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[edit] waterloo

WAH-ter-loo

noun

Etymology

Waterloo is a town of central Belgium near Brussels where Napoleon met his final defeat on June 18, 1815 [1]

Definition

a final, crushing defeat [2]


[edit] weber

WEH-burr

noun

Etymology

after Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804–1891), German physicist [3]

Definition
  1. the practical meter-kilogram-second unit of magnetic flux equal to that flux which in linking a circuit of one turn produces in it an electromotive force of one volt as the flux is reduced to zero at a uniform rate in one second
  2. 100,000,000 maxwells [4]


[edit] wellington

WELL-ing-tun

noun

Etymology

1817, from Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), British general and politician who commanded the British troops during the Peninsular War (1808–1814) and who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo (1815), thus ending the Napoleonic Wars. As prime minister (1828–1830) he passed the Catholic Emancipation Act (1829). [5]

In his lifetime he also had a style of coat, hat, and trousers named for him as well as a variety of apple and pine tree. [6]

Definition

a knee-length waterproof rubber or plastic boot [7]


[edit] white amur

WITE a-MOOR

noun

Etymology

from the Amur River[8] forming the border between the Russian Far East and Northeastern China[9]

Definition

grass carp [10]


[edit] wienerwurst

VEE-nur-vurst

noun

Etymology

from German Wiener, of Vienna [11]

Definition

a smoked pork or beef sausage similar to a frankfurter [12]


[edit] winnebago

WIN-uh-BAY-goe

noun

Etymology

from Winnebago, a brand of American recreational vehicle [13]

"Siouan people of eastern Wisconsin," 1766, from Potawatomi winepyekoha, literally "person of dirty water," in allusion to the muddy or fish-clogged waters of the Fox River below Lake Winnebago [14]

Definition

a popular brand of recreational vehicles, manufactured by Winnebago Industries, of Forest City, Iowa and, more generally, any motor vehicle with living accommodations used when traveling long distances or camping [15]


[edit] wimp

WIMP

noun

Etymology

perhaps from J. Wellington Wimpy, the comparatively unaggressive character in Popeye comics [16]

Definition

a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person [17]

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