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[wahy] /waɪ/
noun, plural wyes.
the letter Y, or something having a similar shape.
Electricity. a three-phase, Y -shaped circuit arrangement.
Railroads. a track arrangement with three switches and three legs for reversing the direction of a train.
Origin of wye
1855-60; a spelling of the letter name


[wahy] /waɪ/
a river flowing from central Wales through SW England into the Severn estuary. 130 miles (210 km) long. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Bishop's Palace is close to the wye, on the south side of the cathedral.

  • And she remembered that farewell down by the banks of the wye.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • Quaffing it down, and betaking himself to bed, under its somniferous influence, the wye waterman is soon in the land of dreams.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • But was he no' in the Shepherds, or the Oddfellows, or the Masons, or onything that wye?

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • Dead men don't alwyes mean they 've died—in a wye to cast reflections on the man that was with 'em.

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • Its fisheries were naturally some on the Severn and some on the wye.

British Dictionary definitions for wye


a river in E Wales and W England, rising in Powys and flowing southeast into Herefordshire, then south to the Severn estuary. Length: 210 km (130 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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