Singular Nouns Starting with W
Waag (n.) The grivet.
Waahoo (n.) The burning bush; -- said to be called after a quack medicine made from it.
Wabble (n.) A hobbling, unequal motion, as of a wheel unevenly hung; a staggering to and fro.
Wacke (n.) Alt. of Wacky
Wacky (n.) A soft, earthy, dark-colored rock or clay derived from the alteration of basalt.
Wad (n.) Woad.
Wad (n.) A little mass, tuft, or bundle, as of hay or tow.
Wad (n.) Specifically: A little mass of some soft or flexible material, such as hay, straw, tow, paper, or old rope yarn, used for retaining a charge of powder in a gun, or for keeping the powder and shot close; also, to diminish or avoid the effects of windage. Also, by extension, a dusk of felt, pasteboard, etc., serving a similar purpose.
Wad (n.) A soft mass, especially of some loose, fibrous substance, used for various purposes, as for stopping an aperture, padding a garment, etc.
Wad (n.) Alt. of Wadd
Wadd (n.) An earthy oxide of manganese, or mixture of different oxides and water, with some oxide of iron, and often silica, alumina, lime, or baryta; black ocher. There are several varieties.
Wadd (n.) Plumbago, or black lead.
Wadding (n.) A wad, or the materials for wads; any pliable substance of which wads may be made.
Wadding (n.) Any soft stuff of loose texture, used for stuffing or padding garments; esp., sheets of carded cotton prepared for the purpose.
Waddler (n.) One who, or that which, waddles.
Wade (n.) Woad.
Wade (n.) The act of wading.
Wader (n.) One who, or that which, wades.
Wader (n.) Any long-legged bird that wades in the water in search of food, especially any species of limico
Wadmol (n.) A coarse, hairy, woolen cloth, formerly used for garments by the poor, and for various other purposes.
Wadset (n.) A kind of pledge or mortgage.
Wadsetter (n.) One who holds by a wadset.
Wady (n.) A ravine through which a brook flows; the channel of a water course, which is dry except in the rainy season.
Wae (n.) A wave.
Waeg (n.) The kittiwake.
Wafer (n.) A thin cake made of flour and other ingredients.
Wafer (n.) A thin cake or piece of bread (commonly unleavened, circular, and stamped with a crucifix or with the sacred monogram) used in the Eucharist, as in the Roman Catholic Church.
Wafer (n.) An adhesive disk of dried paste, made of flour, gelatin, isinglass, or the like, and coloring matter, -- used in sealing letters and other documents.
Waferer (n.) A dealer in the cakes called wafers; a confectioner.
Waffle (n.) A thin cake baked and then rolled; a wafer.
Waffle (n.) A soft indented cake cooked in a waffle iron.
Waft (n.) A wave or current of wind.
Waft (n.) A signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air.
Waft (n.) An unpleasant flavor.
Waft (n.) A knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag.
Waftage (n.) Conveyance on a buoyant medium, as air or water.
Wafter (n.) One who, or that which, wafts.
Wafter (n.) A boat for passage.
Wafture (n.) The act of waving; a wavelike motion; a waft.
Wagati (n.) A small East Indian wild cat (Felis wagati), regarded by some as a variety of the leopard cat.
Wagel (n.) See Waggel.
Wagenboom (n.) A south African proteaceous tree (Protea grandiflora); also, its tough wood, used for making wagon wheels.
Wagerer (n.) One who wagers, or lays a bet.
Wages (n.) A compensation given to a hired person for services; price paid for labor; recompense; hire. See Wage, n., 2.
Waggel (n.) The young of the great black-backed gull (Larus marinus), formerly considered a distinct species.
Waggery (n.) The manner or action of a wag; mischievous merriment; sportive trick or gayety; good-humored sarcasm; pleasantry; jocularity; as, the waggery of a schoolboy.
Waggie (n.) The pied wagtail.
Wag-halter (n.) One who moves or wears a halter; one likely to be hanged.
Wagnerite (n.) A fluophosphate of magnesia, occurring in yellowish crystals, and also in massive forms.
Wagon (n.) A wheeled carriage; a vehicle on four wheels, and usually drawn by horses; especially, one used for carrying freight or merchandise.
Wagon (n.) A freight car on a railway.
Wagon (n.) A chariot
Wagon (n.) The Dipper, or Charles's Wain.
Wagonage (n.) Money paid for carriage or conveyance in wagon.
Wagonage (n.) A collection of wagons; wagons, collectively.
Wagoner (n.) One who conducts a wagon; one whose business it is to drive a wagon.
Wagoner (n.) The constellation Charles's Wain, or Ursa Major. See Ursa major, under Ursa.
Wagonette (n.) A kind of pleasure wagon, uncovered and with seats extended along the sides, designed to carry six or eight persons besides the driver.
Wagonful (n.) As much as a wagon will hold; enough to fill a wagon; a wagonload.
Wagonload (n.) Same as Wagonful.
Wagonry (n.) Conveyance by means of a wagon or wagons.
Wagonwright (n.) One who makes wagons.
Wagtail (n.) Any one of many species of Old World singing birds belonging to Motacilla and several allied genera of the family Motacillidae. They have the habit of constantly jerking their long tails up and down, whence the name.
Wah (n.) The panda.
Wahabee (n.) A follower of Abdel Wahab (b. 1691; d. 1787), a reformer of Mohammedanism. His doctrines prevail particularly among the Bedouins, and the sect, though checked in its influence, extends to most parts of Arabia, and also into India.
Waif (n.) 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.
Waif (n.) Hence, anything found, or without an owner; that which comes along, as it were, by chance.
Waif (n.) A wanderer; a castaway; a stray; a homeless child.
Waift (n.) A waif.
Wail (n.) Loud weeping; violent lamentation; wailing.
Wailer (n.) One who wails or laments.
Waileress (n.) A woman who wails.
Wailment (n.) Lamentation; loud weeping; wailing.
Wain (n.) A four-wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.; a wagon.
Wain (n.) A chariot.
Wainage (n.) A finding of carriages, carts, etc., for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.
Wainage (n.) See Gainage, a.
Wainbote (n.) See Cartbote. See also the Note under Bote.
Wainscot (n.) Oaken timber or boarding.
Wainscot (n.) A wooden lining or boarding of the walls of apartments, usually made in panels.
Wainscot (n.) Any one of numerous species of European moths of the family Leucanidae.
Wainscoting (n.) The act or occupation of covering or lining with boards in panel.
Wainscoting (n.) The material used to wainscot a house, or the wainscot as a whole; panelwork.
Wainwright (n.) Same as Wagonwright.
Wair (n.) A piece of plank two yard/ long and a foot broad.
Waist (n.) That part of the human body which is immediately below the ribs or thorax; the small part of the body between the thorax and hips.
Waist (n.) Hence, the middle part of other bodies; especially (Naut.), that part of a vessel's deck, bulwarks, etc., which is between the quarter-deck and the forecastle; the middle part of the ship.
Waist (n.) A garment, or part of a garment, which covers the body from the neck or shoulders to the waist
Waist (n.) A girdle or belt for the waist.
Waistband (n.) The band which encompasses the waist; esp., one on the upper part of breeches, trousers, pantaloons, skirts, or the like.
Waistband (n.) A sash worn by women around the waist.
Waistcloth (n.) A cloth or wrapper worn about the waist; by extension, such a garment worn about the hips and passing between the thighs.
Waistcloth (n.) A covering of canvas or tarpaulin for the hammocks, stowed on the nettings, between the quarterdeck and the forecastle.
Waistcoat (n.) A short, sleeveless coat or garment for men, worn under the coat, extending no lower than the hips, and covering the waist; a vest.
Waistcoat (n.) A garment occasionally worn by women as a part of fashionable costume.
Waistcoateer (n.) One wearing a waistcoat; esp., a woman wearing one uncovered, or thought fit for such a habit; hence, a loose woman; strumpet.
Waistcoating (n.) A fabric designed for waistcoats; esp., one in which there is a pattern, differently colored yarns being used.
Waister (n.) A seaman, usually a green hand or a broken-down man, stationed in the waist of a vessel of war.
Waiter (n.) One who, or that which, waits; an attendant; a servant in attendance, esp. at table.
Waiter (n.) A vessel or tray on which something is carried, as dishes, etc.; a salver.
Waitress (n.) A female waiter or attendant; a waiting maid or waiting woman.
Waiver (n.) The act of waiving, or not insisting on, some right, claim, or privilege.
Waivure (n.) See Waiver.
Waiwode (n.) See Waywode.
Wake (n.) The track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any track; as, the wake of an army.
Wake (n.) The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of being awake.
Wake (n.) The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil.
Wake (n.) An annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the evening preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in the church; subsequently, these vigils were discontinued, and the day itself, often with succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and exercises, attended by eating and drinking, often to excess.
Wake (n.) The sitting up of persons with a dead body, often attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the Irish.
Wakener (n.) One who wakens.
Wakening (n.) The act of one who wakens; esp., the act of ceasing to sleep; an awakening.
Wakening (n.) The revival of an action.
Waker (n.) One who wakes.
Wake-robin (n.) Any plant of the genus Arum, especially, in England, the cuckoopint (Arum maculatum).
Waketime (n.) Time during which one is awake.
Waking (n.) The act of waking, or the state or period of being awake.
Waking (n.) A watch; a watching.
Wald (n.) A forest; -- used as a termination of names. See Weald.
Waldensian (n.) One Holding the Waldensian doctrines.
Waldgrave (n.) In the old German empire, the head forest keeper.
Waldheimia (n.) A genus of brachiopods of which many species are found in the fossil state. A few still exist in the deep sea.
Wale (n.) A streak or mark made on the skin by a rod or whip; a stripe; a wheal. See Wheal.
Wale (n.) A ridge or streak rising above the surface, as of cloth; hence, the texture of cloth.
Wale (n.) A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position.
Wale (n.) Certain sets or strakes of the outside planking of a vessel; as, the main wales, or the strakes of planking under the port sills of the gun deck; channel wales, or those along the spar deck, etc.
Wale (n.) A wale knot, or wall knot.
Walhalla (n.) See Valhalla.
Waling (n.) Same as Wale, n., 4.
Walk (n.) The act of walking, or moving on the feet with a slow pace; advance without running or leaping.
Walk (n.) The act of walking for recreation or exercise; as, a morning walk; an evening walk.
Walk (n.) Manner of walking; gait; step; as, we often know a person at a distance by his walk.
Walk (n.) That in or through which one walks; place or distance walked over; a place for walking; a path or avenue prepared for foot passengers, or for taking air and exercise; way; road; hence, a place or region in which animals may graze; place of wandering; range; as, a sheep walk.
Walk (n.) A frequented track; habitual place of action; sphere; as, the walk of the historian.
Walk (n.) Conduct; course of action; behavior.
Walk (n.) The route or district regularly served by a vender; as, a milkman's walk.
Walker (n.) One who walks; a pedestrian.
Walker (n.) That with which one walks; a foot.
Walker (n.) A forest officer appointed to walk over a certain space for inspection; a forester.
Walk-mill (n.) A fulling mill.
Walk-over (n.) In racing, the going over a course by a horse which has no competitor for the prize; hence, colloquially, a one-sided contest; an uncontested, or an easy, victory.
Walkyr (n.) See Valkyria.
Wall (n.) A kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot; a wale.
Wall (n.) A work or structure of stone, brick, or other materials, raised to some height, and intended for defense or security, solid and permanent inclosing fence, as around a field, a park, a town, etc., also, one of the upright inclosing parts of a building or a room.
Wall (n.) A defense; a rampart; a means of protection; in the plural, fortifications, in general; works for defense.
Wall (n.) An inclosing part of a receptacle or vessel; as, the walls of a steam-engine cylinder.
Wall (n.) The side of a level or drift.
Wall (n.) The country rock bounding a vein laterally.
Wallaba (n.) A leguminous tree (Eperua falcata) of Demerara, with pinnate leaves and clusters of red flowers. The reddish brown wood is used for palings and shingles.
Wallaby (n.) Any one of numerous species of kangaroos belonging to the genus Halmaturus, native of Australia and Tasmania, especially the smaller species, as the brush kangaroo (H. Bennettii) and the pademelon (H. thetidis). The wallabies chiefly inhabit the wooded district and bushy plains.
Wallah (n.) A black variety of the jaguar; -- called also tapir tiger.
Wallaroo (n.) Any one of several species of kangaroos of the genus Macropus, especially M. robustus, sometimes called the great wallaroo.
Wallbird (n.) The spotted flycatcher.
Waller (n.) One who builds walls.
Waller (n.) The wels.
Wallet (n.) A bag or sack for carrying about the person, as a bag for carrying the necessaries for a journey; a knapsack; a beggar's receptacle for charity; a peddler's pack.
Wallet (n.) A pocketbook for keeping money about the person.
Wallet (n.) Anything protuberant and swagging.
Walleteer (n.) One who carries a wallet; a foot traveler; a tramping beggar.
Wall-eye (n.) An eye in which the iris is of a very light gray or whitish color; -- said usually of horses.
Wall-eye (n.) An American fresh-water food fish (Stizostedion vitreum) having large and prominent eyes; -- called also glasseye, pike perch, yellow pike, and wall-eyed perch.
Wall-eye (n.) A California surf fish (Holconotus argenteus).
Wall-eye (n.) The alewife; -- called also wall-eyed herring.
Wallflower (n.) A perennial, cruciferous plant (Cheiranthus Cheiri), with sweet-scented flowers varying in color from yellow to orange and deep red. In Europe it very common on old walls.
Wallflower (n.) A lady at a ball, who, either from choice, or because not asked to dance, remains a spectator.
Wallhick (n.) The lesser spotted woodpecker (Dryobates minor).
Walling (n.) The act of making a wall or walls.
Walling (n.) Walls, in general; material for walls.
Wallop (n.) A quick, rolling movement; a gallop.
Wallop (n.) A thick piece of fat.
Wallop (n.) A blow.
Wallow (n.) To roll one's self about, as in mire; to tumble and roll about; to move lazily or heavily in any medium; to flounder; as, swine wallow in the mire.
Wallow (n.) To live in filth or gross vice; to disport one's self in a beastly and unworthy manner.
Wallow (n.) To wither; to fade.
Wallow (n.) A kind of rolling walk.
Wallower (n.) One who, or that which, wallows.
Wallower (n.) A lantern wheel; a trundle.
Wall-plat (n.) The spotted flycatcher. It builds its nest on walls.
Wallwort (n.) The dwarf elder, or danewort (Sambucus Ebulus).
Walnut (n.) The fruit or nut of any tree of the genus Juglans; also, the tree, and its timber. The seven or eight known species are all natives of the north temperate zone.
Walrus (n.) A very large marine mammal (Trichecus rosmarus) of the Seal family, native of the Arctic Ocean. The male has long and powerful tusks descending from the upper jaw. It uses these in procuring food and in fighting. It is hunted for its oil, ivory, and skin. It feeds largely on mollusks. Called also morse.
Waltron (n.) A walrus.
Waltz (n.) A dance performed by two persons in circular figures with a whirling motion; also, a piece of music composed in triple measure for this kind of dance.
Waltzer (n.) A person who waltzes.
Wamble (n.) Disturbance of the stomach; a feeling of nausea.
Wamp (n.) The common American eider.
Wampee (n.) A tree (Cookia punctata) of the Orange family, growing in China and the East Indies; also, its fruit, which is about the size of a large grape, and has a hard rind and a peculiar flavor.
Wampee (n.) The pickerel weed.
Wampum (n.) Beads made of shells, used by the North American Indians as money, and also wrought into belts, etc., as an ornament.
Wan (n.) The quality of being wan; wanness.
Wand (n.) A small stick; a rod; a verge.
Wand (n.) A staff of authority.
Wand (n.) A rod used by conjurers, diviners, magicians, etc.
Wanderer (n.) One who wanders; a rambler; one who roves; hence, one who deviates from duty.
Wanderment (n.) The act of wandering, or roaming.
Wanderoo (n.) A large monkey (Macacus silenus) native of Malabar. It is black, or nearly so, but has a long white or gray beard encircling the face. Called also maha, silenus, neelbhunder, lion-tailed baboon, and great wanderoo.
Wane (n.) The decrease of the illuminated part of the moon to the eye of a spectator.
Wane (n.) Dec
Wane (n.) An inequality in a board.
Waney (n.) A sharp or uneven edge on a board that is cut from a log not perfectly squared, or that is made in the process of squaring. See Wany, a.
Wang (n.) The jaw, jawbone, or cheek bone.
Wang (n.) A slap; a blow.
Wang (n.) See Whang.
Wangan (n.) A boat for conveying provisions, tools, etc.; -- so called by Maine lumbermen.
Wanger (n.) A pillow for the cheek; a pillow.
Wanghee (n.) The Chinese name of one or two species of bamboo, or jointed cane, of the genus Phyllostachys. The slender stems are much used for walking sticks.
Wango (n.) A boomerang.
Wanhope (n.) Want of hope; despair; also, faint or delusive hope; delusion. [Obs.] Piers Plowman.
Wanhorn (n.) An East Indian plant (Kaempferia Galanga) of the Ginger family. See Galanga.
Waniand (n.) The wane of the moon.
Waning (n.) The act or process of waning, or decreasing.
Wanion (n.) A word of uncertain signification, used only in the phrase with a wanion, apparently equivalent to with a vengeance, with a plague, or with misfortune.
Wanness (n.) The quality or state of being wan; a sallow, dead, pale color; paleness; pallor; as, the wanness of the cheeks after a fever.
Wantage (n.) That which is wanting; deficiency.
Wanton (n.) A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a term of endearment.
Wanton (n.) One brought up without restraint; a pampered pet.
Wanton (n.) A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
Wantonness (n.) The quality or state of being wanton; negligence of restraint; sportiveness; recklessness; lasciviousness.
Wantrust (n.) Failing or diminishing trust; want of trust or confidence; distrust.
Wantwit (n.) One destitute of wit or sense; a blockhead; a fool.
Wanty (n.) A surcingle, or strap of leather, used for binding a load upon the back of a beast; also, a leather tie; a short wagon rope.
Wap (n.) A blow or beating; a whap.
Wapacut (n.) The American hawk owl. See under Hawk.
Wapatoo (n.) The edible tuber of a species of arrowhead (Sagittaria variabilis); -- so called by the Indians of Oregon.
Wapentake (n.) In some northern counties of England, a division, or district, answering to the hundred in other counties. Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and Nottinghamshire are divided into wapentakes, instead of hundreds.
Wapinschaw (n.) An exhibition of arms. according to the rank of the individual, by all persons bearing arms; -- formerly made at certain seasons in each district.
Wapiti (n.) The American elk (Cervus Canadensis). It is closely related to the European red deer, which it somewhat exceeds in size.
Wapp (n.) A fair-leader.
Wapp (n.) A rope with wall knots in it with which the shrouds are set taut.
Wappato (n.) See Wapatoo.
Wapper (n.) A gudgeon.
Wappet (n.) A small yelping cur.
Wapping (n.) Yelping.
War (n.) A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities.
War (n.) A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason.
War (n.) Instruments of war.
War (n.) Forces; army.
War (n.) The profession of arms; the art of war.
War (n.) a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
Warble (n.) A small, hard tumor which is produced on the back of a horse by the heat or pressure of the saddle in traveling.
Warble (n.) A small tumor produced by the larvae of the gadfly in the backs of horses, cattle, etc. Called also warblet, warbeetle, warnles.
Warble (n.) See Wormil.
Warble (n.) A quavering modulation of the voice; a musical trill; a song.
Warbler (n.) One who, or that which, warbles; a singer; a songster; -- applied chiefly to birds.
Warbler (n.) Any one of numerous species of small Old World singing birds belonging to the family Sylviidae, many of which are noted songsters. The bluethroat, blackcap, reed warbler (see under Reed), and sedge warbler (see under Sedge) are well-known species.
Warbler (n.) Any one of numerous species of small, often bright colored, American singing birds of the family or subfamily Mniotiltidae, or Sylvicolinae. They are allied to the Old World warblers, but most of them are not particularly musical.
Ward (n.) One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection.
Ward (n.) The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody.
Ward (n.) A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard.
Ward (n.) One who, or that which, is guarded.
Ward (n.) A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery.
Ward (n.) A division of a county.
Ward (n.) A division, district, or quarter of a town or city.
Ward (n.) A division of a forest.
Ward (n.) A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward.
Ward (n.) A projecting ridge of metal in the interior of a lock, to prevent the use of any key which has not a corresponding notch for passing it.
Ward (n.) A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch.
Ward (n.) To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.
Ward (n.) To defend; to protect.
Ward (n.) To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.
Ward (n.) To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off.
Ward-corn (n.) The duty of keeping watch and ward (see the Note under Watch, n., 1) with a horn to be blown upon any occasion of surprise.
Wardcorps (n.) Guardian; one set to watch over another.
Warden (n.) A keeper; a guardian; a watchman.
Warden (n.) An officer who keeps or guards; a keeper; as, the warden of a prison.
Warden (n.) A head official; as, the warden of a college; specifically (Eccl.), a churchwarden.
Warden (n.) A large, hard pear, chiefly used for baking and roasting.
Wardenry (n.) Alt. of Wardenship
Wardenship (n.) The office or jurisdiction of a warden.
Warder (n.) One who wards or keeps; a keeper; a guard.
Warder (n.) A truncheon or staff carried by a king or a commander in chief, and used in signaling his will.
Wardmote (n.) Anciently, a meeting of the inhabitants of a ward; also, a court formerly held in each ward of London for trying defaults in matters relating to the watch, police, and the like.
Wardroom (n.) A room occupied as a messroom by the commissioned officers of a war vessel. See Gunroom.
Wardroom (n.) A room used by the citizens of a city ward, for meetings, political caucuses, elections, etc.
Wardship (n.) The office of a ward or keeper; care and protection of a ward; guardianship; right of guardianship.
Wardship (n.) The state of begin under a guardian; pupilage.
Wardsman (n.) A man who keeps ward; a guard.
Ware (n.) Seaweed.
Ware (n.) The state of being ware or aware; heed.
Warefulness (n.) Wariness; cautiousness.
Warehouse (n.) A storehouse for wares, or goods.
Warehouseman (n.) One who keeps a warehouse; the owner or keeper of a dock warehouse or wharf store.
Warehouseman (n.) One who keeps a wholesale shop or store for Manchester or woolen goods.
Warehousing (n.) The act of placing goods in a warehouse, or in a customhouse store.
Wareless (n.) Unwary; incautious; unheeding; careless; unaware.
Warence (n.) Madder.
Wareroom (n.) A room in which goods are stored or exhibited for sale.
Warfare (n.) Military service; military life; contest carried on by enemies; hostilities; war.
Warfare (n.) Contest; struggle.
Warfarer (n.) One engaged in warfare; a military man; a soldier; a warrior.
Wariangle (n.) The red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio); -- called also wurger, worrier, and throttler.
Wariment (n.) Wariness.
Warine (n.) A South American monkey, one of the sapajous.
Wariness (n.) The quality or state of being wary; care to foresee and guard against evil; cautiousness.
Wark (n.) Work; a building.
Warkloom (n.) A tool; an implement.
Warlikeness (n.) Quality of being warlike.
Warling (n.) One often quarreled with; -- / word coined, perhaps, to rhyme with darling.
Warlock (n.) A male witch; a wizard; a sprite; an imp.
Warlockry (n.) Impishness; magic.
Warm (n.) The act of warming, or the state of being warmed; a warming; a heating.
Warmer (n.) One who, or that which, warms.
Warmness (n.) Warmth.
Warmonger (n.) One who makes ar a trade or business; a mercenary.
Warmouth (n.) An American freshwater bream, or sunfish (Chaenobryttus gulosus); -- called also red-eyed bream.
Warmth (n.) The quality or state of being warm; gentle heat; as, the warmth of the sun; the warmth of the blood; vital warmth.
Warmth (n.) A state of lively and excited interest; zeal; ardor; fervor; passion; enthusiasm; earnestness; as, the warmth of love or piety; he replied with much warmth.
Warmth (n.) The glowing effect which arises from the use of warm colors; hence, any similar appearance or effect in a painting, or work of color.
Warner (n.) One who warns; an admonisher.
Warner (n.) A warrener.
Warning (n.) Previous notice.
Warning (n.) Caution against danger, or against faults or evil practices which incur danger; admonition; monition.
Warpage (n.) The act of warping; also, a charge per ton made on shipping in some harbors.
Warpath (n.) The route taken by a party of Indians going on a warlike expedition.
Warper (n.) One who, or that which, warps or twists out of shape.
Warper (n.) One who, or that which, forms yarn or thread into warps or webs for the loom.
Warping (n.) The act or process of one who, or that which, warps.
Warping (n.) The art or occupation of preparing warp or webs for the weaver.
Warproof (n.) Valor tried by war.
Warragal (n.) The dingo.
Warrandice (n.) The obligation by which a person, conveying a subject or a right, is bound to uphold that subject or right against every claim, challenge, or burden arising from circumstances prior to the conveyance; warranty.
Warrant (n.) That which warrants or authorizes; a commission giving authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act, instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorizes another to do something which he has not otherwise a right to do; an act or instrument investing one with a right or authority, and thus securing him from loss or damage; commission; authority.
Warrant (n.) A writing which authorizes a person to receive money or other thing.
Warrant (n.) A precept issued by a magistrate authorizing an officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or do other acts incident to the administration of justice.
Warrant (n.) An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. See Warrant officer, below.
Warrant (n.) That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty; security.
Warrant (n.) That which attests or proves; a voucher.
Warrant (n.) Right; legality; allowance.
Warrant (n.) To make secure; to give assurance against harm; to guarantee safety to; to give authority or power to do, or forbear to do, anything by which the person authorized is secured, or saved harmless, from any loss or damage by his action.
Warrant (n.) To support by authority or proof; to justify; to maintain; to sanction; as, reason warrants it.
Warrant (n.) To give a warrant or warranty to; to assure as if by giving a warrant to.
Warrant (n.) To secure to, as a grantee, an estate granted; to assure.
Warrant (n.) To secure to, as a purchaser of goods, the title to the same; to indemnify against loss.
Warrant (n.) To secure to, as a purchaser, the quality or quantity of the goods sold, as represented. See Warranty, n., 2.
Warrant (n.) To assure, as a thing sold, to the purchaser; that is, to engage that the thing is what it appears, or is represented, to be, which implies a covenant to make good any defect or loss incurred by it.
Warrantee (n.) The person to whom a warrant or warranty is made.
Warranter (n.) One who warrants, gives authority, or legally empowers.
Warranter (n.) One who assures, or covenants to assure; one who contracts to secure another in a right, or to make good any defect of title or quality; one who gives a warranty; a guarantor; as, the warranter of a horse.
Warrantise (n.) Authority; security; warranty.
Warrantor (n.) One who warrants.
Warranty (n.) A covenant real, whereby the grantor of an estate of freehold and his heirs were bound to warrant and defend the title, and, in case of eviction by title paramount, to yield other lands of equal value in recompense. This warranty has long singe become obsolete, and its place supplied by personal covenants for title. Among these is the covenant of warranty, which runs with the land, and is in the nature of a real covenant.
Warranty (n.) An engagement or undertaking, express or implied, that a certain fact regarding the subject of a contract is, or shall be, as it is expressly or impliedly declared or promised to be. In sales of goods by persons in possession, there is an implied warranty of title, but, as to the quality of goods, the rule of every sale is, Caveat emptor.
Warranty (n.) A stipulation or engagement by a party insured, that certain things, relating to the subject of insurance, or affecting the risk, exist, or shall exist, or have been done, or shall be done. These warranties, when express, should appear in the policy; but there are certain implied warranties.
Warranty (n.) Justificatory mandate or precept; authority; warrant.
Warranty (n.) Security; warrant; guaranty.
Warren (n.) A place privileged, by prescription or grant the king, for keeping certain animals (as hares, conies, partridges, pheasants, etc.) called beasts and fowls of warren.
Warren (n.) A privilege which one has in his lands, by royal grant or prescription, of hunting and taking wild beasts and birds of warren, to the exclusion of any other person not entering by his permission.
Warren (n.) A piece of ground for the breeding of rabbits.
Warren (n.) A place for keeping flash, in a river.
Warrener (n.) The keeper of a warren.
Warriangle (n.) See Wariangle.
Warrin (n.) An Australian lorikeet (Trichoglossus multicolor) remarkable for the variety and brilliancy of its colors; -- called also blue-bellied lorikeet, and blue-bellied parrot.
Warrior (n.) A man engaged or experienced in war, or in the military life; a soldier; a champion.
Warrioress (n.) A female warrior.
Warsaw (n.) The black grouper (Epinephelus nigritus) of the southern coasts of the United States.
Warsaw (n.) The jewfish; -- called also guasa.
Wart (n.) A small, usually hard, tumor on the skin formed by enlargement of its vascular papillae, and thickening of the epidermis which covers them.
Wart (n.) An excrescence or protuberance more or less resembling a true wart; specifically (Bot.), a glandular excrescence or hardened protuberance on plants.
Wartweed (n.) Same as Wartwort.
Wartwort (n.) A name given to several plants because they were thought to be a cure for warts, as a kind of spurge (Euphorbia Helioscopia), and the nipplewort (Lampsana communis).
Warwickite (n.) A dark brown or black mineral, occurring in prismatic crystals imbedded in limestone near Warwick, New York. It consists of the borate and titanate of magnesia and iron.
Wase (n.) A bundle of straw, or other material, to relieve the pressure of burdens carried upon the head.
Wash (n.) The act of washing; an ablution; a cleansing, wetting, or dashing with water; hence, a quantity, as of clothes, washed at once.
Wash (n.) A piece of ground washed by the action of a sea or river, or sometimes covered and sometimes left dry; the shallowest part of a river, or arm of the sea; also, a bog; a marsh; a fen; as, the washes in Lincolnshire.
Wash (n.) Substances collected and deposited by the action of water; as, the wash of a sewer, of a river, etc.
Wash (n.) Waste liquid, the refuse of food, the collection from washed dishes, etc., from a kitchen, often used as food for pigs.
Wash (n.) The fermented wort before the spirit is extracted.
Wash (n.) A mixture of dunder, molasses, water, and scummings, used in the West Indies for distillation.
Wash (n.) That with which anything is washed, or wetted, smeared, tinted, etc., upon the surface.
Wash (n.) A liquid cosmetic for the complexion.
Wash (n.) A liquid dentifrice.
Wash (n.) A liquid preparation for the hair; as, a hair wash.
Wash (n.) A medical preparation in a liquid form for external application; a lotion.
Wash (n.) A thin coat of color, esp. water color.
Wash (n.) A thin coat of metal laid on anything for beauty or preservation.
Wash (n.) The blade of an oar, or the thin part which enters the water.
Wash (n.) The backward current or disturbed water caused by the action of oars, or of a steamer's screw or paddles, etc.
Wash (n.) The flow, swash, or breaking of a body of water, as a wave; also, the sound of it.
Wash (n.) Ten strikes, or bushels, of oysters.
Washboard (n.) A fluted, or ribbed, board on which clothes are rubbed in washing them.
Washboard (n.) A board running round, and serving as a facing for, the walls of a room, next to the floor; a mopboard.
Washboard (n.) A broad, thin plank, fixed along the gunwale of boat to keep the sea from breaking inboard; also, a plank on the sill of a lower deck port, for the same purpose; -- called also wasteboard.
Washbowl (n.) A basin, or bowl, to hold water for washing one's hands, face, etc.
Washdish (n.) A washbowl.
Washdish (n.) Same as Washerwoman, 2.
Washer (n.) One who, or that which, washes.
Washer (n.) A ring of metal, leather, or other material, or a perforated plate, used for various purposes, as around a bolt or screw to form a seat for the head or nut, or around a wagon axle to prevent endwise motion of the hub of the wheel and relieve friction, or in a joint to form a packing, etc.
Washer (n.) A fitting, usually having a plug, applied to a cistern, tub, sink, or the like, and forming the outlet opening.
Washer (n.) The common raccoon.
Washer (n.) Same as Washerwoman, 2.
Washerman (n.) A man who washes clothes, esp. for hire, or for others.
Washerwoman (n.) A woman who washes clothes, especially for hire, or for others.
Washerwoman (n.) The pied wagtail; -- so called in allusion to its beating the water with its tail while tripping along the leaves of water plants.
Washhouse (n.) An outbuilding for washing, esp. one for washing clothes; a laundry.
Washiness (n.) The quality or state of being washy, watery, or weak.
Washing (n.) The act of one who washes; the act of cleansing with water; ablution.
Washing (n.) The clothes washed, esp. at one time; a wash.
Washingtonian (n.) A member of the Washingtonian Society.
Washout (n.) The washing out or away of earth, etc., especially of a portion of the bed of a road or railroad by a fall of rain or a freshet; also, a place, especially in the bed of a road or railroad, where the earth has been washed away.
Washpot (n.) A pot or vessel in which anything is washed.
Washpot (n.) A pot containing melted tin into which the plates are dipped to be coated.
Washstand (n.) A piece of furniture holding the ewer or pitcher, basin, and other requisites for washing the person.
Washtub (n.) A tub in which clothes are washed.
Wasite (n.) A variety of allanite from Sweden supposed to contain wasium.
Wasium (n.) A rare element supposed by Bahr to have been extracted from wasite, but now identified with thorium.
Wasp (n.) Any one of numerous species of stinging hymenopterous insects, esp. any of the numerous species of the genus Vespa, which includes the true, or social, wasps, some of which are called yellow jackets.
Wassail (n.) An ancient expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to some one.
Wassail (n.) An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse.
Wassail (n.) The liquor used for a wassail; esp., a beverage formerly much used in England at Christmas and other festivals, made of ale (or wine) flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc.; -- called also lamb's wool.
Wassail (n.) A festive or drinking song or glee.
Wassailer (n.) One who drinks wassail; one who engages in festivity, especially in drinking; a reveler.
Wastage (n.) Loss by use, decay, evaporation, leakage, or the like; waste.
Wastebasket (n.) A basket used in offices, libraries, etc., as a receptacle for waste paper.
Wasteboard (n.) See Washboard, 3.
Wastebook (n.) A book in which rough entries of transactions are made, previous to their being carried into the journal.
Wastel (n.) A kind of white and fine bread or cake; -- called also wastel bread, and wastel cake.
Wasteness (n.) The quality or state of being waste; a desolate state or condition; desolation.
Wasteness (n.) That which is waste; a desert; a waste.
Wastethrift (n.) A spendthrift.
Wasteweir (n.) An overfall, or weir, for the escape, or overflow, of superfluous water from a canal, reservoir, pond, or the like.
Wastor (n.) A waster; a thief.
Wastorel (n.) See Wastrel.
Wastrel (n.) Any waste thing or substance
Wastrel (n.) Waste land or common land.
Wastrel (n.) A profligate.
Wastrel (n.) A neglected child; a street Arab.
Wastrel (n.) Anything cast away as bad or useless, as imperfect bricks, china, etc.
Watch (n.) An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch.
Watch (n.) That part, usually one half, of the officers and crew, who together attend to the working of a vessel for an allotted time, usually four hours. The watches are designated as the port watch, and the starboard watch.
Watchdog (n.) A dog kept to watch and guard premises or property, and to give notice of the approach of intruders.
Watcher (n.) One who watches; one who sits up or continues; a diligent observer; specifically, one who attends upon the sick during the night.
Watchhouse (n.) A house in which a watch or guard is placed.
Watchhouse (n.) A place where persons under temporary arrest by the police of a city are kept; a police station; a lockup.
Watchmaker (n.) One whose occupation is to make and repair watches.
Watchman (n.) One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel.
Watchman (n.) Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night.
Watchtower (n.) A tower in which a sentinel is placed to watch for enemies, the approach of danger, or the like.
Watchword (n.) A word given to sentinels, and to such as have occasion to visit the guards, used as a signal by which a friend is known from an enemy, or a person who has a right to pass the watch from one who has not; a countersign; a password.
Watchword (n.) A sentiment or motto; esp., one used as a rallying cry or a signal for action.
Water (n.) The fluid which descends from the clouds in rain, and which forms rivers, lakes, seas, etc.
Water (n.) A body of water, standing or flowing; a lake, river, or other collection of water.
Water (n.) Any liquid secretion, humor, or the like, resembling water; esp., the urine.
Water (n.) A solution in water of a gaseous or readily volatile substance; as, ammonia water.
Water (n.) The limpidity and luster of a precious stone, especially a diamond; as, a diamond of the first water, that is, perfectly pure and transparent. Hence, of the first water, that is, of the first excellence.
Water (n.) A wavy, lustrous pattern or decoration such as is imparted to
Water (n.) To add water to (anything), thereby extending the quantity or bulk while reducing the strength or quality; to extend; to dilute; to weaken.
Waterage (n.) Money paid for transportation of goods, etc., by water.
Water-bearer (n.) The constellation Aquarius.
Waterboard (n.) A board set up to windward in a boat, to keep out water.
Waterbok (n.) A water buck.
Water-closet (n.) A privy; especially, a privy furnished with a contrivance for introducing a stream of water to cleanse it.
Water-colorist (n.) One who paints in water colors.
Waterer (n.) One who, or that which, waters.
Waterfall (n.) A fall, or perpendicular descent, of the water of a river or stream, or a descent nearly perpendicular; a cascade; a cataract.
Waterfall (n.) An arrangement of a woman's back hair over a cushion or frame in some resemblance to a waterfall.
Waterfall (n.) A certain kind of neck scarf.
Waterflood (n.) A flood of water; an inundation.
Waterfowl (n.) Any bird that frequents the water, or lives about rivers, lakes, etc., or on or near the sea; an aquatic fowl; -- used also collectively.
Waterhorse (n.) A pile of salted fish heaped up to drain.
Waterie (n.) The pied wagtail; -- so called because it frequents ponds.
Wateriness (n.) The quality or state of being watery; moisture; humidity.
Waterishness (n.) The quality of being waterish.
Waterlander (n.) Alt. of Waterlandian
Waterlandian (n.) One of a body of Dutch Anabaptists who separated from the Mennonites in the sixteenth century; -- so called from a district in North Holland denominated Waterland.
Waterleaf (n.) Any plant of the American genus Hydrophyllum, herbs having white or pale blue bell-shaped flowers.
Waterman (n.) A man who plies for hire on rivers, lakes, or canals, or in harbors, in distinction from a seaman who is engaged on the high seas; a man who manages fresh-water craft; a boatman; a ferryman.
Waterman (n.) An attendant on cab stands, etc., who supplies water to the horses.
Waterman (n.) A water demon.
Watermark (n.) A mark indicating the height to which water has risen, or at which it has stood; the usual limit of high or low water.
Watermark (n.) A letter, device, or the like, wrought into paper during the process of manufacture.
Watermark (n.) See Water
Watermelon (n.) The very large ovoid or roundish fruit of a cucurbitaceous plant (Citrullus vulgaris) of many varieties; also, the plant itself. The fruit sometimes weighs many pounds; its pulp is usually pink in color, and full of a sweet watery juice. It is a native of tropical Africa, but is now cultivated in many countries. See Illust. of Melon.
Water pheasant (n.) The goosander.
Water pheasant (n.) The hooded merganser.
Waterpot (n.) A vessel for holding or conveying water, or for sprinkling water on cloth, plants, etc.
Waterproof (n.) A substance or preparation for rendering cloth, leather, etc., impervious to water.
Waterproof (n.) Cloth made waterproof, or any article made of such cloth, or of other waterproof material, as rubber; esp., an outer garment made of such material.
Waterproofing (n.) The act or process of making waterproof.
Waterproofing (n.) Same as Waterproof, n., 1.
Waterscape (n.) A sea view; -- distinguished from landscape.
Watershed (n.) The whole region or extent of country which contributes to the supply of a river or lake.
Watershed (n.) The
Watershoot (n.) A sprig or shoot from the root or stock of a tree.
Watershoot (n.) That which serves to guard from falling water; a drip or dripstone.
Watershoot (n.) A trough for discharging water.
Waterspout (n.) A remarkable meteorological phenomenon, of the nature of a tornado or whirlwind, usually observed over the sea, but sometimes over the land.
Watertath (n.) A kind of coarse grass growing in wet grounds, and supposed to be injurious to sheep.
Waterway (n.) Heavy plank or timber extending fore and aft the whole length of a vessel's deck at the
Waterweed (n.) See Anacharis.
Water-white (n.) A vinelike plant (Vitis Caribaea) growing in parched districts in the West Indies, and containing a great amount of sap which is sometimes used for quenching thirst.
Waterwork (n.) Painting executed in size or distemper, on canvas or walls, -- formerly, frequently taking the place of tapestry.
Waterwork (n.) An hydraulic apparatus, or a system of works or fixtures, by which a supply of water is furnished for useful or ornamental purposes, including dams, sluices, pumps, aqueducts, distributing pipes, fountains, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.
Waterwort (n.) Any plant of the natural order Elatineae, consisting of two genera (Elatine, and Bergia), mostly small annual herbs growing in the edges of ponds. Some have a peppery or acrid taste.
Watt (n.) A unit of power or activity equal to 107 C.G.S. units of power, or to work done at the rate of one joule a second. An English horse power is approximately equal to 746 watts.
Wattmeter (n.) An instrument for measuring power in watts, -- much used in measuring the energy of an electric current.
Wattle (n.) A twig or flexible rod; hence, a hurdle made of such rods.
Wattle (n.) A rod laid on a roof to support the thatch.
Wattle (n.) A naked fleshy, and usually wrinkled and highly colored, process of the skin hanging from the chin or throat of a bird or reptile.
Wattle (n.) Barbel of a fish.
Wattle (n.) The astringent bark of several Australian trees of the genus Acacia, used in tanning; -- called also wattle bark.
Wattle (n.) The trees from which the bark is obtained. See Savanna wattle, under Savanna.
Wattlebird (n.) Any one of several species of honey eaters belonging to Anthochaera and allied genera of the family Meliphagidae. These birds usually have a large and conspicuous wattle of naked skin hanging down below each ear. They are natives of Australia and adjacent islands.
Wattlebird (n.) The Australian brush turkey.
Wattling (n.) The act or process of binding or platting with twigs; also, the network so formed.
Waucht (n.) Alt. of Waught
Waught (n.) A large draught of any liquid.
Wavelet (n.) A little wave; a ripple.
Wavellite (n.) A hydrous phosphate of alumina, occurring usually in hemispherical radiated forms varying in color from white to yellow, green, or black.
Waverer (n.) One who wavers; one who is unsettled in doctrine, faith, opinion, or the like.
Waveringness (n.) The quality or state of wavering.
Waveson (n.) Goods which, after shipwreck, appear floating on the waves, or sea.
Wavey (n.) The snow goose.
Waviness (n.) The quality or state of being wavy.
Wavure (n.) See Waivure.
Wawaskeesh (n.) The wapiti, or wapiti, or American elk.
Wave (n.) Woe.
Wawe (n.) A wave.
Wax (n.) A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed by them in the construction of their comb; -- usually called beeswax. It is first excreted, from a row of pouches along their sides, in the form of scales, which, being masticated and mixed with saliva, become whitened and tenacious. Its natural color is pale or dull yellow.
Wax (n.) Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or appearance.
Wax (n.) Cerumen, or earwax.
Wax (n.) A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc.
Wax (n.) A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
Wax (n.) A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See Wax insect, below.
Wax (n.) A waxlike product secreted by certain plants. See Vegetable wax, under Vegetable.
Wax (n.) A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in connection with certain deposits of rock salt and coal; -- called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
Wax (n.) Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple, and then cooling.
Waxberry (n.) The wax-covered fruit of the wax myrtle, or bayberry. See Bayberry, and Candleberry tree.
Waxbill (n.) Any one of numerous species of finchlike birds belonging to Estrelda and allied genera, native of Asia, Africa, and Australia. The bill is large, conical, and usually red in color, resembling sealing wax. Several of the species are often kept as cage birds.
Waxiness (n.) Quality or state of being waxy.
Waxwing (n.) Any one of several species of small birds of the genus Ampelis, in which some of the secondary quills are usually tipped with small horny ornaments resembling red sealing wax. The Bohemian waxwing (see under Bohemian) and the cedar bird are examples. Called also waxbird.
Waxwork (n.) Work made of wax; especially, a figure or figures formed or partly of wax, in imitation of real beings.
Waxwork (n.) An American climbing shrub (Celastrus scandens). It bears a profusion of yellow berrylike pods, which open in the autumn, and display the scarlet coverings of the seeds.
Waxworker (n.) One who works in wax; one who makes waxwork.
Waxworker (n.) A bee that makes or produces wax.
Way (n.) That by, upon, or along, which one passes or processes; opportunity or room to pass; place of passing; passage; road, street, track, or path of any kind; as, they built a way to the mine.
Way (n.) Length of space; distance; interval; as, a great way; a long way.
Way (n.) A moving; passage; procession; journey.
Way (n.) Course or direction of motion or process; tendency of action; advance.
Way (n.) The means by which anything is reached, or anything is accomplished; scheme; device; plan.
Way (n.) Manner; method; mode; fashion; style; as, the way of expressing one's ideas.
Way (n.) Regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of conduct; mode of dealing.
Way (n.) Sphere or scope of observation.
Way (n.) Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct; as, to have one's way.
Way (n.) Progress; as, a ship has way.
Way (n.) The timbers on which a ship is launched.
Way (n.) The longitudinal guides, or guiding surfaces, on the bed of a planer, lathe, or the like, along which a table or carriage moves.
Way (n.) Right of way. See below.
Waybill (n.) A list of passengers in a public vehicle, or of the baggage or gods transported by a common carrier on a land route. When the goods are transported by water, the list is called a bill of lading.
Waybread (n.) The common dooryard plantain (Plantago major).
Waybung (n.) An Australian insessorial bird (Corcorax melanorhamphus) noted for the curious actions of the male during the breeding season. It is black with a white patch on each wing.
Wayfare (n.) The act of journeying; travel; passage.
Wayfarer (n.) One who travels; a traveler; a passenger.
Waygate (n.) The tailrace of a mill.
Way-goose (n.) See Wayz-goose, n., 2.
Waylayer (n.) One who waylays another.
Waymaker (n.) One who makes a way; a precursor.
Waymark (n.) A mark to guide in traveling.
Wayment (n.) Grief; lamentation; mourning.
Wayside (n.) The side of the way; the edge or border of a road or path.
Waywiser (n.) An instrument for measuring the distance which one has traveled on the road; an odometer, pedometer, or perambulator.
Waywode (n.) Originally, the title of a military commander in various Slavonic countries; afterwards applied to governors of towns or provinces. It was assumed for a time by the rulers of Moldavia and Wallachia, who were afterwards called hospodars, and has also been given to some inferior Turkish officers.
Waywodeship (n.) The office, province, or jurisdiction of a waywode.
Wayz-goose (n.) A stubble goose.
Wayz-goose (n.) An annual feast of the persons employed in a printing office.
Weakener (n.) One who, or that which, weakens.
Weakfish (n.) Any fish of the genus Cynoscion; a squeteague; -- so called from its tender mouth. See Squeteague.
Weakishness (n.) Quality or state of being weakish.
Weakling (n.) A weak or feeble creature.
Weakness (n.) The quality or state of being weak; want of strength or firmness; lack of vigor; want of resolution or of moral strength; feebleness.
Weakness (n.) That which is a mark of lack of strength or resolution; a fault; a defect.
Weal (n.) The mark of a stripe. See Wale.
Weald (n.) A wood or forest; a wooded land or region; also, an open country; -- often used in place names.
Wealden (n.) The Wealden group or strata.
Wealsman (n.) A statesman; a politician.
Wealth (n.) Weal; welfare; prosperity; good.
Wealth (n.) Large possessions; a comparative abundance of things which are objects of human desire; esp., abundance of worldly estate; affluence; opulence; riches.
Wealthiness (n.) The quality or state of being wealthy, or rich; richness; opulence.
Wean (n.) A weanling; a young child.
Weanedness (n.) Quality or state of being weaned.
Weanel (n.) A weanling.
Weanling (n.) A child or animal newly weaned; a wean.
Weapon (n.) An instrument of offensive of defensive combat; something to fight with; anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating, or injuring an enemy, as a gun, a sword, etc.
Weapon (n.) Fig.: The means or instrument with which one contends against another; as, argument was his only weapon.
Weapon (n.) A thorn, prickle, or sting with which many plants are furnished.
Weaponry (n.) Weapons, collectively; as, an array of weaponry.
Wear (n.) Same as Weir.
Wear (n.) The act of wearing, or the state of being worn; consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear of a garment.
Wear (n.) The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion.
Wearer (n.) One who wears or carries as appendant to the body; as, the wearer of a cloak, a sword, a crown, a shackle, etc.
Wearer (n.) That which wastes or diminishes.
Weariness (n.) The quality or state of being weary or tried; lassitude; exhaustion of strength; fatigue.
Wearing (n.) The act of one who wears; the manner in which a thing wears; use; conduct; consumption.
Wearing (n.) That which is worn; clothes; garments.
Weasand (n.) The windpipe; -- called also, formerly, wesil.
Weasel (n.) Any one of various species of small carnivores belonging to the genus Putorius, as the ermine and ferret. They have a slender, elongated body, and are noted for the quickness of their movements and for their bloodthirsty habit in destroying poultry, rats, etc. The ermine and some other species are brown in summer, and turn white in winter; others are brown at all seasons.
Weaser (n.) The American merganser; -- called also weaser sheldrake.
Weasiness (n.) Quality or state of being weasy; full feeding; sensual indulgence.
Weather (n.) The state of the air or atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness, or any other meteorological phenomena; meteorological condition of the atmosphere; as, warm weather; cold weather; wet weather; dry weather, etc.
Weather (n.) Vicissitude of season; meteorological change; alternation of the state of the air.
Weather (n.) Storm; tempest.
Weather (n.) A light rain; a shower.
Weather-bit (n.) A turn of the cable about the end of the windlass, without the bits.
Weatherboard (n.) That side of a vessel which is toward the wind; the windward side.
Weatherboard (n.) A piece of plank placed in a porthole, or other opening, to keep out water.
Weatherboard (n.) A board extending from the ridge to the eaves along the slope of the gable, and forming a close junction between the shingling of a roof and the side of the building beneath.
Weatherboard (n.) A clapboard or feather-edged board used in weatherboarding.
Weatherboarding (n.) The covering or siding of a building, formed of boards lapping over one another, to exclude rain, snow, etc.
Weatherboarding (n.) Boards adapted or intended for such use.
Weathercock (n.) A vane, or weather vane; -- so called because originally often in the figure of a cock, turning on the top of a spire with the wind, and showing its direction.
Weathercock (n.) Hence, any thing or person that turns easily and frequently; one who veers with every change of current opinion; a fickle, inconstant person.
Weatherglass (n.) An instrument to indicate the state of the atmosphere, especially changes of atmospheric pressure, and hence changes of weather, as a barometer or baroscope.
Weathering (n.) The action of the elements on a rock in altering its color, texture, or composition, or in rounding off its edges.
Weatherwiser (n.) Something that foreshows the weather.
Weave (n.) A particular method or pattern of weaving; as, the cassimere weave.
Weaver (n.) One who weaves, or whose occupation is to weave.
Weaver (n.) A weaver bird.
Weaver (n.) An aquatic beetle of the genus Gyrinus. See Whirling.
Weaverfish (n.) See Weever.
Weaving (n.) The act of one who, or that which, weaves; the act or art of forming cloth in a loom by the union or intertexture of threads.
Weaving (n.) An incessant motion of a horse's head, neck, and body, from side to side, fancied to resemble the motion of a hand weaver in throwing the shuttle.
Weazand (n.) See Weasand.
Web (n.) A weaver.
Web (n.) That which is woven; a texture; textile fabric; esp., something woven in a loom.
Web (n.) A whole piece of
Web (n.) The texture of very fine thread spun by a spider for catching insects at its prey; a cobweb.
Web (n.) Fig.: Tissue; texture; complicated fabrication.
Web (n.) A band of webbing used to regulate the extension of the hood.
Web (n.) A thin metal sheet, plate, or strip, as of lead.
Web (n.) The blade of a sword.
Web (n.) The blade of a saw.
Web (n.) The thin, sharp part of a colter.
Web (n.) The bit of a key.
Web (n.) A plate or thin portion, continuous or perforated, connecting stiffening ribs or flanges, or other parts of an object.
Web (n.) The thin vertical plate or portion connecting the upper and lower flanges of an lower flanges of an iron girder, rolled beam, or railroad rail.
Web (n.) A disk or solid construction serving, instead of spokes, for connecting the rim and hub, in some kinds of car wheels, sheaves, etc.
Web (n.) The arm of a crank between the shaft and the wrist.
Web (n.) The part of a blackmith's anvil between the face and the foot.
Web (n.) Pterygium; -- called also webeye.
Web (n.) The membrane which unites the fingers or toes, either at their bases, as in man, or for a greater part of their length, as in many water birds and amphibians.
Web (n.) The series of barbs implanted on each side of the shaft of a feather, whether stiff and united together by barbules, as in ordinary feathers, or soft and separate, as in downy feathers. See Feather.
Webber (n.) One who forms webs; a weaver; a webster.
Webbing (n.) A woven band of cotton or flax, used for reins, girths, bed bottoms, etc.
Weber (n.) The standard unit of electrical quantity, and also of current. See Coulomb, and Amp/re.
Webeye (n.) See Web, n., 8.
Webfoot (n.) A foot the toes of which are connected by a membrane.
Webfoot (n.) Any web-footed bird.
Webster (n.) A weaver; originally, a female weaver.
Websterite (n.) A hydrous sulphate of alumina occurring in white reniform masses.
Webform (n.) Any one of various species of moths whose gregarious larvae eat the leaves of trees, and construct a large web to which they retreat when not feeding.
Wed (n.) A pledge; a pawn.
Wed (n.) To take for husband or for wife by a formal ceremony; to marry; to espouse.
Wed (n.) To join in marriage; to give in wedlock.
Wed (n.) Fig.: To unite as if by the affections or the bond of marriage; to attach firmly or indissolubly.
Wed (n.) To take to one's self and support; to espouse.
Wedder (n.) See Wether.
Wedding (n.) Nuptial ceremony; nuptial festivities; marriage; nuptials.
Weder (n.) Weather.
Wedge (n.) A piece of metal, or other hard material, thick at one end, and tapering to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, etc., in raising heavy bodies, and the like. It is one of the six elementary machines called the mechanical powers. See Illust. of Mechanical powers, under Mechanical.
Wedge (n.) A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
Wedge (n.) A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form.
Wedge (n.) Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form.
Wedge (n.) The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos; -- so called after a person (Wedgewood) who occupied this position on the first list of 1828.
Wedgebill (n.) An Australian crested insessorial bird (Sphenostoma cristatum) having a wedge-shaped bill. Its color is dull brown, like the earth of the plains where it lives.
Wedge-shell (n.) Any one of numerous species of small marine bivalves belonging to Donax and allied genera in which the shell is wedge-shaped.
Wee (n.) A little; a bit, as of space, time, or distance.
Weech-elm (n.) The wych-elm.
Weed (n.) A garment; clothing; especially, an upper or outer garment.
Weed (n.) An article of dress worn in token of grief; a mourning garment or badge; as, he wore a weed on his hat; especially, in the plural, mourning garb, as of a woman; as, a widow's weeds.
Weed (n.) A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which attacks women in childbed.
Weed (n.) Underbrush; low shrubs.
Weed (n.) Any plant growing in cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or desired vegetation, or to the disfigurement of the place; an unsightly, useless, or injurious plant.
Weed (n.) Fig.: Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
Weed (n.) An animal unfit to breed from.
Weed (n.) Tobacco, or a cigar.
Weeder (n.) One who, or that which, weeds, or frees from anything noxious.
Weedery (n.) Weeds, collectively; also, a place full of weeds or for growing weeds.
Weeding-rhim (n.) A kind of implement used for tearing up weeds esp. on summer fallows.
Week (n.) A period of seven days, usually that reckoned from one Sabbath or Sunday to the next.
Weekly (n.) A publication issued once in seven days, or appearing once a week.
Weekwam (n.) See Wigwam.
Weel (n.) A whirlpool.
Weep (n.) The lapwing; the wipe; -- so called from its cry.
Weeper (n.) One who weeps; esp., one who sheds tears.
Weeper (n.) A white band or border worn on the sleeve as a badge of mourning.
Weeper (n.) The capuchin. See Capuchin, 3 (a).
Weeping (n.) The act of one who weeps; lamentation with tears; shedding of tears.
Weesel (n.) See Weasel.
Weet-bird (n.) The wryneck; -- so called from its cry.
Weet-weet (n.) The common European sandpiper.
Weet-weet (n.) The chaffinch.
Weever (n.) Any one of several species of edible marine fishes belonging to the genus Trachinus, of the family Trachinidae. They have a broad spinose head, with the eyes looking upward. The long dorsal fin is supported by numerous strong, sharp spines which cause painful wounds.
Weevil (n.) Any one of numerous species of snout beetles, or Rhynchophora, in which the head is elongated and usually curved downward. Many of the species are very injurious to cultivated plants. The larvae of some of the species live in nuts, fruit, and grain by eating out the interior, as the plum weevil, or curculio, the nut weevils, and the grain weevil (see under Plum, Nut, and Grain). The larvae of other species bore under the bark and into the pith of trees and various other plants, >
Weezel (n.) See Weasel.
Weft (n.) A thing waved, waived, or cast away; a waif.
Weft (n.) The woof of cloth; the threads that cross the warp from selvage to selvage; the thread carried by the shuttle in weaving.
Weft (n.) A web; a thing woven.
Weftage (n.) Texture.
Wegotism (n.) Excessive use of the pronoun we; -- called also weism.
Wehrgeld (n.) Alt. of Wehrgelt
Wehrgelt (n.) See Weregild.
Wehrwolf (n.) See Werewolf.
Weigela (n.) Alt. of Weigelia
Weigelia (n.) A hardy garden shrub (Diervilla Japonica) belonging to the Honeysuckle family, with white or red flowers. It was introduced from China.
Weigh (n.) A corruption of Way, used only in the phrase under weigh.
Weigh (n.) A certain quantity estimated by weight; an English measure of weight. See Wey.
Weighage (n.) A duty or toil paid for weighing merchandise.
Weighbeam (n.) A kind of large steelyard for weighing merchandise; -- also called weighmaster's beam.
Weighboard (n.) Clay intersecting a vein.
Weighbridge (n.) A weighing machine on which loaded carts may be weighed; platform scales.
Weigher (n.) One who weighs; specifically, an officer whose duty it is to weigh commodities.
Weigh-house (n.) A building at or within which goods, and the like, are weighed.
Weighlock (n.) A lock, as on a canal, in which boats are weighed and their tonnage is settled.
Weighmaster (n.) One whose business it is to weigh ore, hay, merchandise, etc.; one licensed as a public weigher.
Weightiness (n.) The quality or state of being weighty; weight; force; importance; impressiveness.
Weir (n.) Alt. of Wear
Wear (n.) A dam in a river to stop and raise the water, for the purpose of conducting it to a mill, forming a fish pond, or the like.
Wear (n.) A fence of stakes, brushwood, or the like, set in a stream, tideway, or inlet of the sea, for taking fish.
Wear (n.) A long notch with a horizontal edge, as in the top of a vertical plate or plank, through which water flows, -- used in measuring the quantity of flowing water.
Weird (n.) Fate; destiny; one of the Fates, or Norns; also, a prediction.
Weird (n.) A spell or charm.
Weirdness (n.) The quality or state of being weird.
Weism (n.) Same as Wegotism.
Weka (n.) A New Zealand rail (Ocydromus australis) which has wings so short as to be incapable of flight.
Wekau (n.) A small New Zealand owl (Sceloglaux albifacies). It has short wings and long legs, and lives chiefly on the ground.
Wekeen (n.) The meadow pipit.
Welcher (n.) See Welsher.
Welchman (n.) See Welshman.
Welcome (n.) Received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company; as, a welcome visitor.
Welcome (n.) Producing gladness; grateful; as, a welcome present; welcome news.
Welcome (n.) Free to have or enjoy gratuitously; as, you are welcome to the use of my library.
Welcome (n.) Salutation to a newcomer.
Welcome (n.) Kind reception of a guest or newcomer; as, we entered the house and found a ready welcome.
Welcomeness (n.) The quality or state of being welcome; gratefulness; agreeableness; kind reception.
Welcomer (n.) One who welcomes; one who salutes, or receives kindly, a newcomer.
Weld (n.) An herb (Reseda luteola) related to mignonette, growing in Europe, and to some extent in America; dyer's broom; dyer's rocket; dyer's weed; wild woad. It is used by dyers to give a yellow color.
Weld (n.) Coloring matter or dye extracted from this plant.
Weld (n.) The state of being welded; the joint made by welding.
Welder (n.) One who welds, or unites pieces of iron, etc., by welding.
Welder (n.) One who welds, or wields.
Welder (n.) A manager; an actual occupant.
Wele (n.) Prosperity; happiness; well-being; weal.
Welfare (n.) Well-doing or well-being in any respect; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; exemption from any evil or calamity; prosperity; happiness.
Welk (n.) A pustule. See 2d Whelk.
Welk (n.) A whelk.
Welkin (n.) The visible regions of the air; the vault of heaven; the sky.
Wellat (n.) The king parrakeet See under King.
Well-being (n.) The state or condition of being well; welfare; happiness; prosperity; as, virtue is essential to the well-being of men or of society.
Welldoer (n.) One who does well; one who does good to another; a benefactor.
Welldoing (n.) A doing well; right performance of duties. Also used adjectively.
Wellfare (n.) See Welfare.
Wellhead (n.) A source, spring, or fountain.
Wellhole (n.) The open space in a floor, to accommodate a staircase.
Wellhole (n.) The open space left beyond the ends of the steps of a staircase.
Wellhole (n.) A cavity which receives a counterbalancing weight in certain mechanical contrivances, and is adapted also for other purposes.
Wellingtonia (n.) A name given to the "big trees" (Sequoia gigantea) of California, and still used in England. See Sequoia.
Well-meaner (n.) One whose intention is good.
Wellspring (n.) A fountain; a spring; a source of continual supply.
Well-willer (n.) One who wishes well, or means kindly.
Well-wish (n.) A wish of happiness.
Wellwisher (n.) One who wishes another well; one who is benevolently or friendlily inc
Wels (n.) The sheatfish; -- called also waller.
Welsh (n.) The language of Wales, or of the Welsh people.
Welsh (n.) The natives or inhabitants of Wales.
Welsher (n.) One who cheats at a horse race; one who bets, without a chance of being able to pay; one who receives money to back certain horses and absconds with it.
Welshman (n.) A native or inhabitant of Wales; one of the Welsh.
Welshman (n.) A squirrel fish.
Welshman (n.) The large-mouthed black bass. See Black bass.
Welt (n.) That which, being sewed or otherwise fastened to an edge or border, serves to guard, strengthen, or adorn it
Welt (n.) A small cord covered with cloth and sewed on a seam or border to strengthen it; an edge of cloth folded on itself, usually over a cord, and sewed down.
Welt (n.) A hem, border, or fringe.
Welt (n.) In shoemaking, a narrow strip of leather around a shoe, between the upper leather and sole.
Welt (n.) In steam boilers and sheet-iron work, a strip riveted upon the edges of plates that form a butt joint.
Welt (n.) In carpentry, a strip of wood fastened over a flush seam or joint, or an angle, to strengthen it.
Welt (n.) In machine-made stockings, a strip, or flap, of which the heel is formed.
Welt (n.) A narrow border, as of an ordinary, but not extending around the ends.
Welter (n.) That in which any person or thing welters, or wallows; filth; mire; slough.
Welter (n.) A rising or falling, as of waves; as, the welter of the billows; the welter of a tempest.
Welwitschia (n.) An African plant (Welwitschia mirabilis) belonging to the order Gnetaceae. It consists of a short, woody, topshaped stem, and never more than two leaves, which are the cotyledons enormously developed, and at length split into diverging segments.
Wem (n.) The abdomen; the uterus; the womb.
Wem (n.) Spot; blemish; harm; hurt.
Wem (n.) An indolent, encysted tumor of the skin; especially, a sebaceous cyst.
Wench (n.) A young woman; a girl; a maiden.
Wench (n.) A low, vicious young woman; a drab; a strumpet.
Wench (n.) A colored woman; a negress.
Wencher (n.) One who wenches; a lewd man.
Wend (n.) A large extent of ground; a perambulation; a circuit.
Wendic (n.) The language of the Wends.
Wennel (n.) See Weanel.
Wenona (n.) A sand snake (Charina plumbea) of Western North America, of the family Erycidae.
Went (n.) Course; way; path; journey; direction.
Wentletrap (n.) Any one of numerous species of elegant, usually white, marine shells of the genus Scalaria, especially Scalaria pretiosa, which was formerly highly valued; -- called also staircase shell. See Scalaria.
Wepen (n.) Weapon.
Were (n.) A weir. See Weir.
Were (n.) A man.
Were (n.) A fine for slaying a man; the money value set upon a man's life; weregild.
Weregild (n.) The price of a man's head; a compensation paid of a man killed, partly to the king for the loss of a subject, partly to the lord of a vassal, and partly to the next of kin. It was paid by the murderer.
Werewolf (n.) A person transformed into a wolf in form and appetite, either temporarily or permanently, whether by supernatural influences, by witchcraft, or voluntarily; a lycanthrope. Belief in werewolves, formerly general, is not now extinct.
Wernerite (n.) The common grayish or white variety of soapolite.
Weroole (n.) An Australian lorikeet (Ptilosclera versicolor) noted for the variety of its colors; -- called also varied lorikeet.
Werre (n.) War.
Werst (n.) See Verst.
Wert (n.) A wart.
Weryangle (n.) See Wariangle.
Wesand (n.) See Weasand.
Wesil (n.) See Weasand.
Wesleyan (n.) One who adopts the principles of Wesleyanism; a Methodist.
Wesleyanism (n.) The system of doctrines and church polity inculcated by John Wesley (b. 1703; d. 1791), the founder of the religious sect called Methodist; Methodism. See Methodist, n., 2.
West (n.) The point in the heavens where the sun is seen to set at the equinox; or, the corresponding point on the earth; that one of the four cardinal points of the compass which is in a direction at right angles to that of north and south, and on the left hand of a person facing north; the point directly opposite to east.
West (n.) A country, or region of country, which, with regard to some other country or region, is situated in the direction toward the west.
West (n.) The Westen hemisphere, or the New World so called, it having been discovered by sailing westward from Europe; the Occident.
West (n.) Formerly, that part of the United States west of the Alleghany mountains; now, commonly, the whole region west of the Mississippi river; esp., that part which is north of the Indian Territory, New Mexico, etc. Usually with the definite article.
Westerner (n.) A native or inhabitant of the west.
Westing (n.) The distance, reckoned toward the west, between the two meridians passing through the extremities of a course, or portion of a ship's path; the departure of a course which lies to the west of north.
Westling (n.) A westerner.
Westward (n.) The western region or countries; the west.
Wetbird (n.) The chaffinch, whose cry is thought to foretell rain.
Wether (n.) A castrated ram.
Westness (n.) The quality or state of being wet; moisture; humidity; as, the wetness of land; the wetness of a cloth.
Westness (n.) A watery or moist state of the atmosphere; a state of being rainy, foggy, or misty; as, the wetness of weather or the season.
Wevil (n.) See Weevil.
Wex (n.) Wax.
Wey (n.) Way; road; path.
Wey (n.) A certain measure of weight.
Wezand (n.) See Weasand.
Whaap (n.) The European curlew; -- called also awp, whaup, great whaup, and stock whaup.
Whaap (n.) The whimbrel; -- called also May whaup, little whaup, and tang whaup.
Whack (n.) A smart resounding blow.
Whacker (n.) One who whacks.
Whacker (n.) Anything very large; specif., a great lie; a whapper.
Whahoo (n.) An American tree, the winged elm. (Ulmus alata).
Whale (n.) Any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, especially any one of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and baleen, or whalebone.
Whaleboat (n.) A long, narrow boat, sharp at both ends, used by whalemen.
Whalebone (n.) A firm, elastic substance resembling horn, taken from the upper jaw of the right whale; baleen. It is used as a stiffening in stays, fans, screens, and for various other purposes. See Baleen.
Whaleman (n.) A man employed in the whale fishery.
Whaler (n.) A vessel or person employed in the whale fishery.
Whaler (n.) One who whales, or beats; a big, strong fellow; hence, anything of great or unusual size.
Whaling (n.) The hunting of whales.
Whall (n.) A light color of the iris in horses; wall-eye.
Whame (n.) A breeze fly.
Whang (n.) A leather thong.
Whanghee (n.) See Wanghee.
Whap (n.) Alt. of Whop
Whop (n.) A blow, or quick, smart stroke.
Whapper (n.) Alt. of Whopper
Whopper (n.) Something uncommonly large of the kind; something astonishing; -- applied especially to a bold lie.
Wharf (n.) A structure or platform of timber, masonry, iron, earth, or other material, built on the shore of a harbor, river, canal, or the like, and usually extending from the shore to deep water, so that vessels may lie close alongside to receive and discharge cargo, passengers, etc.; a quay; a pier.
Wharf (n.) The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.
Wharfage (n.) The fee or duty paid for the privilege of using a wharf for loading or unloading goods; pierage, collectively; quayage.
Wharfage (n.) A wharf or wharfs, collectively; wharfing.
Wharfing (n.) Wharfs, collectively.
Wharfing (n.) A mode of facing sea walls and embankments with planks driven as piles and secured by ties.
Wharfinger (n.) A man who owns, or has the care of, a wharf.
Wharl (n.) Alt. of Wharling
Wharling (n.) A guttural pronunciation of the letter r; a burr. See Burr, n., 6.
Wharp (n.) A kind of fine sand from the banks of the Trent, used as a polishing powder.
What (n.) Something; thing; stuff.
Whatnot (n.) A kind of stand, or piece of furniture, having shelves for books, ornaments, etc.; an etagere.
Whaul (n.) Same as Whall.
Whaup (n.) See Whaap.
Wheal (n.) A pustule; a whelk.
Wheal (n.) A more or less elongated mark raised by a stroke; also, a similar mark made by any cause; a weal; a wale.
Wheal (n.) Specifically (Med.), a flat, burning or itching eminence on the skin, such as is produced by a mosquito bite, or in urticaria.
Wheal (n.) A mine.
Whealworm (n.) The harvest mite; -- so called from the wheals, caused by its bite.
Wheat (n.) A cereal grass (Triticum vulgare) and its grain, which furnishes a white flour for bread, and, next to rice, is the grain most largely used by the human race.
Wheatbird (n.) A bird that feeds on wheat, especially the chaffinch.
Wheatear (n.) A small European singing bird (Saxicola /nanthe). The male is white beneath, bluish gray above, with black wings and a black stripe through each eye. The tail is black at the tip and in the middle, but white at the base and on each side. Called also checkbird, chickell, dykehopper, fallow chat, fallow finch, stonechat, and whitetail.
Wheatworm (n.) A small nematode worm (Anguillula tritici) which attacks the grains of wheat in the ear. It is found in wheat affected with smut, each of the diseased grains containing a large number of the minute young of the worm.
Wheel (n.) A circular frame turning about an axis; a rotating disk, whether solid, or a frame composed of an outer rim, spokes or radii, and a central hub or nave, in which is inserted the axle, -- used for supporting and conveying vehicles, in machinery, and for various purposes; as, the wheel of a wagon, of a locomotive, of a mill, of a watch, etc.
Wheel (n.) Any instrument having the form of, or chiefly consisting of, a wheel.
Wheel (n.) A spinning wheel. See under Spinning.
Wheel (n.) An instrument of torture formerly used.
Wheel (n.) A circular frame having handles on the periphery, and an axle which is so connected with the tiller as to form a means of controlling the rudder for the purpose of steering.
Wheel (n.) A potter's wheel. See under Potter.
Wheel (n.) A firework which, while burning, is caused to revolve on an axis by the reaction of the escaping gases.
Wheel (n.) The burden or refrain of a song.
Wheel (n.) A bicycle or a tricycle; a velocipede.
Wheel (n.) A rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form; a disk; an orb.
Wheel (n.) A turn revolution; rotation; compass.
Wheelband (n.) The tire of a wheel.
Wheelbarrow (n.) A light vehicle for conveying small loads. It has two handles and one wheel, and is rolled by a single person.
Wheelbird (n.) The European goatsucker.
Wheeler (n.) One who wheels, or turns.
Wheeler (n.) A maker of wheels; a wheelwright.
Wheeler (n.) A wheel horse. See under Wheel.
Wheeler (n.) A steam vessel propelled by a paddle wheel or by paddle wheels; -- used chiefly in the terms side-wheeler and stern-wheeler.
Wheeler (n.) A worker on sewed muslin.
Wheeler (n.) The European goatsucker.
Wheelhouse (n.) A small house on or above a vessel's deck, containing the steering wheel.
Wheelhouse (n.) A paddle box. See under Paddle.
Wheeling (n.) The act of conveying anything, or traveling, on wheels, or in a wheeled vehicle.
Wheeling (n.) The act or practice of using a cycle; cycling.
Wheeling (n.) Condition of a road or roads, which admits of passing on wheels; as, it is good wheeling, or bad wheeling.
Wheeling (n.) A turning, or circular movement.
Wheelman (n.) One who rides a bicycle or tricycle; a cycler, or cyclist.
Wheelswarf (n.) See Swarf.
Wheelwork (n.) A combination of wheels, and their connection, in a machine or mechanism.
Wheelwright (n.) A man whose occupation is to make or repair wheels and wheeled vehicles, as carts, wagons, and the like.
Wheen (n.) A quantity; a goodly number.
Wheeze (n.) A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.
Wheeze (n.) An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the "stage whisper." It is a forcible whisper with some admixture of tone.
Wheft (n.) See Waft, n., 4.
Whelk (n.) Any one numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to Buccinum and allied genera; especially, Buccinum undatum, common on the coasts both of Europe and North America, and much used as food in Europe.
Whelk (n.) A papule; a pustule; acne.
Whelk (n.) A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.
Whelp (n.) One of the young of a dog or a beast of prey; a puppy; a cub; as, a lion's whelps.
Whelp (n.) A child; a youth; -- jocosely or in contempt.
Whelp (n.) One of the longitudinal ribs or ridges on the barrel of a capstan or a windless; -- usually in the plural; as, the whelps of a windlass.
Whelp (n.) One of the teeth of a sprocket wheel.
Where (n.) Place; situation.
Whereabout (n.) Alt. of Whereabouts
Whereabouts (n.) The place where a person or thing is; as, they did not know his whereabouts.
Wherefore (n.) the reason why.
Whereness (n.) The quality or state of having a place; ubiety; situation; position.
Wherewith (n.) The necessary means or instrument.
Wherret (n.) A box on the ear.
Wherry (n.) A passenger barge or lighter plying on rivers; also, a kind of light, half-decked vessel used in fishing.
Wherry (n.) A long, narrow, light boat, sharp at both ends, for fast rowing or sailing; esp., a racing boat rowed by one person with sculls.
Wherry (n.) A liquor made from the pulp of crab apples after the verjuice is expressed; -- sometimes called crab wherry.
Whet (n.) The act of whetting.
Whet (n.) That which whets or sharpens; esp., an appetizer.
Whethering (n.) The retention of the afterbirth in cows.
Whetile (n.) The green woodpecker, or yaffle. See Yaffle.
Whetstone (n.) A piece of stone, natural or artificial, used for whetting, or sharpening, edge tools.
Whetter (n.) One who, or that which, whets, sharpens, or stimulates.
Whetter (n.) A tippler; one who drinks whets.
Whewellite (n.) Calcium oxalate, occurring in colorless or white monoclinic crystals.
Whewer (n.) The European widgeon.
Whey (n.) The serum, or watery part, of milk, separated from the more thick or coagulable part, esp. in the process of making cheese.
Wheyface (n.) One who is pale, as from fear.
Whiff (n.) A sudden expulsion of air from the mouth; a quick puff or slight gust, as of air or smoke.
Whiff (n.) A glimpse; a hasty view.
Whiff (n.) The marysole, or sail fluke.
Whiffet (n.) A little whiff or puff.
Whiffing (n.) The act of one who, or that which, whiffs.
Whiffing (n.) A mode of fishing with a hand
Whiffle (n.) A fife or small flute.
Whiffler (n.) One who whiffles, or frequently changes his opinion or course; one who uses shifts and evasions in argument; hence, a trifler.
Whiffler (n.) One who plays on a whiffle; a fifer or piper.
Whiffler (n.) An officer who went before procession to clear the way by blowing a horn, or otherwise; hence, any person who marched at the head of a procession; a harbinger.
Whiffler (n.) The golden-eye.
Whiffletree (n.) Same as Whippletree.
Whig (n.) Acidulated whey, sometimes mixed with buttermilk and sweet herbs, used as a cooling beverage.
Whig (n.) One of a political party which grew up in England in the seventeenth century, in the reigns of Charles I. and II., when great contests existed respecting the royal prerogatives and the rights of the people. Those who supported the king in his high claims were called Tories, and the advocates of popular rights, of parliamentary power over the crown, and of toleration to Dissenters, were, after 1679, called Whigs. The terms Liberal and Radical have now generally superseded Whig in E>
Whig (n.) A friend and supporter of the American Revolution; -- opposed to Tory, and Royalist.
Whig (n.) One of the political party in the United States from about 1829 to 1856, opposed in politics to the Democratic party.
Whiggamore (n.) A Whig; -- a cant term applied in contempt to Scotch Presbyterians.
Whiggarchy (n.) Government by Whigs.
Whiggery (n.) The principles or practices of the Whigs; Whiggism.
Whiggism (n.) The principles of the Whigs.
Whigling (n.) A petty or inferior Whig; -- used in contempt.
While (n.) Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent.
While (n.) That which requires time; labor; pains.
Whiles (n.) Meanwhile; meantime.
Whiles (n.) sometimes; at times.
Whilk (n.) A kind of mollusk, a whelk.
Whilk (n.) The scoter.
Whilom (n.) Formerly; once; of old; erewhile; at times.
Whim (n.) The European widgeon.
Whim (n.) A sudden turn or start of the mind; a temporary eccentricity; a freak; a fancy; a capricious notion; a humor; a caprice.
Whim (n.) A large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes; -- called also whim gin, and whimsey.
Whimbrel (n.) Any one of several species of small curlews, especially the European species (Numenius phaeopus), called also Jack curlew, half curlew, stone curlew, and tang whaup. See Illustration in Appendix.
Whimling (n.) One given to whims; hence, a weak, childish person; a child.
Whimper (n.) A low, whining, broken cry; a low, whining sound, expressive of complaint or grief.
Whimperer (n.) One who whimpers.
Whimsey (n.) Alt. of Whimsy
Whimsy (n.) A whim; a freak; a capricious notion, a fanciful or odd conceit.
Whimsy (n.) A whim.
Whimsicality (n.) The quality or state of being whimsical; whimsicalness.
Whimsicalness (n.) The quality or state of being whimsical; freakishness; whimsical disposition.
Whimsy (n.) A whimsey.
Whimwham (n.) A whimsical thing; an odd device; a trifle; a trinket; a gimcrack.
Whimwham (n.) A whim, or whimsey; a freak.
Whin (n.) Gorse; furze. See Furze.
Whin (n.) Woad-waxed.
Whin (n.) Same as Whinstone.
Whinberry (n.) The English bilberry; -- so called because it grows on moors among the whins, or furze.
Whinchat (n.) A small warbler (Pratincola rubetra) common in Europe; -- called also whinchacker, whincheck, whin-clocharet.
Whine (n.) A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.
Whiner (n.) One who, or that which, whines.
Whinger (n.) A kind of hanger or sword used as a knife at meals and as a weapon.
Whinny (n.) The ordinary cry or call of a horse; a neigh.
Whinock (n.) The small pig of a litter.
Whinstone (n.) A provincial name given in England to basaltic rocks, and applied by miners to other kind of dark-colored unstratified rocks which resist the point of the pick. -- for example, to masses of chert. Whin-dikes, and whin-sills, are names sometimes given to veins or beds of basalt.
Whinyard (n.) A sword, or hanger.
Whinyard (n.) The shoveler.
Whinyard (n.) The poachard.
Whipcord (n.) A kind of hard-twisted or braided cord, sometimes used for making whiplashes.
Whiplash (n.) The lash of a whip, -- usually made of thongs of leather, or of cords, braided or twisted.
Whipparee (n.) A large sting ray (Dasybatis, / Trygon, Sayi) native of the Southern United States. It is destitute of large spines on the body and tail.
Whipparee (n.) A large sting ray (Rhinoptera bonasus, or R. quadriloba) of the Atlantic coast of the United States. Its snout appears to be four-lobed when viewed in front, whence it is also called cow-nosed ray.
Whipper (n.) One who whips; especially, an officer who inflicts the penalty of legal whipping.
Whipper (n.) One who raises coal or merchandise with a tackle from a chip's hold.
Whipper (n.) A kind of simple willow.
Whipperin (n.) A huntsman who keeps the hounds from wandering, and whips them in, if necessary, to the of chase.
Whipperin (n.) Hence, one who enforces the discip
Whippersnapper (n.) A diminutive, insignificant, or presumptuous person.
Whippletree (n.) The pivoted or swinging bar to which the traces, or tugs, of a harness are fastened, and by which a carriage, a plow, or other implement or vehicle, is drawn; a whiffletree; a swingletree; a singletree. See Singletree.
Whippletree (n.) The cornel tree.
Whip-poor-will (n.) An American bird (Antrostomus vociferus) allied to the nighthawk and goatsucker; -- so called in imitation of the peculiar notes which it utters in the evening.
Whipsaw (n.) A saw for dividing timber lengthwise, usually set in a frame, and worked by two persons; also, a fret saw.
Whipstaff (n.) A bar attached to the tiller, for convenience in steering.
Whipstalk (n.) A whipstock.
Whipster (n.) A nimble little fellow; a whippersnapper.
Whipstick (n.) Whip handle; whipstock.
Whipstitch (n.) A tailor; -- so called in contempt.
Whipstitch (n.) Anything hastily put or stitched together; hence, a hasty composition.
Whipstitch (n.) The act or process of whipstitching.
Whipstock (n.) The rod or handle to which the lash of a whip is fastened.
Whip-tom-kelly (n.) A vireo (Vireo altiloquus) native of the West Indies and Florida; -- called also black-whiskered vireo.
Whipworm (n.) A nematode worm (Trichocephalus dispar) often found parasitic in the human intestine. Its body is thickened posteriorly, but is very long and threadlike anteriorly.
Whir (n.) A buzzing or whizzing sound produced by rapid or whirling motion; as, the whir of a partridge; the whir of a spinning wheel.
Whirlabout (n.) Something that whirls or turns about in a rapid manner; a whirligig.
Whirlbat (n.) Anything moved with a whirl, as preparatory for a blow, or to augment the force of it; -- applied by poets to the cestus of ancient boxers.
Whirl-blast (n.) A whirling blast or wind.
Whirlbone (n.) The huckle bone.
Whirlbone (n.) The patella, or kneepan.
Whirler (n.) One who, or that which, whirls.
Whirlicote (n.) An open car or chariot.
Whirligig (n.) A child's toy, spun or whirled around like a wheel upon an axis, or like a top.
Whirligig (n.) Anything which whirls around, or in which persons or things are whirled about, as a frame with seats or wooden horses.
Whirligig (n.) A mediaeval instrument for punishing petty offenders, being a kind of wooden cage turning on a pivot, in which the offender was whirled round with great velocity.
Whirligig (n.) Any one of numerous species of beetles belonging to Gyrinus and allied genera. The body is firm, oval or boatlike in form, and usually dark colored with a bronzelike luster. These beetles live mostly on the surface of water, and move about with great celerity in a gyrating, or circular, manner, but they are also able to dive and swim rapidly. The larva is aquatic. Called also weaver, whirlwig, and whirlwig beetle.
Whirlpit (n.) A whirlpool.
Whirlpool (n.) An eddy or vortex of water; a place in a body of water where the water moves round in a circle so as to produce a depression or cavity in the center, into which floating objects may be drawn; any body of water having a more or less circular motion caused by its flowing in an irregular channel, by the coming together of opposing currents, or the like.
Whirlpool (n.) A sea monster of the whale kind.
Whirlwig (n.) A whirligig.
Whirlwind (n.) A violent windstorm of limited extent, as the tornado, characterized by an inward spiral motion of the air with an upward current in the center; a vortex of air. It usually has a rapid progressive motion.
Whirlwind (n.) Fig.: A body of objects sweeping violently onward.
Whirtle (n.) A perforated steel die through which wires or tubes are drawn to form them.
Whisk (n.) A game at cards; whist.
Whisk (n.) The act of whisking; a rapid, sweeping motion, as of something light; a sudden motion or quick puff.
Whisk (n.) A small bunch of grass, straw, twigs, hair, or the like, used for a brush; hence, a brush or small besom, as of broom corn.
Whisk (n.) A small culinary instrument made of wire, or the like, for whisking or beating eggs, cream, etc.
Whisk (n.) A kind of cape, forming part of a woman's dress.
Whisk (n.) An impertinent fellow.
Whisk (n.) A plane used by coopers for evening chines.
Whisk (n.) To sweep, brush, or agitate, with a light, rapid motion; as, to whisk dust from a table; to whisk the white of eggs into a froth.
Whisk (n.) To move with a quick, sweeping motion.
Whisker (n.) One who, or that which, whisks, or moves with a quick, sweeping motion.
Whisker (n.) Formerly, the hair of the upper lip; a mustache; -- usually in the plural.
Whisker (n.) That part of the beard which grows upon the sides of the face, or upon the chin, or upon both; as, side whiskers; chin whiskers.
Whisker (n.) A hair of the beard.
Whisker (n.) One of the long, projecting hairs growing at the sides of the mouth of a cat, or other animal.
Whisker (n.) Iron rods extending on either side of the bowsprit, to spread, or guy out, the stays, etc.
Whisket (n.) A basket; esp., a straw provender basket.
Whisket (n.) A small lathe for turning wooden pins.
Whiskey (n.) Same as Whisky, a liquor.
Whiskey (n.) Alt. of Whisky
Whisky (n.) A light carriage built for rapid motion; -- called also tim-whiskey.
Whiskin (n.) A shallow drinking bowl.
Whisky (n.) Alt. of Whiskey
Whiskey (n.) An intoxicating liquor distilled from grain, potatoes, etc., especially in Scotland, Ireland, and the United States. In the United States, whisky is generally distilled from maize, rye, or wheat, but in Scotland and Ireland it is often made from malted barley.
Whisp (n.) See Wisp.
Whisp (n.) A flock of snipe.
Whisper (n.) To make a low, sibilant sound or noise.
Whisper (n.) To speak with suspicion, or timorous caution; to converse in whispers, as in secret plotting.
Whisper (n.) A low, soft, sibilant voice or utterance, which can be heard only by those near at hand; voice or utterance that employs only breath sound without tone, friction against the edges of the vocal cords and arytenoid cartilages taking the place of the vibration of the cords that produces tone; sometimes, in a limited sense, the sound produced by such friction as distinguished from breath sound made by friction against parts of the mouth. See Voice, n., 2, and Guide to Pronunciatio>
Whisper (n.) A cautious or timorous speech.
Whisper (n.) Something communicated in secret or by whispering; a suggestion or insinuation.
Whisper (n.) A low, sibilant sound.
Whisperer (n.) One who whispers.
Whisperer (n.) A tattler; one who tells secrets; a conveyer of intelligence secretly; hence; a backbiter; one who slanders secretly.
Whist (n.) A certain game at cards; -- so called because it requires silence and close attention. It is played by four persons (those who sit opposite each other being partners) with a complete pack of fifty-two cards. Each player has thirteen cards, and when these are played out, he hand is finished, and the cards are again shuffled and distributed.
Whistlefish (n.) A gossat, or rockling; -- called also whistler, three-bearded rockling, sea loach, and sorghe.
Whistler (n.) One who, or that which, whistles, or produces or a whistling sound.
Whistler (n.) The ring ousel.
Whistler (n.) The widgeon.
Whistler (n.) The golden-eye.
Whistler (n.) The golden plover and the gray plover.
Whistler (n.) The hoary, or northern, marmot (Arctomys pruinosus).
Whistler (n.) The whistlefish.
Whistlewing (n.) The American golden-eye.
Whistlewood (n.) The moosewood, or striped maple. See Maple.
Whit (n.) The smallest part or particle imaginable; a bit; a jot; an iota; -- generally used in an adverbial phrase in a negative sentence.
White (n.) The color of pure snow; one of the natural colors of bodies, yet not strictly a color, but a composition of all colors; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Color, n., 1.
White (n.) Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so; as, the white of the eye.
White (n.) Specifically, the central part of the butt in archery, which was formerly painted white; the center of a mark at which a missile is shot.
White (n.) A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men.
White (n.) A white pigment; as, Venice white.
White (n.) Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage.
Whiteback (n.) The canvasback.
Whitebait (n.) The young of several species of herrings, especially of the common herring, esteemed a great delicacy by epicures in England.
Whitebait (n.) A small translucent fish (Salanx Chinensis) abundant at certain seasons on the coasts of China and Japan, and used in the same manner as the European whitebait.
Whitebeam (n.) The common beam tree of England (Pyrus Aria); -- so called from the white, woolly under surface of the leaves.
Whitebeard (n.) An old man; a graybeard.
Whitebelly (n.) The American widgeon, or baldpate.
Whitebelly (n.) The prairie chicken.
Whitebill (n.) The American coot.
White-blaze (n.) See White-face.
Whiteblow (n.) Same as Whitlow grass, under Whitlow.
Whiteboy (n.) A favorite.
Whiteboyism (n.) The conduct or principle of the Whiteboys.
Whitecap (n.) The European redstart; -- so called from its white forehead.
Whitecap (n.) The whitethroat; -- so called from its gray head.
Whitecap (n.) The European tree sparrow.
Whitecap (n.) A wave whose crest breaks into white foam, as when the wind is freshening.
Whitecoat (n.) The skin of a newborn seal; also, the seal itself.
White-ear (n.) The wheatear.
White-eye (n.) Any one of several species of small Old World singing of the genus Zosterops, as Zosterops palpebrosus of India, and Z. c/rulescens of Australia. The eyes are encircled by a ring of white feathers, whence the name. Called also bush creeper, and white-eyed tit.
White-face (n.) A white mark in the forehead of a horse, descending almost to the nose; -- called also white-blaze.
Whitefish (n.) Any one of several species of Coregonus, a genus of excellent food fishes allied to the salmons. They inhabit the lakes of the colder parts of North America, Asia, and Europe. The largest and most important American species (C. clupeiformis) is abundant in the Great Lakes, and in other lakes farther north. Called also lake whitefish, and Oswego bass.
Whitefish (n.) The menhaden.
Whitefish (n.) The beluga, or white whale.
Whiteflaw (n.) A whitlow.
White-foot (n.) A white mark on the foot of a horse, between the fetlock and the coffin.
Whitehead (n.) The blue-winged snow goose.
Whitehead (n.) The surf scoter.
White-heart (n.) A somewhat heart-shaped cherry with a whitish skin.
Whitener (n.) One who, or that which, whitens; a bleacher; a blancher; a whitewasher.
Whiteness (n.) The quality or state of being white; white color, or freedom from darkness or obscurity on the surface.
Whiteness (n.) Want of a sanguineous tinge; paleness; as from terror, grief, etc.
Whiteness (n.) Freedom from stain or blemish; purity; cleanness.
Whiteness (n.) Nakedness.
Whiteness (n.) A flock of swans.
Whitening (n.) The act or process of making or becoming white.
Whitening (n.) That which is used to render white; whiting.
White-pot (n.) A kind of food made of milk or cream, eggs, sugar, bread, etc., baked in a pot.
Whiterump (n.) The American black-tailed godwit.
Whiteside (n.) The golden-eye.
Whitesmith (n.) One who works in tinned or galvanized iron, or white iron; a tinsmith.
Whitesmith (n.) A worker in iron who finishes or polishes the work, in distinction from one who forges it.
Whitester (n.) A bleacher of
Whitetail (n.) The Virginia deer.
Whitetail (n.) The wheatear.
Whitethorn (n.) The hawthorn.
Whitethroat (n.) Any one of several species of Old World warblers, esp. the common European species (Sylvia cinerea), called also strawsmear, nettlebird, muff, and whitecap, the garden whitethroat, or golden warbler (S. hortensis), and the lesser whitethroat (S. curruca).
Whitetop (n.) Fiorin.
Whitewall (n.) The spotted flycatcher; -- so called from the white color of the under parts.
Whitewash (n.) Any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as a wash for making the skin fair.
Whitewash (n.) A composition of
Whitewasher (n.) One who whitewashes.
White-water (n.) A dangerous disease of sheep.
Whiteweed (n.) A perennial composite herb (Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum) with conspicuous white rays and a yellow disk, a common weed in grass lands and pastures; -- called also oxeye daisy.
Whitewing (n.) The chaffinch; -- so called from the white bands on the wing.
Whitewing (n.) The velvet duck.
Whitewood (n.) The soft and easily-worked wood of the tulip tree (Liriodendron). It is much used in cabinetwork, carriage building, etc.
Whitewort (n.) Wild camomile.
Whitewort (n.) A kind of Solomon's seal (Polygonum officinale).
Whitflaw (n.) Whitlow.
Whiting (n.) A common European food fish (Melangus vulgaris) of the Codfish family; -- called also fittin.
Whiting (n.) A North American fish (Merlucius vulgaris) allied to the preceding; -- called also silver hake.
Whiting (n.) Any one of several species of North American marine sciaenoid food fishes belonging to genus Menticirrhus, especially M. Americanus, found from Maryland to Brazil, and M. littoralis, common from Virginia to Texas; -- called also silver whiting, and surf whiting.
Whiting (n.) Chalk prepared in an impalpable powder by pulverizing and repeated washing, used as a pigment, as an ingredient in putty, for cleaning silver, etc.
Whiting-mop (n.) A young whiting.
Whiting-mop (n.) A fair lass.
Whitishness (n.) The quality or state of being whitish or somewhat white.
Whitleather (n.) Leather dressed or tawed with alum, salt, etc., remarkable for its pliability and toughness; white leather.
Whitleather (n.) The paxwax. See Paxwax.
Whitling (n.) A young full trout during its second season.
Whitlow-wort (n.) Same as Whitlow grass, under Whitlow.
Whitmonday (n.) The day following Whitsunday; -- called also Whitsun Monday.
Whitneyite (n.) an arsenide of copper from Lake Superior.
Whitsour (n.) A sort of apple.
Whitster (n.) A whitener; a bleacher; a whitester.
Whitsunday (n.) The seventh Sunday, and the fiftieth day, after Easter; a festival of the church in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost; Pentecost; -- so called, it is said, because, in the primitive church, those who had been newly baptized appeared at church between Easter and Pentecost in white garments.
Whitsunday (n.) See the Note under Term, n., 12.
Whitsuntide (n.) The week commencing with Whitsunday, esp. the first three days -- Whitsunday, Whitsun Monday, and Whitsun Tuesday; the time of Pentecost.
Whitterick (n.) The curlew.
Whittle (n.) A grayish, coarse double blanket worn by countrywomen, in the west of England, over the shoulders, like a cloak or shawl.
Whittle (n.) Same as Whittle shawl, below.
Whittle (n.) A knife; esp., a pocket, sheath, or clasp knife.
Whittret (n.) A weasel.
Whittuesday (n.) The day following Whitmonday; -- called also Whitsun Tuesday.
Whitwall (n.) Same as Whetile.
Whiz (n.) A hissing and humming sound.
Whobub (n.) Hubbub.
Whole (n.) The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself.
Whole (n.) A regular combination of parts; a system.
Whole-length (n.) A portrait or statue representing the whole figure.
Wholeness (n.) The quality or state of being whole, entire, or sound; entireness; totality; completeness.
Wholesale (n.) Sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as distinguished from retail.
Whoobub (n.) Hubbub.
Whoop (n.) The hoopoe.
Whoop (n.) A shout of pursuit or of war; a very of eagerness, enthusiasm, enjoyment, vengeance, terror, or the like; an halloo; a hoot, or cry, as of an owl.
Whoop (n.) A loud, shrill, prolonged sound or sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough.
Whooper (n.) One who, or that which, whooops.
Whop (n.) Same as Whap.
Whopper (n.) One who, or that which, whops.
Whopper (n.) Same as Whapper.
Whore (n.) A woman who practices unlawful sexual commerce with men, especially one who prostitutes her body for hire; a prostitute; a harlot.
Whore (n.) To have unlawful sexual intercourse; to practice lewdness.
Whore (n.) To worship false and impure gods.
Whoredom (n.) The practice of unlawful intercourse with the other sex; fornication; lewdness.
Whoredom (n.) The sin of worshiping idols; idolatry.
Wheremaster (n.) A man who practices lewdness; a lecher; a whoremonger.
Wheremaster (n.) One keeps or procures whores for others; a pimp; a procurer.
Whoremonger (n.) A whoremaster; a lecher; a man who frequents the society of whores.
Whoreson (n.) A bastard; colloquially, a low, scurvy fellow; -- used generally in contempt, or in coarse humor. Also used adjectively.
Whorler (n.) A potter's wheel.
Whort (n.) The whortleberry, or bilberry. See Whortleberry (a).
Whortle (n.) The whortleberry, or bilberry.
Whortleberry (n.) In England, the fruit of Vaccinium Myrtillus; also, the plant itself. See Bilberry, 1.
Whortleberry (n.) The fruit of several shrubby plants of the genus Gaylussacia; also, any one of these plants. See Huckleberry.
Whur (n.) A humming or whirring sound, like that of a body moving through the air with velocity; a whir.
Whurt (n.) See Whort.
Why (n.) A young heifer.
Why-not (n.) A violent and peremptory procedure without any assigned reason; a sudden conclusive happening.
Wich (n.) A variant of 1st Wick.
Wick (n.) Alt. of Wich
Wich (n.) A street; a village; a castle; a dwelling; a place of work, or exercise of authority; -- now obsolete except in composition; as, bailiwick, Warwick, Greenwick.
Wich (n.) A narrow port or passage in the rink or course, flanked by the stones of previous players.
Wick (n.) A bundle of fibers, or a loosely twisted or braided cord, tape, or tube, usually made of soft spun cotton threads, which by capillary attraction draws up a steady supply of the oil in lamps, the melted tallow or wax in candles, or other material used for illumination, in small successive portions, to be burned.
Wickedness (n.) The quality or state of being wicked; departure from the rules of the divine or the moral law; evil disposition or practices; immorality; depravity; sinfulness.
Wickedness (n.) A wicked thing or act; crime; sin; iniquity.
Wicker (n.) A small pliant twig or osier; a rod for making basketwork and the like; a withe.
Wicker (n.) Wickerwork; a piece of wickerwork, esp. a basket.
Wicker (n.) Same as 1st Wike.
Wickerwork (n.) A texture of osiers, twigs, or rods; articles made of such a texture.
Wicket (n.) A small gate or door, especially one forming part of, or placed near, a larger door or gate; a narrow opening or entrance cut in or beside a door or gate, or the door which is used to close such entrance or aperture. Piers Plowman.
Wicket (n.) A small gate by which the chamber of canal locks is emptied, or by which the amount of water passing to a water wheel is regulated.
Wicket (n.) A small framework at which the ball is bowled. It consists of three rods, or stumps, set vertically in the ground, with one or two short rods, called bails, lying horizontally across the top.
Wicket (n.) The ground on which the wickets are set.
Wicket (n.) A place of shelter made of the boughs of trees, -- used by lumbermen, etc.
Wicket (n.) The space between the pillars, in postand-stall working.
Wicking (n.) the material of which wicks are made; esp., a loosely braided or twisted cord or tape of cotton.
Wiclifite (n.) Alt. of Wickliffite
Wickliffite (n.) See Wyclifite.
Wicopy (n.) See Leatherwood.
Widdy (n.) A rope or halter made of flexible twigs, or withes, as of birch.
Wide (n.) That which is wide; wide space; width; extent.
Wide (n.) That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark.
Wide-awake (n.) A broad-brimmed, low-crowned felt hat.
Widegap (n.) The angler; -- called also widegab, and widegut.
Wideness (n.) The quality or state of being wide; breadth; width; great extent from side to side; as, the wideness of a room.
Wideness (n.) Large extent in all directions; broadness; greatness; as, the wideness of the sea or ocean.
Widgeon (n.) Any one of several species of fresh-water ducks, especially those belonging to the subgenus Mareca, of the genus Anas. The common European widgeon (Anas penelope) and the American widgeon (A. Americana) are the most important species. The latter is called also baldhead, baldpate, baldface, baldcrown, smoking duck, wheat, duck, and whitebelly.
Widow (n.) A woman who has lost her husband by death, and has not married again; one living bereaved of a husband.
Widower (n.) A man who has lost his wife by death, and has not married again.
Widowerhood (n.) The state of being a widower.
Widowhood (n.) The state of being a widow; the time during which a woman is widow; also, rarely, the state of being a widower.
Widowhood (n.) Estate settled on a widow.
Widow-hunter (n.) One who courts widows, seeking to marry one with a fortune.
Widow-maker (n.) One who makes widows by destroying husbands.
Widow-wail (n.) A low, narrowleaved evergreen shrub (Cneorum tricoccon) found in Southern Europe.
Width (n.) The quality of being wide; extent from side to side; breadth; wideness; as, the width of cloth; the width of a door.
Widwe (n.) A widow.
Wieldance (n.) The act or power of wielding.
Wielder (n.) One who wields or employs; a manager; a controller.
Wielding (n.) Power; authority; rule.
Wier (n.) Same as Weir.
Wierangle (n.) Same as Wariangle.
Wife (n.) A woman; an adult female; -- now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like.
Wife (n.) The lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock; a woman who has a husband; a married woman; -- correlative of husband.
Wifehood (n.) Womanhood.
Wifehood (n.) The state of being a wife; the character of a wife.
Wig (n.) A covering for the head, consisting of hair interwoven or united by a kind of network, either in imitation of the natural growth, or in abundant and flowing curls, worn to supply a deficiency of natural hair, or for ornament, or according to traditional usage, as a part of an official or professional dress, the latter especially in England by judges and barristers.
Wig (n.) An old seal; -- so called by fishermen.
Wigan (n.) A kind of canvaslike cotton fabric, used to stiffen and protect the lower part of trousers and of the skirts of women's dresses, etc.; -- so called from Wigan, the name of a town in Lancashire, England.
Wigeon (n.) A widgeon.
Wigg (n.) Alt. of Wig
Wig (n.) A kind of raised seedcake.
Wiggery (n.) A wig or wigs; false hair.
Wiggery (n.) Any cover or screen, as red-tapism.
Wiggle (n.) Act of wiggling; a wriggle.
Wiggler (n.) The young, either larva or pupa, of the mosquito; -- called also wiggletail.
Wight (n.) Weight.
Wight (n.) A whit; a bit; a jot.
Wight (n.) A supernatural being.
Wight (n.) A human being; a person, either male or female; -- now used chiefly in irony or burlesque, or in humorous language.
Wigwam (n.) An Indian cabin or hut, usually of a conical form, and made of a framework of poles covered with hides, bark, or mats; -- called also tepee.
Wike (n.) A temporary mark or boundary, as a bough of a tree set up in marking out or dividing anything, as tithes, swaths to be mowed in common ground, etc.; -- called also wicker.
Wike (n.) A home; a dwelling.
Wild (n.) An uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a forest or desert; a wilderness; a waste; as, the wilds of America; the wilds of Africa.
Wildebeest (n.) The gnu.
Wildering (n.) A plant growing in a state of nature; especially, one which has run wild, or escaped from cultivation.
Wilderment (n.) The state of being bewildered; confusion; bewilderment.
Wildfire (n.) A composition of inflammable materials, which, kindled, is very hard to quench; Greek fire.
Wildfire (n.) An old name for erysipelas.
Wildfire (n.) A disease of sheep, attended with inflammation of the skin.
Wildfire (n.) A sort of lightning unaccompanied by thunder.
Wildgrave (n.) A waldgrave, or head forest keeper. See Waldgrave.
Wilding (n.) A wild or uncultivated plant; especially, a wild apple tree or crab apple; also, the fruit of such a plant.
Wildness (n.) The quality or state of being wild; an uncultivated or untamed state; disposition to rove or go unrestrained; rudeness; savageness; irregularity; distraction.
Wildwood (n.) A wild or unfrequented wood. Also used adjectively; as, wildwood flowers; wildwood echoes.
Wile (n.) A trick or stratagem practiced for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious; artifice; a beguilement; an allurement.
Wilful (n.) Alt. of Wilfulness
Wilfully (n.) Alt. of Wilfulness
Wilfulness (n.) See Willful, Willfully, and Willfulness.
Wilk (n.) See Whelk.
Will (n.) To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree.
Will (n.) To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order.
Will (n.) To give or direct the disposal of by testament; to bequeath; to devise; as, to will one's estate to a child; also, to order or direct by testament; as, he willed that his nephew should have his watch.
Willemite (n.) A silicate of zinc, usually occurring massive and of a greenish yellow color, also in reddish crystals (troostite) containing manganese.
Willer (n.) One who wills.
Willet (n.) A large North American snipe (Symphemia semipalmata); -- called also pill-willet, will-willet, semipalmated tattler, or snipe, duck snipe, and stone curlew.
Willier (n.) One who works at a willying machine.
Willingness (n.) The quality or state of being willing; free choice or consent of the will; freedom from reluctance; readiness of the mind to do or forbear.
Williwaw (n.) Alt. of Willywaw
Willywaw (n.) A whirlwind, or whirlwind squall, encountered in the Straits of Magellan.
Willock (n.) The common guillemot.
Willock (n.) The puffin.
Will-o'-the-wisp (n.) See Ignis fatuus.
Willow (n.) Any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, including many species, most of which are characterized often used as an emblem of sorrow, desolation, or desertion. "A wreath of willow to show my forsaken plight." Sir W. Scott. Hence, a lover forsaken by, or having lost, the person beloved, is said to wear the willow.
Willow (n.) A machine in which cotton or wool is opened and cleansed by the action of long spikes projecting from a drum which revolves within a box studded with similar spikes; -- probably so called from having been originally a cylindrical cage made of willow rods, though some derive the term from winnow, as denoting the winnowing, or cleansing, action of the machine. Called also willy, twilly, twilly devil, and devil.
Willower (n.) A willow. See Willow, n., 2.
Willow-herb (n.) A perennial herb (Epilobium spicatum) with narrow willowlike leaves and showy rose-purple flowers. The name is sometimes made to include other species of the same genus.
Willow-thorn (n.) A thorny European shrub (Hippophae rhamnoides) resembling a willow.
Willow-weed (n.) A European species of loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris).
Willow-weed (n.) Any kind of Polygonum with willowlike foliage.
Willow-wort (n.) Same as Willow-weed.
Willow-wort (n.) Any plant of the order Salicaceae, or the Willow family.
Willy (n.) A large wicker basket.
Willy (n.) Same as 1st Willow, 2.
Willying (n.) The process of cleansing wool, cotton, or the like, with a willy, or willow.
Wilwe (n.) Willow.
Wimble (n.) An instrument for boring holes, turned by a handle.
Wimble (n.) A gimlet.
Wimble (n.) A stonecutter's brace for boring holes in stone.
Wimble (n.) An auger used for boring in earth.
Wimbrel (n.) The whimbrel.
Wimple (n.) A covering of silk,
Wimple (n.) A flag or streamer.
Wince (n.) The act of one who winces.
Wince (n.) A reel used in dyeing, steeping, or washing cloth; a winch. It is placed over the division wall between two wince pits so as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment. at will.
Wincer (n.) One who, or that which, winces, shrinks, or kicks.
Wincey (n.) Linsey-woolsey.
Winch (n.) A kick, as of a beast, from impatience or uneasiness.
Winch (n.) A crank with a handle, for giving motion to a machine, a grindstone, etc.
Winch (n.) An instrument with which to turn or strain something forcibly.
Winch (n.) An axle or drum turned by a crank with a handle, or by power, for raising weights, as from the hold of a ship, from mines, etc.; a windlass.
Winch (n.) A wince.
Wincing (n.) The act of washing cloth, dipping it in dye, etc., with a wince.
Wincopipe (n.) A little red flower, no doubt the pimpernel, which, when it opens in the morning, is supposed to bode a fair day. See Pimpernel.
Wind (n.) The act of winding or turning; a turn; a bend; a twist; a winding.
Wind (n.) Air naturally in motion with any degree of velocity; a current of air.
Wind (n.) Air artificially put in motion by any force or action; as, the wind of a cannon ball; the wind of a bellows.
Wind (n.) Breath modulated by the respiratory and vocal organs, or by an instrument.
Wind (n.) Power of respiration; breath.
Wind (n.) Air or gas generated in the stomach or bowels; flatulence; as, to be troubled with wind.
Wind (n.) Air impregnated with an odor or scent.
Wind (n.) A direction from which the wind may blow; a point of the compass; especially, one of the cardinal points, which are often called the four winds.
Wind (n.) A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are distended with air, or rather affected with a violent inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing.
Wind (n.) Mere breath or talk; empty effort; idle words.
Wind (n.) The dotterel.
Windage (n.) The difference between the diameter of the bore of a gun and that of the shot fired from it.
Windage (n.) The sudden compression of the air caused by a projectile in passing close to another body.
Windas (n.) See 3d Windlass.
Windbore (n.) The lower, or bottom, pipe in a lift of pumps in a mine.
Wind-break (n.) A clump of trees serving for a protection against the force of wind.
Winder (n.) One who, or that which, winds; hence, a creeping or winding plant.
Winder (n.) An apparatus used for winding silk, cotton, etc., on spools, bobbins, reels, or the like.
Winder (n.) One in a flight of steps which are curved in plan, so that each tread is broader at one end than at the other; -- distinguished from flyer.
Winder (n.) A blow taking away the breath.
Windfall (n.) Anything blown down or off by the wind, as fruit from a tree, or the tree itself, or a portion of a forest prostrated by a violent wind, etc.
Windfall (n.) An unexpected legacy, or other gain.
Windflower (n.) The anemone; -- so called because formerly supposed to open only when the wind was blowing. See Anemone.
Windgall (n.) A soft tumor or synovial swelling on the fetlock joint of a horse; -- so called from having formerly been supposed to contain air.
Windhover (n.) The kestrel; -- called also windbibber, windcuffer, windfanner.
Windiness (n.) The quality or state of being windy or tempestuous; as, the windiness of the weather or the season.
Windiness (n.) Fullness of wind; flatulence.
Windiness (n.) Tendency to generate wind or gas; tendency to produce flatulence; as, the windiness of vegetables.
Windiness (n.) Tumor; puffiness.
Winding (n.) A call by the boatswain's whistle.
Winding (n.) A turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander; as, the windings of a road or stream.
Winding (n.) A
Windlass (n.) A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course; a shift.
Windlass (n.) A machine for raising weights, consisting of a horizontal cylinder or roller moving on its axis, and turned by a crank, lever, or similar means, so as to wind up a rope or chain attached to the weight. In vessels the windlass is often used instead of the capstan for raising the anchor. It is usually set upon the forecastle, and is worked by hand or steam.
Windlass (n.) An apparatus resembling a winch or windlass, for bending the bow of an arblast, or crossbow.
Windle (n.) A spindle; a kind of reel; a winch.
Windle (n.) The redwing.
Windlestrae (n.) Alt. of Windlestraw
Windlestraw (n.) A grass used for making ropes or for plaiting, esp. Agrostis Spica-ventis.
Windmill (n.) A mill operated by the power of the wind, usually by the action of the wind upon oblique vanes or sails which radiate from a horizontal shaft.
Windore (n.) A window.
Window (n.) An opening in the wall of a building for the admission of light and air, usually closed by casements or sashes containing some transparent material, as glass, and capable of being opened and shut at pleasure.
Window (n.) The shutter, casement, sash with its fittings, or other framework, which closes a window opening.
Window (n.) A figure formed of
Windowpane (n.) See Pane, n., (3) b.
Windowpane (n.) A thin, spotted American turbot (Pleuronectes maculatus) remarkable for its translucency. It is not valued as a food fish. Called also spotted turbot, daylight, spotted sand flounder, and water flounder.
Windpipe (n.) The passage for the breath from the larynx to the lungs; the trachea; the weasand. See Illust. under Lung.
Wind-plant (n.) A windflower.
Windrow (n.) A row or
Windrow (n.) Sheaves of grain set up in a row, one against another, that the wind may blow between them.
Windrow (n.) The green border of a field, dug up in order to carry the earth on other land to mend it.
Windsor (n.) A town in Berkshire, England.
Windstorm (n.) A storm characterized by high wind with little or no rain.
Wind-sucker (n.) A horse given to wind-sucking
Wind-sucker (n.) The kestrel.
Wind-sucking (n.) A vicious habit of a horse, consisting in the swallowing of air; -- usually associated with crib-biting, or cribbing. See Cribbing, 4.
Windward (n.) The point or side from which the wind blows; as, to ply to the windward; -- opposed to leeward.
Wine (n.) The expressed juice of grapes, esp. when fermented; a beverage or liquor prepared from grapes by squeezing out their juice, and (usually) allowing it to ferment.
Wine (n.) A liquor or beverage prepared from the juice of any fruit or plant by a process similar to that for grape wine; as, currant wine; gooseberry wine; palm wine.
Wine (n.) The effect of drinking wine in excess; intoxication.
Wineberry (n.) The red currant.
Wineberry (n.) The bilberry.
Wineberry (n.) A peculiar New Zealand shrub (Coriaria ruscifolia), in which the petals ripen and afford an abundant purple juice from which a kind of wine is made. The plant also grows in Chili.
Winebibber (n.) One who drinks much wine.
Wineglass (n.) A small glass from which to drink wine.
Winery (n.) A place where grapes are converted into wine.
Wing (n.) One of the two anterior limbs of a bird, pterodactyl, or bat. They correspond to the arms of man, and are usually modified for flight, but in the case of a few species of birds, as the ostrich, auk, etc., the wings are used only as an assistance in running or swimming.
Wing (n.) Any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of flying.
Wing (n.) One of the two pairs of upper thoracic appendages of most hexapod insects. They are broad, fanlike organs formed of a double membrane and strengthened by chitinous veins or nervures.
Wing (n.) One of the large pectoral fins of the flying fishes.
Wing (n.) Passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing.
Wing (n.) Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion.
Wing (n.) Anything which agitates the air as a wing does, or which is put in winglike motion by the action of the air, as a fan or vane for winnowing grain, the vane or sail of a windmill, etc.
Wing (n.) An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot.
Wing (n.) Any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in shape or appearance.
Wing (n.) One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming.
Wing (n.) Any membranaceous expansion, as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara.
Wing (n.) Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.
Wing (n.) One of two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece.
Wing (n.) A side building, less than the main edifice; as, one of the wings of a palace.
Wing (n.) The longer side of crownworks, etc., connecting them with the main work.
Wing (n.) A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another.
Wing (n.) The right or left division of an army, regiment, etc.
Wing (n.) That part of the hold or orlop of a vessel which is nearest the sides. In a fleet, one of the extremities when the ships are drawn up in
Wing (n.) One of the sides of the stags in a theater.
Winger (n.) One of the casks stowed in the wings of a vessel's hold, being smaller than such as are stowed more amidships.
Wingfish (n.) A sea robin having large, winglike pectoral fins. See Sea robin, under Robin.
Winglet (n.) A little wing; a very small wing.
Winglet (n.) A bastard wing, or alula.
Wingmanship (n.) Power or skill in flying.
Wing-shell (n.) Any one of various species of marine bivalve shells belonging to the genus Avicula, in which the hinge border projects like a wing.
Wing-shell (n.) Any marine gastropod shell of the genus Strombus. See Strombus.
Wing-shell (n.) Any pteropod shell.
Wink (n.) The act of closing, or closing and opening, the eyelids quickly; hence, the time necessary for such an act; a moment.
Wink (n.) A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast.
Winker (n.) One who winks.
Winker (n.) A horse's blinder; a blinker.
Winkle (n.) Any periwinkle.
Winkle (n.) Any one of various marine spiral gastropods, esp., in the United States, either of two species of Fulgar (F. canaliculata, and F. carica).
Winkle-hawk (n.) A rectangular rent made in cloth; -- called also winkle-hole.
Winnard 2 (n.) The redwing.
Winnebagoes (n.) A tribe of North American Indians who originally occupied the region about Green Bay, Lake Michigan, but were driven back from the lake and nearly exterminated in 1640 by the IIlinnois.
Winner (n.) One who wins, or gains by success in competition, contest, or gaming.
Winning (n.) The act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition.
Winning (n.) The money, etc., gained by success in competition or contest, esp, in gambling; -- usually in the plural.
Winning (n.) A new opening.
Winning (n.) The portion of a coal field out for working.
Winningness (n.) The quality or state of being winning.
Winninish (n.) The land-locked variety of the common salmon.
Winnew (n.) To separate, and drive off, the chaff from by means of wind; to fan; as, to winnow grain.
Winnew (n.) To sift, as for the purpose of separating falsehood from truth; to separate, as had from good.
Winnew (n.) To beat with wings, or as with wings.
Winnower (n.) One who, or that which, winnows; specifically, a winnowing machine.
Winnowing (n.) The act of one who, or that which, winnows.
Winrow (n.) A windrow.
Winsomeness (n.) The characteristic of being winsome; attractiveness of manner.
Winter (n.) The season of the year in which the sun shines most obliquely upon any region; the coldest season of the year.
Winter (n.) The period of decay, old age, death, or the like.
Wintergreen (n.) A plant which keeps its leaves green through the winter.
Wintertide (n.) Winter time.
Winterweed (n.) A kind of speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) which spreads chiefly in winter.
Winze (n.) A small shaft sunk from one level to another, as for the purpose of ventilation.
Wipe (n.) The lapwing.
Wipe (n.) Act of rubbing, esp. in order to clean.
Wipe (n.) A blow; a stroke; a hit; a swipe.
Wipe (n.) A gibe; a jeer; a severe sarcasm.
Wipe (n.) A handkerchief.
Wipe (n.) Stain; brand.
Wiper (n.) One who, or that which, wipes.
Wiper (n.) Something used for wiping, as a towel or rag.
Wiper (n.) A piece generally projecting from a rotating or swinging piece, as an axle or rock shaft, for the purpose of raising stampers, lifting rods, or the like, and leaving them to fall by their own weight; a kind of cam.
Wiper (n.) A rod, or an attachment for a rod, for holding a rag with which to wipe out the bore of the barrel.
Wire (n.) A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel.
Wire (n.) A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; as, to send a message by wire.
Wire-drawer (n.) One who draws metal into wire.
Wire-heel (n.) A disease in the feet of a horse or other beast.
Wire-puller (n.) One who pulls the wires, as of a puppet; hence, one who operates by secret means; an intriguer.
Wire-pulling (n.) The act of pulling the wires, as of a puppet; hence, secret influence or management, especially in politics; intrigue.
Wirework (n.) Work, especially openwork, formed of wires.
Wire-worker (n.) One who manufactures articles from wire.
Wireworm (n.) One of the larvae of various species of snapping beetles, or elaters; -- so called from their slenderness and the uncommon hardness of the integument. Wireworms are sometimes very destructive to the roots of plants. Called also wire grub.
Wireworm (n.) A galleyworm.
Wiriness (n.) The quality of being wiry.
Wisard (n.) See Wizard.
Wiseling (n.) One who pretends to be wise; a wiseacre; a witling.
Wiseness (n.) Wisdom.
Wish (n.) Desire; eager desire; longing.
Wish (n.) Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation.
Wish (n.) A thing desired; an object of desire.
Wishbone (n.) The forked bone in front of the breastbone in birds; -- called also merrythought, and wishing bone. See Merrythought, and Furculum.
Wisher (n.) One who wishes or desires; one who expresses a wish.
Wishtonwish (n.) The prairie dog.
Wish-wash (n.) Any weak, thin drink.
Wishy-washy (n.) A weak or thin drink or liquor; wish-wash.
Wisket (n.) A whisket, or basket.
Wisp (n.) A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance.
Wisp (n.) A whisk, or small broom.
Wisp (n.) A Will-o'-the-wisp; an ignis fatuus.
Wistaria (n.) A genus of climbing leguminous plants bearing long, pendulous clusters of pale bluish flowers.
Wistit (n.) A small South American monkey; a marmoset.
Wistonwish (n.) See Wishtonwish.
Wit (n.) To know; to learn.
Witch (n.) A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat, and used as a taper.
Witch (n.) One who practices the black art, or magic; one regarded as possessing supernatural or magical power by compact with an evil spirit, esp. with the Devil; a sorcerer or sorceress; -- now applied chiefly or only to women, but formerly used of men as well.
Witch (n.) An ugly old woman; a hag.
Witch (n.) One who exercises more than common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person; also, one given to mischief; -- said especially of a woman or child.
Witch (n.) A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.
Witch (n.) The stormy petrel.
Witchcraft (n.) The practices or art of witches; sorcery; enchantments; intercourse with evil spirits.
Witchcraft (n.) Power more than natural; irresistible influence.
Witch-elm (n.) See Wych-elm.
Witchery (n.) Sorcery; enchantment; witchcraft.
Witchery (n.) Fascination; irresistible influence; enchantment.
Witch-hazel (n.) The wych-elm.
Witch-hazel (n.) An American shrub or small tree (Hamamelis Virginica), which blossoms late in autumn.
Witch-tree (n.) The witch-hazel.
Witchuck (n.) The sand martin, or bank swallow.
Wit-cracker (n.) One who breaks jests; a joker.
Witcraft (n.) Art or skill of the mind; contrivance; invention; wit.
Witcraft (n.) The art of reasoning; logic.
Witenagemote (n.) A meeting of wise men; the national council, or legislature, of England in the days of the Anglo-Saxons, before the Norman Conquest.
Witfish (n.) The ladyfish (a).
With (n.) See Withe.
Withamite (n.) A variety of epidote, of a reddish color, found in Scotland.
Withdrawal (n.) The act of withdrawing; withdrawment; retreat; retraction.
Withdrawer (n.) One who withdraws; one who takes back, or retracts.
Withdrawing-room (n.) A room for retirement from another room, as from a dining room; a drawing-room.
Withdrawment (n.) The act of withdrawing; withdrawal.
Withe (n.) A flexible, slender twig or branch used as a band; a willow or osier twig; a withy.
Withe (n.) A band consisting of a twig twisted.
Withe (n.) An iron attachment on one end of a mast or boom, with a ring, through which another mast or boom is rigged out and secured; a wythe.
Withe (n.) A partition between flues in a chimney.
Wither (n.) To fade; to lose freshness; to become sapless; to become sapless; to dry or shrivel up.
Wither (n.) To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin/ away, as animal bodies.
Wither (n.) To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away.
Witherband (n.) A piece of iron in a saddle near a horse's withers, to strengthen the bow.
Witherite (n.) Barium carbonate occurring in white or gray six-sided twin crystals, and also in columnar or granular masses.
Witherling (n.) A withered person; one who is decrepit.
Withernam (n.) A second or reciprocal distress of other goods in lieu of goods which were taken by a first distress and have been eloigned; a taking by way of reprisal; -- chiefly used in the expression capias in withernam, which is the name of a writ used in connection with the action of replevin (sometimes called a writ of reprisal), which issues to a defendant in replevin when he has obtained judgment for a return of the chattels replevied, and fails to obtain them on the writ of return.>
Withe-rod (n.) A North American shrub (Viburnum nudum) whose tough osierlike shoots are sometimes used for binding sheaves.
Withholder (n.) One who withholds.
Withholdment (n.) The act of withholding.
Withstander (n.) One who withstands, or opposes; an opponent; a resisting power.
Withvine (n.) Quitch grass.
Withwind (n.) A kind of bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis).
Withwine (n.) Same as Withvine.
Withy (n.) The osier willow (Salix viminalis). See Osier, n. (a).
Withy (n.) A withe. See Withe, 1.
Witling (n.) A person who has little wit or understanding; a pretender to wit or smartness.
Witnesser (n.) One who witness.
Wit-snapper (n.) One who affects repartee; a wit-cracker.
Witticaster (n.) A witling.
Witticism (n.) A witty saying; a sentence or phrase which is affectedly witty; an attempt at wit; a conceit.
Wittiness (n.) The quality of being witty.
Wittol (n.) The wheatear.
Wittol (n.) A man who knows his wife's infidelity and submits to it; a tame cuckold; -- so called because the cuckoo lays its eggs in the wittol's nest.
Witts (n.) Tin ore freed from earthy matter by stamping.
Witty (n.) Possessed of wit; knowing; wise; skillful; judicious; clever; cunning.
Witty (n.) Especially, possessing wit or humor; good at repartee; droll; facetious; sometimes, sarcastic; as, a witty remark, poem, and the like.
Witwal (n.) Alt. of Witwall
Witwall (n.) The golden oriole.
Witwall (n.) The greater spotted woodpecker.
Witworm (n.) One who, or that which, feeds on or destroys wit.
Wivehood (n.) Wifehood.
Wiver (n.) Alt. of Wivern
Wivern (n.) A fabulous two-legged, winged creature, like a cockatrice, but having the head of a dragon, and without spurs.
Wivern (n.) The weever.
Wives (n.) pl. of Wife.
Wizard (n.) A wise man; a sage.
Wizard (n.) One devoted to the black art; a magician; a conjurer; a sorcerer; an enchanter.
Wizardry (n.) The character or practices o/ wizards; sorcery; magic.
Wizen (n.) The weasand.
Woad (n.) An herbaceous cruciferous plant (Isatis tinctoria). It was formerly cultivated for the blue coloring matter derived from its leaves.
Woad (n.) A blue dyestuff, or coloring matter, consisting of the powdered and fermented leaves of the Isatis tinctoria. It is now superseded by indigo, but is somewhat used with indigo as a ferment in dyeing.
Woad-waxen (n.) A leguminous plant (Genista tinctoria) of Europe and Russian Asia, and adventitious in America; -- called also greenwood, greenweed, dyer's greenweed, and whin, wood-wash, wood-wax, and wood-waxen.
Woald (n.) See Weld.
Wode (n.) Wood.
Wodegeld (n.) A geld, or payment, for wood.
Woden (n.) A deity corresponding to Odin, the supreme deity of the Scandinavians. Wednesday is named for him. See Odin.
Woe (n.) Grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity.
Woe (n.) A curse; a malediction.
Woefulness (n.) Alt. of Wofulness
Wofulness (n.) The quality or state of being woeful; misery; wretchedness.
Wold (n.) A wood; a forest.
Wold (n.) A plain, or low hill; a country without wood, whether hilly or not.
Wold (n.) See Weld.
Wolfberry (n.) An American shrub (Symphoricarpus occidentalis) which bears soft white berries.
Wolfkin (n.) A little or young wolf.
Wolfling (n.) A young wolf.
Wolfram (n.) Same as Wolframite.
Wolframate (n.) A salt of wolframic acid; a tungstate.
Wolframite (n.) Tungstate of iron and manganese, generally of a brownish or grayish black color, submetallic luster, and high specific gravity. It occurs in cleavable masses, and also crystallized. Called also wolfram.
Wolframium (n.) The technical name of the element tungsten. See Tungsten.
Wolfsbane (n.) A poisonous plant (Aconitum Lycoctonum), a kind of monkshood; also, by extension, any plant or species of the genus Aconitum. See Aconite.
Wolf's-claw (n.) A kind of club moss. See Lycopodium.
Wolf's-foot (n.) Club moss. See Lycopodium.
Wolf's-milk (n.) Any kind of spurge (Euphorbia); -- so called from its acrid milky juice.
Wollastonite (n.) A silicate of lime of a white to gray, red, or yellow color, occurring generally in cleavable masses, rarely in tabular crystals; tabular spar.
Wolle (n.) Wool.
Wolverene (n.) Alt. of Wolverine
Wolverine (n.) The glutton.
Wolverine (n.) A nickname for an inhabitant of Michigan.
Wolves (n.) pl. of Wolf.
Woman (n.) An adult female person; a grown-up female person, as distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female person.
Woman (n.) The female part of the human race; womankind.
Woman (n.) A female attendant or servant.
Womanhead (n.) Alt. of Womanhede
Womanhede (n.) Womanhood.
Womanhood (n.) The state of being a woman; the distinguishing character or qualities of a woman, or of womankind.
Womanhood (n.) Women, collectively; womankind.
Womankind (n.) The females of the human race; women, collectively.
Womb (n.) The belly; the abdomen.
Womb (n.) The uterus. See Uterus.
Womb (n.) The place where anything is generated or produced.
Womb (n.) Any cavity containing and enveloping anything.
Wombat (n.) Any one of three species of Australian burrowing marsupials of the genus Phascolomys, especially the common species (P. ursinus). They are nocturnal in their habits, and feed mostly on roots.
Women (n.) pl. of Woman.
Won (n.) Dwelling; wone.
Wonder (n.) That emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, or not well understood; surprise; astonishment; admiration; amazement.
Wonder (n.) A cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle.
Wonderer (n.) One who wonders.
Wonderland (n.) A land full of wonders, or marvels.
Wonderment (n.) Surprise; astonishment; a wonderful appearance; a wonder.
Wonderwork (n.) A wonderful work or act; a prodigy; a miracle.
Wonder-worker (n.) One who performs wonders, or miracles.
Wondrous (n.) In a wonderful or surprising manner or degree; wonderfully.
Wong (n.) A field.
Wonger (n.) See Wanger.
Woning (n.) Dwelling.
Wont (n.) Custom; habit; use; usage.
Wontedness (n.) The quality or state of being accustomed.
Wood (n.) A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; -- frequently used in the plural.
Wood (n.) The substance of trees and the like; the hard fibrous substance which composes the body of a tree and its branches, and which is covered by the bark; timber.
Wood (n.) The fibrous material which makes up the greater part of the stems and branches of trees and shrubby plants, and is found to a less extent in herbaceous stems. It consists of elongated tubular or needle-shaped cells of various kinds, usually interwoven with the shinning bands called silver grain.
Wood (n.) Trees cut or sawed for the fire or other uses.
Woodbind (n.) Woodbine.
Woodbury-type (n.) A process in photographic printing, in which a relief pattern in gelatin, which has been hardened after certain operations, is pressed upon a plate of lead or other soft metal. An intaglio impression in thus produced, from which pictures may be directly printed, but by a slower process than in common printing.
Woodbury-type (n.) A print from such a plate.
Woodchat (n.) Any one of several species of Asiatic singing birds belonging to the genera Ianthia and Larvivora. They are closely allied to the European robin. The males are usually bright blue above, and more or less red or rufous beneath.
Woodchat (n.) A European shrike (Enneoctonus rufus). In the male the head and nape are rufous red; the back, wings, and tail are black, varied with white.
Woodchuck (n.) A common large North American marmot (Arctomys monax). It is usually reddish brown, more or less grizzled with gray. It makes extensive burrows, and is often injurious to growing crops. Called also ground hog.
Woodchuck (n.) The yaffle, or green woodpecker.
Woodcock (n.) Any one of several species of long-billed limico
Woodcock (n.) Fig.: A simpleton.
Woodcracker (n.) The nuthatch.
Woodcraft (n.) Skill and practice in anything pertaining to the woods, especially in shooting, and other sports in the woods.
Woodcut (n.) An engraving on wood; also, a print from it. Same as Wood cut, under Wood.
Woodcutter (n.) A person who cuts wood.
Woodcutter (n.) An engraver on wood.
Woodcutting (n.) The act or employment of cutting wood or timber.
Woodcutting (n.) The act or art of engraving on wood.
Woodenness (n.) Quality of being wooden; clumsiness; stupidity; blockishness.
Woodhack (n.) Alt. of Woodhacker
Woodhacker (n.) The yaffle.
Woodnewer (n.) A woodpecker.
Woodhole (n.) A place where wood is stored.
Woodhouse (n.) A house or shed in which wood is stored, and sheltered from the weather.
Woodiness (n.) The quality or state of being woody.
Woodknacker (n.) The yaffle.
Woodland (n.) Land covered with wood or trees; forest; land on which trees are suffered to grow, either for fuel or timber.
Woodlander (n.) A dweller in a woodland.
Wood-layer (n.) A young oak, or other timber plant, laid down in a hedge among the whitethorn or other plants used in hedges.
Woodman (n.) A forest officer appointed to take care of the king's woods; a forester.
Woodman (n.) A sportsman; a hunter.
Woodman (n.) One who cuts down trees; a woodcutter.
Woodman (n.) One who dwells in the woods or forest; a bushman.
Woodmeil (n.) See Wadmol.
Woodmonger (n.) A wood seller.
Woodness (n.) Anger; madness; insanity; rage.
Wood-note (n.) A wild or natural note, as of a forest bird.
Woodpeck (n.) A woodpecker.
Woodpecker (n.) Any one of numerous species of scansorial birds belonging to Picus and many allied genera of the family Picidae.
Woodrock (n.) A compact woodlike variety of asbestus.
Woodruff (n.) Alt. of Woodroof
Woodroof (n.) A little European herb (Asperula odorata) having a pleasant taste. It is sometimes used for flavoring wine. See Illust. of Whorl.
Wood-sare (n.) A kind of froth seen on herbs.
Wood-sere (n.) The time when there no sap in the trees; the winter season.
Woodsman (n.) A woodman; especially, one who lives in the forest.
Woodstone (n.) A striped variety of hornstone, resembling wood in appearance.
Woodwall (n.) The yaffle.
Woodward (n.) An officer of the forest, whose duty it was to guard the woods.
Woodwardia (n.) A genus of ferns, one species of which (Woodwardia radicans) is a showy plant in California, the Azores, etc.
Wood-wash (n.) Alt. of Wood-waxen
Wood-wax (n.) Alt. of Wood-waxen
Wood-waxen (n.) Same as Woadwaxen.
Woodwork (n.) Work made of wood; that part of any structure which is wrought of wood.
Woodworm (n.) See Wood worm, under Wood.
Woof (n.) The threads that cross the warp in a woven fabric; the weft; the filling; the thread usually carried by the shuttle in weaving.
Woof (n.) Texture; cloth; as, a pall of softest woof.
Woofell (n.) The European blackbird.
Woohoo (n.) The sailfish.
Wool (n.) The soft and curled, or crisped, species of hair which grows on sheep and some other animals, and which in fineness sometimes approaches to fur; -- chiefly applied to the fleecy coat of the sheep, which constitutes a most essential material of clothing in all cold and temperate climates.
Wool (n.) Short, thick hair, especially when crisped or curled.
Wool (n.) A sort of pubescence, or a clothing of dense, curling hairs on the surface of certain plants.
Woolder (n.) A stick used to tighten the rope in woolding.
Woolder (n.) One of the handles of the top, formed by a wooden pin passing through it. See 1st Top, 2.
Woolding (n.) The act of winding or wrapping anything with a rope, as a mast.
Woolding (n.) A rope used for binding masts and spars.
Woolen (n.) Cloth made of wool; woollen goods.
Woolenet (n.) A thin, light fabric of wool.
Woolert (n.) The barn owl.
Woolfell (n.) A skin with the wool; a skin from which the wool has not been sheared or pulled.
Woolgathering (n.) Indulgence in idle imagination; a foolish or useless pursuit or design.
Woolgrower (n.) One who raises sheep for the production of wool.
Wool-hall (n.) A trade market in the woolen districts.
Woolhead (n.) The buffel duck.
Woolly-head (n.) A negro.
Woolman (n.) One who deals in wool.
Woolpack (n.) A pack or bag of wool weighing two hundred and forty pounds.
Woolsack (n.) A sack or bag of wool; specifically, the seat of the lord chancellor of England in the House of Lords, being a large, square sack of wool resembling a divan in form.
Woolsey (n.) Linsey-woolsey.
Woolstock (n.) A heavy wooden hammer for milling cloth.
Woolward-going (n.) A wearing of woolen clothes next the skin as a matter of penance.
Woon (n.) Dwelling. See Wone.
Woorali (n.) Same as Curare.
Wootz (n.) A species of steel imported from the East Indies, valued for making edge tools; Indian steel. It has in combination a minute portion of alumina and silica.
Wooyen (n.) See Yuen.
Worble (n.) See Wormil.
Word (n.) The spoken sign of a conception or an idea; an articulate or vocal sound, or a combination of articulate and vocal sounds, uttered by the human voice, and by custom expressing an idea or ideas; a single component part of human speech or language; a constituent part of a sentence; a term; a vocable.
Word (n.) Hence, the written or printed character, or combination of characters, expressing such a term; as, the words on a page.
Word (n.) Talk; discourse; speech; language.
Word (n.) Account; tidings; message; communication; information; -- used only in the singular.
Word (n.) Signal; order; command; direction.
Word (n.) Language considered as implying the faith or authority of the person who utters it; statement; affirmation; declaration; promise.
Word (n.) Verbal contention; dispute.
Word (n.) A brief remark or observation; an expression; a phrase, clause, or short sentence.
Wordbook (n.) A collection of words; a vocabulary; a dictionary; a lexicon.
Word-catcher (n.) One who cavils at words.
Worder (n.) A speaker.
Wordiness (n.) The quality or state of being wordy, or abounding with words; verboseness.
Wording (n.) The act or manner of expressing in words; style of expression; phrasing.
Wordle (n.) One of several pivoted pieces forming the throat of an adjustable die used in drawing wire, lead pipe, etc.
Wordsman (n.) One who deals in words, or in mere words; a verbalist.
Work (n.) Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physically labor.
Work (n.) The matter on which one is at work; that upon which one spends labor; material for working upon; subject of exertion; the thing occupying one; business; duty; as, to take up one's work; to drop one's work.
Work (n.) That which is produced as the result of labor; anything accomplished by exertion or toil; product; performance; fabric; manufacture; in a more general sense, act, deed, service, effect, result, achievement, feat.
Work (n.) Specifically: (a) That which is produced by mental labor; a composition; a book; as, a work, or the works, of Addison. (b) Flowers, figures, or the like, wrought with the needle; embroidery.
Work (n.) Structures in civil, military, or naval engineering, as docks, bridges, embankments, trenches, fortifications, and the like; also, the structures and grounds of a manufacturing establishment; as, iron works; locomotive works; gas works.
Work (n.) The moving parts of a mechanism; as, the works of a watch.
Work (n.) Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect.
Work (n.) The causing of motion against a resisting force. The amount of work is proportioned to, and is measured by, the product of the force into the amount of motion along the direction of the force. See Conservation of energy, under Conservation, Unit of work, under Unit, also Foot pound, Horse power, Poundal, and Erg.
Work (n.) Ore before it is dressed.
Work (n.) Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct.
Work (n.) To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like.
Work (n.) Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well.
Work (n.) Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce.
Work (n.) To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil.
Work (n.) To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea.
Work (n.) To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; -- with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth.
Work (n.) To ferment, as a liquid.
Work (n.) To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic.
Workaday (n.) See Workyday.
Workbag (n.) A bag for holding implements or materials for work; especially, a reticule, or bag for holding needlework, and the like.
Workbasket (n.) A basket for holding materials for needlework, or the like.
Workbench (n.) A bench on which work is performed, as in a carpenter's shop.
Workbox (n.) A box for holding instruments or materials for work.
Worker (n.) One who, or that which, works; a laborer; a performer; as, a worker in brass.
Worker (n.) One of the neuter, or sterile, individuals of the social ants, bees, and white ants. The workers are generally females having the sexual organs imperfectly developed. See Ant, and White ant, under White.
Workfellow (n.) One engaged in the same work with another; a companion in work.
Workfolk (n.) People that labor.
Workhouse (n.) A house where any manufacture is carried on; a workshop.
Workhouse (n.) A house in which idle and vicious persons are confined to labor.
Workhouse (n.) A house where the town poor are maintained at public expense, and provided with labor; a poorhouse.
Workingman (n.) A laboring man; a man who earns his daily support by manual labor.
Workman (n.) A man employed in labor, whether in tillage or manufactures; a worker.
Workman (n.) Hence, especially, a skillful artificer or laborer.
Workmanship (n.) The art or skill of a workman; the execution or manner of making anything.
Workmanship (n.) That which is effected, made, or produced; manufacture, something made by manual labor.
Workmaster (n.) The performer of any work; a master workman.
Workroom (n.) Any room or apartment used especially for labor.
Workship (n.) Workmanship.
Workshop (n.) A shop where any manufacture or handiwork is carried on.
Worktable (n.) A table for holding working materials and implements; esp., a small table with drawers and other conveniences for needlework, etc.
Workwoman (n.) A woman who performs any work; especially, a woman skilled in needlework.
Workyday (n.) A week day or working day, as distinguished from Sunday or a holiday. Also used adjectively.
World (n.) The earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; the system of created things; existent creation; the universe.
World (n.) Any planet or heavenly body, especially when considered as inhabited, and as the scene of interests analogous with human interests; as, a plurality of worlds.
World (n.) The earth and its inhabitants, with their concerns; the sum of human affairs and interests.
World (n.) In a more restricted sense, that part of the earth and its concerns which is known to any one, or contemplated by any one; a division of the globe, or of its inhabitants; human affairs as seen from a certain position, or from a given point of view; also, state of existence; scene of life and action; as, the Old World; the New World; the religious world; the Catholic world; the upper world; the future world; the heathen world.
World (n.) The customs, practices, and interests of men; general affairs of life; human society; public affairs and occupations; as, a knowledge of the world.
World (n.) Individual experience of, or concern with, life; course of life; sum of the affairs which affect the individual; as, to begin the world with no property; to lose all, and begin the world anew.
World (n.) The inhabitants of the earth; the human race; people in general; the public; mankind.
World (n.) The earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven; concerns of this life as distinguished from those of the life to come; the present existence and its interests; hence, secular affairs; engrossment or absorption in the affairs of this life; worldly corruption; the ungodly or wicked part of mankind.
World (n.) As an emblem of immensity, a great multitude or quantity; a large number.
Worm (n.) A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like.
Worm (n.) Any small creeping animal or reptile, either entirely without feet, or with very short ones, including a great variety of animals; as, an earthworm; the blindworm.
Worm (n.) Any helminth; an entozoon.
Worm (n.) Any annelid.
Worm (n.) An insect larva.
Worm (n.) Same as Vermes.
Worm (n.) An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse.
Worm (n.) A being debased and despised.
Worm (n.) Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm
Worm (n.) The thread of a screw.
Worm (n.) A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
Worm (n.) A certain muscular band in the tongue of some animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta.
Worm (n.) The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to economize space. See Illust. of Still.
Worm (n.) A short revolving screw, the threads of which drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel by gearing into its teeth or cogs. See Illust. of Worm gearing, below.
Worm (n.) To cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of, as a dog, for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw. The operation was formerly supposed to guard against canine madness.
Worm (n.) To wind rope, yarn, or other material, spirally round, between the strands of, as a cable; to wind with spun yarn, as a small rope.
Wormal (n.) See Wormil.
Wormhole (n.) A burrow made by a worm.
Wormil (n.) Any botfly larva which burrows in or beneath the skin of domestic and wild animals, thus producing sores. They belong to various species of Hypoderma and allied genera. Domestic cattle are often infested by a large species. See Gadfly. Called also warble, and worble.
Wormil (n.) See 1st Warble, 1 (b).
Wormling (n.) A little worm.
Wormseed (n.) Any one of several plants, as Artemisia santonica, and Chenopodium anthelminticum, whose seeds have the property of expelling worms from the stomach and intestines.
Worm-shell (n.) Any species of Vermetus.
Wormul (n.) See Wornil.
Wormwood (n.) A composite plant (Artemisia Absinthium), having a bitter and slightly aromatic taste, formerly used as a tonic and a vermifuge, and to protect woolen garments from moths. It gives the peculiar flavor to the cordial called absinthe. The volatile oil is a narcotic poison. The term is often extended to other species of the same genus.
Wormwood (n.) Anything very bitter or grievous; bitterness.
Wornil (n.) See Wormil.
Worral (n.) Alt. of Worrel
Worrel (n.) An Egyptian fork-tongued lizard, about four feet long when full grown.
Worrier (n.) One who worries.
Worriment (n.) Trouble; anxiety; worry.
Worrit (n.) Worry; anxiety.
Worry (n.) A state of undue solicitude; a state of disturbance from care and anxiety; vexation; anxiety; fret; as, to be in a worry.
Worse (n.) Loss; disadvantage; defeat.
Worse (n.) That which is worse; something less good; as, think not the worse of him for his enterprise.
Worshipability (n.) The quality of being worthy to be worshiped.
Worshiper (n.) One who worships; one who pays divine honors to any being or thing; one who adores.
Worst (n.) That which is most bad or evil; the most severe, pernicious, calamitous, or wicked state or degree.
Worsted (n.) Well-twisted yarn spun of long-staple wool which has been combed to lay the fibers parallel, used for carpets, cloth, hosiery, gloves, and the like.
Worsted (n.) Fine and soft woolen yarn, untwisted or lightly twisted, used in knitting and embroidery.
Wort (n.) A plant of any kind.
Wort (n.) Cabbages.
Wort (n.) An infusion of malt which is unfermented, or is in the act of fermentation; the sweet infusion of malt, which ferments and forms beer; hence, any similar liquid in a state of incipient fermentation.
Worthiness (n.) The quality or state of being worthy; desert; merit; excellence; dignity; virtue; worth.
Worthy (n.) Having worth or excellence; possessing merit; valuable; deserving; estimable; excellent; virtuous.
Worthy (n.) Having suitable, adapted, or equivalent qualities or value; -- usually with of before the thing compared or the object; more rarely, with a following infinitive instead of of, or with that; as, worthy of, equal in excellence, value, or dignity to; entitled to; meriting; -- usually in a good sense, but sometimes in a bad one.
Worthy (n.) Of high station; of high social position.
Worthy (n.) A man of eminent worth or value; one distinguished for useful and estimable qualities; a person of conspicuous desert; -- much used in the plural; as, the worthies of the church; political worthies; military worthies.
Would (n.) See 2d Weld.
Woulding (n.) Emotion of desire; inclination; velleity.
Wouldingness (n.) Willingness; desire.
Woulfe bottle (n.) A kind of wash bottle with two or three necks; -- so called after the inventor, Peter Woulfe, an English chemist.
Wound (n.) A hurt or injury caused by violence; specifically, a breach of the skin and flesh of an animal, or in the substance of any creature or living thing; a cut, stab, rent, or the like.
Wound (n.) Fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to feeling, faculty, reputation, etc.
Wound (n.) An injury to the person by which the skin is divided, or its continuity broken; a lesion of the body, involving some solution of continuity.
Wound (n.) To hurt by violence; to produce a breach, or separation of parts, in, as by a cut, stab, blow, or the like.
Wound (n.) To hurt the feelings of; to pain by disrespect, ingratitude, or the like; to cause injury to.
Wounder (n.) One who, or that which, wounds.
Woundwort (n.) Any one of certain plants whose soft, downy leaves have been used for dressing wounds, as the kidney vetch, and several species of the labiate genus Stachys.
Wourali (n.) Same as Curare.
Wou-wou (n.) The agile, or silvery, gibbon; -- called also camper. See Gibbon.
Wowke (n.) Week.
Wow-wow (n.) See Wou-wou.
Wrack (n.) A thin, flying cloud; a rack.
Wrack (n.) Wreck; ruin; destruction.
Wrack (n.) Any marine vegetation cast up on the shore, especially plants of the genera Fucus, Laminaria, and Zostera, which are most abundant on northern shores.
Wrack (n.) Coarse seaweed of any kind.
Wrain-bolt (n.) Same as Wringbolt.
Wraith (n.) An apparition of a person in his exact likeness, seen before death, or a little after; hence, an apparition; a specter; a vision; an unreal image.
Wraith (n.) Sometimes, improperly, a spirit thought to preside over the waters; -- called also water wraith.
Wrangle (n.) An angry dispute; a noisy quarrel; a squabble; an altercation.
Wrangler (n.) An angry disputant; one who disputes with heat or peevishness.
Wrangler (n.) One of those who stand in the first rank of honors in the University of Cambridge, England. They are called, according to their rank, senior wrangler, second wrangler, third wrangler, etc. Cf. Optime.
Wranglership (n.) The honor or position of being a wrangler at the University of Cambridge, England.
Wrannock (n.) Alt. of Wranny
Wranny (n.) The common wren.
Wrap (n.) A wrapper; -- often used in the plural for blankets, furs, shawls, etc., used in riding or traveling.
Wrappage (n.) The act of wrapping.
Wrappage (n.) That which wraps; envelope; covering.
Wrapper (n.) One who, or that which, wraps.
Wrapper (n.) That in which anything is wrapped, or inclosed; envelope; covering.
Wrapper (n.) Specifically, a loose outer garment; an article of dress intended to be wrapped round the person; as, a morning wrapper; a gentleman's wrapper.
Wraprascal (n.) A kind of coarse upper coat, or overcoat, formerly worn.
Wrasse (n.) Any one of numerous edible, marine, spiny-finned fishes of the genus Labrus, of which several species are found in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Many of the species are bright-colored.
Wrawness (n.) Peevishness; ill temper; anger.
Wreaker (n.) Avenger.
Wreath (n.) Something twisted, intertwined, or curled; as, a wreath of smoke; a wreath of flowers.
Wreath (n.) A garland; a chaplet, esp. one given to a victor.
Wreath (n.) An appendage to the shield, placed above it, and supporting the crest (see Illust. of Crest). It generally represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tinctured like the principal metal, the other like the principal color in the arms.
Wreathe (n.) To cause to revolve or writhe; to twist about; to turn.
Wreathe (n.) To twist; to convolve; to wind one about another; to entwine.
Wreathe (n.) To surround with anything twisted or convolved; to encircle; to infold.
Wreathe (n.) To twine or twist about; to surround; to encircle.
Wreath-shell (n.) A marine shell of the genus Turbo. See Turbo.
Wrecche (n.) A wretch.
Wreche (n.) Wreak.
Wreckage (n.) The act of wrecking, or state of being wrecked.
Wreckage (n.) That which has been wrecked; remains of a wreck.
Wrecker (n.) One who causes a wreck, as by false lights, and the like.
Wrecker (n.) One who searches fro, or works upon, the wrecks of vessels, etc. Specifically: (a) One who visits a wreck for the purpose of plunder. (b) One who is employed in saving property or lives from a wrecked vessel, or in saving the vessel; as, the wreckers of Key West.
Wrecker (n.) A vessel employed by wreckers.
Wreckfish (n.) A stone bass.
Wreck-master (n.) A person appointed by law to take charge of goods, etc., thrown on shore after a shipwreck.
Wren (n.) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to Troglodytes and numerous allied of the family Troglodytidae.
Wren (n.) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and habits.
Wrench (n.) To pull with a twist; to wrest, twist, or force by violence.
Wrench (n.) To strain; to sprain; hence, to distort; to pervert.
Wrest (n.) The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion.
Wrest (n.) Active or moving power.
Wrest (n.) A key to tune a stringed instrument of music.
Wrest (n.) A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined.
Wrester (n.) One who wrests.
Wrestle (n.) A struggle between two persons to see which will throw the other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a struggle.
Wrestler (n.) One who wrestles; one who is skillful in wrestling.
Wretchedness (n.) The quality or state of being wretched; utter misery.
Wretchedness (n.) A wretched object; anything despicably.
Wriggler (n.) One who, or that which, wriggles.
Wright (n.) One who is engaged in a mechanical or manufacturing business; an artificer; a workman; a manufacturer; a mechanic; esp., a worker in wood; -- now chiefly used in compounds, as in millwright, wheelwright, etc.
Wrightine (n.) A rare alkaloid found in the bark of an East Indian apocynaceous tree (Wrightia antidysenterica), and extracted as a bitter white crystal
Wring (n.) A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping.
Wringbolt (n.) A bolt used by shipwrights, to bend and secure the planks against the timbers till they are fastened by bolts, spikes, or treenails; -- not to be confounded with ringbolt.
Wringer (n.) One who, or that which, wrings; hence, an extortioner.
Wringer (n.) A machine for pressing water out of anything, particularly from clothes after they have been washed.
Wringstaff (n.) A strong piece of plank used in applying wringbolts.
Wrinkle (n.) A winkle.
Wrinkle (n.) A small ridge, prominence, or furrow formed by the shrinking or contraction of any smooth substance; a corrugation; a crease; a slight fold; as, wrinkle in the skin; a wrinkle in cloth.
Wrinkle (n.) hence, any roughness; unevenness.
Wrinkle (n.) A notion or fancy; a whim; as, to have a new wrinkle.
Wrist (n.) The joint, or the region of the joint, between the hand and the arm; the carpus. See Carpus.
Wrist (n.) A stud or pin which forms a journal; -- also called wrist pin.
Wristband (n.) The band of the sleeve of a shirt, or other garment, which covers the wrist.
Wrister (n.) A covering for the wrist.
Wristlet (n.) An elastic band worn around the wrist, as for the purpose of securing the upper part of a glove.
Writ (n.) That which is written; writing; scripture; -- applied especially to the Scriptures, or the books of the Old and New testaments; as, sacred writ.
Writ (n.) An instrument in writing, under seal, in an epistolary form, issued from the proper authority, commanding the performance or nonperformance of some act by the person to whom it is directed; as, a writ of entry, of error, of execution, of injunction, of mandamus, of return, of summons, and the like.
Writability (n.) Ability or capacity to write.
Writer (n.) One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk.
Writer (n.) One who is engaged in literary composition as a profession; an author; as, a writer of novels.
Writer (n.) A clerk of a certain rank in the service of the late East India Company, who, after serving a certain number of years, became a factor.
Writership (n.) The office of a writer.
Writing (n.) The act or art of forming letters and characters on paper, wood, stone, or other material, for the purpose of recording the ideas which characters and words express, or of communicating them to others by visible signs.
Writing (n.) Anything written or printed; anything expressed in characters or letters
Writing (n.) Any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, or the like.
Writing (n.) Any written composition; a pamphlet; a work; a literary production; a book; as, the writings of Addison.
Writing (n.) An inscription.
Writing (n.) Handwriting; chirography.
Wrongdoer (n.) One who injures another, or who does wrong.
Wrongdoer (n.) One who commits a tort or trespass; a trespasser; a tort feasor.
Wrongdoing (n.) Evil or wicked behavior or action.
Wronger (n.) One who wrongs or injures another.
Wronghead (n.) A person of a perverse understanding or obstinate character.
Wrongness (n.) The quality or state of being wrong; wrongfulness; error; fault.
Wrybill (n.) See Crookbill.
Wrymouth (n.) Any one of several species of large, elongated, marine fishes of the genus Cryptacanthodes, especially C. maculatus of the American coast. A whitish variety is called ghostfish.
Wryneck (n.) A twisted or distorted neck; a deformity in which the neck is drawn to one side by a rigid contraction of one of the muscles of the neck; torticollis.
Wryneck (n.) Any one of several species of Old World birds of the genus Jynx, allied to the woodpeckers; especially, the common European species (J. torguilla); -- so called from its habit of turning the neck around in different directions. Called also cuckoo's mate, snakebird, summer bird, tonguebird, and writheneck.
Wryness (n.) The quality or state of being wry, or distorted.
Wulfenite (n.) Native lead molybdate occurring in tetragonal crystals, usually tabular, and of a bright orange-yellow to red, gray, or brown color; -- also called yellow lead ore.
Wurbagool (n.) A fruit bat (Pteropus medius) native of India. It is similar to the flying fox, but smaller.
Wurmal (n.) See Wormil.
Wurraluh (n.) The Australian white-quilled honey eater (Entomyza albipennis).
Wych-elm (n.) A species of elm (Ulmus montana) found in Northern and Western Europe; Scotch elm.
Wych-hazel (n.) The wych-elm; -- so called because its leaves are like those of the hazel.
Wyclifite (n.) Alt. of Wycliffite
Wycliffite (n.) A follower of Wyclif, the English reformer; a Lollard.
Wye (n.) The letter Y.
Wye (n.) A kind of crotch. See Y, n. (a).
Wyke (n.) Week.
Wyla (n.) A helmeted Australian cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus); -- called also funeral cockatoo.
Wynd (n.) A narrow lane or alley.
Wynkernel (n.) The European moor hen.
Wynn (n.) A kind of timber truck, or carriage.
Wype (n.) The wipe, or lapwing.
Wythe (n.) Same as Withe, n., 4.
Wyvern (n.) Same as Wiver.
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Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".