Transitive Verbs Starting with W
Wad (v. t.) To form into a mass, or wad, or into wadding; as, to wad tow or cotton.
Wad (v. t.) To insert or crowd a wad into; as, to wad a gun; also, to stuff or
Waddle (v. t.) To trample or tread down, as high grass, by walking through it.
Wade (v. t.) To pass or cross by wading; as, he waded /he rivers and swamps.
Wafer (v. t.) To seal or close with a wafer.
Waft (v. t.) To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon.
Waft (v. t.) To cause to move or go in a wavy manner, or by the impulse of waves, as of water or air; to bear along on a buoyant medium; as, a balloon was wafted over the channel.
Waft (v. t.) To cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy.
Wag (v. t.) To move one way and the other with quick turns; to shake to and fro; to move vibratingly; to cause to vibrate, as a part of the body; as, to wag the head.
Wage (v. t.) To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake; to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar.
Wage (v. t.) To expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger; to venture; to hazard.
Wage (v. t.) To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or pledge; to carry on, as a war.
Wage (v. t.) To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
Wage (v. t.) To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to.
Wage (v. t.) To give security for the performance of.
Wage (v. t.) That which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage.
Wage (v. t.) That for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; -- at present generally used in the plural. See Wages.
Wager (v. t.) Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge.
Wager (v. t.) A contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event.
Wager (v. t.) That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
Wager (v. t.) To hazard on the issue of a contest, or on some question that is to be decided, or on some casualty; to lay; to stake; to bet.
Waggle (v. t.) To move frequently one way and the other; to wag; as, a bird waggles his tail.
Wagon (v. t.) To transport in a wagon or wagons; as, goods are wagoned from city to city.
Wail (v. t.) To choose; to select.
Wail (v. t.) To lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's death.
Wainscot (v. t.) To
Wait (v. t.) To stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation of; to await; as, to wait orders.
Wait (v. t.) To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany; to await.
Wait (v. t.) To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.
Wait (v. t.) To cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; -- said of a meal; as, to wait dinner.
Waive (v. t.) A waif; a castaway.
Waive (v. t.) A woman put out of the protection of the law. See Waive, v. t., 3 (b), and the Note.
Waive (v. t.) To relinquish; to give up claim to; not to insist on or claim; to refuse; to forego.
Waive (v. t.) To throw away; to cast off; to reject; to desert.
Waive (v. t.) To throw away; to relinquish voluntarily, as a right which one may enforce if he chooses.
Waive (v. t.) To desert; to abandon.
Wake (v. t.) To rouse from sleep; to awake.
Wake (v. t.) To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite.
Wake (v. t.) To bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death; to reanimate; to revive.
Wake (v. t.) To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
Waken (v. t.) To excite or rouse from sleep; to wake; to awake; to awaken.
Waken (v. t.) To excite; to rouse; to move to action; to awaken.
Wale (v. t.) To mark with wales, or stripes.
Wale (v. t.) To choose; to select; specifically (Mining), to pick out the refuse of (coal) by hand, in order to clean it.
Walk (v. t.) To pass through, over, or upon; to traverse; to perambulate; as, to walk the streets.
Walk (v. t.) To cause to walk; to lead, drive, or ride with a slow pace; as to walk one's horses.
Walk (v. t.) To subject, as cloth or yarn, to the fulling process; to full.
Walker (v. t.) A fuller of cloth.
Walker (v. t.) Any ambulatorial orthopterous insect, as a stick insect.
Wall (v. t.) To inclose with a wall, or as with a wall.
Wall (v. t.) To defend by walls, or as if by walls; to fortify.
Wall (v. t.) To close or fill with a wall, as a doorway.
Wallop (v. t.) To beat soundly; to flog; to whip.
Wallop (v. t.) To wrap up temporarily.
Wallop (v. t.) To throw or tumble over.
Wallow (v. t.) To roll; esp., to roll in anything defiling or unclean.
Wander (v. t.) To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through.
Wane (v. t.) To cause to decrease.
Want (v. t.) To be without; to be destitute of, or deficient in; not to have; to lack; as, to want knowledge; to want judgment; to want learning; to want food and clothing.
Want (v. t.) To have occasion for, as useful, proper, or requisite; to require; to need; as, in winter we want a fire; in summer we want cooling breezes.
Want (v. t.) To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.
Wanton (v. t.) Untrained; undiscip
Wanton (v. t.) Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute.
Wanton (v. t.) Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
Wanton (v. t.) Reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief.
Wanton (v. t.) To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.
War (v. t.) To make war upon; to fight.
War (v. t.) To carry on, as a contest; to wage.
Warble (v. t.) To sing in a trilling, quavering, or vibratory manner; to modulate with turns or variations; to trill; as, certain birds are remarkable for warbling their songs.
Warble (v. t.) To utter musically; to modulate; to carol.
Warble (v. t.) To cause to quaver or vibrate.
Wardrobe (v. t.) A room or apartment where clothes are kept, or wearing apparel is stored; a portable closet for hanging up clothes.
Wardrobe (v. t.) Wearing apparel, in general; articles of dress or personal decoration.
Wardrobe (v. t.) A privy.
Ware (v. t.) To wear, or veer. See Wear.
Ware (v. t.) To make ware; to warn; to take heed of; to beware of; to guard against.
Warehouse (v. t.) To deposit or secure in a warehouse.
Warehouse (v. t.) To place in the warehouse of the government or customhouse stores, to be kept until duties are paid.
Warish (v. t.) To protect from the effects of; hence, to cure; to heal.
Warison (v. t.) Preparation; protection; provision; supply.
Warison (v. t.) Reward; requital; guerdon.
Warn (v. t.) To refuse.
Warn (v. t.) To make ware or aware; to give previous information to; to give notice to; to notify; to admonish; hence, to notify or summon by authority; as, to warn a town meeting; to warn a tenant to quit a house.
Warn (v. t.) To give notice to, of approaching or probable danger or evil; to caution against anything that may prove injurious.
Warn (v. t.) To ward off.
Warnstore (v. t.) To furnish.
Warp (v. t.) To throw; hence, to send forth, or throw out, as words; to utter.
Warp (v. t.) To turn or twist out of shape; esp., to twist or bend out of a flat plane by contraction or otherwise.
Warp (v. t.) To turn aside from the true direction; to cause to bend or inc
Warp (v. t.) To weave; to fabricate.
Warp (v. t.) To tow or move, as a vessel, with a
Warp (v. t.) To cast prematurely, as young; -- said of cattle, sheep, etc.
Warp (v. t.) To let the tide or other water in upon (lowlying land), for the purpose of fertilization, by a deposit of warp, or slimy substance.
Warp (v. t.) To run off the reel into hauls to be tarred, as yarns.
Warp (v. t.) To arrange (yarns) on a warp beam.
Warrantise (v. t.) To warrant.
Warranty (v. t.) To warrant; to guarantee.
Warray (v. t.) To make war upon. [Obs.] Fairfax.
Warrie (v. t.) See Warye.
Warry (v. t.) See Warye.
Warye (v. t.) To curse; to curse; to execrate; to condemn; also, to vex.
Wash (v. t.) To cleanse by ablution, or dipping or rubbing in water; to apply water or other liquid to for the purpose of cleansing; to scrub with water, etc., or as with water; as, to wash the hands or body; to wash garments; to wash sheep or wool; to wash the pavement or floor; to wash the bark of trees.
Wash (v. t.) To cover with water or any liquid; to wet; to fall on and moisten; hence, to overflow or dash against; as, waves wash the shore.
Wash (v. t.) To waste or abrade by the force of water in motion; as, heavy rains wash a road or an embankment.
Wash (v. t.) To remove by washing to take away by, or as by, the action of water; to drag or draw off as by the tide; -- often with away, off, out, etc.; as, to wash dirt from the hands.
Wash (v. t.) To cover with a thin or watery coat of color; to tint lightly and thinly.
Wash (v. t.) To overlay with a thin coat of metal; as, steel washed with silver.
Waster (v. t.) One who, or that which, wastes; one who squanders; one who consumes or expends extravagantly; a spendthrift; a prodigal.
Waster (v. t.) An imperfection in the wick of a candle, causing it to waste; -- called also a thief.
Waster (v. t.) A kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil.
Watch (v. t.) To give heed to; to observe the actions or motions of, for any purpose; to keep in view; not to lose from sight and observation; as, to watch the progress of a bill in the legislature.
Watch (v. t.) To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.
Water (v. t.) An addition to the shares representing the capital of a stock company so that the aggregate par value of the shares is increased while their value for investment is diminished, or "diluted."
Water (v. t.) To wet or supply with water; to moisten; to overflow with water; to irrigate; as, to water land; to water flowers.
Water (v. t.) To supply with water for drink; to cause or allow to drink; as, to water cattle and horses.
Water (v. t.) To wet and calender, as cloth, so as to impart to it a lustrous appearance in wavy
Water-furrow (v. t.) To make water furrows in.
Waterproof (v. t.) To render impervious to water, as cloth, leather, etc.
Water-ret (v. t.) To ret, or rot, in water, as flax; to water-rot.
Water-rot (v. t.) To rot by steeping in water; to water-ret; as, to water-rot hemp or flax.
Water-soak (v. t.) To soak water; to fill the interstices of with water.
Wattle (v. t.) To bind with twigs.
Wattle (v. t.) To twist or interweave, one with another, as twigs; to form a network with; to plat; as, to wattle branches.
Wattle (v. t.) To form, by interweaving or platting twigs.
Wave (v. t.) See Waive.
Wave (v. t.) To move one way and the other; to brandish.
Wave (v. t.) To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form a surface to.
Wave (v. t.) To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft.
Wave (v. t.) To call attention to, or give a direction or command to, by a waving motion, as of the hand; to signify by waving; to beckon; to signal; to indicate.
Wax (v. t.) To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.
Way (v. t.) To go or travel to; to go in, as a way or path.
Waylay (v. t.) To lie in wait for; to meet or encounter in the way; especially, to watch for the passing of, with a view to seize, rob, or slay; to beset in ambush.
Weaken (v. t.) To make weak; to lessen the strength of; to deprive of strength; to debilitate; to enfeeble; to enervate; as, to weaken the body or the mind; to weaken the hands of a magistrate; to weaken the force of an objection or an argument.
Weaken (v. t.) To reduce in quality, strength, or spirit; as, to weaken tea; to weaken any solution or decoction.
Weal (v. t.) To mark with stripes. See Wale.
Weal (v. t.) To promote the weal of; to cause to be prosperous.
Wear (v. t.) To cause to go about, as a vessel, by putting the helm up, instead of alee as in tacking, so that the vessel's bow is turned away from, and her stern is presented to, the wind, and, as she turns still farther, her sails fill on the other side; to veer.
Wear (v. t.) To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self, as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage, etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to wear a coat; to wear a shackle.
Wear (v. t.) To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance.
Wear (v. t.) To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes rapidly.
Wear (v. t.) To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.
Wear (v. t.) To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole.
Wear (v. t.) To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.
Weary (v. t.) To reduce or exhaust the physical strength or endurance of; to tire; to fatigue; as, to weary one's self with labor or traveling.
Weary (v. t.) To make weary of anything; to exhaust the patience of, as by continuance.
Weary (v. t.) To harass by anything irksome.
Weather (v. t.) To expose to the air; to air; to season by exposure to air.
Weather (v. t.) Hence, to sustain the trying effect of; to bear up against and overcome; to sustain; to endure; to resist; as, to weather the storm.
Weather (v. t.) To sail or pass to the windward of; as, to weather a cape; to weather another ship.
Weather (v. t.) To place (a hawk) unhooded in the open air.
Weatherbit (v. t.) To take another turn with, as a cable around a windlass.
Weather-board (v. t.) To nail boards upon so as to lap one over another, in order to exclude rain, snow, etc.
Weathercock (v. t.) To supply with a weathercock; to serve as a weathercock for.
Weather-fend (v. t.) To defend from the weather; to shelter.
Weave (v. t.) To unite, as threads of any kind, in such a manner as to form a texture; to entwine or interlace into a fabric; as, to weave wool, silk, etc.; hence, to unite by close connection or intermixture; to unite intimately.
Weave (v. t.) To form, as cloth, by interlacing threads; to compose, as a texture of any kind, by putting together textile materials; as, to weave broadcloth; to weave a carpet; hence, to form into a fabric; to compose; to fabricate; as, to weave the plot of a story.
Web (v. t.) To unite or surround with a web, or as if with a web; to envelop; to entangle.
Wedge (v. t.) To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive.
Wedge (v. t.) To force or drive as a wedge is driven.
Wedge (v. t.) To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way.
Wedge (v. t.) To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something.
Wedge (v. t.) To fasten with a wedge, or with wedges; as, to wedge a scythe on the snath; to wedge a rail or a piece of timber in its place.
Wedge (v. t.) To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.
Wedlock (v. t.) To marry; to unite in marriage; to wed.
Weed (v. t.) To free from noxious plants; to clear of weeds; as, to weed corn or onions; to weed a garden.
Weed (v. t.) To take away, as noxious plants; to remove, as something hurtful; to extirpate.
Weed (v. t.) To free from anything hurtful or offensive.
Weed (v. t.) To reject as unfit for breeding purposes.
Weep (v. t.) To lament; to bewail; to bemoan.
Weep (v. t.) To shed, or pour forth, as tears; to shed drop by drop, as if tears; as, to weep tears of joy.
Weigh (v. t.) To bear up; to raise; to lift into the air; to swing up; as, to weigh anchor.
Weigh (v. t.) To examine by the balance; to ascertain the weight of, that is, the force with which a thing tends to the center of the earth; to determine the heaviness, or quantity of matter of; as, to weigh sugar; to weigh gold.
Weigh (v. t.) To be equivalent to in weight; to counterbalance; to have the heaviness of.
Weigh (v. t.) To pay, allot, take, or give by weight.
Weigh (v. t.) To examine or test as if by the balance; to ponder in the mind; to consider or examine for the purpose of forming an opinion or coming to a conclusion; to estimate deliberately and maturely; to balance.
Weigh (v. t.) To consider as worthy of notice; to regard.
Weight (v. t.) The quality of being heavy; that property of bodies by which they tend toward the center of the earth; the effect of gravitative force, especially when expressed in certain units or standards, as pounds, grams, etc.
Weight (v. t.) The quantity of heaviness; comparative tendency to the center of the earth; the quantity of matter as estimated by the balance, or expressed numerically with reference to some standard unit; as, a mass of stone having the weight of five hundred pounds.
Weight (v. t.) Hence, pressure; burden; as, the weight of care or business.
Weight (v. t.) Importance; power; influence; efficacy; consequence; moment; impressiveness; as, a consideration of vast weight.
Weight (v. t.) A scale, or graduated standard, of heaviness; a mode of estimating weight; as, avoirdupois weight; troy weight; apothecaries' weight.
Weight (v. t.) A ponderous mass; something heavy; as, a clock weight; a paper weight.
Weight (v. t.) A definite mass of iron, lead, brass, or other metal, to be used for ascertaining the weight of other bodies; as, an ounce weight.
Weight (v. t.) The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.
Weight (v. t.) To load with a weight or weights; to load down; to make heavy; to attach weights to; as, to weight a horse or a jockey at a race; to weight a whip handle.
Weight (v. t.) To assign a weight to; to express by a number the probable accuracy of, as an observation. See Weight of observations, under Weight.
Weird (v. t.) To foretell the fate of; to predict; to destine to.
Weive (v. t.) See Waive.
Welcome (v. t.) To salute with kindness, as a newcomer; to receive and entertain hospitably and cheerfully; as, to welcome a visitor; to welcome a new idea.
Weld (v. t.) To wield.
Weld (v. t.) To press or beat into intimate and permanent union, as two pieces of iron when heated almost to fusion.
Weld (v. t.) Fig.: To unite closely or intimately.
Welew (v. t.) To welk, or wither.
Welk (v. t.) To cause to wither; to wilt.
Welk (v. t.) To contract; to shorten.
Welk (v. t.) To soak; also, to beat severely.
Welked (v. t.) See Whelked.
Well (v. t.) To pour forth, as from a well.
Well (v. t.) In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly.
Well (v. t.) Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly.
Well (v. t.) Fully or about; -- used with numbers.
Well (v. t.) In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently.
Well (v. t.) Considerably; not a little; far.
Welldrain (v. t.) To drain, as land; by means of wells, or pits, which receive the water, and from which it is discharged by machinery.
Welt (v. t.) To furnish with a welt; to sew or fasten a welt on; as, to welt a boot or a shoe; to welt a sleeve.
Welt (v. t.) To wilt.
Wem (v. t.) To stain; to blemish; to harm; to corrupt.
Wend (v. t.) To direct; to betake; -- used chiefly in the phrase to wend one's way. Also used reflexively.
Were (v. t.) To guard; to protect.
Wern (v. t.) To refuse.
Werrey (v. t.) To warray.
Wet (v. t.) To fill or moisten with water or other liquid; to sprinkle; to cause to have water or other fluid adherent to the surface; to dip or soak in a liquid; as, to wet a sponge; to wet the hands; to wet cloth.
Weyve (v. t.) To waive.
Whack (v. t.) To strike; to beat; to give a heavy or resounding blow to; to thrash; to make with whacks.
Whala (v. t.) To lash with stripes; to wale; to thrash; to drub.
Whammel (v. t.) To turn over.
Whang (v. t.) To beat.
Whap (v. t.) Alt. of Whop
Whop (v. t.) To beat or strike.
Wharf (v. t.) To guard or secure by a firm wall of timber or stone constructed like a wharf; to furnish with a wharf or wharfs.
Wharf (v. t.) To place upon a wharf; to bring to a wharf.
Wheedle (v. t.) To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax.
Wheedle (v. t.) To grain, or get away, by flattery.
Wheel (v. t.) To convey on wheels, or in a wheeled vehicle; as, to wheel a load of hay or wood.
Wheel (v. t.) To put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to cause to gyrate; to make or perform in a circle.
Whelm (v. t.) To cover with water or other fluid; to cover by immersion in something that envelops on all sides; to overwhelm; to ingulf.
Whelm (v. t.) Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse; to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows.
Whelm (v. t.) To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it.
Whelp (v. t.) To bring forth, as cubs or young; to give birth to.
Whereret (v. t.) To hurry; to trouble; to tease.
Whereret (v. t.) To box (one) on the ear; to strike or box. (the ear); as, to wherret a child.
Whet (v. t.) To rub or on with some substance, as a piece of stone, for the purpose of sharpening; to sharpen by attrition; as, to whet a knife.
Whet (v. t.) To make sharp, keen, or eager; to excite; to stimulate; as, to whet the appetite or the courage.
Whiff (v. t.) To throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff.
Whiff (v. t.) To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away.
Whiffle (v. t.) To disperse with, or as with, a whiff, or puff; to scatter.
Whiffle (v. t.) To wave or shake quickly; to cause to whiffle.
While (v. t.) To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; -- usually followed by away.
Whimper (v. t.) To utter in alow, whining tone.
Whimple (v. t.) See Wimple.
Whimsey (v. t.) To fill with whimseys, or whims; to make fantastic; to craze.
Whine (v. t.) To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way; as, to whine out an excuse.
Whip (v. t.) To strike with a lash, a cord, a rod, or anything slender and lithe; to lash; to beat; as, to whip a horse, or a carpet.
Whip (v. t.) To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top.
Whip (v. t.) To punish with a whip, scourge, or rod; to flog; to beat; as, to whip a vagrant; to whip one with thirty nine lashes; to whip a perverse boy.
Whip (v. t.) To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to.
Whip (v. t.) To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip wheat.
Whip (v. t.) To beat (eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like.
Whip (v. t.) To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass.
Whip (v. t.) To overlay (a cord, rope, or the like) with other cords going round and round it; to overcast, as the edge of a seam; to wrap; -- often with about, around, or over.
Whip (v. t.) To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread; as, to whip a ruffle.
Whip (v. t.) To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; -- with into, out, up, off, and the like.
Whip (v. t.) To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
Whip (v. t.) To secure the end of (a rope, or the like) from untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff.
Whip (v. t.) To fish (a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip.
Whip (v. t.) An instrument or driving horses or other animals, or for correction, consisting usually of a lash attached to a handle, or of a handle and lash so combined as to form a flexible rod.
Whip (v. t.) A coachman; a driver of a carriage; as, a good whip.
Whip (v. t.) One of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread.
Whip (v. t.) The length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.
Whip (v. t.) A small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies.
Whip (v. t.) The long pennant. See Pennant (a)
Whip (v. t.) A huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper-in.
Whip (v. t.) A person (as a member of Parliament) appointed to enforce party discip
Whip (v. t.) A call made upon members of a Parliament party to be in their places at a given time, as when a vote is to be taken.
Whipgraft (v. t.) To graft by cutting the scion and stock in a certain manner. See Whip grafting, under Grafting.
Whipstitch (v. t.) To rafter; to plow in ridges, as land.
Whir (v. t.) To hurry a long with a whizzing sound.
Whirl (v. t.) To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve.
Whirl (v. t.) To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry.
Whirl (v. t.) A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; rapid or confusing motion; as, the whirl of a top; the whirl of a wheel.
Whirl (v. t.) Anything that moves with a whirling motion.
Whirl (v. t.) A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached.
Whirl (v. t.) A whorl. See Whorl.
Whisper (v. t.) To utter in a low and nonvocal tone; to say under the breath; hence, to mention privately and confidentially, or in a whisper.
Whisper (v. t.) To address in a whisper, or low voice.
Whisper (v. t.) To prompt secretly or cautiously; to inform privately.
Whist (v. t.) To hush or silence.
Whistle (v. t.) To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air.
Whistle (v. t.) To send, signal, or call by a whistle.
White (v. t.) To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.
Whiten (v. t.) To make white; to bleach; to blanch; to whitewash; as, to whiten a wall; to whiten cloth.
Whitewash (v. t.) To apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with whitewash.
Whitewash (v. t.) To make white; to give a fair external appearance to; to clear from imputations or disgrace; hence, to clear (a bankrupt) from obligation to pay debts.
Whittle (v. t.) To pare or cut off the surface of with a small knife; to cut or shape, as a piece of wood held in the hand, with a clasp knife or pocketknife.
Whittle (v. t.) To edge; to sharpen; to render eager or excited; esp., to excite with liquor; to inebriate.
Whoop (v. t.) To insult with shouts; to chase with derision.
Whop (v. t.) Same as Whap.
Whore (v. t.) To corrupt by lewd intercourse; to make a whore of; to debauch.
Whurry (v. t.) To whisk along quickly; to hurry.
Widen (v. t.) To make wide or wider; to extend in breadth; to increase the width of; as, to widen a field; to widen a breach; to widen a stocking.
Widow (v. t.) To reduce to the condition of a widow; to bereave of a husband; -- rarely used except in the past participle.
Widow (v. t.) To deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to bereave.
Widow (v. t.) To endow with a widow's right.
Widow (v. t.) To become, or survive as, the widow of.
Wield (v. t.) To govern; to rule; to keep, or have in charge; also, to possess.
Wield (v. t.) To direct or regulate by influence or authority; to manage; to control; to sway.
Wield (v. t.) To use with full command or power, as a thing not too heavy for the holder; to manage; to handle; hence, to use or employ; as, to wield a sword; to wield the scepter.
Wig (v. t.) To censure or rebuke; to hold up to reprobation; to scold.
Wiggle (v. t.) To move to and fro with a quick, jerking motion; to bend rapidly, or with a wavering motion, from side to side; to wag; to squirm; to wriggle; as, the dog wiggles his tail; the tadpole wiggles in the water.
Wigwag (v. t.) To signal by means of a flag waved from side to side according to a code adopted for the purpose.
Wilderness (v. t.) A tract of land, or a region, uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings, whether a forest or a wide, barren plain; a wild; a waste; a desert; a pathless waste of any kind.
Wilderness (v. t.) A disorderly or neglected place.
Wilderness (v. t.) Quality or state of being wild; wildness.
Wile (v. t.) To practice artifice upon; to deceive; to beguile; to allure.
Wile (v. t.) To draw or turn away, as by diversion; to while or while away; to cause to pass pleasantly.
Willing (v. t.) Free to do or to grant; having the mind inc
Willing (v. t.) Received of choice, or without reluctance; submitted to voluntarily; chosen; desired.
Willing (v. t.) Spontaneous; self-moved.
Willow (v. t.) To open and cleanse, as cotton, flax, or wool, by means of a willow. See Willow, n., 2.
Wilne (v. t.) To wish; to desire.
Wilt (v. t.) To cause to begin to wither; to make flaccid, as a green plant.
Wilt (v. t.) Hence, to cause to languish; to depress or destroy the vigor and energy of.
Wimble (v. t.) To bore or pierce, as with a wimble.
Wimple (v. t.) To clothe with a wimple; to cover, as with a veil; hence, to hoodwink.
Wimple (v. t.) To draw down, as a veil; to lay in folds or plaits, as a veil.
Wimple (v. t.) To cause to appear as if laid in folds or plaits; to cause to ripple or undulate; as, the wind wimples the surface of water.
Wind (v. t.) To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe; as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball.
Wind (v. t.) To entwist; to infold; to encircle.
Wind (v. t.) To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern.
Wind (v. t.) To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
Wind (v. t.) To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to wind a rope with twine.
Wind (v. t.) To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
Wind (v. t.) To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as, the hounds winded the game.
Wind (v. t.) To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of breath.
Wind (v. t.) To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe.
Wind (v. t.) To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged and mutually involved notes.
Wind-break (v. t.) To break the wind of; to cause to lose breath; to exhaust.
Window (v. t.) To furnish with windows.
Window (v. t.) To place at or in a window.
Windrow (v. t.) To arrange in
Wing (v. t.) To furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with celerity.
Wing (v. t.) To supply with wings or sidepieces.
Wing (v. t.) To transport by flight; to cause to fly.
Wing (v. t.) To move through in flight; to fly through.
Wing (v. t.) To cut off the wings of; to wound in the wing; to disable a wing of; as, to wing a bird.
Wink (v. t.) To cause (the eyes) to wink.
Winter-ground (v. t.) To coved over in the season of winter, as for protection or shelter; as, to winter-ground the roods of a plant.
Winterkill (v. t.) To kill by the cold, or exposure to the inclemency of winter; as, the wheat was winterkilled.
Winter-rig (v. t.) To fallow or till in winter.
Wipe (v. t.) To rub with something soft for cleaning; to clean or dry by rubbing; as, to wipe the hands or face with a towel.
Wipe (v. t.) To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; -- usually followed by away, off or out. Also used figuratively.
Wipe (v. t.) To cheat; to defraud; to trick; -- usually followed by out.
Wire (v. t.) To bind with wire; to attach with wires; to apply wire to; as, to wire corks in bottling liquors.
Wire (v. t.) To put upon a wire; as, to wire beads.
Wire (v. t.) To snare by means of a wire or wires.
Wire (v. t.) To send (a message) by telegraph.
Wiredraw (v. t.) To form (a piece of metal) into wire, by drawing it through a hole in a plate of steel.
Wiredraw (v. t.) Hence, to draw by art or violence.
Wiredraw (v. t.) Hence, also, to draw or spin out to great length and tenuity; as, to wiredraw an argument.
Wiredraw (v. t.) To pass, or to draw off, (as steam) through narrow ports, or the like, thus reducing its pressure or force by friction.
Wis (v. t.) To think; to suppose; to imagine; -- used chiefly in the first person sing. present tense, I wis. See the Note under Ywis.
Wish (v. t.) To have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker.
Wish (v. t.) To desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or disposition toward.
Wish (v. t.) To frame or express desires concerning; to invoke in favor of, or against, any one; to attribute, or cal down, in desire; to invoke; to imprecate.
Wish (v. t.) To recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of.
Wisp (v. t.) To brush or dress, an with a wisp.
Wisp (v. t.) To rumple.
Witch (v. t.) To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant.
Withdraw (v. t.) To take back or away, as what has been bestowed or enjoyed; to draw back; to cause to move away or retire; as, to withdraw aid, favor, capital, or the like.
Withdraw (v. t.) To take back; to recall or retract; as, to withdraw false charges.
Withe (v. t.) To bind or fasten with withes.
Wither (v. t.) To cause to fade, and become dry.
Wither (v. t.) To cause to shrink, wrinkle, or decay, for want of animal moisture.
Wither (v. t.) To cause to languish, perish, or pass away; to blight; as, a reputation withered by calumny.
Withhold (v. t.) To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action.
Withhold (v. t.) To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
Withhold (v. t.) To keep; to maintain; to retain.
Withsay (v. t.) To contradict; to gainsay; to deny; to renounce.
Withset (v. t.) To set against; to oppose.
Witness (v. t.) To see or know by personal presence; to have direct cognizance of.
Witness (v. t.) To give testimony to; to testify to; to attest.
Witness (v. t.) To see the execution of, as an instrument, and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity; as, to witness a bond or a deed.
Wive (v. t.) To match to a wife; to provide with a wife.
Wive (v. t.) To take for a wife; to marry.
Woman (v. t.) To act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite it.
Woman (v. t.) To make effeminate or womanish.
Woman (v. t.) To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.
Womanize (v. t.) To make like a woman; to make effeminate.
Womb (v. t.) To inclose in a womb, or as in a womb; to breed or hold in secret.
Wont (v. t.) To accustom; -- used reflexively.
Woo (v. t.) To solicit in love; to court.
Woo (v. t.) To court solicitously; to invite with importunity.
Wood (v. t.) To supply with wood, or get supplies of wood for; as, to wood a steamboat or a locomotive.
Woodbine (v. t.) A climbing plant having flowers of great fragrance (Lonicera Periclymenum); the honeysuckle.
Woodbine (v. t.) The Virginia creeper. See Virginia creeper, under Virginia.
Wooer (v. t.) One who wooes; one who courts or solicits in love; a suitor.
Woold (v. t.) To wind, or wrap; especially, to wind a rope round, as a mast or yard made of two or more pieces, at the place where it has been fished or scarfed, in order to strengthen it.
Word (v. t.) To express in words; to phrase.
Word (v. t.) To ply with words; also, to cause to be by the use of a word or words.
Word (v. t.) To flatter with words; to cajole.
Work (v. t.) To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.
Work (v. t.) To produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to work cotton or wool into cloth.
Work (v. t.) To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion.
Work (v. t.) To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead.
Work (v. t.) To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin.
Work (v. t.) To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.
Work (v. t.) To cause to ferment, as liquor.
Worm (v. t.) To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; -- often followed by out.
Worm (v. t.) To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm, n. 5 (b).
Worrit (v. t.) To worry; to annoy.
Worry (v. t.) To harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly; also, to tear or mangle with the teeth.
Worry (v. t.) To harass or beset with importunity, or with care an anxiety; to vex; to annoy; to torment; to tease; to fret; to trouble; to plague.
Worry (v. t.) To harass with labor; to fatigue.
Worse (v. t.) To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See Worst, v.
Worsen (v. t.) To make worse; to deteriorate; to impair.
Worsen (v. t.) To get the better of; to worst.
Worship (v. t.) To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
Worship (v. t.) To pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honor of; to adore; to venerate.
Worship (v. t.) To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission, as a lover; to adore; to idolize.
Worthy (v. t.) To render worthy; to exalt into a hero.
Would (v. t.) Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will.
Wrack (v. t.) To rack; to torment.
Wrack (v. t.) To wreck.
Wrangle (v. t.) To involve in a quarrel or dispute; to embroil.
Wrap (v. t.) To snatch up; transport; -- chiefly used in the p. p. wrapt.
Wrap (v. t.) To wind or fold together; to arrange in folds.
Wrap (v. t.) To cover by winding or folding; to envelop completely; to involve; to infold; -- often with up.
Wrap (v. t.) To conceal by enveloping or infolding; to hide; hence, to involve, as an effect or consequence; to be followed by.
Wrath (v. t.) To anger; to enrage; -- also used impersonally.
Wray (v. t.) To reveal; to disclose.
Wreak (v. t.) To revenge; to avenge.
Wreak (v. t.) To execute in vengeance or passion; to inflict; to hurl or drive; as, to wreak vengeance on an enemy.
Wreak (v. t.) Revenge; vengeance; furious passion; resentment.
Wreck (v. t.) The destruction or injury of a vessel by being cast on shore, or on rocks, or by being disabled or sunk by the force of winds or waves; shipwreck.
Wreck (v. t.) Destruction or injury of anything, especially by violence; ruin; as, the wreck of a railroad train.
Wreck (v. t.) The ruins of a ship stranded; a ship dashed against rocks or land, and broken, or otherwise rendered useless, by violence and fracture; as, they burned the wreck.
Wreck (v. t.) The remain of anything ruined or fatally injured.
Wreck (v. t.) Goods, etc., which, after a shipwreck, are cast upon the land by the sea.
Wreck (v. t.) To destroy, disable, or seriously damage, as a vessel, by driving it against the shore or on rocks, by causing it to become unseaworthy, to founder, or the like; to shipwreck.
Wreck (v. t.) To bring wreck or ruin upon by any kind of violence; to destroy, as a railroad train.
Wreck (v. t.) To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
Wreke (v. t.) Alt. of Wreeke
Wreeke (v. t.) See 2d Wreak.
Wrench (v. t.) Trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem.
Wrench (v. t.) A violent twist, or a pull with twisting.
Wrench (v. t.) A sprain; an injury by twisting, as in a joint.
Wrench (v. t.) Means; contrivance.
Wrench (v. t.) An instrument, often a simple bar or lever with jaws or an angular orifice either at the end or between the ends, for exerting a twisting strain, as in turning bolts, nuts, screw taps, etc.; a screw key. Many wrenches have adjustable jaws for grasping nuts, etc., of different sizes.
Wrench (v. t.) The system made up of a force and a couple of forces in a plane perpendicular to that force. Any number of forces acting at any points upon a rigid body may be compounded so as to be equivalent to a wrench.
Wrest (v. t.) To turn; to twist; esp., to twist or extort by violence; to pull of force away by, or as if by, violent wringing or twisting.
Wrest (v. t.) To turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort.
Wrest (v. t.) To tune with a wrest, or key.
Wrestle (v. t.) To contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully.
Wrestle (v. t.) Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend.
Wrestle (v. t.) To wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling.
Wretch (v. t.) A miserable person; one profoundly unhappy.
Wretch (v. t.) One sunk in vice or degradation; a base, despicable person; a vile knave; as, a profligate wretch.
Wrey (v. t.) See Wray.
Wriggle (v. t.) To move with short, quick contortions; to move by twisting and squirming; like a worm.
Wring (v. t.) To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch; as, to wring clothes in washing.
Wring (v. t.) Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
Wring (v. t.) To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
Wring (v. t.) To extract or obtain by twisting and compressing; to squeeze or press (out); hence, to extort; to draw forth by violence, or against resistance or repugnance; -- usually with out or form.
Wring (v. t.) To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
Wring (v. t.) To bend or strain out of its position; as, to wring a mast.
Wrinkle (v. t.) To contract into furrows and prominences; to make a wrinkle or wrinkles in; to corrugate; as, wrinkle the skin or the brow.
Wrinkle (v. t.) Hence, to make rough or uneven in any way.
Write (v. t.) To set down, as legible characters; to form the conveyance of meaning; to inscribe on any material by a suitable instrument; as, to write the characters called letters; to write figures.
Write (v. t.) To set down for reading; to express in legible or intelligible characters; to inscribe; as, to write a deed; to write a bill of divorcement; hence, specifically, to set down in an epistle; to communicate by letter.
Write (v. t.) Hence, to compose or produce, as an author.
Write (v. t.) To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth written on the heart.
Write (v. t.) To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; -- often used reflexively.
Writhe (v. t.) To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to distort; to wring.
Writhe (v. t.) To wrest; to distort; to pervert.
Writhe (v. t.) To extort; to wring; to wrest.
Writhle (v. t.) To wrinkle.
Wrizzle (v. t.) To wrinkle.
Wrong (v. t.) To treat with injustice; to deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice from; to do undeserved harm to; to deal unjustly with; to injure.
Wrong (v. t.) To impute evil to unjustly; as, if you suppose me capable of a base act, you wrong me.
Wry (v. t.) To cover.
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