wisplike

wisp

[wisp]
noun
1.
a handful or small bundle of straw, hay, or the like.
2.
any thin tuft, lock, mass, etc.: wisps of hair.
3.
a thin puff or streak, as of smoke; slender trace.
4.
a person or thing that is small, delicate, or barely discernible: a mere wisp of a lad; a wisp of a frown.
5.
a whisk broom.
6.
Chiefly British Dialect.
a.
a pad or twist of straw, as used to rub down a horse.
b.
a twisted bit of straw used as a torch.
7.
a will-o'-the-wisp or ignis fatuus.
verb (used with object)
8.
to twist into a wisp.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English wisp, wips; akin to wipe

wisplike, adjective
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wisp (wɪsp)
 
n
1.  a thin, light, delicate, or fibrous piece or strand, such as a streak of smoke or a lock of hair
2.  a small bundle, as of hay or straw
3.  anything slender and delicate: a wisp of a girl
4.  a mere suggestion or hint
5.  a flock of birds, esp snipe
 
vb (often foll by away)
6.  to move or act like a wisp
7.  dialect chiefly (Brit) (tr) to twist into a wisp
8.  chiefly (Brit) (tr) to groom (a horse) with a wisp of straw, etc
 
[C14: variant of wips, of obscure origin; compare wipe]
 
'wisplike
 
adj

WISP (wɪsp)
 
n acronym for
Wireless Information Service Provider: an internet service provider set up to deal with and deliver internet services to clients through wireless access points

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wisp
c.1300, "handful or bundle of hay, grass, etc.," used for burning or cleaning or as a cushion; perhaps from an unrecorded O.E. word, cognate with Norw. and Swed. visp "wisp," of unknown origin; sometimes said to be connected with whisk or with M.L.G. and M.Du. wispel "a measure of grain." Meaning "thin,
filmy portion" first attested 1836.
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