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Whitney

[hwit-nee, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt ni, ˈwɪt-/
noun
1.
Eli, 1765–1825, U.S. manufacturer and inventor.
2.
John Hay, 1904–82, U.S. diplomat and newspaper publisher.
3.
Josiah Dwight, 1819–96, U.S. geologist.
4.
William Dwight, 1827–94, U.S. philologist and lexicographer (brother of Josiah Dwight).
5.
Mount, a mountain in E California, in the Sierra Nevada. 14,495 feet (4418 meters).
6.
a male given name.
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  • When they reached the edge of the water, Whitney stopped and lighted his pipe.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • And in the Nicaragua, where Mrs. Whitney lives, the cost of—but it wouldn't be for long.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The next day Mrs. Whitney and Reuben moved, with all their belongings, to Lewes.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • "But why—why—" Mrs. Whitney squeaked and panted, and her breath failed.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • On the day of the funeral the belated ships of Whitney and Wollaston arrived.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
British Dictionary definitions for Whitney

Whitney1

/ˈwɪtnɪ/
noun
1.
Mount Whitney, a mountain in E California: the highest peak in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in continental US (excluding Alaska). Height: 4418 m (14 495 ft)

Whitney2

/ˈwɪtnɪ/
noun
1.
Eli. 1765–1825, US inventor of a mechanical cotton gin (1793) and pioneer manufacturer of interchangeable parts
2.
William Dwight. 1827–94, US philologist, noted esp for his Sanskrit Grammar (1879)
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