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adjective ((compar): weaker, (superl): weakest)
  1. Lacking in force or ability.
The child was too to move the boulder.
  1. dilute, Dilute, lacking in taste or potency.
We were served stale bread and tea.
  1. (context, grammar) regular, Regular in inflection, especially of verbs.
  2. (physics) One of the four fundamental forces associated with nuclear decay.
  3. (slang) bad, Bad or uncool (this place is weak).
  4. (context, Canada, slang) (rfv-sense) good, Good or cool ( we had a weak time ) slang in P.E.I., w:Canada, Canada.
     
weaken Tweet Definition of weaken Like Definition of weaken on Facebook
verb 
  1. (transitive) To make weaker.
  2. (intransitive) To become weaker.
     
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.
     
weight Tweet Definition of weight Like Definition of weight on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, weight)
  1. The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth.
  2. An object used to make something heavier.
  3. A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.
  4. (weightlifting): A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.
  5. (physics) mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.)
  6. (statistics) A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.
  7. (topology) the smallest cardinality of a base
:Compare to mass. verb 
  1. (transitive) To add weight to something, in order to make it heavier.
  2. (transitive) To load, burden or oppress someone.
  3. (context, transitive, mathematics) To assign weights to individual statistics.
  4. (transitive) To bias something; to slant.
  5. (context, transitive, horse racing) To handicap a horse with a specified weight.
     
whisper Tweet Definition of whisper Like Definition of whisper on Facebook
noun 
  1. The act of speaking in a quiet voice.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : "Now, look here, Jim Hawkins," he said, in a steady , that was no more than audible...
verb 
  1. To talk in a quiet voice.
     
wide Tweet Definition of wide Like Definition of wide on Facebook
noun 
  1. (cricket) A ball that passes so far from the batsman that the umpire deems it unplayable; the arm signal used by an umpire to signal a wide; the extra run added to the batting side's score
adjective (wid, er)
  1. Having a large physical extent from side to side.
We walked down a corridor.
  1. Large in scope.
The inquiry had a remit.
  1. (sports) Operating at the side of the playing area.
That team needs a decent player.
     

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