- the 23rd letter of the English alphabet, a semivowel.
- any spoken sound represented by the letter W or w, as in way, bewitch, or row.
- something having the shape of a W.
- a written or printed representation of the letter W or w.
- a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter W or w.
- watt; watts.
- withdrawn; withdrew.
Origin of W1
- the 23rd in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 22nd.
- Biochemistry. tryptophan.
Examples from the Web for w
Contemporary Examples of w
“[W]hen the going got tough, his economic team picked Wall Street,” Warren said.Warren and Christie Are the Anti-Hillarys
October 14, 2014
“By 2013, I had accepted my role as the… camouflage,” Williams said in an interview with W magazine.How Pharrell Williams Finally Made It to the Top
August 6, 2014
At first glance, the late Sir Ernest Gowers looks—to put it bluntly—like a bit of a W——-.Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?
March 30, 2014
Risking eye rolls from D.C. residents, the rooftop bar at the W Hotel still offers one of the best views of the city.A Local’s Guide to D.C. During the Holidays
December 18, 2013
“[W]hen a novelist finds an audience, even a small one … the relation is based on recognition, not misunderstanding,” he writes.In Defense of Jonathan Franzen
September 26, 2013
Historical Examples of w
Look at 'is 'orse,—w'ich it aren't; it's a snyle, that's w'at it is.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Eh, but the w'ys o' the Almichty are truly no to be mizzered by mortal line!Salted With Fire
The corner of the 'W' instead of being clear and distinct, is blunt and defective.
The "a" was misplaced, the "W" minus its lower right-hand corner.
In a moment he's onto Emil, an' begins to w'irl his hypnotic rope.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
- the 23rd letter and 18th consonant of the modern English alphabet
- a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a bilabial semivowel, as in web
- physics work
- chem tungsten
- women's (size)
Word Origin for W
not in the Roman alphabet, but the Modern English sound it represents is close to the devocalized consonant expressed by Roman -U- or -V-. In Old English, this originally was written -uu-, but by 8c. began to be expressed by the runic character wyn (Kentish wen), which looked like this: ƿ (the character is a late addition to the online font set and doesn't display properly on many computers, so it's something like a cross between lower-case -p- and a reversed -y-). In 11c., Norman scribes introduced -w-, a ligatured doubling of Roman -u- which had been used on the continent for the Germanic "w" sound, and wyn disappeared c.1300. -W- is not properly a letter in the modern French alphabet, and it is used there only in borrowed foreign words, e.g. wagon, weekend, Western, whisky, wombat.
- Abbreviation of width
- The symbol for tungsten.
- Abbreviation of watt
- A hard, gray to white metallic element that is very resistant to corrosion. It has the highest melting point of all elements, and it retains its strength at high temperatures. It is used to make light-bulb filaments and to increase the hardness and strength of steel. Atomic number 74; atomic weight 183.84; melting point 3,410°C; boiling point 5,900°C; specific gravity 19.3 (20°C); valence 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Also called wolfram See Periodic Table.