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  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.
  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...
water vapor Tweet Definition of water vapor Like Definition of water vapor on Facebook
  1. water in a gaseous state, especially when diffused in the atmosphere
  2. steam
wave Tweet Definition of wave Like Definition of wave on Facebook
  1. A moving disturbance in the level of a body of water.
The traveled from the center of the lake before breaking on the shore.
  1. (physics) A moving disturbance in the energy level of a field.
Gravity waves, while predicted by theory for decades, have been notoriously difficult to detect.
  1. A shape which alternately curves in opposite directions.
Her hair had a nice to it.
  1. A sudden unusually large amount of something that is temporarily experienced.
A of shoppers stampeded through the door when the store opened for its Christmas discount special.
A of retirees began moving to the coastal area.
A of emotion overcame her when she thought about her son who was killed in battle.
  1. A sideway movement of the hand(s).
With a of the hand.
verb (wav, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To move back and forth repeatedly.
The flag waved in the gentle breeze.
  1. (intransitive) To wave one"s hand in greeting or departure.
I waved goodbye from across the room.
  1. (intransitive) To have an undulating or wavy form.
  2. (intransitive) (baseball) To swing and miss at a pitch.
Jones waves at strike one.
  1. (transitive) To cause to move back and forth repeatedly.
The starter waved the flag to begin the race.
  1. (transitive) To signal someone or something with a waving movement.
wave function Tweet Definition of wave function Like Definition of wave function on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, wavefunction)
wavelength Tweet Definition of wavelength Like Definition of wavelength on Facebook
  1. The length of a single cycle of a wave, as measured by the distance between one peak or trough of a wave and the next; it is often designated in physics as λ, and corresponds to the velocity of the wave divided by its frequency.
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.
weightless Tweet Definition of weightless Like Definition of weightless on Facebook
adjective (pos=weight-less, less)
  1. which has no weight
  2. which is not being affected by gravity
white noise Tweet Definition of white noise Like Definition of white noise on Facebook
  1. (physics) A random signal (or process) with a flat power spectral density; a signal with a power spectral density that has equal power in any band, at any centre frequency, having a given bandwidth.
  2. (context, nontechnically) Any nondescript noise used for background or to mask or drown out other noise.
work function Tweet Definition of work function Like Definition of work function on Facebook
  1. (physics) The minimum energy needed to remove an electron from the surface of a material

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