4 letter word starting with wi

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wich noun A variant of 1st Wick., A street; a village; a castle; a dwelling; a place of work, or exercise of authority; — now obsolete except in composition; as, bailiwick, Warwick, Greenwick., A narrow port or passage in the rink or course, flanked by the stones of previous players.
wick noun Alt. of Wich, A bundle of fibers, or a loosely twisted or braided cord, tape, or tube, usually made of soft spun cotton threads, which by capillary attraction draws up a steady supply of the oil in lamps, the melted tallow or wax in candles, or other material used for illumination, in small successive portions, to be burned., To strike a stone in an oblique direction.
wide superl. Having considerable distance or extent between the sides; spacious across; much extended in a direction at right angles to that of length; not narrow; broad; as, wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry., Having a great extent every way; extended; spacious; broad; vast; extensive; as, a wide plain; the wide ocean; a wide difference., Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide views; a wide understanding., Of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a direction at right angles to that of length; as, a table three feet wide., Remote; distant; far., Far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the like., On one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc., Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; — opposed to primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr. Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr. Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue. The wide of / (/ve) is / (/ll); of a (ate) is / (/nd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 13-15., To a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent; as, his fame was spread wide., So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening., So as to be or strike far from, or on one side of, an object or purpose; aside; astray., That which is wide; wide space; width; extent., That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark.
wier noun Same as Weir.
wife noun A woman; an adult female; — now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like., The lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock; a woman who has a husband; a married woman; — correlative of husband.
wigg noun Alt. of Wig
wike noun A temporary mark or boundary, as a bough of a tree set up in marking out or dividing anything, as tithes, swaths to be mowed in common ground, etc.; — called also wicker., A home; a dwelling.
wild superl. Living in a state of nature; inhabiting natural haunts, as the forest or open field; not familiar with, or not easily approached by, man; not tamed or domesticated; as, a wild boar; a wild ox; a wild cat., Growing or produced without culture; growing or prepared without the aid and care of man; native; not cultivated; brought forth by unassisted nature or by animals not domesticated; as, wild parsnip, wild camomile, wild strawberry, wild honey., Desert; not inhabited or cultivated; as, wild land., Savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious; rude; as, wild natives of Africa or America., Not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation; turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious; inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary; visionary; crazy., Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered; as, a wild roadstead., Indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, or /ewilderment; as, a wild look., Hard to steer; — said of a vessel., An uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a forest or desert; a wilderness; a waste; as, the wilds of America; the wilds of Africa., Wildly; as, to talk wild.
wile noun A trick or stratagem practiced for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious; artifice; a beguilement; an allurement., To practice artifice upon; to deceive; to beguile; to allure., To draw or turn away, as by diversion; to while or while away; to cause to pass pleasantly.
wilk noun See Whelk.
will verb The power of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or power of the mind by which we decide to do or not to do; the power or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two or more objects., The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition., The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure., Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose., That which is strongly wished or desired., Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine., The legal declaration of a person’s mind as to the manner in which he would have his property or estate disposed of after his death; the written instrument, legally executed, by which a man makes disposition of his estate, to take effect after his death; testament; devise. See the Note under Testament, 1., To wish; to desire; to incline to have., As an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent on the verb. Thus, in first person, “I will” denotes willingness, consent, promise; and when “will” is emphasized, it denotes determination or fixed purpose; as, I will go if you wish; I will go at all hazards. In the second and third persons, the idea of distinct volition, wish, or purpose is evanescent, and simple certainty is appropriately expressed; as, “You will go,” or “He will go,” describes a future event as a fact only. To emphasize will denotes (according to the tone or context) certain futurity or fixed determination., To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire., To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree., To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order., To give or direct the disposal of by testament; to bequeath; to devise; as, to will one’s estate to a child; also, to order or direct by testament; as, he willed that his nephew should have his watch., To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree.
wilt 2d pers. sing. of Will., To begin to wither; to lose freshness and become flaccid, as a plant when exposed when exposed to drought, or to great heat in a dry day, or when separated from its root; to droop;. to wither., To cause to begin to wither; to make flaccid, as a green plant., Hence, to cause to languish; to depress or destroy the vigor and energy of.
wily superl. Full of wiles, tricks, or stratagems; using craft or stratagem to accomplish a purpose; mischievously artful; subtle.
wind verb t. To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe; as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball., To entwist; to infold; to encircle., To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one’s pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern., To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate., To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to wind a rope with twine., To turn completely or repeatedly; to become coiled about anything; to assume a convolved or spiral form; as, vines wind round a pole., To have a circular course or direction; to crook; to bend; to meander; as, to wind in and out among trees., To go to the one side or the other; to move this way and that; to double on one’s course; as, a hare pursued turns and winds., The act of winding or turning; a turn; a bend; a twist; a winding., Air naturally in motion with any degree of velocity; a current of air., Air artificially put in motion by any force or action; as, the wind of a cannon ball; the wind of a bellows., Breath modulated by the respiratory and vocal organs, or by an instrument., Power of respiration; breath., Air or gas generated in the stomach or bowels; flatulence; as, to be troubled with wind., Air impregnated with an odor or scent., A direction from which the wind may blow; a point of the compass; especially, one of the cardinal points, which are often called the four winds., A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are distended with air, or rather affected with a violent inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing., Mere breath or talk; empty effort; idle words., The dotterel., To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate., To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as, the hounds winded the game., To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of breath., To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe., To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged and mutually involved notes.
wine noun The expressed juice of grapes, esp. when fermented; a beverage or liquor prepared from grapes by squeezing out their juice, and (usually) allowing it to ferment., A liquor or beverage prepared from the juice of any fruit or plant by a process similar to that for grape wine; as, currant wine; gooseberry wine; palm wine., The effect of drinking wine in excess; intoxication.
wing noun One of the two anterior limbs of a bird, pterodactyl, or bat. They correspond to the arms of man, and are usually modified for flight, but in the case of a few species of birds, as the ostrich, auk, etc., the wings are used only as an assistance in running or swimming., Any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of flying., One of the two pairs of upper thoracic appendages of most hexapod insects. They are broad, fanlike organs formed of a double membrane and strengthened by chitinous veins or nervures., One of the large pectoral fins of the flying fishes., Passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing., Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion., Anything which agitates the air as a wing does, or which is put in winglike motion by the action of the air, as a fan or vane for winnowing grain, the vane or sail of a windmill, etc., An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot., Any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in shape or appearance., One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming., Any membranaceous expansion, as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara., Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower., One of two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece., A side building, less than the main edifice; as, one of the wings of a palace., The longer side of crownworks, etc., connecting them with the main work., A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another., The right or left division of an army, regiment, etc., That part of the hold or orlop of a vessel which is nearest the sides. In a fleet, one of the extremities when the ships are drawn up in line, or when forming the two sides of a triangle., One of the sides of the stags in a theater., To furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with celerity., To supply with wings or sidepieces., To transport by flight; to cause to fly., To move through in flight; to fly through., To cut off the wings of; to wound in the wing; to disable a wing of; as, to wing a bird.
wink verb i. To nod; to sleep; to nap., To shut the eyes quickly; to close the eyelids with a quick motion., To close and open the eyelids quickly; to nictitate; to blink., To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids, often those of one eye only., To avoid taking notice, as if by shutting the eyes; to connive at anything; to be tolerant; — generally with at., To be dim and flicker; as, the light winks., To cause (the eyes) to wink., The act of closing, or closing and opening, the eyelids quickly; hence, the time necessary for such an act; a moment., A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast.
winy adjective Having the taste or qualities of wine; vinous; as, grapes of a winy taste.
wipe noun The lapwing., To rub with something soft for cleaning; to clean or dry by rubbing; as, to wipe the hands or face with a towel., To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; — usually followed by away, off or out. Also used figuratively., To cheat; to defraud; to trick; — usually followed by out., Act of rubbing, esp. in order to clean., A blow; a stroke; a hit; a swipe., A gibe; a jeer; a severe sarcasm., A handkerchief., Stain; brand.
wire noun A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel., A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; as, to send a message by wire., To bind with wire; to attach with wires; to apply wire to; as, to wire corks in bottling liquors., To put upon a wire; as, to wire beads., To snare by means of a wire or wires., To send (a message) by telegraph., To pass like a wire; to flow in a wirelike form, or in a tenuous stream., To send a telegraphic message.
wiry adjective Made of wire; like wire; drawn out like wire., Capable of endurance; tough; sinewy; as, a wiry frame or constitution.
wise verb Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned., Hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning and judging soundly concerning what is true or false, proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best means for accomplishing them; sagacious., Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination., Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty., Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious; discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise conduct or management; a wise determination., Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion.
wish verb t. To have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker., To desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or disposition toward., To frame or express desires concerning; to invoke in favor of, or against, any one; to attribute, or cal down, in desire; to invoke; to imprecate., To recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of., Desire; eager desire; longing., Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation., A thing desired; an object of desire.
wisp noun A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance., A whisk, or small broom., A Will-o’-the-wisp; an ignis fatuus., To brush or dress, an with a wisp., To rumple.
wist verb Knew., of Wit
wite pl. of Wit, To reproach; to blame; to censure; also, to impute as blame., Blame; reproach.
with noun See Withe., With denotes or expresses some situation or relation of nearness, proximity, association, connection, or the like., To denote a close or direct relation of opposition or hostility; — equivalent to against., To denote association in respect of situation or environment; hence, among; in the company of., To denote a connection of friendship, support, alliance, assistance, countenance, etc.; hence, on the side of., To denote the accomplishment of cause, means, instrument, etc; — sometimes equivalent to by., To denote association in thought, as for comparison or contrast., To denote simultaneous happening, or immediate succession or consequence., To denote having as a possession or an appendage; as, the firmament with its stars; a bride with a large fortune.
wive verb i. To marry, as a man; to take a wife., To match to a wife; to provide with a wife., To take for a wife; to marry.