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Vi'o-lence, n. Violent act : — unjust force :
—vehemence : — injury.

Vi'o-lent, n. Vehement : — acting by force :
—unnatural : — passionate : — severe ; acute :
— extorted.

Vi'o-let, n. Well-known flowering plant
of many species, and its purple, white,
or yellow blossom : — light purple color. —
2, a. Light purple.

Vi-o-lin', n. Musical instrument of four
strings, played with a bow.

Vi-o-lin'ist, n. One who plays on the
violin.

Vi-o-lon-cel'lo (ve-o-lon-chel'lo or -sePlo),
n.' li.ind of bass violin.

Vi'per, n. Venomous serpent of many spe-
cies.

Vi'per-ous,n. Venomous : — malignant.

Vi-ra'go, \ n. Turbulent woman ; terma-

Vi-ra'go, J gant ; scold.

Vir'e-o, \ n. Small American song-bird of

Vi're-o, J several species.

Vir'l'in, n. Maid ; woman not a mother : —
Mother of Christ : — sixth sign of the
zodiac. — 2, a. Chaste ; maidenly : — pure :
— fresh ; new. — Vir-§in'i-tXi n.

ViVgo, n. The Virgin, the sixth sign of the
zodiac.

Vi'rile,) a. Belonging to, or befitting, a

Vir'ile, ^man ; manly; bold; vigorous. —

Vir'ile, j Vi-ril'l-tx, «•

Virt'li-al, a. In essence or effect, though
not in fact.

Virt'iie, n. Moral goodness : — some partic-
ular moral excellence : — chastity: — power;
efficacy.

Vir-tii-o'so, n. Person skilled in any of the
fine arts, or in curiosities.

Virt'u-oiis, a. Having virtue ; moral : —
chaste : — efficacious.

Vir'ii-lent, a. Venomous ; bitter ; malig-
nant. — Vir'u-lence, n.

Vi'rus, n. Poisonous matter produced by
disease, containing the germs of infection :
— virus specially prepared for inocula'tion :
— any contagious or noxious influence.

Vi§'a§e, n. Face ; countenance ; look.

Vis-a-vis (viz'a-ve'), n. Carriage or couch
with two seats facing each other : — person
opposite, aa in a dance. — 2, a. Face to
face.



Vis'ce-ra, n. pi. Entrails ; internal organs.

Vis'cid, I a. Glutinous ; stringy ; sticky.

Vis'cous, J — -Vis-cid'i-tx, Vis-cos'i-tj:, n.

Vis'count (vi'lioUnt), n. Nobleman* next
below an earl or count.

Vis'count-ess (vi'koQnt-es), n. Wife of a
viscount : — lady of such rank in her own
right. [firmly.

Vise, n. Vice, instrument to hold objects

Vig'i-ble, a. Perceptible by the eye ; appar-
ent. — Vi^-i-bil'i-tjr, n.

Vi"§ion (vizh'unj, n. Act or faculty of
seeing : — apparition : — imaginary concep-
tion.

Vi"§ion-a-r3r (vizh'un-a-re), a. Given to
visions ; imaginative ; impractical : — im-
aginary ; fantastic. — 2, n. Person given
to visions ; dreamer ; enthusiast.

Vi§'it, V. To go or come to see : — to punish : —
to inflict. — 2, n. Act of going to see

Vi§'it-ant, n. One who visits. [another.

Vi§'it-or, n. Visitant : — inspector.

Vi§'or, M. Movable mask attached to a hel-
met : — mask ; disguise : — part of a cap,
projecting to protect the eyes.

Vis'ta, n. View : — prospect or walk through
an avenue, as of trees. [sight.

Vi§'6-al, a. Relating to, or obtained by,

Vi'tal, a. Relating to, or necessary to, life :
— mortal.

Vi-tal'i-tjj, n. Vital principle ; life ; ani-
mation.

Vi'tal-ize, v. a. To make vital or alive.

Vi'talg, w. 2)l- Vital organs.

Vi"ti-ate (vish'e-at), v. a. To corrupt; to
deprave : — to impair : — to destroy.

Vi-ti-a'tion (vish-), «. Act of vitiating;
state of being vitiated.

Vit're-ous, a. Pertaining to, consisting of,
or like, glass.

Vit'ri-fy, v. To change into glass.

Vit'ri-ol, n. Sulphuric acid : — sulphate of
iron, copper, &c. [sarcastic.

Vit-ri-61'ic, a. Containing vitriol : — bitingly

Vi-tii'per-ate, 1 v. a. To blame ; to censure ;

Vi-tii'per-ate, J to abuse in speech.

Vi-tii-per-a'tion, n. Abuse ; vilification.

Vi-tii'per-a-tive, a. Abusive ; censorious.

Vi-va'cious (vi-va'shus), a. Gay ; sprightly.
— Vi-vaj'i-tj^, 11.

Viv'id, a. Lively ; striking ; brilliant.

Viv'i-fy, V. a. To make alive ; to animate.

Vi-vip'a-rous, a. Bringing forth young
alive. [animals.

Viv-i-sec'tipn, n. Act of dissecting living

Vix'en (vik'sn), n. She-fox : — termagant.

Vix'en-P^' } "' IH-tencipered ; shrewish.

Viz'ard, n. Same as visor.

Viz'ier (viz'yer or viz'yer), n. Turkish
miiiister of state.

Vo'ca-ble, n. Word ; name ; term.

Vo-cab'u-la-rx, n. List of words in alpha-
betical order : — stock of words.

VS'cal, a. Having a voice : — ^uttered by the
voice ; oral.



VOCALIST



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WAG



Vo'cgil-Yst, n. Singer ; vocal musician.

Vo-c^tl-i-za'ti^n, n. Act of vocalizing.

Vo'cil-ize, V. a. To make vocal ; to articu-
late.

V^-ca'tion, n. Occupation ; trade ; profeB-
sion.

VSc'a-tive, a. Denoting the grammatical
ca^ of direct address.

'V9-cif f r-ate, v. »i. To clamor ; to cry aloud.

V9-cif-er-a'ti9n, n. Act of vociferating ;
outcry.

Vg-cif er-ous, a. Clamorous ; noisy ; loud.

Vogrue (vog), n. Fashion ; mode ; preva-
lence, [tion ; removal.

Void'^nce, n. A voiding ; emptiness :— ejec-

Vol'a-tile, a. Evaporating quickly: —
flighty ; fickle.— Vol-a-til'i-tx, n.

Vol'a-til-ize, v. a. To make" volatile.

Vpl-can'ic, a. Relating to, affected by, or
caused by, volcanoes. [and gases.

Vpl-ca'no, n. Mountain ejecting fire, lava,

Vole, n. Water-rat. [willing ; choice.

V9-li"ti9n (vo-lish'un), n. Act or power of

Vol'lfy (vdl'le), n. Simultaneous discharge,
as of fire-arms: — outburst. — 2, v. To
discharge in a volley.

Volt, n. Unit of electric pressure : — leap to
one side.

Vol-ta'ic, a. Relating to voltaism ; galvanic.

Vol'ta-i§m, n. Science which treats of elec-
tricity developed by chemical action ; gal-
vanism.

Vol'ft-ble, a. Rolling : — fluent in speech. —
Vol-i-bn'i-tx, n.

Vol'ftme (vol'yum), n. Fold ; roll : — book :
— bulk : — capacity : — quantity or fulness
of voice. [bulky : — diffuse.

Vo-lu'mi-nous, a. Having many folds : —

Vol'un-ta-rx, a. Acting by choice ; spon-
taneous ; without compulsion. — 2, «. Or-
gan solo.

Vol-un-teer', v. n. To offer or act voluntar-
ily. — 2, n. One who volunteers, as for
military service.

V9-Hipt'\i-a-r5:, «• One given to sensual
pleasure and luxury. [ure ; luxurious.

Vo-Hipt'6-ous, a. Addicted to sensual pleas-

Vom'it, V. To throw up from the stomach.
— 2," n. Matter thrown up from the
stomach : — emetic.



Vo-ra'cious (v9-ra'shus) , a. Greedy ; raT-
enous ; rapacious. — V9-r55'i-tx, n.

Vor'tex, n. ; pi. Vbr'ti-ce§ or Vor't8x-?9.
Circular current of air or water, with a
depression at the centre ; whirlpool ; eddy.

Vor'ti-cal, a. Whirling ; tumiug.

Vo'ta-rx, «• Devotee ; one devoted to any
pursuit. — 2, a. Devoted ; vowed.

Vote, «. Opinion or wish expressed : — ^bal-
lot ; decision by ballot. — 2, v. To ballot :
— to choose by suffrage.

Vo'tive, a. Given by vow ; devoted.

Vouch, V. To attest ; to bear witness ; to
testify : — to act as a sponsor for.

Voiich'er, n. One that vouches : — confirma-
tory document.

Voftch-safe', v. To condescend to grant.

Vb^, n. Solemn or religious promise ; act
of consecration. — 2, v. a. To consecrate ;
to devote sacredly. — 3, v. n. To make vows.

Vo^'el, n. Letter distinguished from a con-
sonant in being uttered by an unobstructed
breath — as, o, e, i, o, u.

Vby'ai-e, n. Passage by sea. — 2, v. To
travel by sea.

Vul'can-ite, n. Hardened compound of
india-rubber.

Viil'gar, a. Common ; plebeian : — ^base ;
coarse. — Vul-gar'i-ty, n.

Vul-ga'ri-an, n. Vulgar person.

Vul'gar-i§m, n. Vulgar phrase or expres-
sion!

Vul'gar-ize, v. To make or grow vulgar.

Viil'gate, n. Ancient Latin version of the
Bible.

Vul'ner-a-ble, a. That
may be wounded ; as-
sai lable .— Viil-ner-a-
bil'i-tx, n.

Vul'ner-a-ry, a. Use-
ful in curing wounds.
— 2, n. Medicine for
a wound.

Viil'pine, a. Belonging
to a fox ; crafty.

Vult'Are (vult'yur), n.
Large bird of prey, of many species, feed-
ing on carrion.

Viilt'6-rine, I a. Belonging to, or like, a

Vult'i-roiis, J vulture.




Vulture.



W.



(TTaVble (wSb'bl), v. n. To waver from
y Y side to side ; to totter. — 2, n. Wab-
bling, uneven motion.
Wad (wod), n. Small, compact mass, as of
paper, tow, &c., to stuff' something with. —
2, V. a. To make into a wad : — to stuff as
with wads.
Wad'ding (wM'ding), n. Act of stuffing:
— wad, or material for a wiid : — cotton
prepared in sheets for padding.



Wad'dle (wod'dl), v.n. To walk like a duck.
Wade, V. To walk through water. — 2, n.

Act of wading.
Wa'fer, n. Thin cake : — bread given in the

euchari.st : — paste for sealing letters.
Waffle (wfif'fl), n. Sort of batter cake.
Waft, V. To float or cause to float through

air or water.
Wag, V. To move or shake slightly. — 2, ».

Joker : — wagging motion.



WAGE



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WAKKANTY



"Waf e, V. a. To carry on ; to prosecute : —
to stake ; to wager. — 2, n. Wages ; hire.

Wa'f'er, n. Bet ; pledge : — offer to make
oath'. — 2, V. To lay or pledge as a bet.

Wa'l'es, "• P^- Hire or reward for services,

Wagr'ier-jr, n. Sport ; jocularity.

Waff'lish, a. Koguish ; sportive.

Wa^grie, V. To wag : — to waddle.

Wa.g'qn, \n. Four-wheeled vehicle, espe-

Wag'sron, J cially for carrying freight.

"Wag'tail, n. Bird of the robin kind.

Waif, n. Unclaimed or stray article : —
wanderer : — foundling.

"Wail, V. To bewail ; to grieve. — 2, n. Au-
dible sorrow ; lamentation.

Wail'jng, n. Lamentation ; wail.

Wain, n. Sort of wagon.

Wain scot, n. Panelling around the walls
of a room. — 2, v. a. To line with wain-
scot.

Wain' SCO t-ing, n. Same as wainscot.

Waist, w. Part of the body between the ribs
and hips : — middle part, as of a ship : —
garment for the upper part of the body.

Waist'coat (was'kot or wes'kot), n. Short,
sleeveless undercoat.

Wait, V. To stay : — to await : — to attend. —
2, n. Ambush : — state or time of waiting ;
delay.

Wait'er, n. Servant at table : — serving-
tray.*

Wait'ingr-maid, n. Ladies' maid, to attend
on the person.

Wait'ress, w. Female waiter.

Waive, v. a. To forego ; to relinquish.

Wake, V. To rouse from sleep ; to awake.

Wake fQl, a. Not sleeping : — vigilant.

Wak'en (wa'kn), v. To rouse ; to wake.

Wake'rob-in, n. Early spring flower.

Wak'ingr, n. Act of one that wakes. — 2, p. a.
Being awake.

Wale, n. Ridge : — raised stripe on the skin,
made by a I ' ^w :— plank along the sides
of a ship. — 2, v. a. To mark with wales.

walk (wawk), V. n. To go on foot by steps :
— to proceed ; to behave. — 2, v. a. To
traverse : — to cause to walk. — 3, n. Act,
place, or manner of walking : — conduct :
— sphere of action.

wail, n. Solid fence of brick or stone : —
defence : — side of a building or room. — 2,
V. a. To enc' ose with a wall :— to defend.

Wal'let (wul'lei), w. Bag :— knapsack.



To flog soundly.
To roll, as in mire



Wal'lop (wfil'lup), V.
Wal'low (wol'lo), V.

to flounder.
Wail-tent', n. Tent

with upright sides.
Wai'nut, H. Tree of

many species, and

its nut.
Wai'rus, w. Large

seal-iike mammal

of the Arctic seas, having two ivory tusks.
Waitz, n. Kind of dance, and the music

for it. — 2, V. n. To dance the waltz.




Walrus.



Wam'pum, n. Belt of shells, used by tka
Indians for money.

Wan (won), a. Pallid, as with sickness.

Wand (w6nd), n. Rod : — staff of authority
or power.

Wan'der (w6n'd?r), v. To rove ; to ram-
ble : — to be delirious.

Wan'df r-ing (won'-), a. Roving ; erratic :
— ndelirious.

Wane, v. n. To grow less ; to decrease. — ^2,
w. Decrease of the moon : — decline.

Want (wawnt or wont), v. a. To lack ; to
need : — to desire. — 2, v. n. To be in need.
— 3, n. Need ; lack : — ^poverty.

Wtnt'ingr, p. a. Lacking ; deficient.

Wan't9n (won'tun), a. Roviug : — reckless :
— frolicsome :-Hiissolute. — 2, n. Wanton
person. — 3, v. n. To frolic : — to be licen-
tious.

Wap'i-ti, n. American deer, miscalled elk.

war, n. Open hostility, as between nations.
— 2, V. n. To make war ; to contend.

War'ble, V. To trill ; to sing, as a bird; ta
carol. — 2, w. Song ; singing of birds.

War'bl^r, n. Singer : — song-bird of many
species.

War'-cry, n. Alarm or signal in war.

ward, V. To guard : — to fend off. — 2, n.
Guard ; defence : — custody :— -district of a
city : — portion of a hospital : — part of a
lock which prevents the wrong key from
being used : — one under a guardian.

war' den (war'dn), n. OflScer of a church,
college, prison, &c.; guardian.

Ward'er, n. Keeper ; guard : — truncheon.

Ward'robe, n. Room or case for keeping
clothes: — stock of clothes.

Ward'rSSm, n. OflBcers' mess-room in a
war-ship. [ward.

ward' ship, n. State ef a guardian, or of a

Wire, a. Wary: — aware. — 2, n. ; pi.
W4re§. Goods for sale.

Wire'hoiise, n. Storehouse for wares.

war' fare, n. War ; military service.

War'like, a. Relating to war ; martial ;
hostile.

warm, a. Moderately heated : — subject to
heat ; tropical, as a climate : — ardent : —
violent : — fresh, as a scent. — 2, v. To make
or grow warm.

warmth, n. Gentle heat : — zeal ; ardor.

warn, V. a. To caution ; to admonish.

Warn'ing', n. Caution ; admonition : — pre-
vious notice.

warp, n. Lengthwise thread in weaving : —
tow-rope : — twist ; distortion. — 2, v. To
contract ; to shrivel ; to distort : — to per-
vert : — to move, as a vessel, by a rope fast-
ened to a fixed object.

War'rant (wfir'rant), v. a. To guarantee :
— to assure : — to justify. — 2, w. Grant;
authority : — writ of arrest, search, &c.

War'rant-a-ble (wor'rant-a-bl), a. That
may be warranted ; justifiable.

War'ran-tjr (wor'-), n. Promise or deed of
security ; authority.



"WARKEN



332



WAX



War'ren (wSr'ren), n. Enclosure for rab-
bits. '

War'rior (war'yur), n. One engaged in
war ; soldier.

War' -ship, n. Armed ship for making war.

WS.rt, n. Small, hard excrescence on the
skin or on plants.

Wart'y, a. Covered with warts.

Wtr'-wh6op (-hup), n. Indian war-cry.

War'jr, or Wa'rj, a. Cautious ; prudent.

Wa§ (woz), t. from be.

Wash (wosh), v. To cleanse with water : —
to waste or remove by action of water : —
to break upon in waves, as the ocean. — 2,
n. Act of washing : — lotion : — alluvium :
— marsh : — feed of hogs.

Wash'board (wosh'bord), n. Ribbed. board
to rub clothes on in washing : — boarding
round the walls of a room, next the floor.

Wash'er (wosh'er), n. One that washes : —
riag of leather or other material, used to
lessen friction or tighten a joint.

V/ash'er-wom-an (wosh'er-wum-an), n.
Woman who washes clothes.

Wash'ing (wOsh'mg), n. That which is
washed at one time, as clothes.

Wash'-leath-er (wCsh'-), n. Soft prepared
sheepskin, that may be washed.

Wash'-ofit (wosh'-'j, n. Washing away of a
road, &c., as by a freshet ; part so washed.

Wash'x (wosh'e), a. Watery ; damp : —
weak ; thin, as diluted substances.

Wasp (wosp), n. Stinging insect of several
species.

Wasp'ish (wfisp'ish), a. Peevish ; petulant.

Wast (wfist), i. from be, second person sin-
gular.

Waste, V. a. To diminish :— to squander.—

2, V. n. To dwindle :— to be consumed.—

3, a. Desolate :— refuse. — 4, n. Loss ;
ruin : — useless expenditure : — refuse : —
desolate tract.

Waste'ful, a- Destructive : — lavish.

Watch (woch), n. Vigil ; guard :— sentry ;
time or place of sentry duty : — pocket
clock. — 2, V. To wake : — to keep guard :
— to observe closely.

Watch' -dogr (woch'-), n. Dog that keeps
watch. [tive.

Watoh'ful (wfich'fiil), a. Vigilant; atten-

Watch'man (woch'-), w. Guard; sentinel.

Watch'word (woch'wurd), n. Word fixed
upon by which a sentry distinguishes
friends from foes : — ral lying-cry.

WS,'ter, n. Fluid composed of oxygen and
hydrogen, very abundant in nature : —
large body of water : — urine : — lustre of a
diamond. -^2, v. a. To supply with water :
— to dilute.— 3, v. n. To shed or take in
water.

Wa'ter-col'or, n. Color or pigment ground
with water instead of oil ; painting done
in such colors.

Wt'ter-course, w. Channel for water.

Wa'ter-cress, w. Pungent salad-plant,
growing in water.




Water-lily.



Wa'ter-^U, n. Cataract ; cascade.

Wa'ter-fdwl, n. Fowl that frequents water.

Wa'ter-ing'-place, n. Resort frequented
for its miuei-al springs, or for bathing.

Wt'ter-lev'el, n. Level of a surface of
still water : — levelling instrument.

Wa'ter-lil'j:, w.
Aquatic plant
with fragrant,
showy flowers.

W§,'ter-line, n.
Line on a ship,
indicating at
what depth it
floats.

W§,'ter - 1 o g: g- 6 d

(-iCgd), a. Soaked with water, so as to be
unmanageable, as a ship.

Wa'ter-mark, n. Mark showing the rise
of the tide : — manufacturer's mark made
in paper during the manufacture.

Wa'ter-mel-on, n. Vine bearing a large,
pulpy melon.

Wa'ter-mill, n. Mill run by water-power.

Wa'ter-pb-^'er, n. Force of water, em-
ployed to operate machinery, &c.

Wa'ter-proof, a. Imper-
vious to water.

Wa'ter-ram, n. Machine
for raising water by its
own momentum.

W §,'t e r-s h e d, n. Ele-
vated land between
river-basins.

Wa'ter-spbut, n. Wliirl-

wihd, usually at sea, which raises water
in a large column.

Wa'ter-tig-ht (-tit), a. Excluding water.

Wa'ter-wheel, n. ^\Tieel turned by water.

W§,'t4r - w:orks (-wilrks), n. pi. Apparatus
for furnishing an artificial supply of water.

WS'ter-jr, a. Liquid ; like water ; wet : —
weak ; thin, as a diluted substance.

Watt, n. A unit of electrical force.

Wat'tle (wut'tl), n. Loose red flesh that
hangs below a cock's bill : — twig ; hurdle
made of twigs.

WSul, V. n. To cry as a cat.

Wave, n. Swell on the surface of water ;
billow : — sea : — any motion or appearance
like that of a wave in water ; vibration :
— waving gesture : — sudden infliix, as of

. emotion. — 2, v. To move or be moved like
a wave, or in waves : — to beckon : — to
brandish : — to waive.

Wave'less, a. Smooth ; without waves.

Wave'let, n. Small wave.

Wa'ver! v. n. To wave : — to fluctuate : — to
hesitate.

Wa'vjj, a. Having, or formed in, waves.

Wax, n. Thick, tenacious substance, secreted
by bees, also obtained from plants and
petroleum, used variously. — 2, v. a. To
join or smear with wax. — 3, v. n. [p.
waxen or waxed.] To grow ; to be-
come.




Water-ram.



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WELL-A-WAY



Wax' en (wak'sn]

from wax.
Wax' work (-wiirk)



Made of wax. — 2, p.
[wax.
Figure formed of



Wax'jr, a. Soft like wax ; yielding : —
course : — mode ;



waxen.

Way, n. Eoad ; path
method.

Way'far-er, n. Passenger ; traveller.

Way'far-ing-, a. Travelling ; on a journey.

Way'lay, \ v. a. To watch or beset in the

Way-lay', ) way.

Way' -side, n. Side of the path or road.

Way'ward, a. Froward ; perverse.

We, pron. pi. of I. I with othei's.

Weak, a. Feeble in body or mind : — faint :
— ineffectual : — diluted.

Weak'en (we'kn), v. a. To make or grow
weak.

Weak'ling-, n. Feeble creature.

Weak'ly, ad. In a weak manner ; feebly.
— 2, a. Not strong ; feeble.

Weal, n. Happiness ; prosperity : — public
interest : — wale.

Wealth (welth), n. Eiches ; abundance;
prosperity.

Wealth'y, a. Rich ; opulent ; abundant.

Wean, v. a. To put from the breast : — to de-
tach gradually.

Weap'on (wep'pu), n. Instrument of war-
fare.

Wear (war), v. a. [i. wore ; p. worn.] To
waste ; to consume : — to carry on the
body : — to veer. — 2, v. n. To be wasted : —
to endure : — to veer. — 3, n. Act of wear-
ing ; consumption ; waste : — thing worn ;
garment.

Wear, or Wear, n. Same as iveir.

Wea'ri-some (we're-sum), a. Tedious ; tire-
some.

Wea'ry (we're), a. Fatigued ; tired. — 2, v.
To tire or become
tired.

Wea'§el (we'zl), n.
Small animal that
preys on poultry, rab-
bits, &c.

Weatli'er (weth'er), n. „, i

State if the air with Weasel,

respect to heat, cold, dryness, moisture,
&c. — 2, V. a. To expose to air or weather :
—to survive.— 3, v. n. To become affected
by exposure to weather.

Weatfi'er-beat'en, a. Harassed, seasoned,
or tarnished by weather.

Weatfi'er-board, n. Windward side of a
ship :— overlapping board to keep out cold.

Weatfi'er-cock, n. Vane in the form of a
cock : — fickle person.

Weatfi'ered, a. Worn or discolored by the
weather : — made sloping, as a cornice.

Weat^'er-proof, a. Proof against bad
weather.

Weatfi'er-slde, n. Windward side of a ship
under sail.

Weatfi'er-wige, a. Skilled in forecasting
the weather.




Weave, v. a. [i. wove ; p. woven.] To form
i uto a fabric, as threads on a loom : — to
intermingle : — to compose. — 2, v. n. To
work with a loom. — 3, n. Style or manner
of weaving.

Wea'zen (we'zn), a. Thin; lean ; wizened.

Web, n. Any thing woven ; tissue : — fine
texture spun by spiders : — skin between
the toes of fowls : — film over the eye.

Webbed (webd), a. Joined by a web.

Web' -foot (-f&t), n. Foot having toes con-
nected by a web.

Web'-foot-ed (-fut-ed), a. Having web-feet.

Wed, V. To marry ; to join in marriage.

Wed'ded, a. Married.

Wed' ding, n. Marriage ; nuptial ceremony.

Wed^e, n. Piece of metal or wood sloping
to an edge, used to split or fasten with ;
any thing shaped or acting like a wedge.
— 2, V. a. To split, or fasten, with wedges.

Wed'lock, n. Marriage ; matrimony.

Wedne§'day (wenz'da), n. Fourth day of

Wee, a. Little ; tiny. [the week.

Weed, n. Noxious or useless plant: — pi.
garments : — mourning-dress. — 2, v. a. To
rid of weeds : — to root out.

Weed'y, a. Abounding with weeds.

Week, n. Period of seven days.

Week-day, n. Any day not Sunday.

Week'ly, a. Happening or done once a
week. — 2, ad. Once a week ; every week.

Ween, v. n. To think ; to fancy.

Weep, V. [i. & p. wept.] To shed tears : —
to lament ; to be'wail.

Wee'vil (we'vl), n. Kind of beetle, injuri-
ous to grain and other plants.

Weft, n. Woof of cloth ; web.

Weigh (wa), v. a. To find the weight of;
to balance : — to ponder. — 2, v. n. To have
weight or importance : — to press.

Weight (wut), n. Quantity as measured by
the balance ; gravity : — importance.

Weight'less (wat-les), a. Having no
weight : — unimportant.

Weigh' ty (wa'te), a. Heavy: — important.

Weir, n. Dam ; fence of brushwood set in
a stream to catch fish.

Weird (werd), a. Skilled in witchcraft : —
wild ; unearthly : supernatural ; eerie.

Wel'come (wel'kum), a. Received or fur-
nished gladly.— 2, iwter/. Form of saluta-
tion. — 3, n. Kind reception, as of a guest.
— 4, V. a. To receive with kindness.

Weld, V. a. To unite by heating and beating
or pressing together : — to join together. —
2, n. Welded joint.

Wei' fare, n. Happiness ; success.

Wel'kin, n. Visible regions of the air.

Well, n. Deep pit for water ; fountain : —
source. — 2, v. n. To spi'ing ; to issue. — 3,
a. Being in health : — fortiinate : — cor-
rect. — 4, ad. Not ill ; properly : — so be
it : — suiBciently ; amply : — favorably : —
easily ; conveniently : — far ; much.

Well'-a-day, \ interj. Expressing grief ;

Well-a-way', j alas ! woe is me !



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WSU'-be-ing:, n. Happiness ; prosperity.
Wgll'-br5d, a. Cultivated ; refined.
Well-nigh' (wSl-ni'), ad. Almost; nearly.
Well -spent', a. Spent to advantage.
Well' -spring, n. Fountain ; source.
W811-to-dS', a. Prosperous,
will-wish' er, n. One who wishes good.
WSlsh, a. Relating to Wales or its people.

— 2, n. Language of Wales : — pi. people

©f Wales.
Welt, n. Border ; edging : — strip of leather

above the sole of a shoe.
Wel'ter, v. n. To roll or tumble about ; to

wallow. — 2, n. Act of weltering : — tur-
moil : — mire.
Wen, n. Fleshy or callous excrescence.
Wench, n. Maiden : — maid-servant.
Wend, V. n. [i. wended or went ; p. wended.]

To go ; to pass.
Went, i- from go and wend.
Wept, i. & p. from weep.
Were (wer), i. & pi. from be.
Wert. Old form of the second person sing-
ular imperfect from be.
West, n. Quarter where the sun appears to

set, mid-way between north and south : —

western regions, as of the United States. —

2, a. Of, in, from, or toward west. — 3,

ad. In, from, or toward west.
West'er-lx, a. Of, in, from, or toward

west! — 2', ad. In, from, or toward west.
West'em, a. Of, in, from, or toward west.
West'em-er, n. Native or inhabitant of the

western United States.
West'em-most, ad. Farthest west.
West'ing, n. Motion, direction, or tendency



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