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W1 US English

The twenty-third letter of the alphabet

W2 US English

Wales

W New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

23rd letter of the alphabet

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

W US English

The twenty-third letter of the alphabet

w in W1 US English

The twenty-third letter of the alphabet

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

tungsten New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

chemical element of atomic number 74

W in west New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(abbreviation W; capital in reference to Europe and North America, or in contrast with the former communist states of eastern Europe)

W in western New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(abbreviation W; capital in reference to Europe and North America, or in contrast with the former communist states of eastern Europe)

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

C & W New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

country and western (music)

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

Klerk, F. W. de US English

See de Klerk, F. W.

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)

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)

W's in W1 US English

The twenty-third letter of the alphabet

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)

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)

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)

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


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