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toward M'est.
West'most, a. Farthest west.
West' ward, l ^ ^ ^ Toward west,
West'ward-lx, j
Wet, n. W^ater ; moisture : — rainy weather.

— 2, a. Moist ; soaked with something

liquid : — rainy.— 3, v. a. [i. & p. wetted or

wet.] To make wet.
WStfi'er, n. Male sheep or ram.
Wet'-iiiirse, n. Nurse who suckles a child.
Whack, (;. a. To strike with noise. — 2, n.

Noisy blow: —

Whale, n. Largest

of marine animals,

shaped like a fish,

hunted for oil and

Whale'bone (hwal'-

bon),«. Horny,

elastic substance

found in the jaw of the whale.
Whal'er, n. Person or vessel employed in

the whale-fishery.
Whal'ing. n. Busineas of killing M'hales. —

2, a. ' Pertaining to whaling.
WhSrf, n. ; pi Wharfs or Wharveg. Place

for loading and unloading ships; quay.
WhSrf a|:e, n. Fees for landing at a wharf:

— wharves collectively.


Whirf in-J-er, n. One who attends a wharf.
What (hwot), pron. That which, asking

questions regarding persons or things — as,

what ixia,n,jjohal book.
What-ev'er (hwot-), \pron. What: —
What-S9-Sv'?r (hwot-), J any thing, ne

matter what.
What' not (hwot'-), n. Stand with shelves,

for books, ornaments, &c.
Wheat, n. Valuable nutritious grain, from

which bread is made.
Wheat' en (hwet'tn), a. Made of wheat.
Whee'dle (hwe'dl), v. a. To coax ; to flatter.
Wheel, n. Circular frame turning on an

axis : — turn ; revolution : — bicycle. — 2, t".

To move on wheels : — to turn.
Wheel'bar-row, n. Small barrow with a

Wheel' Wright (-rit), n. Maker of wheels

and wheeled vehicles.
Wheeze, v. n. To breathe noisily vdth diffi-
culty, as in asthma.
Whelk, n. Wrinkle : — pustule : — weal : —

sort of edible mollusk.
Whelm, V. a. To immerse : — to overcome.
Whelp, n. Young of a dog, lion, &c.
When, ad. At the time that : — at what time.
Whence, ad. From that place or source : —

from what place or source.
Whence-so-ev'er, ad. From whatever place.
When-ev'gr, 1 ^^ ^^ whatever time.
When-so-ev er, J
Where (hwar), ad. At, or to, what place.

Wh£'a:JbtJs.}«^- Near what place.

Where-a§', ad. Since ; when in fact.

Where-at', ad. At which : — at what.

Where-by', ad. By which : — by what.

Where' fore, ad. For which reason: — for
what reason.

Where-in', ad. In which : — in what.

Where-in-t6', ad. Into which.

Where-6f . ad. Of which : — of what.

Where-on , ad. On which : — on what.

Where-so-ev'§r, ad. In what place soever.

Where-t8', )ad. To wliioh :— to what ;

Where-un-tS', J to what end.

Where-up-on', ad. Upon which.

Wher-ev er, ad. At or in whatsoever place.

Where-with', \ai. With which: — with

Where- witfi-al', J what.

Where' with-3.1, n. Means to effect an end.

Wher'ry, «. Light, swift boat.

Whet, y. a. To sharpen : — to excite. — 2, n.
Act of sharpening or exciting ; that which
sharpens, excites, or makes hungry.

Wheth'er, ad. If— introducing the first of
alternatives. — 2, jt^''""- Which of two.

Whet' stone, n. Sharpening-stone.

Whew, inter). Noting surprise or contempt.

Whey (hwi), n. Thin part of milk, sep-
arated from the curd.

Which, pron. relative referring to things.
That : — what one — as, which of the two.

Which-ev'§r, ) pron. Whether one or

Which-so-ev'er, / the other.




WhlflF, n. Blast ; puff, as of wind or smoke.
— 2, V. To breathe or consume in whiffs :
— to emit.

Whiffle, V. n. To veer : — to puff.

Whif fle-tree, n. Same as whippletree.

Whigr, n. Reformer in politics ; Liberal.

While, n. Space of time. — 2, v. To cause
to pass, as a space of time : — to loiter. — 3,
ad. During the time that ; as long as.

Whi'l9m, ad. Formerly ; once. — 2, a.
Former ; at one time.

Whilst, ad. Same as while.

Whim, n. Freak ; odd fancy ; caprice.

Whim'p^r, v. n. To cry with a low whining
voice. — 2, w. Whining cry.

Whim'§§y (hwim'ze), n. Same as whim.

Whim'§i-cal, a. Freakish ; oddly fanciful.

Whin, n. Furze ; gorse : — whinstone.

Whine, v. n. To lament plaintively or
meanly. — 2, n. Nasal plaintive tone ;
mean complaint.

Whin'nj, v. n. To make a noise like a
horse. — 2, n. Neigh.

Whin' stone, n. Hard and compact rock.

Whip, V. a. To strike, incite, or punish
with a lash : — to beat in a contest : — to
overcast, as a seam : — to beat to a froth,
as eggs or cream : — to snatch. — 2, v. n. To
move nimbly.

Whip' -hand, n. Advantage over another.

Whip' -lash, n. Thong of a whip.

Whip'per-snSp'per, n. Insignificant person.

Whip'ping, n. Correction with a whip.

Whip'pie-tree, n. Bar to which traces are
fastened, and by which horses draw.

Whip' poor-will', n. Nocturnal bird, so
called because of its cry.

Whip'-sSw, n. Saw used by two persons.

Whip' stock, n. Handle of a whip.

Whir, n. Buzzing sound caused by rapid
motion. — 2, v. n. To move with a whir.

Whirl, V. To turn round rapidly. — 2, n.
Quick rotation ; circular motion.

Whirl'i-§igr, n. Child's whirling toy.

Whirl'p861, n. Circular current ; eddy.

Whirl'wind, n. Violent wind-storm with a
whirling motion.

Whisk, n. Quick motion : — small brush : —
beater for eggs, &C.-;— 2, v. To move nim-
bly : — to brush : — to beat to a froth, as eggs.

Whisk'er, n. One who whisks -.-^l. hair
growing on the cheek.

Whis'key, \ n. Spirit distilled from grain,

Whis'kj, /potatoes, &c.

Whis'per, v. To speak under the breath. —
2, n. Low voice ; ca-utious or timorous

Whist, n. Game at cards. — 2, interj. Be
still.— 3, a. Silent ; still.

Whis'tle (hwis'sl), v. n. To make a shrill
sound, as through the puckered lips. — 2,
V. a. To call by a whistle : — to utter mu-
sically by whistliug.— 3, n. Whistling
sound, as that made by the breath, &c. : —
small whistling wind-instrument: — call
or summons by a whistle.

Whit, n. Bit ; small part or thing.
White, a. Without color ; snowy : — pallid :

— pure ; spotless : — gray with age. — 2, m.

White man.
White'bait, n. Young of the herring and

Whi'ten (hwl'tn), v. To make or grow

White' -oak, n. American species of oak.
White'wash (hwit'wdsh), n. Mixture of

lime and water for whitening walls. — ^2,

V. a. To cover with whitewash : — to give

a good appeaiunce to : — to gloze over.
Whith'er, ad. To what place or point.
Whith'er-so-gv'§r, ad. To whatever place.
Whit'ing, n. Small sea-fish like the cod : —

chalk ground and purified.
Whit'ish, a. Somewhat white.
Whit'ieath-er, n. Leather dressed with

alum : — toiigh white ligament at the back

of the neck in quadrupeds.
Whit'low, n. Felon at the finger's end.
Whit'sun-day, 1 n. Seventh Sunday after
Whit'sun-tide, J Easter ; Pentecost.
Whit' tie (hwit'tl), n. Pocket-knife. — 2,

V. a. To pare or shape with a knife.
Whiz, V. n. To make a loud buzzing noise.

— 2, n. Loud buzzing noise.
WhS (h8), pron. relative referring to persons.

That which : — what person.
Whoa (hwo'a or hwo), inter). Stand still!

halt ! — to a "draught animal.
WhS-ev'er (ho-), pron. Any one, indefi-
nitely : — who.
Whole (hoi), a. All ; complete : — sound :

—well.— 2, n. Total of a thing.
Whole'sale (hoi'-), n. Sale of goods in

large quantities : — whole mass. — 2, a.

Buying or selling in large quantities:—

'^hole'some (hol'sym), a. Salutary ;

Whol'lx (hol'le), ad Completely; totally.
Wh8m (horn), pron. Objective of who.
WhSm-s9-5v'?r, pron. Objective of whoso-
Wh88p (hop), n. Loud, eager shout. — 2,

V. n. To make a whoop.
Wh88p'ing'-cough (-kof ), n. Infectious and

epidemic disease, characterized by a vio-
lent convulsive cough and a whooping

inspiration of breath.
Whorl (hwiirl), n. Arrangement of leaves

around a common centre : — convolution.
Whor'tle-ber-rj; (hwur'tl-ber-e), n. Family

of small shrubs, and their blue edible

Wh8§e (hoz), pron. Possessive of tvho and


Same as ivlioever.

Wh8'so (ho'so), 1'er, l^""''-

Why (hwi)', ad. For what reason ; for
which : — by what proof or reason : — from
what cause : — for what purpose.

Wick, n. Twisted cotton threads of a lamp,
&c., which draw up the oil to the flame.




To make or grow wide ;
), M. Water-fowl of tlie

Wick'ed, a. Vicious ; immoral : — injurious :
— ^unjust.

Wick'er, a. Made of small twigs or withes.

Wick'er-work (-wiirk), n. Articles made
of wooden twigs or withes.

Wick'et, n. Small gate : — sticks bowled at
in cricket.

Wide, a. Broad : — ample : — liberal : — re-
mote. — 2, ad. At, or to, a distance.

Wide'-a-wake', n. Kind of felt hat. — 2, a.
Lively ; Tigilant.

Wi'den (wi'dn),i;.
to extend.

"Wid'i-eon (wid'jun
duck kind.

"Wid'ow, n. "Woman whose husband is dead.
— 2, V. a. To deprive of a husband or

"Wid'ow-er, n. Man who has lost his wife.

"Wid'ow-hood (-hud), n. State of a widow.

Widtii, n. Breadth ; wideness.

"Wield (weld), v. a. To use ; to manage ;
to control.

Wife, n. ; pi. Wive§. Woman who has a
husband ; husband's consort.

Wife'hood (wif'hud),«. State of a wife.

Wig, n. False hair worn on
the head.

Wig'gle (wig'gl), n. Wag ;
small, quick jerk. — 2, v. To
wag : — to squirm.

Wight (wit), n. Person ;

Wig-'wag, V. To signal by
waving a flag.

Wig'w§.m, M. Indian's cabin
or hut.

Wild, a. Untamed : — not cultivated : — des-
ert : — extravagant : — wide of the mark :
— furious ; delirious. — 2, n. Desert ; wil-

Wild' -cat, n. Ferocious
feline animal.

Wil'der-ness, n. Wild
or waste place ; desert.

Wild' fire, n. Inflamma-
ble composition: — un-
controlled fire.

Wild'-f6<^l, n. Wild
fowls, especially game-birds.

Wile, n. Trick ; stratagem. — 2,
while : — to beguile.

Wil'ful, a. Stubborn ; obstinate ; perverse :
— voluntary.

Will, n. Faculty of choice ; choice : — wish ;
inclination : — declaration as to the dispo-
sition of one's property after death. — 2,
V. n. To exercise the will. — 3, v. a. To
desire ; to decree : — to leave by will. — 4,
V. auxiliary, [i. would.] Used as a sign
of the future tense.

Will'ing', a. Consenting ; ready ; voluntary.

Wil'low (wil'lo), n. Tree of many species,
having slender, pliant limbs.

Wil'low-x, «• Abounding in willows : —



a. To


Wilt, V. n. To wither, as plants ; to droop,
— 2, V. auxiliary. Old form of the second
person singular present indicative of vHll.

Wi'ly, a. Cunning ; sly ; insidious.

Wim'ble, n. Auger ; gimlet.

Win, V. [i. & p. won.] To gain by con-
quest : — ^to obtain : — to reach : — to concili-

Wince, v. n. To shrink, as from pain. — 2, n.
Act of wincing ; a shrinking.

Winch, n. Handle to turn an axle or wheel.

Wind, n. Air in motion ; breeze : — breath :
— flatulence. — 2, v. a. To ventilate : — to
follow by scent : — to put out of breath.

Wind, V. To twist ; to coil : — to sound by
blowing, as a horn. — 2, w. Poetical pro-
nunciation of wind.

Wind'f§,ll, 71. Fruit blown down by the
wind : — unexpected good fortune.

Wind'-flo-(^-er, n. Anemone.

Wind'gall, n. Swelling near the fetlock of
a horse.

Wind'ing, n. Twining ; curve ; meander.

Wind'ingr-sheet, n.
Shroud for the

Wind'lass, n. Re-
volving cylinder
for raising heavy

Wind' mill, n. Mill
turned by the

Win'dow (win'do), n. Opening in the wall
of a building, for air and light.

Wind'pipe, \ n. Passage through the throat

Wind' pipe, J for the breath.

Wind'row, n. Hay raked into a row.

Wind'ward, ad. Toward the wind. — 2, a.
Lying toward the wind. — 3, n. Point, side,
or part toward the wind.

Wind'y, a. Having, consisting of, or sub-
ject to, wind : — windward : — empty.

Wine, n. Fermented juice of grapes.

Wine' glass, n. Glass for drinking wine.

Wing, n. Limb of a bird or insect, used in
flying : — flight : — protection : — side di-
vision or projection, asof an army or build-
ing. — 2, V. a. To furnish with wings: — to
fly : — to wound in the wing.

Winged (wingd or wing'ed), a. Having
wings : — swift ; rapid : — wounded in the

Wing'less, a. Without wings. [M'ing.

Wink (wingk), v. To shut aud open the
eyes quickly : — to signal by winking : — to
connive. — 2, n. Act of winking : — hint
given by winking.

Win'ning, p. a. That wins : — attractive. —
2, n. Act of gaining ; sum won.

Win'now (win'no), v. To separate chaflF
from grain by fanning ; to sift.

Win' some, a. Merry ; winning.

Win'ter, n. Cold season of the year, com-
prising December, January, and Febniary.
— 2, V. n. To pass the winter. — 3, v. a. To
keep in the winter.




Wln'ter-green, n. Aromatic evergreen
plant. [cold.

Win'trx, <*• Suitable to, or like, winter ;

Wipe, V. a. To cleanse or dry by rubbing :
— 2, n. Kub : — blow.

"Wire, M. Metal thread. — 2, v, a. To string
on wire : — to bind or fasten with wire.

Wire' -edge (ej), n. Thin, brittle edge,
caused by oversharpening.

Wire'lesa, «. Without the use of wires, as
wireless telegraphy.

Wire' -worm (-wiirm), n. Larva injurious
to plants.

Wir'x, a. Made of, or like, wire :— tough ;
hardy ; sinewy.

Wi§'d9m, n. Quality of being wise ; saga-
city ; judgment : — learning.

Wi§e, a. Sagacious ; discreet ; judicious : —
learned. — 2, n. Manner ; method.

Wije'a-cre (wiz'a-k§r), n. Pretender to

Wish, V. To desire ; to long : — to invoke ;
to ask. — 2, n. Longing desire : — thing de-

Wish' -bone, n. Forked breastbone of a

Wish'ffll, a. Longing ; desirous ; eager.

Wish'x-waah'x (-wosh'e), a. Weak; feeble.

Wisp, n. Small bundle, as of hay or

Wist, i. & p. from wit.

Wist' fill, a. Longing : — pensive.

Wit, V. n. [i. & p. wist.] To know, or to bo
known — now used chiefly in the infinitive,
to wit, implying namely. — 2, n. Mental
quickness ; sense : — humorous or sarcastic
faculty : — witty person.

Witch, n. Woman supposed to practise
sorcery : — hag. — 2, v. a. To bewitch.

Wlteh'e-r^*' } "* ^^^^^^y 5 enchantment.

Witch-ha'zel (-ha'zl), n. Tall blossoming
shrub, and its extract, used for bathing
bruises, cuts, &c.

With,^rep. By : — upon : — against : — accom-
panying : — among : — on the side of.

With, n. Same as withe.

Witfi-Sl', ad. With the rest ; likewise.

Witfi-drSw', V. a. To take back ; to re-
call. — 2, V. n. To retire ; to retreat.

Witfi-drSw'al, n. Act of withdrawing.

Withe, n. Flexible twig : — ^band of woven

With'er, v. To fade ; to dry : — to decay.

Witfi'er§, n. pi. Joining of the shoulder-
bones in a horse at the bottom of the

Witfi-hold', r. a. [».& j). withheld.] To keep
back ; to refuse.

Witfi-in', prep. Inside. — 2, ad. Inwardly :
— indoors.

Witfi-oiit', 2)rep. Out of; beyond: — lacking.
— 2, ad. Outside : — out of doors. — 3, conj.

Witt-stand', v. a. [i. & p. withstood. To
oppose ; to resist.


WitR- stood' (-stftd'), i. & p. from withstand.

With'x, a- Made of, or like, withes ; tough
and flexible. — 2, n. Withe : — sort of willow.

Wit'less, a. Wanting wit or understand-

Wit ness, n. Testimony ; evidence : — bearer
of testimony. — 2, v. To attest ; to be a
witness of : — beholder.

Wit'ti-ci§m, n. Witty remark.

Wit'ting-lj, ad. Knowingly ; intentionally.

Wit'tx, «• Having wit; sarcastic ; humor-

Wive, V. To take a wife.

Wive? (wivz), n. ; pi. of loife.

Wiz'ard, n. Conjurer ; sorcerer.

Wiz'en (wiz'zn), v. n. To wither; to dry

Woe, n. Grief ; sorrow ; misery ; calamity.

Woe -be-grone, a. Lost in woe ; full of sor-

Wo'fiil, a. Sorrowful ; calamitous.

Wold, n. Open country ;

Wolf (wftlf), n. ; pi.
Wolve§ (wiilvz). Fierce
wild animal of the dog

Wolfish (wfllf'ish), a.
Like a wolf ; fierce : —
hungry; greedy.

Wolf -fish (wtllf'-), n. Voracious marine

Wolf s'bane (wlilfs'ban), n. Aconite.

Wol-ver-ene' (wfil-), n. Large kind of

Worn' an (wftm'an), n. ; pi. Worn' en
(wiin'fn). Adult female of the human

Wom'an-hood (w<im'an-hM), n. State or
quality of being a woman.

Wom'an-ish (wdm'an-Ish), a. Like a
woman ; feminine.

Wom'an-kind (wfim'an-), n. Female sex.

Wom'an-ljr (wdm'-), a. Becoming a woman.

W8mb (wo'm), n. Place of generation, ori-
gin, or production.

Wom'b^t, n. Marsupial quadruped.

Wom'en (wim'en), n. Plural of woman.

WSn, ». & p. from win.

Wfin'der, v. n. To marvel : — to speculate
mentally. — 2, n. Surprise ; admiration :
— prodigy.

W8n'der-ffll, a. Astonishing ; marvellous ;

W6n'der-ment, w. Astonishment.

WSn'droijs, a. Same as wonderful.

WSnt, V. n. To be accustomed. — 2, n. Cus-
tom ; habit. — 3, a. Habituated ; accus-

Won't (wont or wiint). Contraction for wtH

WSnt'^d, p. a. Accustomed ; used ; usual.

W88, V. To court ; to make love.

Wood (wM), n. Forest: — substance of
trees: — timber; fuel.— 2, v To supplj
with wood.






Small insect.
Forester : — one

Wood'blne (wM'bin), n. Honeysuckle : —
Virginia creeper, a climbing American

Wood' chuck (wM'chuk), n. Small burrow-
ing quadruped.

(wM'kok), n.
Game-bird of
the snipe kind.

n. Skill in
hunting and

(wdd'kut), 71.
Engraving on wood, or a print of such en-

Wood'ed (wM'ed), o. Supplied with wood
or trees.

Wood'en (wM'dn), a. Made of wood : —
clumsy : — stupid.

"Wood'land (wiid'M'nd), n. Land covered
with woods.

"Wood'land (wM'-), o. Belonging to woods.

Wood' -lark (wM'lark), n. Species of

Wood'-lbflse (wM'lods), n

Wood'man (wM'man), n.
who fells timber: —

Wood'peck-er (wM'-
pek-er), n. "Bird that
drills holes in trees to
obtain insects.

Wood'-pii - eon (wtid'-
pid-jun), n. King-

Wood'- work (wM'-
wiirk), «. Wooden part
of any thing, as the
casements, &c., of a

Wood'jr (wftd'e), a. Pertaining to, or full
of, woods : — consisting of, or like, wood.

WoS'er, n. One who wooes ; suitor.

W88f, n. Threads that cross the warp.

Wool (wfil), n. Fleece of sheep : — short hair,
as of the negro.

Wool'-gath'er-ing, n. Useless undertaking :
— idle imagination. — 2, a. Listless ;
dreamy ; inattentive.

Wool'-grow-er, n. One who raises wool.

Wool'len (wtfl'len), a. Pertaining to wool :
— made of wool. — 2, n. ; pi. Wool'Ienj.
Cloths made of wool ; woollen goods.

Wool'lx (wfll'-), o. Consisting of, or like,

Word (wiird), n. Articulate sound express-
ing an idea ; characters denoting it : —
term : — message : — promise : — Scripture.

Word'ing (wurd'jng), n. Manner of ex-
pressing by words.

Word'x (wUrd'f), a. Full of words; ver-

Wore, t". from wear.


Work (wiirk), v. n. [t. & p. wrought or
worked.] To be in action or motion : — to
labor : — to have efifect ; to operate : — to fer-
ment : — to heave. — 2, v. a. To form, shape,
or produce by labor : — to put or manage
in motion : — to exert : — to bring by action
to any state ; to prevail upon to some end :
— to embroider : — to cause to ferment. — 3,
n. Toil ; labor ; employment : — thing
done, produced, or shaped by labor: —
literary or artistic production : — embroi-
dery : — action ; deed : — pi. fortifications :
— factory : — mechanism.

Work' -bag fwiirk'-V \ n. Bag or box con-

Work'-box (wiirk'-), j taining materials for

Work'-hbuse (wilrk'hoiis), n. Workshop :
— ^almshouse.

Work'ing (wiirk'ing), n. Action : — fermen-

Work'ing-day (wiirk'-), n. Day for labor.

Work'ing-man (wiirk'-), n. Man who
works, usually at manual labor ; artisan ;

Work'man (wiirk'man), n. Artificer.

Work'man-Iike (wurk'-),|a. Skilful; well

Work'man-ly (wtirk'-), J performed.

Work'man-ship (wiirk'man-ship), n. Skill ;
art ; work ; manner of working.

Work'shSp (wiirk'shop), n. Place where
work is done.

World (wiirld), n. Universe ; creation : —
any heavenly body : — earth : — human
race : — secular and public life : — scene of

World'ling (wiirld'ling), n. One devoted
to worldly affairs.

World'lx (wiirld'le), a. Belating to, or
devoted to, this world.

Worm (wiirm), n. Small, creeping animal ;
grub ; insect : — any thing spiral, as a screw
thread : — groveller. — 2, v. To work slowly,
secretly, and gradually, like a worm.

Worm'wood (wiirm'wfid), n. Bitter plant.

Worm'x (wtirm'e), a. Relating to, like, or
full of, worms : — eaten by worms.

Worn, p. from wear.

Wor'ri-ment, n. Same as worry.

Wor'ri-sSine, n. Causing worry or annoy-
ance : — fretful.

Wor'rjr, n. Trouble ; anxiety. — 2, v. a. To
harass ; to tease. — 3, v. n. To fret.

Worse (wiirs), a.; comp. of bad. More bad
or sick. — 2, ad. In a worse manner or de-

Wor'ship (wiir'ship), n. Title of honor: —
adoration ; religious reverence. — 2, v. To
reverence ; to adore : — to perform religious

Wor'ship-fai (wiir'shjp-ffll), a. Entitled
to respect ; venerable.

Wor'ship-p§r (wiir'-), «. One who wor-

Worst (wiirst), a. ; mperl. of had. Most
bad. — 2, n. Most evil state. — 3, v. a. T»
defeat ; to overthrow.




"Wors'ted (wurs'ted), n. Hard twisted
woollen yarn, and cloth woven from it.
— 2, a. Slade of worsted : — beaten.

"Wort (wtirt), n. Herb : — plant of the cab-
bage kind : — new beer or ale, unfer-

"Worth (wiirth), n. Value; cost: — excel-
lent quality ; desert ; merit, — 2, a. Equal
in value to ; deserving. [value.

Worth'l^ss (wiirth'les), a. Having no

Wor'tfix (wiir'the), a. Deserving ; merito-
rious ;" excellent. — 2, M. Worthy man.

Would (wM), V. auxiliary & defective; i.
from vnll. Denoting inclination or wish.

Wound (wond or wciQnd), n. Cut ; injury ;
hurt ; harm. — 2, v. a. To hurt by violence.

■WoQnd (woflnd), i. &p. from vnnd.

Wove, i. from iveave.

Wo'ven (wo'vn), p. from weave.

Wrack (rak), n. Shipwreck ; ruin : — ^kind
of sea-weed : — thin drifting cloud.

Wraith (rath), n. Apparition ; spirit.

Wran'g'le (rang'gl), v. n. To dispute ; to
quarrel. — 2, n. Quarrel ; dispute.

Wrap (rap), v. a. [i. & p. wrapped or
wrapt.] To roll together ; to cover ; to
envelope. — 2, n. Outer garment ; covering.

Wrap'per, n. Person or thing that wraps ;
cover :— -dressing-gown.

Wrap'ping, n- Covering ; wrapper.

Wrath (rath or rath), n. Anger ; fury : —

Wrath' fiil, a. Angry ; furious. [violence.

Wreak (rek), v. a. To execute ; to inflict.

Wreath (reth), n. Any thing twisted ;
garland. [to twist.

Wreathe (reth), v. To form into wreaths ;

Wreck (rek), n. Shipwreck; ruin: — vessel
or other thing wrecked. — 2, v. a. To de-
stroy, as a ship ; to strand ; to ruin.

Wreck'af e, n. Act of wrecking : — ^remains
of a wreck.

Wren (ren), n. Small
perching song-bird of
several species.

Wrench (rench), v. a. To
pull or twist violently : —
to sprain : — to wrest. — 2,
n. Violent pull or twist :
— sprain : — tool for turn-
ing nuts, &c.

Wrest (rest), v. a. To take by force : — to
twist : — to pervert. — 2, n. Twist : — per-
version : — ^violence.


Wres'tle (res'sl), v. n. To contend by
grappling and trying to throw an oppo-
nent : — to struggle.

Wretch (rech), w. Miserable mortal : —

Wretch'^d (r6ch'ed), a. Unhappy; miser-
able :— -despicable.

Wrig'gle (rig'gl), v. To twist or squirm.—
2, n. Wriggling motion.

Wright (rit), n. Workman; artificer.

Wring (ring), v. a. [i. wrung or wringed ;
p. wrung.] To twist ; to turn : — to extort :
— to harass ; to distress.

Wring'er (ring'er), n. Machine which

Wrin'kle (ring'kl), n. Corrugation ; crease.
— 2, V. To contract into wrinkles ; to
make uneven.

Wrist (rist), n. Joint uniting the hand
and forearm.

Wrist'band (rist'band), n. Part of a sleeve
that passes around the wrist.

Writ (rit), w. A writing : — Scripture : —
official document of declaration or com-

Write (rit), v. a. [i. wrote ; p. written.]
To form letters : — to express by letters : —
to compose. — 2, v. n. To perform the act
of writing : — to communicate by letter.

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