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waft Tweet Definition of waft Like Definition of waft on Facebook
noun
  1. a light breeze
  2. something (a scent or odor), such as a perfume, that is carried through the air
  3. (nautical) a flag, (also called a waif), used to indicate wind direction
verb
  1. to float easily and gently on the air
    • A breeze wafted through the open window and wafted her sensuous perfume to my eager nostrils . . .
waif Tweet Definition of waif Like Definition of waif on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) Goods found of which the owner is not known; originally, such goods as a pursued thief threw away to prevent being apprehended, which belonged to the king unless the owner made pursuit of the felon, took him, and brought him to justice.
  2. (obsolete) Hence, anything found, or without an owner; that which comes along, as it were, by chance.
  3. A wanderer; a castaway; a stray; a homeless child.
waist Tweet Definition of waist Like Definition of waist on Facebook
noun
  1. The part of the body between the pelvis and the stomach.
  2. A part of a piece of clothing that covers the waist.
  3. The narrow connection between the thorax and abdomen in certain insects (e.g., bees, ants and wasps).
  4. The middle portion of the hull of a ship or the fuselage of an aircraft.
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.
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 .
watercraft Tweet Definition of watercraft Like Definition of watercraft on Facebook
noun (plural watercrafts or )
  1. Skill in boating, swimming, or other water-related sports.
  2. Any self-propelled motorized vessel that moves on or through the water.
  3. A boat, ship, sea scooter, or similar vehicle.
  4. Water vehicles considered as a group.
waterway Tweet Definition of waterway Like Definition of waterway on Facebook
noun
  1. A body of water, such as a river, channel or canal, that can be navigated by boats or ships.
  2. A conduit or watercourse, such as on the deck of a ship, to drain water.
Wear Tweet Definition of Wear Like Definition of Wear on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A river in the county of Tyne and Wear in north east England. The city of Sunderland is found upon its banks.
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 deck Tweet Definition of weather deck Like Definition of weather deck on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) A deck having no overhead protection; uppermost deck. (FM 55-501).
weatherly Tweet Definition of weatherly Like Definition of weatherly on Facebook
adjective
  1. (nautical) (of a sailing vessel) able to sail close to the wind with little leeway
weekender Tweet Definition of weekender Like Definition of weekender on Facebook
noun
  1. someone who visits a place for a weekend break
  2. a small suitcase with the capacity needed for a weekend
  3. a place used primarily for weekends away.
We have a nice little up in the mountains.
weigh Tweet Definition of weigh Like Definition of weigh on Facebook
verb
  1. (transitive) To determine the weight of an object.
  2. (transitive) Often with "out", to measure a certain amount of something by its weight, e.g. for sale.
He weighed out two kilos of oranges for a client.
  1. (context, transitive, metaphorical) To determine the intrinsic value or merit of an object, to evaluate.
You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.
  1. (transitive) To consider a subject.
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 251b-c.
    • : For anyone can in with the quick objection that it is impossible for what is many to be one
      1. (intransitive) To have a certain weight.
      I weigh ten and a half stone.
      1. (context, nautical, transitive) To raise an anchor free of the seabed.
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.
whaleboat Tweet Definition of whaleboat Like Definition of whaleboat on Facebook
noun
  1. A long narrow rowing boat, formerly used in whaling, which is pointed at both ends so that it can move either forwards or backwards equally well.
  2. A boat resembling this and carried on a warship or other ship.
wharf Tweet Definition of wharf Like Definition of wharf on Facebook
noun (pl=wharves, pl2=wharfs)
  1. A man-made landing place jutting out to sea or by a river; mole, pier, or quay
wheelhouse Tweet Definition of wheelhouse Like Definition of wheelhouse on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) An enclosed compartment, on the deck of a vessel such as a fishing boat, from which it may be navigated; on a larger vessel it is the bridge or pilothouse
  2. (nautical) The enclosed structure around side paddlewheels on a steamboat.
  3. (baseball) A batter's power zone
The pitch was right in his , and he hit a salami.
wigwag Tweet Definition of wigwag Like Definition of wigwag on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of a number of mechanical or electrical devices which cause a component to oscillate between two states.
verb (wigwag, g, ed)
  1. to oscillate between two states.
  2. to send a signal by waving a single flag.
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.
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.
wire Tweet Definition of wire Like Definition of wire on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die.
  2. A piece of such material; a thread or slender rod of metal, a cable
  3. A metal conductor that carries electricity.
  4. A fence made of usually barbed wire.
  5. (sports) A finish line of a racetrack.
  6. (informal) A telecommunication wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; a telegram
  7. (slang) A hidden listening device on the person of an undercover operative for the purposes of obtaining incriminating spoken evidence.
verb (wir, ing)
  1. to fasten with wire, especially with reference to wine bottles, corks, or fencing
We need to that hole in the fence.
  1. to string on a wire
beads
  1. to equip for use with electricity
  2. to add something into an electrical system by means of wiring; to incorporate or include something
I'll just your camera to the computer screen.
  1. (informal) To send a message or a money value to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominately by telegraph.
Urgent: please me another 100 pounds sterling.
  1. to make someone tense or psyched-up
I'm never going to sleep " I'm completely wired from all that coffee.
  1. (slang) To install eavesdropping equipment.
We wired the suspects house.
wreck Tweet Definition of wreck Like Definition of wreck on Facebook
noun
  1. The remains of something that has been severely damaged or worn down.
  2. An event in which something is damaged through collision.
wrecker Tweet Definition of wrecker Like Definition of wrecker on Facebook
noun
  1. A person or company that dismantles old or wrecked vehicles or other items, to reclaim useful parts. (Australia)
  2. One who break up, breaks up situations, events - (home wrecker, marriage wrecker, party wrecker)
    1. A tow truck.
    2. A mooncusser.

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