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wader Tweet Definition of wader Like Definition of wader on Facebook
noun (pluralwaders)
  1. One who wades.
  2. (mainly used in the plural) A waterproof boot that comes up to the hip, used by fisherman, fishermen, etc.
  3. A long-legged bird associated with wetland or coastal environments.
wading bird Tweet Definition of wading bird Like Definition of wading bird on Facebook
  1. Any of various long-legged birds such as cranes, herons, or storks, that wade in shallow water in search of food.
wagtail Tweet Definition of wagtail Like Definition of wagtail on Facebook
noun (pluralwagtails)
  1. Any of various small passerine birds of the family Motacillidae, of the Old World, notable for their long tails.
wandering albatross Tweet Definition of wandering albatross Like Definition of wandering albatross on Facebook
  1. A bird species of the family Diomedeidae, genus Diomedea.
warbler Tweet Definition of warbler Like Definition of warbler on Facebook
noun (pluralwarblers)
  1. Any of various small passerine songbirds.
  2. British slang to describe a hissy fit
waterfowl Tweet Definition of waterfowl Like Definition of waterfowl on Facebook
noun (waterfowl)
  1. birds, such as ducks, geese and swans, that spend most of their non-flying time on water; especially those of the family Anatidae
water rail Tweet Definition of water rail Like Definition of water rail on Facebook
  1. a small wetland bird (Rallus aquaticus) of the family Rallidae that breeds in marshes and reedbeds across Europe and Asia.
wattle Tweet Definition of wattle Like Definition of wattle on Facebook
  1. A construction of branches and twigs woven together to form a wall, barrier, fence, or roof
  2. A wrinkled fold of skin, sometimes brightly coloured, hanging from the neck of birds (such as chicken and turkey) and some lizards
  3. A decorative fleshy appendage on the neck of a goat
  4. Loose hanging skin in the neck of a person
  5. Any of several Australian trees of the Genus Acacia
verb (wattl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To construct a wattle, or make a construction of wattles
waxwing Tweet Definition of waxwing Like Definition of waxwing on Facebook
  1. Any of several songbirds of the genus Bombycilla, having crested heads, and red tips to the wings.
weaverbird Tweet Definition of weaverbird Like Definition of weaverbird on Facebook
  1. any of various Old World passerine birds, resembling finches, that build complex, communal nests
wheatear Tweet Definition of wheatear Like Definition of wheatear on Facebook
noun (plural: )
  1. Any of various passerine birds of the genus Oenanthe that feed on insects.
whimbrel Tweet Definition of whimbrel Like Definition of whimbrel on Facebook
noun (pluralwhimbrels)
  1. A large wading bird, Numenius phaeopus, with a long curved bill.
whinchat Tweet Definition of whinchat Like Definition of whinchat on Facebook
noun (plural:whinchats)
  1. A small Old World songbird, Saxicola rubetra, that feeds on insects.
whippoorwill Tweet Definition of whippoorwill Like Definition of whippoorwill on Facebook
noun (whippoorwills)
  1. a nocturnal insectivorous bird of North America, Caprimulgus vociferus, a type of nightjar, named after its characteristic call.
whistler Tweet Definition of whistler Like Definition of whistler on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Whistler)
  1. someone or something that whistles
  2. the whistling marmot
  3. the goldeneye
  1. (physics) an audio-frequency electromagnetic wave produced by atmospheric disturbances such as lightning
white stork Tweet Definition of white stork Like Definition of white stork on Facebook
  1. a large wading bird, Ciconia ciconia, that winters in Africa and breedd in Europe; in mythology, it delivers babies
whooping crane Tweet Definition of whooping crane Like Definition of whooping crane on Facebook
  1. wikispecies:Grus americana, Grus americana, a kind of bird.
wide-awake Tweet Definition of wide-awake Like Definition of wide-awake on Facebook
  1. The sooty tern
  1. completely or fully awake
  2. alert, vigilant or watchful
widgeon Tweet Definition of widgeon Like Definition of widgeon on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, wigeon)
widow bird Tweet Definition of widow bird Like Definition of widow bird on Facebook
noun (, widow birds)
  1. Any of several species of birds in the family Viduidae, incorporating whydahs and widowfinches.
wildfowl Tweet Definition of wildfowl Like Definition of wildfowl on Facebook
noun (wildfowls or )
  1. Any wild bird such as ducks, geese or swans
  2. waterfowl
  1. to hunt a wildfowl.
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 220b.
    • : The hunting of the kind of winged creatures, taken as a whole, is called wildfowling
wild goose Tweet Definition of wild goose Like Definition of wild goose on Facebook
  1. any of many species of wildlife goose, such as the greylag goose or the Canada goose, whose wedge fly in a wedge or V form, or cuneiform, as opposed to the w:Domesticated goose, domesticated goose that would not fly.
Wild Turkey Tweet Definition of Wild Turkey Like Definition of Wild Turkey on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Wild Turkey (bourbon))
  1. a brand of bourbon whiskey from Kentucky
Wilson's storm petrel Tweet Definition of Wilson Like Definition of Wilson
  1. A small seabird of the storm petrel family Hydrobatidae, breeding on the Antarctic coastlines and nearby islands such as the South Shetland Islands.
wing Tweet Definition of wing Like Definition of wing on Facebook
  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.
  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.
wingspan Tweet Definition of wingspan Like Definition of wingspan on Facebook
  1. the distance from the left wingtip to the right wingtip
wingspread Tweet Definition of wingspread Like Definition of wingspread on Facebook
  1. The distance between the extreme tips of the wings of a bird, insect or aircraft.
winnow Tweet Definition of winnow Like Definition of winnow on Facebook
  1. That which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain.
  1. (intransitive) To free or separate grain or the like from chaff or refuse matter, usually by means of wind.
  2. (intransitive) To move about with a flapping motion, as of wings; to flutter.
  3. (transitive) To fan; set in motion by means of wind; specifically, to expose (grain) to a current of air in order to separate and drive off chaff, refuse particles, etc.
  4. (transitive) To blow upon; to toss about by blowing.
  5. (transitive) To separate, expel, or disperse by or as by fanning or blowing; to sift or weed out; to separate or distinguish, as one thing from another.
  6. (transitive) To set in motion or vibration; to beat as with a fan or wings.
  7. (transitive) To wave to and fro; to flutter; to flap.
  8. (transitive) To pursue or accomplish with a waving or flapping motion, as of wings.
  9. (transitive) Figuratively, to subject to a process analogous to the winnowing of grain; to separate into parts according to kind; to sift; to analyze or scrutinize carefully; to examine; to test.
wire Tweet Definition of wire Like Definition of wire on Facebook
  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
  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.
wishbone Tweet Definition of wishbone Like Definition of wishbone on Facebook
  1. A forked bone between the neck and breast of a bird consisting chiefly of the two clavicles fused at their median or lower end. (Scientific name: furcula)
  2. (nautical) A spar in two parts, between which a sail is hoisted, the wishbone extending its clew.
  3. (nautical) Any sailing vessel rigged with a wishbone.
adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
  1. (nautical) Incorporating a wishbone spar in the rig, as: "a ketch", "a schooner".
woodcock Tweet Definition of woodcock Like Definition of woodcock on Facebook
noun (pl=woodcock, pl2=woodcocks)
  1. Any of various wading birds in the genus Scolopax, characterised by a long slender bill and cryptic brown and blackish plumage.
wood grouse Tweet Definition of wood grouse Like Definition of wood grouse on Facebook
  1. The capercaillie, Tetrao urogallus.
woodpecker Tweet Definition of woodpecker Like Definition of woodpecker on Facebook
  1. One of several species of bird from the family Picidae, with a sharp beak suitable for pecking holes in wood.
wood pigeon Tweet Definition of wood pigeon Like Definition of wood pigeon on Facebook
  1. The culver, also known as the common woodpigeon.
wren Tweet Definition of wren Like Definition of wren on Facebook
noun (pluralwrens)
  1. Members of a mainly New World passerine bird family Troglodytidae.
  2. Small bird of similar appearance to a true wren.
wryneck Tweet Definition of wryneck Like Definition of wryneck on Facebook
noun (pluralwrynecks)
  1. Either of two small woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla and Jynx ruficollis, of the Old World that can turn their heads almost 180 degrees.

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