UK, in plural) amniotic fluid.
Before the child is born, the pregnant woman"s waters break.
  1. (context, US, in singular) Amniotic fluid.
Before the child is born, the pregnant woman"s breaks.
  1. (context, in plural) A complex or difficult situation.
To fish in troubled waters.
To stir the waters.
  1. Awkward position or circumstance; trouble.
To get into deep .
To be in hot over ill-chosen words.
  1. (countable) A serving of water.
:: ''I would like to order a
verb
  1. (transitive) To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).
Sally watered the roses.
  1. (transitive) To provide (animals) with water.
I need to go the cattle.
  1. (context, transitive, colloquial) To urinate.
  2. (intransitive) (Of eyes) to fill with tears due to irritation, pain etc.
Chopping onions makes my eyes .
watercourse Tweet Definition of watercourse Like Definition of watercourse on Facebook
noun
  1. any channel, either natural or artificial, through which water flows
waterfall Tweet Definition of waterfall Like Definition of waterfall on Facebook
noun
  1. A permanent flow of water over the edge of an erosion-resistant cliff.
  2. (rfv-sense) (figurative) A waterfall-like outpouring of liquid, smoke, etc.
    • A of mist from the open freezer.
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noun
  1. A region of land within which water flows down into a specified body, such as a river, lake, sea, or ocean; a drainage basin or catchment basin.
  2. The topographical boundary dividing two adjacent catchment basins.
  3. A critical point marking a change in course or development.
  4. (Canada, UK) The time after which material of more adult nature (violence, swear words, sex) may be broadcast on television or radio.
wellspring Tweet Definition of wellspring Like Definition of wellspring on Facebook
noun
  1. The source of water for a stream, spring or well; a fountainhead; a wellhead.
  2. A source of something.
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.
Western Hemisphere Tweet Definition of Western Hemisphere Like Definition of Western Hemisphere on Facebook
noun
  1. The hemisphere of the Earth to the west of the Greenwich Meridian (zero degree longitude) and east of 180 degrees longitude (approximately the International Date Line).
wind Tweet Definition of wind Like Definition of wind on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Beaufort scale)
  1. (context, countable, uncountable) Movement of air usually caused by convection or differences in air pressure.
The blew through her hair, standing on the deck of the ship.
The winds in Chicago are fierce.
  1. (rfex) (countable) The force developed by the movement of air, expressed as pressure.
  2. (rfex) (uncountable) The ability to exert oneself without feeling short of breath.
  3. (context, India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see w:Classical_element, Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
Give me a minute before we jog the next mile " I need a second .
  1. (context, uncountable, colloquial) flatus, Flatus.
Ewww. Someone passed .
verb
  1. (rfex) (transitive) To blow air through a wind instrument or horn to make a sound.
  2. (transitive) To cause (someone) to become breathless, often by a blow to the abdomen.
The boxer was winded during round two.
  1. (reflexive) To exhaust oneself to the point of being short of breath.
I can"t run another step &mdash; I"m winded.

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