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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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WA

WA'N'T Wa'n't. Defn: A colloquial contraction of was not.

WAAHOO

WAAHOO Waa*hoo, n. (Bot.) Defn: The burning bush; -- said to be called after a quack medicine made from it.

WABBLE

WABBLE Wabble, v. i. Etym: [Cf. Prov. G. wabbeln to wabble, and E. whap. Cf. Quaver.] Defn: 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. wobble.

WABBLE

WABBLE Wabble, n. Defn: A hobbling, unequal motion, as of a wheel unevenly hung; a staggering to and fro.

WABBLY

WABBLY Wabbly, a. Defn: Inclined to wabble; wabbling.

WACKE; WACKY

WACKE; WACKY Wacke, Wacky, n. Etym: [G. wacke, MHG.wacke a large stone, OHG. waggo a pebble.] (Geol.) Defn: A soft, earthy, dark-colored rock or clay derived from the alteration of basalt.

WAD

WAD Wad, n. Etym: [See Woad.] Defn: Woad. [Obs.]

WAD

WAD Wad, n. Etym: [Probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. vadd wadding, Dan vat, D. & G. watte. Cf. Wadmol.] 1. A little mass, tuft, or bundle, as of hay or tow. Holland. 2. 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. 3. A soft mass, especially of some loose, fibrous substance, used for various purposes, as for stopping an aperture, padding a garment, etc. Wed hook, a rod with a screw or hook at the end, used for removing the wad from a gun.

WAD

WAD Wad, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waded; p. pr. & vb. n. Wadding.] 1. To form into a mass, or wad, or into wadding; as, to wad tow or cotton. 2. To insert or crowd a wad into; as, to wad a gun; also, to stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton; as, to wad a cloak.

WAD; WADD

WAD; WADD Wad, Wadd, n. (Min.) (a) 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. (b) Plumbago, or black lead.

WADDIE

WADDIE Waddie, n. & v. Defn: See Waddy.

WADDING

WADDING Wadding, n. Etym: [See Wad a little mass.] 1. A wad, or the materials for wads; any pliable substance of which wads may be made. 2. Any soft stuff of loose texture, used for stuffing or padding garments; esp., sheets of carded cotton prepared for the purpose.

WADDLE

WADDLE Waddle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waddled; p. pr. & vb. n. Waddling.] Etym: [Freq. of wade; cf. AS. w?dlian to beg, from wadan to go. See Wade.] Defn: To walk with short steps, swaying the body from one side to the other, like a duck or very fat person; to move clumsily and totteringly along; to toddle; to stumble; as, a child waddles when he begins to walk; a goose waddles. Shak. She drawls her words, and waddles in her pace. Young.

WADDLE

WADDLE Waddle, v. t. Defn: To trample or tread down, as high grass, by walking through it. [R.] Drayton.

WADDLER

WADDLER Waddler, n. Defn: One who, or that which, waddles.

WADDLINGLY

WADDLINGLY Waddling*ly, adv. Defn: In a waddling manner.

WADDY

WADDY Waddy, n.; pl. Waddies. [Written also waddie, whaddie.] [Native name. Thought by some to be a corrup. of E. wood.] [Australia] 1. An aboriginal war club. 2. A piece of wood; stick; peg; also, a walking stick.

WADDY

WADDY Waddy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waddied; p. pr. & vb. n. Waddying.] Defn: To attack or beat with a waddy.

WADDYWOOD

WADDYWOOD Waddy*wood`, n. Defn: An Australian tree (Pittosporum bicolor); also, its wood, used in making waddies.

WADE

WADE Wade, n. Defn: Woad. [Obs.] Mortimer.

WADE

WADE Wade, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waded; p. pr. & vb. n. Wading.] Etym: [OE. waden to wade, to go, AS. wadan; akin to OFries. wada, D. waden, OHG. watan, Icel. va, Sw. vada, Dan. vade, L. vadere to go, walk, vadum a ford. Cf. Evade, Invade, Pervade, Waddle.] 1. To go; to move forward. [Obs.] When might is joined unto cruelty, Alas, too deep will the venom wade. Chaucer. Forbear, and wade no further in this speech. Old Play. 2. To walk in a substance that yields to the feet; to move, sinking at each step, as in water, mud, sand, etc. So eagerly the fiend . . . With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies. Milton. 3. Hence, to move with difficulty or labor; to proceed as, to wade through a dull book. And wades through fumes, and gropes his way. Dryden. The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties. Davenant.

WADE

WADE Wade, v. t. Defn: To pass or cross by wading; as, he waded .

WADE

WADE Wade, n. Defn: The act of wading. [Colloq.]

WADER

WADER Wader, n. 1. One who, or that which, wades. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any long-legged bird that wades in the water in search of food, especially any species of limicoline or grallatorial birds; -- called also wading bird. See Illust. g, under Aves.

WADING

WADING Wading, Defn: a. & n. from Wade, v. Wading bird. (Zo?l.) See Wader, 2.

WADMOL

WADMOL Wadmol, n. Etym: [Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel.va a woollen stuff, Dan vadmel. Cf. Wad a small mass, and Woodmeil.] Defn: A coarse, hairy, woolen cloth, formerly used for garments by the poor, and for various other purposes. [Spelled also wadmal, wadmeal, wadmoll, wadmel, etc.] Beck (Draper's Dict.). Sir W. Scott.

WADSET

WADSET Wadset, n. Etym: [Scot. wad a pledge; akin to Sw. vad a wager. See Wed.] (Scots Law) Defn: A kind of pledge or mortgage. [Written also wadsett.]

WADSETTER

WADSETTER Wadset*ter, n. Defn: One who holds by a wadset.

WADY

WADY Wady, n.; pl. Wadies. Etym: [Ar. wadi a valley, a channel of a river, a river.] Defn: A ravine through which a brook flows; the channel of a water course, which is dry except in the rainy season.

WAE

WAE Wae, n. Defn: A wave. [Obs.] Spenser.

WAEG

WAEG Waeg, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: The kittiwake. [Scot.]

WAFER

WAFER Wafer, n. Etym: [OE. wafre, OF. waufre, qaufre, F. qaufre; of Teutonic origin; cf. LG. & D. wafel, G. waffel, Dan. vaffel, Sw. v?ffla; all akin to G. wabe a honeycomb, OHG. waba, being named from the resemblance to a honeycomb. G. wabe is probably akin to E. weave. See Weave, and cf. Waffle, Gauffer.] 1. (Cookery) Defn: A thin cake made of flour and other ingredients. Wafers piping hot out of the gleed. Chaucer. The curious work in pastry, the fine cakes, wafers, and marchpanes. Holland. A woman's oaths are wafers -- break with making B. Jonson. 2. (Eccl.) Defn: 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. 3. An adhesive disk of dried paste, made of flour, gelatin, isinglass, or the like, and coloring matter, -- used in sealing letters and other documents. Wafer cake, a sweet, thin cake. Shak. -- Wafer irons, or Wafer tongs (Cookery), a pincher-shaped contrivance, having flat plates, or blades, between which wafers are baked. -- Wafer woman, a woman who sold wafer cakes; also, one employed in amorous intrigues. Beau. & Fl.

WAFER

WAFER Wafer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wafered; p. pr. & vb. n. Wafering.] Defn: To seal or close with a wafer.

WAFERER

WAFERER Wafer*er, n. Defn: A dealer in the cakes called wafers; a confectioner. [Obs.] Chaucer.

WAFFLE

WAFFLE Waffle, n. Etym: [D. wafel. See Wafer.] 1. A thin cake baked and then rolled; a wafer. 2. A soft indented cake cooked in a waffle iron. Waffle iron, an iron utensil or mold made in two parts shutting together, -- used for cooking waffles over a fire.

WAFT

WAFT Waft, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wafted; p. pr. & vb. n. Wafting.] Etym: [Prob. originally imp. & p. p. of wave, v. t. See Wave to waver.] 1. To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon. [Obs.] But soft: who wafts us yonder Shak. 2. 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. A gentle wafting to immortal life. Milton. Speed the soft intercourse from soul to soul, And waft a sigh from Indus to the pole. Pope. 3. To cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. Note: This verb is regular; but waft was formerly somwafted.

WAFT

WAFT Waft, v. i. Defn: To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float. And now the shouts waft near the citadel. Dryden.

WAFT

WAFT Waft, n. 1. A wave or current of wind. Everywaft of the air. Longfellow. In this dire season, oft the whirlwind's wing Sweeps up the burden of whole wintry plains In one wide waft. Thomson. 2. A signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air. 3. An unpleasant flavor. [Obs.] 4. (Naut.) Defn: A knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag. [Written also wheft.] Note: A flag with a waft in it, when hoisted at the staff, or half way to the gaff, means, a man overboard; at the peak, a desire to communicate; at the masthead, Recall boats.

WAFTAGE

WAFTAGE Waftage, n. Defn: Conveyance on a buoyant medium, as air or water. Shak. Boats prepared for waftage to and fro. Drayton.

WAFTER

WAFTER Wafter, n. 1. One who, or that which, wafts. O Charon, Thou wafter of the soul to bliss or bane. Beau. & FL. 2. A boat for passage. Ainsworth.

WAFTURE

WAFTURE Wafture, n. Defn: The act of waving; a wavelike motion; a waft. R. Browning. An angry wafture of your hand. Shak.

WAG

WAG Wag, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wagged; p. pr. & vb. n. Wagging.] Etym: [OE. waggen; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. vagga to rock a cradle, vagga cradle, Icel. vagga, Dan. vugge; akin to AS. wagian to move, wag, wegan to bear, carry, G. & D. bewegen to move, and E. weigh. *136. See Weigh.] Defn: 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. No discerner durst wag his tongue in censure. Shak. Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. Jer. xviii. 16. Note: Wag expresses specifically the motion of the head and body used in buffoonery, mirth, derision, sport, and mockery.

WAG

WAG Wag, v. i. 1. To move one way and the other; to be shaken to and fro; to vibrate. The resty sieve wagged ne'er the more. Dryden. 2. To be in action or motion; to move; to get along; to progress; to stir. [Colloq.] Thus we may see, quoth he, how the world wags. Shak. 3. To go; to depart; to pack oft. [R.] I will provoke him to 't, or let him wag. Shak.

WAG

WAG Wag, n. Etym: [From Wag, v.] 1. The act of wagging; a shake; as, a wag of the head. [Colloq.] 2. Etym: [Perhaps shortened from wag-halter a rogue.] Defn: A man full of sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow; a humorist; a wit; a joker. We wink at wags when they offend. Dryden. A counselor never pleaded without a piece of pack thread in his hand, which he used to twist about a finger all the while he was speaking; the wags used to call it the thread of his discourse. Addison.

WAG-HALTER

WAG-HALTER Wag-hal`ter, n. Etym: [Wag + halter.] Defn: One who moves or wears a halter; one likely to be hanged. [Colloq. & Obs.] I can tell you, I am a mad wag-halter. Marston.

WAGATI

WAGATI Wa*gati, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A small East Indian wild cat (Felis wagati), regarded by some as a variety of the leopard cat.

WAGE

WAGE Wage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waged; p. pr. & vb. n. Waging.] Etym: [OE. wagen, OF. wagier, gagier, to pledge, promise, F. gager to wager, lay, bet, fr. LL. wadium a pledge; of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. wadi a pledge, gawadjon to pledge, akin to E. wed, G. wette a wager. See Wed, and cf. Gage.] 1. To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake; to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar. Hakluyt. My life I never but as a pawn To wage against thy enemies. Shak. 2. To expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger; to venture; to hazard. Too weak to wage an instant trial with the king. Shak. To wake and wage a danger profitless. Shak. 3. To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or pledge; to carry on, as a war. [He pondered] which of all his sons was fit To reign and wage immortal war with wit. Dryden. The two are waging war, and the one triumphs by the destruction of the other. I. Taylor. 4. To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out. [Obs.] Thou . . . must wage thy works for wealth. Spenser. 5. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to. [Obs.] Abundance of treasure which he had in store, wherewith he might wage soldiers. Holinshed. I would have them waged for their labor. Latimer. 6. (O. Eng. Law) Defn: To give security for the performance of. Burrill. To wage battle (O. Eng. Law), to give gage, or security, for joining in the duellum, or combat. See Wager of battel, under Wager, n. Burrill. -- To wage one's law (Law), to give security to make one's law. See Wager of law, under Wager, n.

WAGE

WAGE Wage, v. i. Defn: To bind one's self; to engage. [Obs.]

WAGE

WAGE Wage, n. Etym: [OF. wage, gage, guarantee, engagement. See Wage, v. t. ] 1. That which is staked or ventured; that for which one incurs risk or danger; prize; gage. [Obs.] That warlike wage. Spenser. 2. That for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; -- at present generally used in the plural. See Wages. My day's wage. Sir W. Scott. At least I earned my wage. Thackeray. Pay them a wage in advance. J. Morley. The wages of virtue. Tennyson. By Tom Thumb, a fairy page, He sent it, and doth him engage, By promise of a mighty wage, It secretly to carry. Drayton. Our praises are our wages. Shak. Existing legislation on the subject of wages. Encyc. Brit. Note: Wage is used adjectively and as the first part of compounds which are usually self-explaining; as, wage worker, or wage-worker; wage-earner, etc. Board wages. See under 1st Board. Syn. -- Hire; reward; stipend; salary; allowance; pay; compensation; remuneration; fruit.

WAGEL

WAGEL Wagel, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: See Waggel.

WAGENBOOM

WAGENBOOM Wagen*boom`, n. Etym: [D., literally, wagon tree.] (Bot.) Defn: A south African proteaceous tree (Protea grandiflora); also, its tough wood, used for making wagon wheels.

WAGER

WAGER Wager, n. Etym: [OE. wager, wajour, OF. wagiere, or wageure, E. gageure. See Wage, v. t.] 1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge. Besides these plates for horse races, the wagers may be as the persons please. Sir W. Temple. If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion, let him never hereafter accuse others of credulity. Bentley. 2. (Law) Defn: 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. Bouvier. Note: At common law a wager is considered as a legal contract which the courts must enforce unless it be on a subject contrary to public policy, or immoral, or tending to the detriment of the public, or affecting the interest, feelings, or character of a third person. In many of the United States an action can not be sustained upon any wager or bet. Chitty. Bouvier. 3. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet. Wager of battel, or Wager of battle (O. Eng. Law), the giving of gage, or pledge, for trying a cause by single combat, formerly allowed in military, criminal, and civil causes. In writs of right, where the trial was by champions, the tenant produced his champion, who, by throwing down his glove as a gage, thus waged, or stipulated, battle with the champion of the demandant, who, by taking up the glove, accepted the challenge. The wager of battel, which has been long in disuse, was abolished in England in 1819, by a statute passed in consequence of a defendant's having waged his battle in a case which arose about that period. See Battel. -- Wager of law (Law), the giving of gage, or sureties, by a defendant in an action of debt, that at a certain day assigned he would take a law, or oath, in open court, that he did not owe the debt, and at the same time bring with him eleven neighbors (called compurgators), who should avow upon their oaths that they believed in their consciences that he spoke the truth. -- Wager policy. (Insurance Law) See under Policy.

WAGER

WAGER Wager, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wagered; p. pr. & vb. n. Wagering.] Defn: 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. And wagered with him Pieces of gold 'gainst this which he wore. Shak.

WAGER

WAGER Wager, v. i. Defn: To make a bet; to lay a wager. 'T was merry when You wagered on your angling. Shak.

WAGERER

WAGERER Wager*er, n. Defn: One who wagers, or lays a bet.

WAGERING

WAGERING Wager*ing, a. Defn: Hazarding; pertaining to the act of one who wagers. Wagering policy. (Com.) See Wager policy, under Policy.

WAGES

WAGES Wages, n. plural in termination, but singular in signification. Etym: [Plural of wage; cf. F. gages, pl., wages, hire. See Wage, n.] Defn: A compensation given to a hired person for services; price paid for labor; recompense; hire. See Wage, n., 2. The wages of sin is death. Rom. vi. 23. Wages fund (Polit. Econ.), the aggregate capital existing at any time in any country, which theoretically is unconditionally destined to be paid out in wages. It was formerly held, by Mill and other political economists, that the average rate of wages in any country at any time depended upon the relation of the wages fund to the number of laborers. This theory has been greatly modified by the discovery of other conditions affecting wages, which it does not take into account. Encyc. Brit. Syn. -- See under Wage, n.

WAGGEL

WAGGEL Waggel, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: The young of the great black-backed gull (Larus marinus), formerly considered a distinct species. [Prov. Eng.]

WAGGERY

WAGGERY Wagger*y, n.; pl. Waggeries. Etym: [From Wag.] Defn: The manner or action of a wag; mischievous merriment; sportive trick or gayety; good-humored sarcasm; pleasantry; jocularity; as, the waggery of a schoolboy. Locke. A drollery and lurking waggery of expression. W. Irving.

WAGGIE

WAGGIE Waggie, n. Defn: The pied wagtail. [Prov. Eng.]

WAGGISH

WAGGISH Waggish, a. 1. Like a wag; mischievous in sport; roguish in merriment or good humor; frolicsome. A company of waggish boys. L'Estrange. 2. Done, made, or laid in waggery or for sport; sportive; humorous; as, a waggish trick. -- Waggish*ly, adv. -- Waggish*ness, n.

WAGGLE

WAGGLE Waggle, v. i. Etym: [Freq. of wag; cf. D. waggelen, G. wackeln.] Defn: To reel, sway, or move from side to side; to move with a wagging motion; to waddle. Why do you go nodding and waggling so L'Estrange.

WAGGLE

WAGGLE Waggle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waggled; p. pr. & vb. n. Waggling.] Defn: To move frequently one way and the other; to wag; as, a bird waggles his tail.

WAGNERIAN

WAGNERIAN Wag*neri*an, a. Defn: Of, pertaining to, or resembling the style of, Richard Wagner, the German musical composer.

WAGNERITE

WAGNERITE Wagner*ite, n. (Min.) Defn: A fluophosphate of magnesia, occurring in yellowish crystals, and also in massive forms.

WAGON

WAGON Wagon, n. Etym: [D. wagen. sq. root136. See Wain.] 1. A wheeled carriage; a vehicle on four wheels, and usually drawn by horses; especially, one used for carrying freight or merchandise. Note: In the United States, light wagons are used for the conveyance of persons and light commodities. 2. A freight car on a railway. [Eng.] 3. A chariot [Obs.] Spenser. 4. (Astron.) Defn: The Dipper, or Charles's Wain. Note: This word and its compounds are often written with two g's (waggon, waggonage, etc.), chiefly in England. The forms wagon, wagonage, etc., are, however, etymologically preferable, and in the United States are almost universally used. Wagon boiler. See the Note under Boiler, 3. -- Wagon ceiling (Arch.), a semicircular, or wagon-headed, arch or ceiling; -- sometimes used also of a ceiling whose section is polygonal instead of semicircular. -- Wagon master, an officer or person in charge of one or more wagons, especially of those used for transporting freight, as the supplies of an army, and the like. -- Wagon shoe, a skid, or shoe, for retarding the motion of a wagon wheel; a drag. -- Wagon vault. (Arch.) See under 1st Vault.

WAGON

WAGON Wagon, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wagoned; p. pr. & vb. n. Wagoning.] Defn: To transport in a wagon or wagons; as, goods are wagoned from city to city.

WAGON

WAGON Wagon, v. i. Defn: To wagon goods as a business; as, the man wagons between Philadelphia and its suburbs.

WAGON-HEADED

WAGON-HEADED Wagon-head`ed, a. Defn: Having a top, or head, shaped like the top of a covered wagon, or resembling in section or outline an inverted U, thus as, a wagonheaded ceiling.

WAGON-ROOFED

WAGON-ROOFED Wagon-roofed`, a. Defn: Having a roof, or top, shaped like an inverted U; wagon-headed.

WAGONAGE

WAGONAGE Wagon*age, n. 1. Money paid for carriage or conveyance in wagon. 2. A collection of wagons; wagons, collectively. Wagonage, provender, and a piece or two of cannon. Carlyle.

WAGONER

WAGONER Wagon*er, n. 1. One who conducts a wagon; one whose business it is to drive a wagon. 2. (Astron.) Defn: The constellation Charles's Wain, or Ursa Major. See Ursa major, under Ursa.

WAGONETTE

WAGONETTE Wag`on*ette, n. Defn: A kind of pleasure wagon, uncovered and with seats extended along the sides, designed to carry six or eight persons besides the driver.

WAGONFUL

WAGONFUL Wagon*ful, n.; pl. Wagonfuls (. Defn: As much as a wagon will hold; enough to fill a wagon; a wagonload.

WAGONLOAD

WAGONLOAD Wagon*load`, n. Defn: Same as Wagonful.

WAGONRY

WAGONRY Wagon*ry, n. Defn: Conveyance by means of a wagon or wagons. [Obs.] Milton.

WAGONWRIGHT

WAGONWRIGHT Wagon*wright`, n. Defn: One who makes wagons.

WAGTAIL

WAGTAIL Wagtail`, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: Any one of many species of Old World singing birds belonging to Motacilla and several allied genera of the family Motacillid?. They have the habit of constantly jerking their long tails up and down, whence the name. Field wagtail, any one of several species of wagtails of the genus Budytes having the tail shorter, the legs longer, and the hind claw longer and straighter, than do the water wagtails. Most of the species are yellow beneath. Called also yellow wagtail. -- Garden wagtail, the Indian black-breasted wagtail (Nemoricola Indica). -- Pied wagtail, the common European water wagtail (Motacilla lugubris). It is variegated with black and white. The name is applied also to other allied species having similar colors. Called also pied dishwasher. -- Wagtail flycatcher, a true flycatcher (Sauloprocta motacilloides) common in Southern Australia, where it is very tame, and frequents stock yards and gardens and often builds its nest about houses; -- called also black fantail. -- Water wagtail. (a) Any one of several species of wagtails of the restricted genus Motacilla. They live chiefly on the shores of ponds and streams. (b) The American water thrush. See Water thrush. -- Wood wagtail, an Asiatic wagtail; (Calobates sulphurea) having a slender bill and short legs.

WAH

WAH Wah (w?), n. (Zo?l.) Defn: The panda.

WAHABEE

WAHABEE Wa*habee, n. Etym: [Ar. wahabi.] Defn: 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. [Written also Wahaby.]

WAHOO

WAHOO Wa*hoo, n. Any of various American trees or shrubs; specif.: (a) A certain shrub (Evonymus atropurpureus) having purple capsules which in dehiscence expose the scarlet-ariled seeds; -- called also burning bush. (b) Cascara buckthorn. (c) Basswood.

WAHOO

WAHOO Wa*hoo, n. Defn: A dark blue scombroid food fish (Acanthocibium solandri or petus) of Florida and the West Indies.

WAI WU

WAI WU PU Wai Wu Pu. [Chinese wai foreign + wu affairs + pu office.] Defn: The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Chinese government. The Tsung-li Yamen, or Foreign Office, created by a decree of January 19, 1861, was in July, 1902, superseded by the formation of a new Foreign Office called the Wai Wu Pu, . . . with precedence before all other boards. J. Scott Keltie.

WAID

WAID Waid, a. Etym: [For weighed.] Defn: Oppressed with weight; crushed; weighed down. [Obs.] Tusser.

WAIF

WAIF Waif, n. Etym: [OF. waif, gaif, as adj., lost, unclaimed, chose gaive a waif, LL. wayfium, res vaivae; of Scand. origin. See Waive.] 1. (Eng. Law.) Defn: 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. Blackstone. 2. Hence, anything found, or without an owner; that which comes along, as it were, by chance. Rolling in his mind old waifs of rhyme. Tennyson. 3. A wanderer; a castaway; a stray; a homeless child. A waif Desirous to return, and not received. Cowper.

WAIFT

WAIFT Waift, n. Defn: A waif. [Obs.] Spenser.

WAIL

WAIL Wail, v. t. Etym: [Cf. Icel. val choice, velja to choose, akin to Goth. waljan, G. w?hlen.] Defn: To choose; to select. [Obs.] Wailed wine and meats. Henryson.

WAIL

WAIL Wail, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wailed; p. pr. & vb. n. Wailing.] Etym: [OE. wailen, weilen, probably fr. Icel. v?la; cf. Icel. v?, vei, woe, and E. wayment, also OE. wai, wei, woe. Cf. Woe.] Defn: To lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's death. Shak.

WAIL

WAIL Wail, v. i. Defn: To express sorrow audibly; to make mournful outcry; to weep. Therefore I will wail and howl. Micah i. 8.

WAIL

WAIL Wail, n. Defn: Loud weeping; violent lamentation; wailing. The wail of the forest. Longfellow.

WAILER

WAILER Wailer, n. Defn: One who wails or laments.

WAILERESS

WAILERESS Wailer*ess, n. Defn: A woman who wails. [Obs.]

WAILFUL

WAILFUL Wailful, a. Defn: Sorrowful; mournful. Like wailful widows. Spenser. Wailful sonnets. Shak.

WAILINGLY

WAILINGLY Wailing*ly, adv. Defn: In a wailing manner.

WAILMENT

WAILMENT Wailment, n. Defn: Lamentation; loud weeping; wailing. [Obs.] Bp. Hacket.

WAIMENT

WAIMENT Waiment. v. & n. Defn: See Wayment. [Obs.]

WAIN

WAIN Wain, n. Etym: [OE. wain, AS. w?gn; akin to D. & G. wagen, OHG. wagan, Icel. & Sw. vagn, Dan. vogn, and E. way. Way, Weigh, and cf. Wagon.] 1. A four-wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.; a wagon. The wardens see nothing but a wain of hay. Jeffrey. Driving in ponderous wains their household goods to the seashore. Longfellow. 2. A chariot. [Obs.] The Wain. (Astron.) See Charles's Wain, in the Vocabulary. -- Wain rope, a cart rope. Shak.

WAINABLE

WAINABLE Waina*ble, a. Defn: Capable of being plowed or cultivated; arable; tillable. [Obs.] Cowell.

WAINAGE

WAINAGE Wainage (; 48), n. Etym: [From Wain.] Defn: A finding of carriages, carts, etc., for the transportation of goods, produce, etc. Ainsworth.

WAINAGE

WAINAGE Wainage, n. (O. Eng. Law) Defn: See Gainage, a.

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