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W, w

[duhb-uh l-yoo, -yoo; rapidly duhb-yuh]
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noun, plural W's or Ws, w's or ws.
  1. the 23rd letter of the English alphabet, a semivowel.
  2. any spoken sound represented by the letter W or w, as in way, bewitch, or row.
  3. something having the shape of a W.
  4. a written or printed representation of the letter W or w.
  5. a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter W or w.


  1. West Saxon.
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Examples from the Web for ws

Historical Examples

  • (ws) onboren bega hord, the treasure of the rings had been carried off, 2285.



  • Probably the man at WS has opened his key while getting a blank or a pen.

    The Young Railroaders

    Francis Lovell Coombs

  • Mara ws a cuma r, swa swa t godspel s seg; and for s folces geryle ws t gesthus earle genyrwed.

  • He is ordfruma and ende: he is ordfruma, fori e he ws fre; he is ende butan lcere geendunge, foran e he bi fre ungeendod.

  • Se Godes Sunu ws on his gesthuse genyrwed, t he us rume wununge on heofonan rice forgife, gif we his willan gehyrsumia.

British Dictionary definitions for ws


the internet domain name for
  1. Western Samoa
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ws in Science


  1. Abbreviation of width


  1. The symbol for tungsten.
  2. Abbreviation of watt
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