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wadmal Tweet Definition of wadmal Like Definition of wadmal on Facebook
noun (plural:wadmals)
  1. Thick coarse heavily napped wool mostly used in winter clothing for the poor.
wale Tweet Definition of wale Like Definition of wale on Facebook
noun
  1. A ridge or low barrier.
  2. A raised rib in knit goods or fabric. (As opposed to course)
  3. The texture of a piece of fabric.
  4. The outside planking of a wooden ship. (See gunwale)
  5. A horizontal timber use for support or retaining earth.
  6. A ridge on the outside of a horse collar.
  7. A ridge or streak produced on skin by a cane or whip.
verb (wal, ing)
  1. To strike the skin in such a way as to produce a wale.
    • 1832: Owen Felltham, Resolves, Divine, Moral, Political
    • :Would suffer his lazy rider to bestride his patie: back, with his hands and whip to his flesh, and with his heels to dig into his hungry bowels?
    • 2002: Hal Rothman, Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Started the Twenty-First Century
    • :When faced with an adulthood that offered few options, grinding poverty and marriage to a man who drank too much and came home to on his own family or...no beatings.
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...
warper Tweet Definition of warper Like Definition of warper on Facebook
noun
  1. One who, or that which, warps or twists out of shape.
weaver Tweet Definition of weaver Like Definition of weaver on Facebook
noun
  1. One who weaves
Webster Tweet Definition of Webster Like Definition of Webster on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English surname.
weft Tweet Definition of weft Like Definition of weft on Facebook
noun
  1. the horizontal threads that are interlaced through the warp in a woven fabric; the woof
  2. the yarn used for the weft; the fill
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.
wether Tweet Definition of wether Like Definition of wether on Facebook
noun
  1. A castrated buck goat.
  2. A castrated ram.
verb (transitive)
  1. To castrate a male sheep or goat.
White Tweet Definition of White Like Definition of White on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a British surname from a nickname for someone with white hair
whorl Tweet Definition of whorl Like Definition of whorl on Facebook
noun
  1. A pattern of concentric circles.
  2. (botany) A circle of two or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
  3. (zoology) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
  4. (archaic) A flywheel, a weight attached to a spindle, cf. 1460.
willow Tweet Definition of willow Like Definition of willow on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs in the genus Salix, in the willow family Salicaceae, found primarily on moist soils in cooler zones in the northern hemisphere.
  2. (context, cricket, colloquial) A cricket bat
  3. (context, baseball, slang) an 1800s baseball term meaning the bat
Willy Tweet Definition of Willy Like Definition of Willy on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), diminutive of William.
wince Tweet Definition of wince Like Definition of wince on Facebook
noun
  1. A sudden movement or gesture of shrinking away.
verb (winc, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To flinch as if in pain or distress.
woof Tweet Definition of woof Like Definition of woof on Facebook
noun
  1. weft, the set of yarns placed crosswise in a loom, interlaced with the warp.
verb
  1. To make a woofing sound
Wool Tweet Definition of Wool Like Definition of Wool on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Wool, Dorset)
  1. A town in Dorset, England.
woolen Tweet Definition of woolen Like Definition of woolen on Facebook
adjective
  1. Made of wool.
worsted Tweet Definition of worsted Like Definition of worsted on Facebook
noun
  1. Wool yarn made from long strands of wool, creating fine, smooth fabric.
1871"Yes, young people are usually blind to everything but their own wishes, and seldom imagine how much those wishes cost others," said Mrs. Garth She did not mean to go beyond this salutary general doctrine, and threw her indignation into a needless unwinding of her , knitting her brow at it with a grand air. " George Eliot, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=292303629&tag=Eliot,+George:+Middlemarch:+a+study+of+provincial+life+(1900),+1871&query=worsted+&id=EliMidd Middlemarch.
  1. The fabric made from worsted wool.
1902 He had tied a bit of white round his neck -- Why? Where did he get it? Was it a badge -- an ornament -- a charm -- a propitiatory act? Was there any idea at all connected with it? Joseph Conrad, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=171509961&tag=Conrad,+Joseph,+1857-1924:+Heart+of+Darkness,+1902&query=worsted+&id=ConDark The Heart of Darkness. =
adjective
  1. Pertaining to worsted yarn and the fabric made from it.

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