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W, w

[duhb-uh l-yoo, -yoo; rapidly duhb-yuh] /ˈdʌb əlˌyu, -yʊ; rapidly ˈdʌb yə/
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.

W

1.
watt; watts.
2.
west.
3.
4.
5.
wide.
6.
widowed.
7.
8.
withdrawn; withdrew.
9.
withheld.

W1

Symbol, Chemistry
1.
Origin
< German Wolfram wolfram

W2

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withdrawn; withdrew.
3.

W.

1.
2.
3.
5.
watt; watts.
6.
7.
8.
9.
west.
10.
11.
12.
Physics. work.

w.

1.
2.
3.
4.
watt; watts.
5.
week; weeks.
6.
7.
west.
8.
9.
wide.
10.
11.
wife.
12.
with.
13.
won.
14.
Physics. work.

w/

1.
with.
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British Dictionary definitions for w

w

/ˈdʌbəlˌjuː/
noun (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

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

w.

abbreviation
1.
week
2.
weight
3.
width
4.
wife
5.
with
6.
(cricket)
  1. wide
  2. wicket

W.

abbreviation
1.
Wales
2.
Welsh
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Word Origin and History for w

W

not in the Roman alphabet, but the Modern English sound it represents is close to the devocalized consonant expressed by Roman -U- or -V-. In Old English, this originally was written -uu-, but by 8c. began to be expressed by the runic character wyn (Kentish wen), which looked like this: ƿ (the character is a late addition to the online font set and doesn't display properly on many computers, so it's something like a cross between lower-case -p- and a reversed -y-). In 11c., Norman scribes introduced -w-, a ligatured doubling of Roman -u- which had been used on the continent for the Germanic "w" sound, and wyn disappeared c.1300. -W- is not properly a letter in the modern French alphabet, and it is used there only in borrowed foreign words, e.g. wagon, weekend, Western, whisky, wombat.

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w in Medicine

W 1

The symbol for the element tungsten.

W 2


Abbr. watt

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

  2. Abbreviation of watt


tungsten
  (tŭng'stən)   
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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Related Abbreviations for w

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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