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wall Tweet Definition of wall Like Definition of wall on Facebook
noun
  1. A rampart of earth, stones etc. built up for defensive purposes.
  2. A structure built for defense surrounding a city, castle etc.
The town was surrounded by a moat.
  1. Each of the permanent, substantial structures acting as the sides or divisions in a building.
We're adding another in this room during the remodeling.
A of police officers met the protesters before they reached the capitol steps.
  1. (context, anatomy, zoology, botany) A divisive or containing structure in an organ or cavity.
  2. (football) Defending players who form a line to block a clear shooting chance from the attacking team's free kick.
verb
  1. To enclose with a wall
He walled the study with books.
  1. (italbrac, with "in") To enclose by surrounding with walls.
They had walled in the garden
  1. (italbrac, with "off") To separate with a wall
The previous owners had walled off two rooms, making an apartment.
  1. (italbrac, with "up") To seal with a wall
They walled up the basement space that had been used as a coal bin.
walleye Tweet Definition of walleye Like Definition of walleye on Facebook
noun
  1. one or a pair of sideways-looking misaligned eyes.
  2. an unusually pale eye
  3. a variety of gamefish native to the Northern U.S. and Canada with pale, reflective eyes
war Tweet Definition of war Like Definition of war on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, mul=war (card game))
  1. A conflict involving the organized use of arms and physical force between countries or other large-scale armed groups. The warring parties hold territory, which they can win or lose; and each has a leading person or organization which can surrender, or collapse, thus ending the war.
  2. (context, rhetorical) A campaign against something. E.g., the war on drugs is a campaign against the use of narcotic drugs; the war on terror is a campaign against terrorist crime.
  3. (context, by analogy, uncountable) A particular card game for two players.
verb (war, r, ed)
  1. To engage in conflict with a foe.
His emotions with his intellect, making him conflicted.
war crime Tweet Definition of war crime Like Definition of war crime on Facebook
noun
  1. a punishable offense, under international law, for violations of the law of war by any person or persons, military or civilian.
warfare Tweet Definition of warfare Like Definition of warfare on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. The wage, waging of war or armed conflict against an enemy
  2. Military operations of some particular kind e.g. guerrilla warfare
war game Tweet Definition of war game Like Definition of war game on Facebook
noun
  1. (Military) A simulation, by whatever means, of a military operation involving two or more opposing forces using rules, data, and procedures designed to depict an actual or assumed real-life situation.
warhead Tweet Definition of warhead Like Definition of warhead on Facebook
noun
  1. The part of a missile, projectile, torpedo, rocket, or other munition which contains either the nuclear or thermonuclear system, high explosive system, chemical or biological agents, or inert materials intended to inflict damage.
warplane Tweet Definition of warplane Like Definition of warplane on Facebook
noun
  1. A plane designed for combat.
warrant Tweet Definition of warrant Like Definition of warrant on Facebook
noun
  1. authorization, Authorization or certification; sanction, as given by a superior.
  2. Something that provides assurance or confirmation; a guarantee or proof: a warrant of authenticity; a warrant for success.
He almost gives his failings as a for his greatness (Garry Wills).
  1. An order that serves as authorization, especially: A voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
  2. A judicial writ authorizing an officer to make a search, seizure, or arrest or to execute a judgment.
  3. A warrant officer.
  4. A certificate of appointment given to a warrant officer.
verb (warrants, warranting, warranted)
  1. Justification for an action or a belief; grounds; to guarantee.
Circumstances arose that warranted the use of lethal force.
That tree is going to fall, I'll .
warrant officer Tweet Definition of warrant officer Like Definition of warrant officer on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of a military organization having a rank between that of a commissioned and non-commissioned officer, non-commissioned officer
warrior Tweet Definition of warrior Like Definition of warrior on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is actively engaged in battle, conflict or warfare; a soldier or combatant.
warship Tweet Definition of warship Like Definition of warship on Facebook
noun
  1. (military) Any ship built or armed for naval combat
wasp Tweet Definition of wasp Like Definition of wasp on Facebook
noun (plural: wasps)
  1. Any of many types of stinging flying insect resembling a hornet or bee
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.
weekend warrior Tweet Definition of weekend warrior Like Definition of weekend warrior on Facebook
noun
  1. A part-time soldier, or reservist
    (Such was the pace with which I, and many like me, the so called "weekend warriors" or Territorial Army, were hoisted aboard the Gulf War battle wagon.)
    1. (idiom) A person who indulges in a sport or pastime on an infrequent basis, usually on weekends when work commitments are not present.
    (The most common foot related injury I see for the is heel pain)
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. — 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.
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.
Wing Commander Tweet Definition of Wing Commander Like Definition of Wing Commander on Facebook
noun
  1. A rank in the Royal Air Force (and other Commonwealth air forces) above Squadron Leader and below Group Captain.

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