w

W, w

[duhb-uhl-yoo, -yoo; rapidly duhb-yuh]
noun, plural W's or Ws, w's or ws.
1.
the 23rd letter of the English alphabet, a semivowel.
2.
any spoken sound represented by the letter W or w, as in way, bewitch, or row.
3.
something having the shape of a W .
4.
a written or printed representation of the letter W or w.
5.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter W or w.
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W

1.
watt; watts.
2.
5.
6.
widowed.
8.
withdrawn; withdrew.
9.
withheld.

W

1
Symbol, Chemistry.

Origin:
< German Wolfram wolfram

W

2
Symbol.
1.
the 23rd in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 22nd.
2.
Biochemistry, tryptophan.

w

1.
watt; watts.
2.
withdrawn; withdrew.

W.

5.
watt; watts.
9.
11.
12.
Physics. work.

w.

4.
watt; watts.
5.
week; weeks.
7.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Physics. work.

w/

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World English Dictionary
w or W (ˈdʌbəlˌjuː)
 
n , pl w's, W's, Ws
1.  the 23rd letter and 18th consonant of the modern English alphabet
2.  a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a bilabial semivowel, as in web
 
W or W
 
n

W
 
symbol for
1.  watt
2.  West
3.  physics work
4.  chem tungsten
5.  women's (size)
 
[(sense 4) from New Latin wolframium, from German Wolfram]

w.
 
abbreviation for
1.  week
2.  weight
3.  width
4.  wife
5.  with
6.  cricket
 a.  wide
 b.  wicket

W.
 
abbreviation for
1.  Wales
2.  Welsh

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Word Origin & History

W
not in the Roman alphabet, but the Mod.Eng. sound it represents is close to the devocalized consonant expressed by Roman -U- or -V-. In O.E., this originally was written -uu-, but by 8c. began to be expressed by the runic character wyn (Kentish wen), which looked something like a cross between lower-case
-p- and -y-. In 11c., Norman scribes introduced -w-, a ligatured doubling of Roman -u- which had been used on the continent for the Gmc. "w" sound, and wyn disappeared c.1300.
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Medical Dictionary

W 1

The symbol for the element tungsten.

W 2


Abbr. watt

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Science Dictionary
w  
Abbreviation of width
W  
  1. The symbol for tungsten.

  2. Abbreviation of watt


tungsten   (tŭng'stən)  Pronunciation Key 
Symbol W
A hard, gray to white metallic element that is very resistant to corrosion. It has the highest melting point of all elements, and it retains its strength at high temperatures. It is used to make light-bulb filaments and to increase the hardness and strength of steel. Atomic number 74; atomic weight 183.84; melting point 3,410°C; boiling point 5,900°C; specific gravity 19.3 (20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Also called wolfram. See Periodic Table.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
w
  1. weight

  2. width

  3. work

W
  1. tungsten

  2. watt

  3. Wednesday

  4. week

  5. Welsh, west

  6. western

  7. White (as in personal ads)

  8. widowed (as in personal ads)

  9. windy

  10. with (shortwave transmission)

w.
  1. wife

  2. with

w/
with
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