- Wheldon, Dan (British race-car driver)
Dan Wheldon , (Daniel Clive Wheldon), British race-car driver (born June 22, 1978, Emberton, Buckinghamshire, Eng.—died Oct. 16, 2011, Las Vegas, Nev.), won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 after having captured both that race and the overall Indy Racing League (IRL) drivers’ championship in 2005, but his
- Wheldon, Sir Huw Pyrs (British executive)
Sir Huw Pyrs Wheldon, British broadcasting producer and executive who oversaw the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC’s) television programming from 1965 to 1975. Born into a Welsh-speaking family, Wheldon was educated at Friars School in Wales and earned a degree from the London School of
- whelk (marine snail)
Whelk, any marine snail of the family Buccinidae (subclass Prosobranchia of the class Gastropoda), or a snail having a similar shell. Some are incorrectly called conchs. The sturdy shell of most buccinids is elongated and has a wide aperture in the first whorl. The animal feeds on other mollusks
- whelping (birth)
dog: Gestation and whelping: The normal gestation period is 63 days from the time of conception. This may vary if the bitch has been bred two or three times or if the eggs are fertilized a day or two after the mating has taken place. Eggs remain fertile…
- When a Man Loves a Woman (film by Lewis and Wright)
soul music: Percy Sledge’s supersmooth “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966), recorded in nearby Sheffield, became the first Southern soul song to reach number one on the pop charts.
- When a Man Loves a Woman (film by Mandoki )
Al Franken: …screenplay for the dramatic film When a Man Loves a Woman (1994).
- When Charlie McButton Lost Power (novel by Collins)
Suzanne Collins: …author of the children’s books When Charlie McButton Lost Power (2005) and Year of the Jungle: Memories from the Home Front (2013).
- When Doves Cry (song by Prince)
Prince: …the androgynous but vulnerable “When Doves Cry,” and the anthemic title cut. Thereafter, he continued to produce inventive music of broad appeal; outside the United States he was particularly popular in Britain and the rest of Europe.
- When Father Was Away on Business (film by Kusturica )
Emir Kusturica: Films of the 1980s: …Otac na slubenom putu (1985; When Father Was Away on Business). A story of the brutal intrusion of politics into the 1950s childhood of a somnambulist boy, it is enhanced by a picturesque style and magic realism. The movie won the Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival and received…
- When Giants Learn to Dance: Mastering the Challenge of Strategy, Management, and Careers (work by Kanter)
Rosabeth Moss Kanter: When Giants Learn to Dance: Mastering the Challenge of Strategy, Management, and Careers (1989) resulted from a five-year study of top American corporations; it documents the changing management strategies that, in Kanter’s view, represent the future of successful businesses in the United States.
- When Harry Met Sally… (film by Reiner )
Rob Reiner: Success as a film director: Reiner’s romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally… (1989), which paired Crystal and Meg Ryan as a set of platonic friends who fall in love, was credited with establishing the standard for the genre. He turned to darker material with Misery (1990), an adaptation of a King novel that…
- When I Am Asked (poem by Mueller)
Lisel Mueller: In “When I Am Asked” she wrote,
- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (work by Watts)
long metre: …following stanza from the poem “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts:
- When I Was a Child (work by Moberg)
Vilhelm Moberg: …Soldat med brutet gev?r (1944; When I Was a Child), Moberg considers it his calling to give a voice to the illiterate class from which he came. His most widely read and translated works include the Knut Toring trilogy (1935–39; The Earth Is Ours) and his four-volume epic of the…
- When I Was One-and-Twenty (poem by Housman)
When I Was One-and-Twenty, poem in the collection A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Housman. Noted for its sprightly cadence of alternating seven- and six-syllable lines, the three-stanza poem addresses the theme of unrequited love. It was likely written as a memoir of a critical time in Housman’s life,
- When It Was a Game (American documentary film)
baseball: Baseball and the arts: …films appeared in the 1990s: When It Was a Game (1991) is an intimate portrait of ballplayers and fans from the 1930s through the 1950s, and Ken Burns’s Baseball (1994) is a rich cultural history of the sport in the United States.
- When Johnny Comes Marching Home (song by Gilmore)
Patrick Gilmore: Gilmore reputedly composed “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (1863) under the pen name Louis Lambert.
- When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d (poem by Whitman)
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d, elegy in free verse by Walt Whitman mourning the death of Pres. Abraham Lincoln. First published in Whitman’s collection Sequel to Drum-Taps (1865) and later included in the 1867 edition of Leaves of Grass, the poem expresses revulsion at the assassination
- When Rain Clouds Gather (work by Head)
Bessie Emery Head: …in his adopted village in When Rain Clouds Gather (1969) to a more introspective account of the acceptance won by a light-coloured San (Bushman) woman in a black-dominated African society in Maru (1971). A Question of Power (1973) is a frankly autobiographical account of disorientation and paranoia in which the…
- When She Was Good (novel by Roth)
Philip Roth: …was followed in 1967 by When She Was Good, but he did not recapture the success of his first book until Portnoy’s Complaint (1969; film 1972), an audacious satirical portrait of a contemporary Jewish male at odds with his domineering mother and obsessed with sexual experience.
- When the Eagle Flies (album by Traffic)
Traffic: …the Fantasy Factory (1973), and When the Eagle Flies (1974). Both on tour and in the studio, the group added and subtracted a number of additional musicians during these years before finally disbanding in 1975.
- When the Levees Broke (film by Lee )
Spike Lee: …African American stand-up comedians, and When the Levees Broke (2006), a four-part HBO series outlining the U.S. government’s inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. A follow-up series, If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise, aired in 2010. Lee’s other directorial credits included several music videos as well as the…
- When the Moon Shines by Day (novel by Sahgal)
Nayantara Sahgal: When the Moon Shines by Day (2017) is a dystopian satire. Sahgal also wrote Day of Reckoning: Stories (2015).
- When the War Was Over (play by Frisch)
Max Frisch: …Krieg zu Ende war (1949; When the War Was Over). Reality and dream are used to depict the terrorist fantasies of a responsible government prosecutor in Graf ?derland (1951; Count Oederland), while Don Juan oder die Liebe zur Geometrie (1953; Don Juan, or The Love of Geometry) is a reinterpretation…
- When Tomorrow Comes (film by Stahl )
John M. Stahl: Next was When Tomorrow Comes (1939), a romantic drama that featured Charles Boyer as a married pianist who falls in love with a waitress (Irene Dunne). The film, along with Imitation of Life and Magnificent Obsession, was later remade by Douglas Sirk.
- When We Dead Awaken (play by Ibsen)
When We Dead Awaken, play in three acts by Henrik Ibsen, published in Norwegian in 1899 as Naar vi d?de vaagner and produced in 1900. Ibsen’s last play and his most confessional work, it is an examination of the problem that had obsessed him throughout his career: the struggle between art and life.
- When We Were Orphans (novel by Ishiguro)
Kazuo Ishiguro: When We Were Orphans (2000), an exercise in the crime-fiction genre set against the backdrop of the Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s, traces a British man’s search for his parents, who disappeared during his childhood. In 2005 Ishiguro published Never Let Me Go (filmed 2010),…
- When Will There Be Good News? (novel by Atkinson)
Kate Atkinson: …included One Good Turn (2006), When Will There Be Good News? (2008), Started Early, Took My Dog (2010), and Big Sky (2019).
- When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor (work by Wilson)
William Julius Wilson: In When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor (1996), he showed how chronic joblessness deprived those in the inner city of skills necessary to obtain and keep jobs. In More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (2009) he…
- When Worlds Collide (film by Maté )
George Pal: …Destination Moon (1950), Rudolph Maté’s When Worlds Collide (1951), and Byron Haskin’s The War of the Worlds (1953). The films all won Oscars for special effects, with Pal’s production company receiving the award for Destination Moon. Accepting a deal to produce and design films for MGM, Pal made his feature-film…
- When You Believe (song by Schwartz)
- When You See Me, You Know Me, or The Famous Chronicle Historie of King Henrie the Eight (play by Rowley)
Samuel Rowley: His When You See Me, You Know Me, or The Famous Chronicle Historie of King Henrie the Eight (probably performed 1604; published 1605) resembles William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII (which may have been influenced by it) in owing something to popular tradition. His only other extant play,…
- When You Wish upon a Star (song by Harline and Washington)
Pinocchio: …music, notably the song “When You Wish upon a Star,” which became a Disney classic. Most of the great artists who performed the voice-over work did not receive screen credit or recognition until many years later, when their efforts were acknowledged in special-edition documentaries for the home video market.
- Where Angels Fear to Tread (novel by Forster)
English literature: The Edwardians: …the professional bourgeoisie; and, in Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) and The Longest Journey (1907), E.M. Forster portrayed with irony the insensitivity, self-repression, and philistinism of the English middle classes.
- Where Are the Children? (novel by Clark)
Mary Higgins Clark: …However, her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children? (1975), was an immediate success and led to a series of multimillion-dollar contracts with publisher Simon & Schuster. Clark became known as the “Queen of Suspense,” and her later novels included A Stranger Is Watching (1977), While My Pretty One Sleeps…
- Where Are You Now, My Son? (album by Baez)
Joan Baez: …track of her 1973 album Where Are You Now, My Son? chronicles the experience; it is a 23-minute spoken-word piece punctuated with sound clips that Baez recorded during the bombing.
- Where Did Our Love Go? (song by Holland-Dozier-Holland)
the Marvelettes: …to record—the Holland-Dozier-Holland-written track “Where Did Our Love Go?” (1964), which proved to be a huge hit for the then-struggling Supremes. As Motown’s business objectives changed, support for the Marvelettes waned, and the group drifted apart in the late 1960s.
- Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (work by Gauguin)
Paul Gauguin: Tahiti: …in his chief Tahitian work, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (1897). An enormous contemplation of life and death told through a series of figures, beginning with a baby and ending with a shriveled old woman, the work is surrounded by a dreamlike, poetic…
- Where Do We Go from Here? (film by Ratoff )
Gregory Ratoff: Films of the 1930s and ’40s: Where Do We Go from Here? (1945) was a wild musical fantasy about a genie who whisks Fred MacMurray through various conflicts in American history (with songs provided by Ira Gershwin and Kurl Weill), whereas Paris Underground (1945) was a solid drama in which prisoner-of-war…
- Where Eagles Dare (film by Hutton )
Where Eagles Dare, American-British war film, released in 1968, that was an international blockbuster, noted for its thrilling action sequences and fine performances, especially by Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. A top U.S. general (played by Robert Beatty) is captured by the Germans during
- Where Have All the Parents Gone? (documentary by Amanpour)
Christiane Amanpour: Her documentaries included Where Have All the Parents Gone? (2006), which focused on Kenyan children who had been orphaned because of AIDS; In the Footsteps of bin Laden (2006); and The War Within (2007), a report on Islamic unrest in the United Kingdom. She also presented the six-hour…
- Where I Live (work by Kumin)
Maxine Kumin: …Still to Mow (2007), and Where I Live (2010) continue to mine Kumin’s abiding interests in country life and family while expanding to encompass seemingly disparate topics, from the Iraq War to the deaths of beloved pets.
- Where is Kyra? (film by Dosunmu )
Kiefer Sutherland: …in movies, including the drama Where Is Kyra? (2017), in which he portrayed the lover of a divorcée (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) suffering from financial hardships.
- Where Is the Friend’s Home? (film by Kiarostami )
Abbas Kiarostami: In Khāneh-ye dūst kojāst? (1987; Where Is the Friend’s Home?), an eight-year-old boy must return his friend’s notebook, but he does not know where his friend lives. The second film, Zendegī va dīgar hich (1992; And Life Goes On…, or Life and Nothing More), follows the…
- Where Nights Are Longest (work by Thubron)
Colin Thubron: title, Where Nights Are Longest), chronicles a 10,000-mile (16,000-km) journey by car across what was then the Soviet Union; it was praised for its richly textured descriptions of Russian life. The Lost Heart of Asia (1994), In Siberia (1999), and Shadow of the Silk Road (2006)…
- Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (American television series)
Rita Moreno: …character in the PBS series Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? She later appeared as the matriarch of a Cuban American family in One Day at a Time (2017– ), a remake of Norman Lear’s 1970s sitcom of the same name; the series originally aired on Netflix, but after three…
- Where Shall We Go This Summer? (novel by Desai)
Anita Desai: … (1963), and a later novel, Where Shall We Go This Summer? (1975). Fire on the Mountain (1977) was criticized as relying too heavily on imagery at the expense of plot and characterization, but it was praised for its poetic symbolism and use of sounds. Clear Light of Day (1980), considered…
- Where the Air Is Clear (work by Fuentes)
Carlos Fuentes: …La región más transparente (1958; Where the Air Is Clear), which treats the theme of national identity and bitterly indicted Mexican society, won him national prestige. The work is marked by cinematographic techniques, flashbacks, interior monologues, and language from all levels of society, showing influences from many non-Spanish literatures. After…
- Where the Boys Are (film by Levin )
Henry Levin: …one of his biggest hits: Where the Boys Are (1960), a comedy about college students on spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Then came the amiable biopic The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962). Later credits included Come Fly with Me (1963), a romantic comedy starring Hugh O’Brien and…
- Where the Heart Is (film by Williams )
Natalie Portman: …in a Wal-Mart store in Where the Heart Is (2000). In addition to acting, Portman attended Harvard University, graduating in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2004 she won acclaim for the humanity she brought to both the romantic comedy Garden State and the Mike Nichols relationship drama…
- Where the Mississippi Meets the Amazon (play by Shange)
Ntozake Shange: …works for the stage are Where the Mississippi Meets the Amazon (1977), Three Views of Mt. Fuji (1987), and The Love Space Demands: A Continuing Saga (1992).
- Where the Sidewalk Ends (film by Preminger )
Otto Preminger: Challenges to the Production Code: …her Laura costar Andrews on Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), in which a violent policeman accidentally kills a suspect during an interrogation. Both pictures received lukewarm receptions, though they grew in reputation in the ensuing years. The 13th Letter (1951) served up more suspense, with several residents (Charles Boyer, Michael…
- Where the Sidewalk Ends (poetry by Silverstein)
Shel Silverstein: His first major poetry collection, Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974), featured the popular title verse:
- Where the Wild Things Are (work by Sendak)
Where the Wild Things Are, illustrated children’s book by American writer and artist Maurice Sendak, published in 1963. The work was considered groundbreaking for its honest treatment of children’s emotions, especially anger, and it won the 1964 Caldecott Medal. Young Max is naughty, engaging in
- Where the Wild Things Are (film by Jonze )
Spike Jonze: Jonze’s next movie, Where the Wild Things Are (2009), was an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book. He then helmed the technological romance Her (2013), which featured Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely writer who falls in love with a sentient computer operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.…
- Where to Invade Next (film by Moore )
Michael Moore: Where to Invade Next (2015) unfavourably compared various aspects of daily life in other countries—such as educational practices and the balance between work and leisure—with those in the United States. Moore’s live stage performance about the 2016 presidential election—filmed prior to Donald Trump’s victory over…
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette (film by Linklater )
Cate Blanchett: Hepburn, Dylan, and Academy Awards: …played the eponymous character in Where’d You Go, Bernadette, a film based on the best-selling novel. Blanchett’s credits from 2020 included the TV miniseries Mrs. America, in which she portrayed the activist Phyllis Schlafly, who opposed the Equal Rights Amendment.
- Where’s Poppa? (film by Reiner )
Carl Reiner: Film directing: Better was Where’s Poppa? (1970), a daring black comedy starring George Segal as a frustrated lawyer and Ruth Gordon as his senile mom. Reiner then returned to television for several years, cocreating and producing The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–74) among other projects, before returning to…
- Whether the Will Is Free: Poems 1954-62 (poetry by Stead)
C.K. Stead: His first book of poetry, Whether the Will Is Free: Poems 1954–62, was published in 1964. In his second collection, Crossing the Bar (1972), he was moved by the Vietnam War to protest against the inhumanity and irresponsibility of people in power. His later poetry collections include Quesada: Poems 1972–1974…
- Whetstone of Witte, The (work by Recorde)
Robert Recorde: Writings: His last work, The Whetstone of Witte (1557), was an advanced treatise on arithmetic as well as an introduction to algebra and used his new symbol for equality (=).
- Whetstone, George (English author)
Measure for Measure: …from a two-part play by George Whetstone titled Promos and Cassandra (1578).
- whetting (materials processing)
abrasive: Tool sharpening: The sharpening of all types of tools continues to be a major grinding operation. Drills, saws, reamers, milling cutters, broaches, and the great spectrum of knives are kept sharp by abrasives. Coarser-grit products are used for their initial shaping. Finer-grit abrasives produce keener cutting…
- Whewell, William (British philosopher and historian)
William Whewell, English philosopher and historian remembered both for his writings on ethics and for his work on the theory of induction, a philosophical analysis of particulars to arrive at a scientific generalization. Whewell spent most of his career at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he
- whey (milk product)
Whey, watery fraction that forms along with curd when milk coagulates. It contains the water-soluble constituents of milk and is essentially a 5 percent solution of lactose in water, with some minerals and lactalbumin. The whey is removed from the curd during the process of making cheese. Then it
- WHF (nongovernmental organization)
World Heart Day: In 1999 the World Heart Federation (WHF), in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the establishment of World Heart Day. The idea for this annual event was conceived by Antoni Bayés de Luna, president of WHF from 1997–99. World Heart Day was originally (until 2011) observed…
- Which Side Are You On? (film by Loach )
Ken Loach: …society in such films as Which Side Are You On? (1984), a television movie that provoked controversy for its sympathetic look at striking coal miners. He gained further attention with Hidden Agenda (1990), a political thriller set in Northern Ireland, which shared the jury prize at the Cannes film festival.…
- Whichcote, Benjamin (British philosopher)
Cambridge Platonists: Their leader was Benjamin Whichcote, who expounded in his sermons the Christian humanism that united the group. His principal disciples at the University of Cambridge were Ralph Cudworth, Henry More, and John Smith; Joseph Glanvill was a University of Oxford convert. Nathanael Culverwel, Richard Cumberland, and the mystic…
- Whichone (racehorse)
Gallant Fox: 1930: Triple Crown: …meeting of Gallant Fox and Whichone, regarded by many as one of the greatest juveniles in recent years. He had beaten Gallant Fox in an earlier race and came to the Belmont in excellent condition following a victory in the Withers Stakes. Respect for the two colts was obvious when…
- whidah (bird)
Whydah, any of several African birds that have long dark tails suggesting a funeral veil. They belong to two subfamilies, Viduinae and Ploceinae, of the family Ploceidae (order Passeriformes). The name is associated with Whydah (Ouidah), a town in Benin where the birds are common. In the Viduinae,
- Whidbey Island (island, Washington, United States)
Whidbey Island, island, part of Island county, northwestern Washington, U.S., in Puget Sound. Approximately 40 miles (65 km) long, it is one of the largest offshore islands in the continental United States. Its chief towns are Oak Harbor, Coupeville (a preserved historic  town), and Langley.
- Whidbey, Joseph (American surveyor)
Whidbey Island: The island was named for Joseph Whidbey, the sailing master for George Vancouver. Whidbey, on June 2, 1792, as a member of a surveying team, discovered Deception Pass, a swift tidal strait separating Whidbey from Fidalgo Island, to the north, proving the body of land was an island. Deception Pass…
- Whidby Island (island, Washington, United States)
Whidbey Island, island, part of Island county, northwestern Washington, U.S., in Puget Sound. Approximately 40 miles (65 km) long, it is one of the largest offshore islands in the continental United States. Its chief towns are Oak Harbor, Coupeville (a preserved historic  town), and Langley.
- Whiddy Island (island, Ireland)
Whiddy Island, island in Bantry Bay, County Cork, Ireland. It lies 2 miles (3 km) west of Bantry, at the head of Bantry Bay. It is about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) from northeast to southwest and about 1 mile (1.6 km) across. On it are ruins of a castle, Kilmore Church, and three 19th-century redoubts
- Whieldon, Thomas (English potter)
Josiah Wedgwood: …Staffordshire, joined in 1754 with Thomas Whieldon of Fenton Low, Staffordshire, probably the leading potter of his day. This became a fruitful partnership, enabling Wedgwood to become a master of current pottery techniques. He then began what he called his “experiment book,” an invaluable source on Staffordshire pottery.
- whiff (cigar)
cigar: The name whiff, used in Britain, refers to a small cigar, open at both ends and about 3.5 inches long.
- Whig Party (historical American political party)
Whig Party, in U.S. history, major political party active in the period 1834–54 that espoused a program of national development but foundered on the rising tide of sectional antagonism. The Whig Party was formally organized in 1834, bringing together a loose coalition of groups united in their
- Whig Party (historical political party, England)
Whig and Tory, members of two opposing political parties or factions in England, particularly during the 18th century. Originally “Whig” and “Tory” were terms of abuse introduced in 1679 during the heated struggle over the bill to exclude James, duke of York (afterward James II), from the
- Whigham, Ethel Margaret (British socialite)
Margaret Argyll, Duchess of, British socialite (born Dec. 1, 1912, Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire, Scotland—died July 26, 1993, London, England), was an elegant society hostess and one of Britain’s most celebrated beauties, but she scandalized the nation when she became embroiled in a prolonged (
- While Gods Are Falling (novel by Lovelace)
Earl Lovelace: His acclaimed first novel, While Gods Are Falling (1965), features a protagonist who feels that only by returning to his remote village can he truly be himself. The Schoolmaster (1968) is a tragic novel about the building of a school in rural Trinidad. The Dragon Can’t Dance (1979), which…
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps (song by Harrison)
George Harrison: …the Beatles’ finest, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (1968), “Here Comes the Sun” (1969), and “Something” (1969). In 1965 Harrison studied the sitar with Ravi Shankar and first featured his skills in “Norwegian Wood” (1965). Harrison’s interest in Indian culture grew, and in 1968 he and the Beatles,…
- While My Pretty One Sleeps (novel by Clark)
Mary Higgins Clark: …A Stranger Is Watching (1977), While My Pretty One Sleeps (1989), We’ll Meet Again (1999), Daddy’s Gone a Hunting (2013), and I’ve Got My Eyes on You (2018). Several of Clark’s novels and stories were adapted into films.
- While the City Sleeps (film by Lang )
Fritz Lang: Films of the 1950s: While the City Sleeps (1956) presented Lang with more familiar material, a frantic manhunt for the psychopathic “Lipstick Killer” (John Drew Barrymore) by a pack of amoral journalists (Dana Andrews, Vincent Price, Thomas Mitchell, and George Sanders). Lang’s second picture for RKO in 1956 was…
- While We’re Young (film by Baumbach )
Peter Bogdanovich: The 1980s and beyond: Jealousy (1997), Infamous (2006), and While We’re Young (2014). His notable roles on television included that of a psychiatrist on the HBO series The Sopranos.
- While You Were Sleeping (film by Turteltaub )
Sandra Bullock: …performance in the romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping (1995). Seeking parts outside her typical romantic comedy roles, she appeared in the thriller The Net (1995); A Time to Kill (1996), based on the legal novel of the same name by best-selling author John Grisham; and In Love and War…
- Whillans Ice Stream (Antarctica)
Whillans Ice Stream, moving belt of ice in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet that deposits ice onto the massive Ross Ice Shelf. Whillans Ice Stream is approximately 2,600–3,000 feet (792–914 metres) thick and about 50–60 miles (80.5–96.5 km) wide. It is named for American glaciologist Ian Whillans, who
- whimbrel (bird)
curlew: The whimbrel (N. phaeopus), or lesser curlew, is the most widely distributed curlew, occurring both in the Old World and in the New World (as two distinct races). Eurasian whimbrels are white-rumped, but the North American race (formerly called the Hudsonian curlew) is dark-rumped.
- Whims of Cupid and the Ballet Master (ballet by Galeotti)
Jean Dauberval: With Vincenzo Galeotti’s Whims of Cupid and the Ballet Master (1786), it is one of the oldest ballets still in the repertoire of contemporary companies; although Dauberval’s original choreography was lost, there are several more recent versions based on the original scenario, notably those by Lev Ivanov and…
- whimsey glass (glass)
Whimsey glass, glass with no utilitarian purpose, executed to satisfy the whim of the glassmaker. Such offhand exercises in skill are almost as old as glassmaking itself. Some of the earliest pieces blown for fun are boots and hats made in Germany as early as the 15th century. Boots and shoes r
- Whin Sill (geological feature, England, United Kingdom)
Northumberland: …a notable landscape feature is Whin Sill, a doleritic (lava) intrusion that forms the Farne Islands and Bamburgh Castle Rock and carries sections of a Roman wall. The coastal plain, underlain by limestone in the north and coal-bearing rocks in the south, is covered by glacial deposits varying in character…
- whinchat (bird)
Whinchat, (Saxicola rubetra), Eurasian thrush named for its habitat: swampy meadows, called, in England, whins. This species, 13 centimetres (5 inches) long, one of the chat-thrush group (family Turdidae, order Passeriformes), is brown-streaked above and buffy below, with white patches on the
- WHINSEC (education and training facility, Fort Benning, Georgia)
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), U.S. education and training facility for civilian, military, and law-enforcement personnel from Western Hemisphere countries. It is run by the U.S. Department of Defense and is based at Fort Benning, Georgia. The Western Hemisphere
- WHIP (baseball)
Pedro Martínez: …also had the fewest combined walks and hits per inning pitched (WHIP; 0.737) of all time. (The previous record holder was Walter Johnson, whose 0.780 WHIP came in 1913 at the height of the pitcher-friendly “dead-ball era.”) Martínez became a fan favourite in Boston and was a member of their…
- whip (government)
House of Commons: Functions and operation: …exercised by members called “whips.”
- whip (weapon)
horsemanship: Aids: The whip is used chiefly to reinforce the leg aid for control, to command attention, and to demand obedience, but it can be used as a punishment in cases of deliberate rebellion. A horse may show resistance by gnashing its teeth and swishing its tail. Striking…
- Whip It (film by Barrymore )
Drew Barrymore: …director with the coming-of-age tale Whip It, about a rebellious teenager who joins a Roller Derby team. She again starred with Sandler in the romantic farce Blended (2014), in which the two portrayed single parents who take their children on an African vacation. She was cast opposite Toni Collette in…
- whip scorpion (arachnid)
Whip scorpion, (order Uropygi, sometimes Thelyphonida), any of approximately 105 species of the arthropod class Arachnida that are similar in appearance to true scorpions except that the larger species have a whiplike telson, or tail, that serves as an organ of touch and has no stinger. The second
- whip scorpion (arthropod class, Pycnogonida)
Sea spider, any of the spiderlike marine animals comprising the class Pycnogonida (also called Pantopoda) of the phylum Arthropoda. Sea spiders walk about on the ocean bottom on their slender legs or crawl among plants and animals; some may tread water. Most pycnogonids have four pairs of long l
- Whip, The (American athlete)
Ewell Blackwell, ("THE WHIP"), U.S. sidearm fastball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team during the 1940s and ’50s whose whiplike delivery intimidated batters; he compiled a career record of 82 wins and 78 losses, with a 3.30 earned run average (b. Oct. 23, 1922--d. Oct. 29,
- whip-poor-will (bird)
Whippoorwill, (Caprimulgus vociferus), nocturnal bird of North America belonging to the family Caprimulgidae (see caprimulgiform) and closely resembling the related common nightjar of Europe. It is named for its vigorous deliberate call (first and third syllables accented), which it may repeat 400
- whip-tailed ray (fish)
Whip-tailed ray, any of certain stingrays of the family Dasyatidae. See