Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet
  2. (noun, quantity) a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm
  3. (noun, linkdef) the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
  4. (noun, substance) a heavy grey-white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite

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Origin of the word W

  1. not in the Roman alphabet, but the Mod.Eng. sound it represents is close to the devocalized consonant expressed by Roman -U- or -V-. In O.E., this originally was written -uu-, but by 8c. began to be expressed by the runic character wyn (Kentish wen), which looked something like a cross between lower-case -p- and -y-. In 11c., Nor… more

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Words that sound like W

wa, wahoo, waw, way, wee, wee-wee, weewee, wei, whey, who, why, wi, woe, woo, wow, wu, www, wy, wye

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