w

noun (1), often capitalized, often attributive
\ˈdə-bəl-(ˌ)yü, ˈdə-bə-;ˈdəb-(ˌ)yü, -yə;ˈdəb-yē \
plural w's or ws\ˈdə-​bəl-​(ˌ)yüz, ˈdə-​bə-​; ˈdəb-​(ˌ)yüz, -​yəz; ˈdəb-​yēz \

Definition of

(Entry 1 of 5)

1a : the 23rd letter of the English alphabet

b : a graphic representation of this letter

c : a speech counterpart of orthographic w

2 : a graphic device for reproducing the letter w

3 : one designated w especially as the 23rd in order or class

4 : something shaped like the letter W

w

abbreviation (1)

Definition of (Entry 2 of 5)

1 water

2 week

3 weight

4 west; western

5 white

6 wicket

7 wide; width

8 wife

9 with

\ˈdə-bəl-(ˌ)yü, ˈdə-bə-;ˈdəb-(ˌ)yü, -yə;ˈdəb-yē\

Definition of (Entry 3 of 5)

W

abbreviation (2)

Definition of (Entry 4 of 5)

watt

W

symbol

Definition of (Entry 5 of 5)

tungsten

Examples of w in a Sentence

Noun (1)

a word that starts with a w a word that starts with w

Abbreviation (1)

The area of a rectangle is L x W.
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First Known Use of w

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for w

Symbol

German Wolfram

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Dictionary Entries near w

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Vyshinsky

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w

noun

English Language Learners Definition of w

: the 23rd letter of the English alphabet

w

noun, often capitalized
\ˈdə-bəl-yü \
plural w's or ws\-​yüz \

Kids Definition of w

: the 23rd letter of the English alphabet

Kids Definition of W

1 west

2 western

W

symbol

Medical Definition of

tungsten

History and Etymology for w

German wolfram

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