• W Definition & Synonyms
- () the twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, is usually a consonant, but sometimes it is a vowel, forming the second element of certain diphthongs, as in few, how. It takes its written form and its name from the repetition of a V, this being the original form of the Roman capital letter which we call U. Etymologically it is most related to v and u. See V, and U. Some of the uneducated classes in England, especially in London, confuse w and v, substituting the one for the other, as weal for veal, and veal for weal; wine for vine, and vine for wine, etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 266-268.
• Wad Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) Alt. of Wadd
- (n.) A soft mass, especially of some loose, fibrous substance, used for various purposes, as for stopping an aperture, padding a garment, etc.
- (v. t.) To form into a mass, or wad, or into wadding; as, to wad tow or cotton.
- (n.) Specifically: A little mass of some soft or flexible material, such as hay, straw, tow, paper, or old rope yarn, used for retaining a charge of powder in a gun, or for keeping the powder and shot close; also, to diminish or avoid the effects of windage. Also, by extension, a dusk of felt, pasteboard, etc., serving a similar purpose.
- (n.) A little mass, tuft, or bundle, as of hay or tow.
- (n.) Woad.
- (v. t.) To insert or crowd a wad into; as, to wad a gun; also, to stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton; as, to wad a cloak.
• Wag Definition & Synonyms
- (v. i.) To be in action or motion; to move; to get along; to progress; to stir.
- (v. i.) To move one way and the other; to be shaken to and fro; to vibrate.
- (v. i.) To go; to depart; to pack oft.
- (v.) A man full of sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow; a humorist; a wit; a joker.
- (v. t.) To move one way and the other with quick turns; to shake to and fro; to move vibratingly; to cause to vibrate, as a part of the body; as, to wag the head.
- (v.) The act of wagging; a shake; as, a wag of the head.