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Whitney

[hwit-nee, wit-]
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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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  • And in the Nicaragua, where Mrs. Whitney lives, the cost of—but it wouldn't be for long.

  • I owe no thanks to Mrs. Whitney, with her prunes and her prisms and her penny-pinchings.

  • "But why—why—" Mrs. Whitney squeaked and panted, and her breath failed.

  • They are both afraid, now that Mrs. Whitney—selfish creature!

  • The wine account—there is one, but it ought to be Mrs. Whitney's; for entertaining.


British Dictionary definitions for whitney

Whitney1

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)
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Whitney2

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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