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warm front Tweet Definition of warm front Like Definition of warm front on Facebook
noun
  1. (Meteorology). A warm front is the trailing edge of a retreating mass of cold air.
warning Tweet Definition of warning Like Definition of warning on Facebook
noun
  1. The action of the verb to warn; an instance of warning someone.
  2. Something spoken or written that is intended to warn.
The boss gave him a warning that he would be fired if he did not desist from his behaviour.
washout Tweet Definition of washout Like Definition of washout on Facebook
noun
  1. A channel produced by the erosion of a relatively soft surface by a sudden gush of water.
  2. A disappointment or total failure; an unsuccessful person.
    As an actor, he was a complete , so he went back to accounting.
  3. A sporting fixture that could not be completed because of rain.
  4. The aerodynamic effect of a small twist in the shape of an aircraft wing
watch Tweet Definition of watch Like Definition of watch on Facebook
noun
  1. A portable or wearable timepiece.
More people today carry a on their wrists than in their pockets.
  1. A particular time period when guarding is kept.
The second of the night began at midnight.
  1. A person or group of people who guard.
The stopped the travelers at the city gates.
  1. (nautical) A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: starboard watch, port watch.
  2. (nautical) A period of time on duty, usually four hours in length; the officers and crew who tend the working of a vessel during the same watch. (FM 55–501).
verb (watch, es)
  1. To look at, see, or view for a period of time.
Watching the clock will not make time go faster.
I'm tired of watching TV.
  1. To observe something over a period of time; to notice or pay attention.
Watch this!
Put a little baking soda in some vinegar and what happens.
  1. To mind, attend, or guard.
Please my suitcase for a minute.
He has to the kids that afternoon.
  1. To be wary or cautious of someone or something.
You should that guy. He has a reputation for lying.
Watch your step.
waterspout Tweet Definition of waterspout Like Definition of waterspout on Facebook
noun
  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
weather Tweet Definition of weather Like Definition of weather on Facebook
noun
  1. The state of the atmosphere, mainly with respect to its effects upon life and human activities. As distinguished from climate, weather consists of the short-term (minutes to months) variations of the atmosphere. Popularly, weather is thought of in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, and wind.
  2. the short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud coverage and fall of precipitation, wind, etc.
  3. unpleasant or destructive atmospheric conditions, and its effects.
verb
  1. To expose to the weather, or show the effects of such exposure, or to withstand such effects.
  2. (nautical) To pass to windward in a vessel, especially to beat 'round.
  3. (nautical) To endure or survive an event or action without undue damage.
Joshua weathered a collision with a freighter near South Africa.
adjective
  1. of, or relating to weather
  2. (nautical) windward
weather balloon Tweet Definition of weather balloon Like Definition of weather balloon on Facebook
noun
  1. a balloon that carries meteorological instruments aloft in order to measure, record and return data concerning atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity
weatherman Tweet Definition of weatherman Like Definition of weatherman on Facebook
noun (weathermen)
  1. a weather forecaster, especially a male one
(wikipedia, Weatherman (organization))      
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.
wester Tweet Definition of wester Like Definition of wester on Facebook
noun
  1. A strong westerly wind.
verbto wester
  1. To move towards the west
westerly Tweet Definition of westerly Like Definition of westerly on Facebook
noun (westerlies)
  1. A westerly wind or storm
adjective
  1. Situated in the west
  2. (context, of wind) coming from the west
adverb
  1. Towards the west
  2. Used by Land Surveyors when they do not want to be specific (not Astronomic West)
wet Tweet Definition of wet Like Definition of wet on Facebook
noun
  1. liquid, Liquid or moisture.
  2. rainy, Rainy weather.
Don't go out in the .
  1. (context, UK, pejorative) A moderate Conservative.
verb (wets, wetting, or wetted)
  1. (transitive) To cover or impregnate with liquid.
  2. (transitive) To urinate accidentally in or on.
Johnny wets the bed several times a week.
  1. (intransitive) To become wet
adjective (wett, er)
  1. Of an object, etc, covered with or impregnated with liquid.
I went out in the rain and now my clothes are all .
  1. Of weather or a day, rainy.
It"s going to be tomorrow.
  1. Made up of liquid or moisture.
Water is .
  1. (informal) Of a person, ineffectual.
Don't be so .
  1. (slang) Of a woman, sexually aroused.
He got me all .
whirlwind Tweet Definition of whirlwind Like Definition of whirlwind on Facebook
noun
  1. A violent windstorm of limited extent, as the tornado, characterized by an inward spiral motion of the air with an upward current in the center; a vortex of air. It usually has a rapid progressive motion.
  2. (figuratively) A body of objects or events sweeping violently onward.
The weeks leading up to the convention were a of preparation and hurried activity.
wildfire Tweet Definition of wildfire Like Definition of wildfire on Facebook
noun
  1. A rapidly spreading fire, often occurring in wildland areas, that is out of control.
  2. (historical) Greek fire, Byzantine fire.
  3. A spreading disease of the skin, particularly erysipelas.
  4. (figurative) Something that acts quickly and uncontrollably.
williwaw Tweet Definition of williwaw Like Definition of williwaw on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) a strong gust of cold wind
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 — I"m winded.
windbreak Tweet Definition of windbreak Like Definition of windbreak on Facebook
noun
  1. a hedge or fence positioned to reduce the force of the wind in a specific location
windless Tweet Definition of windless Like Definition of windless on Facebook
adjective
  1. devoid of wind; calm
windstorm Tweet Definition of windstorm Like Definition of windstorm on Facebook
noun
  1. A storm in which there are strong, violent winds but no precipitation

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