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W US English

The twenty-third letter of the alphabet

W1 US English

The twenty-third letter of the alphabet

W2 US English

Wales

tungsten US English

The chemical element of atomic number 74, a hard steel-gray metal of the transition series. It has a very high melting point (3410°C) and is used to make electric light filaments

W in tungsten US English

The chemical element of atomic number 74, a hard steel-gray metal of the transition series. It has a very high melting point (3410°C) and is used to make electric light filaments

watt US English

The SI unit of power, equivalent to one joule per second, corresponding to the power in an electric circuit in which the potential difference is one volt and the current one ampere

W in watt US English

The SI unit of power, equivalent to one joule per second, corresponding to the power in an electric circuit in which the potential difference is one volt and the current one ampere

w in W1 US English

The twenty-third letter of the alphabet

A/W US English

Autumn/winter (denoting or relating to fashion designed for the autumn and winter seasons of a particular year)

b/w US English

Black and white (used especially to describe printing, movies, photographs, or television pictures)

C & W US English

Country and western (music)

w/o US English

Without

W boson US English

another term for W particle.

W particle US English

A heavy charged elementary particle considered to transmit the weak interaction between other elementary particles

Jacobs, W. W. US English

(1863–1943), English short-story writer; full name William Wymark Jacobs. He is noted for tales of the macabre such as ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ (1902)

Auden, W. H. US English

(1907–73), British poet; full name Wystan Hugh Auden. He was a leading left-wing poet and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Anxiety (1947)

Botha, P. W. US English

(1916–2006), South African statesman; full name Pieter Willem Botha. As prime minister 1978–84 and state president 1984–89, he was an authoritarian leader who continued to enforce apartheid, but in response to pressure, he introduced limited reforms

Grace, W. G. US English

(1848–1915), English cricketer; full name William Gilbert Grace. In a first-class career that lasted until 1908, he made 126 centuries, scored 54,896 runs, and took 2,864 wickets. He twice captained England in Test matches against Australia (1880 and 1882)

Handy, W. C. US English

(1873–1958), US composer and musician; full name William Christopher Handy; known as the Father of the Blues. As a cornetist he led the Mahara Minstrels band 1896–1903. Many of his works, including “St. Louis Blues” and “Memphis Blues,” were multistrain jazz compositions that utilized elements of the blues

W's in W1 US English

The twenty-third letter of the alphabet

Fields, W. C. US English

(1880–1946), US comedian; born William Claude Dukenfield. Having made his name as a comedy juggler, he became a vaudeville star and appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies revues between 1915 and 1921. Notable movies: The Bank Dick (1940) and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

Davies, W. H. US English

(1871–1940), Welsh poet; full name William Henry Davies. He emigrated to the US and lived as a vagrant and labourer, writing The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1908) about his experiences

Fowler, H. W. US English

(1858–1933), English lexicographer and grammarian; full name Henry Watson Fowler. He compiled the first edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (1911) with his brother Francis George Fowler (1871–1918) and wrote a guide to style and idiom, Modern English Usage, which was first published in 1926

Murnau, F. W. US English

(1888–1931), German film director; born Frederick Wilhelm Plumpe. His revolutionary use of cinematic techniques to record and interpret human emotion paralleled the expressionist movement in art and drama. Notable films: Nosferatu (1922), Der letzte Mann (1924), and Sunrise (1927), which won three Oscars

Adorno, Theodor W. US English

(1903–69), German philosopher, sociologist, and musicologist; full name Theodor Ludwig Adorno Wiesengrund

Barkley, Alben W. US English

(1877–1956), US politician; full name Alben William Barkley. He served as Harry S. Truman’s vice president 1949–53. He also served in the US Senate 1927–49, 1955–56

Awdry, Reverend W. US English

(1911–97), English author; full name Wilbert Vere Awdry. He was the creator of the Thomas the Tank Engine series of children’s books

Bush, George W. US English

(1946-), 43rd president of the US 2001–2009; full name George Walker Bush. He is the son of President George Bush. A conservative Texas Republican, he served as governor of Texas 1995–2000 before he became president in one of the closest and most controversial presidential elections in US history, when the accuracy of the vote count in the state of Florida was challenged by Democratic nominee Al Gore. One of his early acts as president was to launch a ‘War on Terror’ against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon; he also ordered the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, maintaining that Saddam Hussein was developing chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons

de Klerk, F. W. US English

(1936-), South African statesman; state president 1989–94; full name Frederik Willem de Klerk. As president, he freed Nelson Mandela in 1990, lifted the ban on membership in the African National Congress (ANC), and opened the negotiations that led to the first democratic elections in 1994. Nobel Peace Prize (1993), shared with Mandela

Griffith, D. W. US English

(1875–1948), US movie director; full name David Lewelyn Wark Griffith. A pioneer in movies, he is responsible for introducing many cinematic techniques, including flashback and fade-out. Notable films: The Birth of a Nation (1915), Intolerance (1916), and Broken Blossoms (1919)

Turner, J. M. W. US English

(1775–1851), English painter; full name Joseph Mallord William Turner. He painted landscapes and stormy seascapes and became increasingly concerned with depicting the power of light with primary colors, often arranged in a swirling vortex. Notable works: Rain, Steam, Speed (1844) and The Fighting Téméraire (1838)

Mason, A. E. W. US English

(1865–1948), English novelist; full name Alfred Edward Woodley Mason. Notable works: The Four Feathers (adventure story, 1902) and Musk and Amber (historical novel, 1942)

Klerk, F. W. de US English

see de Klerk, F. W.

Gilbert, Sir W. S. US English

(1836–1911), English playwright; full name William Schwenck Gilbert. He is best known as a librettist who collaborated on light operas with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. Notable works: HMS Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of Penzance (1879), and The Mikado (1885)

Tuchman, Barbara W. US English

(1912–89), US historian and writer; full name Barbara Wertheim Tuchman. Her many works include The Guns of August (1962), Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45 (1971), A Distant Mirror (1978), and The First Salute (1988)

Maugham, W. Somerset US English

(1874–1965), British novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, born in France; full name William Somerset Maugham. Notable novels: Of Human Bondage (1915), The Moon and Sixpence (1919), and Cakes and Ale (1930)

Du Bois, W. E. B. US English

(1868–1963), US writer, sociologist, and political activist; full name William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. He was an important figure in the movement for equality for black Americans and cofounded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909

Quine, Willard Van Orman US English

(1908–2000), US philosopher and logician. A radical critic of modern empiricism, he took issue with the philosophy of language proposed by Rudolf Carnap, arguing that “no statement is immune from revision” and that even the principles of logic themselves can be questioned and replaced

Yeats, William Butler US English

(1865–1939), Irish poet and playwright. His play The Countess Cathleen (1892) and his collection of stories The Celtic Twilight (1893) stimulated Ireland’s theatrical, cultural, and literary revival. Notable poetry: “Sailing to Byzantium” and “Leda and the Swan.” Nobel Prize for Literature (1923)

W. gloriosa in bluebell US English

Any of a number of other plants with blue bell-shaped flowers, in particular

W. florida in weigela US English

An Asian flowering shrub of the honeysuckle family, that has pink, red, or yellow flowers and is a popular ornamental

W. mirabilis in welwitschia US English

A gymnospermous plant of desert regions in southwestern Africa that has a dwarf, massive trunk, two long strap-shaped leaves, and male and female flowers in the scales of scarlet cones. It is remarkable for its ability to extract moisture from fog

Brady, Mathew B. US English

(Circa 1823–96) US photographer. The publication of his Gallery of Illustrious Americans (1850) established him as a leading US photographer, and his photographs of the Union armies taken during the Civil War became the basis for his National Photographic Collection

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich US English

(1770–1831), German philosopher. In Science of Logic (1812–16) he described the three-stage process of dialectical reasoning, on which Marx based his theory of dialectical materialism

W. F. Bach in Bach, Johann Sebastian US English

(1685–1750), German composer. An exceptional and prolific baroque composer, his compositions range from violin concertos, suites, and the six Brandenburg Concertos (1720–21) to clavier works and sacred cantatas. Large-scale choral works include The Passion according to St. John (1723), The Passion according to St. Matthew (1729), and the Mass in B minor (1733–38). Three of his sons were also well-known composers: J. C. Bach (1735–82), known as the London Bach, full name Johann Christian Bach; J. C. F. Bach (1732–95), known as the Bückeburg Bach, full name Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach; and W. F. Bach (1710–84), known as the Halle Bach, full name Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

W. helenioides in mule ears US English

A sunflowerlike composite plant of the western US, with large oval leaves

W. helianthoides in mule ears US English

A sunflowerlike composite plant of the western US, with large oval leaves

S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike in Bandaranaike, Sirimavo US English

(1916–2000), Sinhalese stateswoman; prime minister of Sri Lanka 1960–65, 1970–77, and 1994–2000; full name Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike. The world’s first woman prime minister, she succeeded her husband, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike (1899–1959), after his assassination. Their daughter Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (1949-) was Sri Lanka’s president 1994–2005

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