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Words starting with w

Word Definition
W 1. the twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, is usually a consonant, but sometimes it is a vowel, forming the second element of certain diphthongs, as in few, how. It takes its written form and its name from the repetition of a V, this being the original form of the Roman capital letter which we call U. Etymologically it is most related to v and u. See V, and U. Some of the uneducated classes in England, especially in London, confuse w and v, substituting the one for the other, as weal for veal, and veal for weal; wine for vine, and vine for wine, etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 266-268.
2. (n.) the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet
3. (n.) a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm
4. (n.) the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
5. (n.) a heavy grey-white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite
W-shaped 1. (adj.) shaped in the form of the letter W
W. B. Yeats 1. (n.) Irish poet and dramatist (1865-1939)
W. C. Fields 1. (n.) United States comedian and film actor (1880-1946)
W. C. Handy 1. (n.) United States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958)
W. E. B. Du Bois 1. (n.) United States civil rights leader and political activist who campaigned for equality for Black Americans (1868-1963)
W. H. Auden 1. (n.) United States poet (born in England) (1907-1973)
W. H. Hudson 1. (n.) English naturalist (born in Argentina) (1841-1922)
W. K. Kellogg 1. (n.) United States food manufacturer who (with his brother) developed a breakfast cereal of crisp flakes of rolled and toasted wheat and corn; he established a company to manufacture the cereal (1860-1951)
W. Somerset Maugham 1. (n.) English writer (born in France) of novels and short stories (1874-1965)
W. V. Quine 1. (n.) United States philosopher and logician who championed an empirical view of knowledge that depended on language (1908-2001)
W. W. Jacobs 1. (n.) English writer of macabre short stories (1863-1943)
W.C. 1. (n.) a toilet in Britain
W.H.O. 1. (n.) a United Nations agency to coordinate international health activities and to help governments improve health services
W.M.D. 1. (n.) a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
W.V. 1. (n.) a state in east central United States
WA 1. (n.) a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
wa'n't 1. A colloquial contraction of was not.
waag 1. (n.) The grivet.
waahoo 1. (n.) The burning bush; -- said to be called after a quack medicine made from it.
Wabash 1. (n.) a tributary of the Ohio River that rises in western Ohio and flows southwestward across Indiana
Wabash River 1. (n.) a tributary of the Ohio River that rises in western Ohio and flows southwestward across Indiana
wabble 1. (v. i.) To move staggeringly or unsteadily from one side to the other; to vacillate; to move the manner of a rotating disk when the axis of rotation is inclined to that of the disk; -- said of a turning or whirling body; as, a top wabbles; a buzz saw wabbles.
2. (n.) A hobbling, unequal motion, as of a wheel unevenly hung; a staggering to and fro.
wabbly 1. (adj.) Inclined to wabble; wabbling.
Wac 1. (n.) an army corps that was organized in World War II but is no longer a separate branch of the United States Army
2. (n.) a member of the Women's Army Corps
wacke 1. (n.) Alternative form of Wacky
wackily 1. (adv.) in a mildly insane manner
wacko 1. (n.) a person who is regarded as eccentric or mad
wacky 1. (n.) A soft, earthy, dark-colored rock or clay derived from the alteration of basalt.
2. (adj.) informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
3. (adj.) ludicrous, foolish
Waco 1. (n.) a city in east central Texas