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warp Tweet Definition of warp Like Definition of warp on Facebook
noun
  1. The state of being bent or twisted out of shape.
  2. A distortion or twist, such as in a piece of wood.
  3. The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric; crossed by the woof.
  4. (nautical) A line or cable used in warping a ship.
verb
  1. To twist or turn something out of shape
  2. To deflect something from a true or proper course
  3. To affect something wrongly, unfairly or unfavourably; to bias
  4. To arrange strands of thread etc so that they run lengthwise in weaving
  5. (nautical) To move a vessel by hauling on a line or cable that is fastened to an anchor or pier; especially to move a sailing ship through a restricted place such as a harbour
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : We had a dreary morning's work before us, for there was no sign of any wind, and the boats had to be got out and manned, and the ship warped three or four miles around the corner of the island...
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.
wasting Tweet Definition of wasting Like Definition of wasting on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, waste
    1. Verb, waste)
adjective
  1. Referring to something that cause a waste, particularly a wasting disease which causes pronounced loss of body mass.
water table Tweet Definition of water table Like Definition of water table on Facebook
noun
  1. (geology) The level, underground, below which the ground is saturated with water
weathering Tweet Definition of weathering Like Definition of weathering on Facebook
noun
  1. (geology) mechanical or chemical erosion of rocks due to weather.
verb
  1. (present participle of, weather)
window Tweet Definition of window Like Definition of window on Facebook
noun
  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. &mdash; 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.
Wisconsin Tweet Definition of Wisconsin Like Definition of Wisconsin on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A (USstate) Capital: Madison.
  2. A river flowing 430 miles from Wisconsin to the Mississippi River.
wyrm Tweet Definition of wyrm Like Definition of wyrm on Facebook
noun
  1. (poetic) dragon, particularly one without legs or wings
  2. (poetic) snake, particularly a large one

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