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wapentake Tweet Definition of wapentake Like Definition of wapentake on Facebook
noun
  1. an administrative subdivision in northern English counties, developed under Norse influence, and corresponding to hundreds in the rest of England.
Ward Tweet Definition of Ward Like Definition of Ward on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English occupational surname for a guard or watchman
warden Tweet Definition of warden Like Definition of warden on Facebook
noun
  1. A chief administrative officer of a prison
  2. An official charged with supervisory duties or with the enforcement of specific laws or regulations; such as a game warden or air raid warden
  3. A governing official in various institutions
Warsaw Convention Tweet Definition of Warsaw Convention Like Definition of Warsaw Convention on Facebook
noun
  1. An international treaty (full title: Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air, Signed at Warsaw on 12 October 1929) signed in w:Warsaw, Warsaw in 1929, covering international air travel, including such topics as ticketing, cargo, and liability.
welfare Tweet Definition of welfare Like Definition of welfare on Facebook
noun
  1. health, happiness and prosperity; contentment
  2. aid, provided by a government, etc. to people in need, especially financial aid
welfare state Tweet Definition of welfare state Like Definition of welfare state on Facebook
noun
  1. a social system in which the state takes overall responsibility for the welfare of its citizens, providing health care, education, unemployment compensation and social security
  2. a state or nation in which such a system operates
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 Tweet Definition of western Like Definition of western on Facebook
noun
  1. A film, or some other dramatic work, set in, the historic American West (west of the Mississippi river) typically focusing on a Cowboys vs. Indians conflict (real or imaginary.)
adjective
  1. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the west
    • the western approaches
      1. (of a wind) blowing from the west; westerly
      2. (Capitalised) Of, situated in, or related to the West
    • Western democracy
      1. occidental
whistle-stop Tweet Definition of whistle-stop Like Definition of whistle-stop on Facebook
adjective
  1. Extremely brief and hurried
We've only got 30 minutes at the stadium, so I'll give you a whistle-stop tour.
White Tweet Definition of White Like Definition of White on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a British surname from a nickname for someone with white hair
wilderness Tweet Definition of wilderness Like Definition of wilderness on Facebook
noun
  1. An unsettled and uncultivated tract of land left in its natural state
wing Tweet Definition of wing Like Definition of wing on Facebook
noun
  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.
verb
  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.
winger Tweet Definition of winger Like Definition of winger on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) One of the casks stowed in the wings of a vessel's hold, being smaller than such as are stowed more amidships.
We hauled out a of grog.
  1. (sports) An offensive player who plays on either side of the center.
The center passed to the left , who shot and scored.
withdraw Tweet Definition of withdraw Like Definition of withdraw on Facebook
verb (withdraws, withdrawing, withdrew, withdrawn)
  1. (transitive) To pull (something) back.
  2. (transitive) To take back (a comment, etc).
  3. (transitive) To remove, to stop providing (one's support, etc).
  4. (transitive) To extract (money from an account).
  5. (intransitive) To retreat.
World War I Tweet Definition of World War I Like Definition of World War I on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The war from 1914 to 1918 between the Entente Powers of the British Empire, France, the United States, Russia, Italy and other allied nations, against the Central Powers represented by Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria.
World War II Tweet Definition of World War II Like Definition of World War II on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The war from 1939 to 1945 of the Allied forces of the (British) Commonwealth, France, the United States, the Soviet Union, Canada, and China against the Axis Powers, including Germany, Italy, and Japan.
World War III Tweet Definition of World War III Like Definition of World War III on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A hypothetical world war following World War II.
WW Tweet Definition of WW Like Definition of WW on Facebook
initialism
  1. World War
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