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  • Whydah (Benin)

    Ouidah, town in southern Benin, western Africa. It lies along the Gulf of Guinea. The town was the main port of the Kingdom of Abomey in the 18th and 19th centuries. Portuguese, French, Dutch, Danish, British, and Americans all vied for a share of the slave and palm-oil trade made available through

  • whydah (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,

  • Whylah Falls (work by Clarke)

    Canadian literature: Poetry and poetics: …while George Elliott Clarke’s collage Whylah Falls (1990) uncovers the life of Canadian blacks in a 1930s Nova Scotia village. In mapping arrivals and departures through an increasing diversity of voices and selves, celebrating and mourning differences, and protesting coercion, constraint, and smugness in a bountiful array of forms from…

  • Whymper, Edward (British mountaineer and artist)

    Edward Whymper, English mountaineer and artist who was associated with the exploration of the Alps and was the first man to climb the Matterhorn (14,691 feet [4,478 metres]). Privately educated, Whymper entered his father’s wood engraving business and ultimately succeeded as head of it. He was sent

  • Whyte, William Hollingsworth (American writer and urbanologist)

    William Hollingsworth Whyte, American writer and urbanologist who was the author of The Organization Man (1956), which illustrated the conformity that defined the environment of large American firms in the 1950s; after working for Fortune magazine from the mid-1940s to the late 1950s, he became a

  • Wi-Fi (networking technology)

    Wi-Fi, networking technology that uses radio waves to allow high-speed data transfer over short distances. Wi-Fi technology has its origins in a 1985 ruling by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission that released the bands of the radio spectrum at 900 megahertz (MHz), 2.4 gigahertz (GHz), and

  • Wi-Fi Alliance (nonprofit organization)

    Wi-Fi: …Compatibility Alliance (WECA, now the Wi-Fi Alliance), a global nonprofit organization created to promote the new wireless standard. WECA named the new technology Wi-Fi. Subsequent IEEE standards for Wi-Fi have been introduced to allow for greater bandwidth. The original 802.11 standard allowed a maximum data transmission rate of only 2…

  • Wi-Fi Direct (wireless networking technology)

    Wi-Fi: A version of Wi-Fi called Wi-Fi Direct allows connectivity between devices without a LAN.

  • Wiak Island (island, Indonesia)

    Biak Island, largest of the Schouten Islands and part of the Indonesian province of Papua, which spans the greater portion of western New Guinea. The island is 45 miles (72 km) long and 23 miles (37 km) wide and occupies an area of 948 square miles (2,455 square km) at the entrance to Cenderawasih

  • Wiarton Willie (groundhog character)

    Groundhog Day: …best known being those portraying Wiarton Willie, a white-furred, pink-eyed creature that has appeared on the Bruce Peninsula, northwest of Toronto, since 1956.

  • WIBC (international sports organization)

    bowling: Organization and tournaments: The Women’s International Bowling Congress (WIBC) was organized in 1916 and conducted annual national championships from 1917. While the ABC and WIBC are autonomous organizations, each billing itself as the “world’s largest” men’s or women’s sports organization, respectively, they share a number of functions, including equipment…

  • Wiberg, Pernilla (Swedish skier)

    Anja P?rson: …him, as well as to Pernilla Wiberg, whose nine Olympic and world championship medals in the 1990s had made her Sweden’s most successful woman skier. By 2007, however, P?rson had surpassed Wiberg by amassing a combined 16 medals in the Olympics and the world championships.

  • Wibert of Ravenna (antipope)

    Clement (III), antipope from 1080 to 1100. Of noble birth, Guibert served at the German court (c. 1054–55) and became imperial chancellor for Italy (1058–63). As such he supported the election of Bishop Peter Cadalus of Parma as antipope Honorius II (1061). His appointment by Henry IV of Germany as

  • Wiberto di Ravenna (antipope)

    Clement (III), antipope from 1080 to 1100. Of noble birth, Guibert served at the German court (c. 1054–55) and became imperial chancellor for Italy (1058–63). As such he supported the election of Bishop Peter Cadalus of Parma as antipope Honorius II (1061). His appointment by Henry IV of Germany as

  • Wiborg, Sara Sherman (American expatriate)

    Gerald Murphy and Sara Murphy: Sara Wiborg, from a well-to-do Cincinnati family, attended private schools in Europe and the United States and married Gerald on December 30, 1915. In 1921 they moved to Europe, taking a flat in Paris and three years later settling also into Villa America, their home…

  • Wicca (religion)

    Wicca, a predominantly Western movement whose followers practice witchcraft and nature worship and who see it as a religion based on pre-Christian traditions of northern and western Europe. It spread through England in the 1950s and subsequently attracted followers in Europe and the United States.

  • Wiccan Rede (ethical code)

    Wicca: Origins and beliefs: Most Wiccans accept the so-called Wiccan Rede, an ethical code that states “If it harm none, do what you will.” Wiccans believe in meditation and participate in rituals throughout the year, celebrating the new and full moon, as well as the vernal equinox, summer solstice, and Halloween, which they call…

  • Wichale, Treaty of (Italy-Ethiopia [1889])

    Treaty of Wichale, (May 2, 1889), pact signed at Wichale, Ethiopia, by the Italians and Menilek II of Ethiopia, whereby Italy was granted the northern Ethiopian territories of Bogos, Hamasen, and Akale-Guzai (modern Eritrea and northern Tigray) in exchange for a sum of money and the provision of

  • Wichern, Johann Hinrich (German theologian)

    Christianity: Church and society: Johann Hinrich Wichern proclaimed, “There is a Christian Socialism,” at the Kirchentag Church Convention in Wittenberg [Germany] in 1848, the year of the publication of the Communist Manifesto and a wave of revolutions across Europe, and created the “Inner Mission” in order to address “works…

  • Wichers, Jan J. (Dutch military officer)

    submarine: World War II: …to a Dutch officer, Lieutenant Jan J. Wichers, who in 1933 advanced the idea of a breathing tube to supply fresh air to a submarine’s diesel engines while it was running submerged. The Netherlands Navy began using snorkels in 1936, and some fell into German hands in 1940. With the…

  • Wichí (people)

    Wichí, South American Indians of the Gran Chaco, who speak an independent language and live mostly between the Bermejo and Pilcomayo rivers in northeastern Argentina. Some live in Bolivia. The Wichí are the largest and most economically important group of the Chaco Indians. They combine limited

  • Wiching (Frankish bishop)

    Czechoslovak history: Moravia: …headed by a Frankish cleric, Wiching, bishop of Nitra (in Slovakia), strengthened their position in Moravia. During Methodius’s lifetime the Slavic clergy had the upper hand; after his death in 884, though, Wiching banned Methodius’s disciples from Moravia, and most of them moved to Bulgaria. Furthermore, Pope Stephen V reversed…

  • Wichita (Kansas, United States)

    Wichita, city, seat (1870) of Sedgwick county, south-central Kansas, U.S. It lies on the Arkansas River near the mouth of the Little Arkansas, about 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Topeka. The city site is a gently rolling plain at an elevation of about 1,300 feet (400 metres). Summers are hot and

  • Wichita (people)

    Wichita, North American Indian people of Caddoan linguistic stock who originally lived near the Arkansas River in what is now the state of Kansas. They were encountered by the Spanish in the mid-16th century and became the first group of Plains Indians subject to missionization. Like most Caddoans,

  • Wichita Falls (Texas, United States)

    Wichita Falls, city, seat (1882) of Wichita county, northern Texas, U.S. The city is located on the Wichita River in the Red River Valley, 115 miles (185 km) northwest of Fort Worth. Founded in 1876, it was named for the Wichita Indians and the low-water river falls that existed there until 1886,

  • Wichita orogeny (geology)

    Wichita orogeny, a period of block faulting in the southern part of the Wichita–Arbuckle System in western Oklahoma and northern Texas. The uplift is dated from the Late Carboniferous epoch (formerly the Pennsylvanian period; the Late Carboniferous epoch occurred from 318 million to 299 million

  • Wichita State University (university, Wichita, Kansas, United States)

    Wichita State University, public coeducational institution of higher learning in Wichita, Kansas, U.S. The university comprises the W. Frank Barton School of Business, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and Colleges of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, and Health

  • Wichterle, Otto (Czech chemist and educator)

    Otto Wichterle, Czech chemist and educator who, in 1961, created soft contact lenses using a phonograph motor and a child’s Erector set; by the mid-1990s some 100 million people used his alternative to eyeglasses (b. Oct. 27, 1913, Prostejov, Austro-Hungarian Empire [now Czech Republic]--d. Aug.

  • wick (fibre)

    Wick, thread, strip, or bundle of fibres that, by capillary action, draws up the oil of a lamp or the melted wax in a candle to be burned. By 1000 bc, wicks of vegetable fibres were used in saucer-type vessels containing olive oil or nut oil in order to provide light, and by 500–400 bc these wicks

  • Wick (Scotland, United Kingdom)

    Wick, royal burgh (town) and fishing port, Highland council area, historic county of Caithness, Scotland. An ancient Norse settlement on the North Sea, situated about 14 miles (23 km) south of John o’Groats, Wick developed as a fishing port and centre and was designated a royal burgh in 1589. It

  • wick channel

    lamp: Another version had a wick channel, which allowed the burning surface of the wick to hang over the edge. The latter type became common in Africa and spread into East Asia as well.

  • Wick House (historical building, Morristown, New Jersey, United States)

    Morristown: …reconstructions of the soldiers’ huts; Wick House, a restored revolutionary-era farmhouse that served as headquarters for General Arthur St. Clair; the Jacob Ford Mansion, which was General George Washington’s headquarters; and the site of Fort Nonsense, a low earthwork fortification built in 1777. The park’s historical museum has a collection…

  • Wick, Douglas (American motion-picture executive and producer)
  • Wickard v. Filburn (law case)

    constitutional law: Judicial review in the United States: …commerce clause laid down in Wickard v. Filburn (1942) upheld the federal government’s right to enforce quotas on the production of agricultural products in virtually all circumstances, even when, as in this case, a farmer exceeding his quota—by an admittedly sizable amount of wheat—proclaimed his intention to consume all his…

  • Wicked Bible

    biblical literature: The King James (Authorized) Version: …have become famous: the so-called Wicked Bible (1631) derives its name from the omission of “not” in Exodus 20:14—“Thou shalt commit adultery”—for which the printers were fined £300, and the “Vinegar Bible” (1717) stems from a misprinting of “vineyard” in the heading of Luke 20.

  • Wicked Pickett, the (American singer)

    Wilson Pickett, American singer-songwriter, whose explosive style helped define the soul music of the 1960s. Pickett was a product of the Southern black church, and gospel was at the core of his musical manner and onstage persona. He testified rather than sang, preached rather than crooned. His

  • Wicked Witch of the East (fictional character)

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Summary: …her for having killed the Wicked Witch of the East (the house having landed on the witch), thus freeing them. The Witch of the North gives Dorothy the silver shoes of the dead witch and advises her to go to the City of Emeralds to see the Great Wizard Oz,…

  • Wicked Witch of the West (fictional character)

    The Wizard of Oz: …the evil witch’s sister, the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), vows to kill Dorothy in order to avenge her sister and retrieve the powerful ruby slippers. Glinda the Good Witch (Billie Burke) instructs Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road that runs to the Emerald City, where it…

  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (novel by Maguire)

    Gregory Maguire: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Maguire’s first adult novel, became a best seller and was adapted into a record-setting hit musical (Wicked, 2003).

  • Wicken Fen (marsh, England, United Kingdom)

    East Cambridgeshire: Wicken Fen, 10 miles (16 km) south of Ely, is the only substantial remnant of undisturbed marshland in the Fens. A haunting place rising several feet above the adjacent cultivated lands, Wicken Fen’s 1,880 acres (760 hectares) are a sanctuary for rare insects, birds, and…

  • Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve (marsh, England, United Kingdom)

    East Cambridgeshire: Wicken Fen, 10 miles (16 km) south of Ely, is the only substantial remnant of undisturbed marshland in the Fens. A haunting place rising several feet above the adjacent cultivated lands, Wicken Fen’s 1,880 acres (760 hectares) are a sanctuary for rare insects, birds, and…

  • Wickenheiser, Hayley (Canadian hockey player)

    Hayley Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player who is widely considered the greatest female hockey player of all time. A four-time Olympic gold medalist, Wickenheiser is Canada’s all-time leader in international goals (168), assists (211), and points (379). She was also the first woman to score a

  • Wicker Man, The (film by Hardy [1973])

    Christopher Lee: …roles in such films as The Wicker Man (1973), in which he played a pagan priest; The Three Musketeers (1973) and its 1974 sequel, in which he took the part of Count Rochefort; and the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), in which he starred as…

  • Wicker, Roger (United States senator)

    Roger Wicker, American politician who was appointed as a Republican to the U.S. Senate from Mississippi in 2007 and was elected to that same position in 2008. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1995–2007). Wicker attended the University of Mississippi, where he studied

  • Wicker, Roger Frederick (United States senator)

    Roger Wicker, American politician who was appointed as a Republican to the U.S. Senate from Mississippi in 2007 and was elected to that same position in 2008. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1995–2007). Wicker attended the University of Mississippi, where he studied

  • Wicker, Thomas Grey (American journalist)

    Tom Wicker, (Thomas Grey Wicker), American journalist (born June 18, 1926, Hamlet, N.C.—died Nov. 25, 2011, near Rochester, Vt.), was a member of the presidential motorcade when Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, and his thoughtful and precise coverage of that event as a

  • Wicker, Tom (American journalist)

    Tom Wicker, (Thomas Grey Wicker), American journalist (born June 18, 1926, Hamlet, N.C.—died Nov. 25, 2011, near Rochester, Vt.), was a member of the presidential motorcade when Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, and his thoughtful and precise coverage of that event as a

  • Wickersham Commission (United States history)

    police: Early reform efforts: …through his work on the Wickersham Commission, which was set up to examine law observance and enforcement in the era of Prohibition, Vollmer exposed to public scrutiny many unconstitutional police practices, particularly the use of physical or mental torture—the “third degree”—in the interrogation of suspects.

  • wickerwork (furniture)

    Wickerwork, furniture made of real or simulated osier (rods or twigs). The Egyptians made furniture of this kind in the 3rd millennium bc, and it has always flourished in those regions in which there is a plentiful supply of riverside vegetation. A well-known example of Roman wickerwork is the

  • wickerwork (basketry)

    Oceanic art and architecture: The Hawaiian Islands: With the cloaks, chiefs wore wicker helmets, shaped as caps with crescentic crests, which were also covered in feathers. Heads of the war god were also made of wickerwork covered with red feathers; the mouths on such heads were set with dog’s teeth, and the eyes were made of large…

  • wicket (sports)

    cricket: Origin: … and the entire gate a wicket. The fact that the bail could be dislodged when the wicket was struck made this preferable to the stump, which name was later applied to the hurdle uprights. Early manuscripts differ about the size of the wicket, which acquired a third stump in the…

  • wicketkeeper (sports)

    cricket: Rules of the game: …in baseball), another is the wicketkeeper (similar to the catcher), and the remaining nine are positioned as the captain or the bowler directs (see the figure). The first batsman (the striker) guards his wicket by standing with at least one foot behind the popping crease. His partner (the nonstriker) waits…

  • Wickfield, Agnes (fictional character)

    Agnes Wickfield, fictional character, David’s second wife in Charles Dickens’s novel David Copperfield

  • Wickford (village and administrative centre, Rhode Island, United States)

    Wickford, resort village and administrative centre of North Kingstown town (township), Washington county, south-central Rhode Island, U.S., on an inlet of Narragansett Bay. It has an unusually large number of restored colonial and 19th-century buildings, an art colony, and one of the largest

  • Wickford Point (novel by Marquand)

    John P. Marquand: …The Late George Apley (1937), Wickford Point (1939), and H.M. Pulham, Esquire (1941), in which a conforming Bostonian renounces romantic love for duty. He wrote three novels dealing with the dislocations of wartime America—So Little Time (1943), Repent in Haste (1945), and B.F.’s Daughter (1946)—but in these his social perceptions…

  • Wickham, William of (English prelate and statesman)

    William of Wykeham, English prelate and statesman, the founder of Winchester College and of New College, Oxford. Wykeham evidently came from a very poor family. Wealthy patrons helped him obtain an education, and about 1356 he entered the service of King Edward III. By the mid-1360s he was the

  • Wicki, Bernhard (Swiss actor and director)

    Bernhard Wicki, motion picture actor and director of German-language films (born Oct. 28, 1919, Sankt P?lten, Austria—died Jan. 5, 2000, Munich, Ger.), was best known outside West Germany for his powerful antiwar film Die Brücke (1959; The Bridge), which received a Golden Globe Award and an A

  • wickiup (Native American dwelling)

    Wickiup, indigenous North American dwelling characteristic of many Northeast Indian peoples and in more limited use in the Plains, Great Basin, Plateau, and California culture areas. The wickiup was constructed of tall saplings driven into the ground, bent over, and tied together near the top. This

  • Wickler, Wolfgang (German zoologist)

    primate: Male and female genitalia: A German zoologist, Wolfgang Wickler, has suggested that this is a form of sexual mimicry, the chest mimicking the perineal region. The observation that geladas spend many hours a day feeding in a sitting posture provides a feasible, Darwinian explanation of this curious physiological adaptation.

  • Wicklow (county, Ireland)

    Wicklow, county in the province of Leinster, eastern Ireland. It is bounded by Counties Wexford (south), Carlow and Kildare (west), and South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown (north) and by the Irish Sea (east). The town of Wicklow is the county seat, and there is a county manager. County Wicklow

  • Wicklow (Ireland)

    Wicklow, seaport and county seat, County Wicklow, Ireland, south-southeast of Dublin. St. Mantan built a church there in the 5th century. The town later became a settlement of the Vikings, who renamed it Wykingalo (Vikings’ Lough). After the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th century, it was granted

  • Wicklow Mountains (mountains, Ireland)

    Wicklow Mountains, extensive mountain range in County Wicklow, Ireland, forming part of the Leinster Chain. The mountain area comprises a vast anticline (upwarp of rock strata), with granite exposed at the centre, and also slates and sandstones. Igneous intrusions form the Little Sugar Loaf (1,123

  • Wickremesinghe, Ranil (prime minister of Sri Lanka)

    Mahinda Rajapaksa: Post-presidency: …Sirisena fired his prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and attempted to appoint Rajapaksa in his place. Wickremesinghe challenged the move as unconstitutional. When it became clear that Parliament would not approve Rajapaksa’s appointment, Sirisena dissolved the legislative body in early November. The Supreme Court intervened, suspending the dissolution until it could…

  • Wicks, Sidney (American basketball player)

    Portland Trail Blazers: …was the play of forward-centre Sidney Wicks, who had been drafted by the team in 1971 and was named an all-star in each of his first four NBA seasons.

  • Wicksell, Johan Gustaf Knut (Swedish economist)

    Knut Wicksell, Swedish economist, the foremost in his generation and internationally renowned for his pioneering work in monetary theory. In Geldzins und Güterpreise (1898; Interest and Prices, 1936) he propounded an explanation of price-level movements by an aggregate demand–supply analysis

  • Wicksell, Knut (Swedish economist)

    Knut Wicksell, Swedish economist, the foremost in his generation and internationally renowned for his pioneering work in monetary theory. In Geldzins und Güterpreise (1898; Interest and Prices, 1936) he propounded an explanation of price-level movements by an aggregate demand–supply analysis

  • Wicksteed, Philip Henry (British economist)

    Philip Henry Wicksteed, British economist, classicist, literary critic, and theologian. Wicksteed, who was for some years a Unitarian minister, was a writer on literature, classics, theology, and philosophy, and his fame at the time of his death was greater in these contexts than as an economist.

  • wickup (plant)

    Fireweed, (Epilobium angustifolium), perennial wildflower, in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae), abundant on newly clear and burned areas. Its spikes of whitish to magenta flowers, which grow up to 1.5 m (5 feet) high, can be a spectacular sight on prairies of the temperate zone. Like those

  • wicky (shrub)

    Lambkill, (species Kalmia angustifolia), an open upright woody shrub of the heath family (Ericaceae). Lambkill is 0.3–1.2 m (1–4 feet) tall and has glossy, leathery, evergreen leaves and showy pink to rose flowers. It contains andromedotoxin, a poison also common to other Kalmia species (including

  • Wiclif, John (English theologian)

    John Wycliffe, English theologian, philosopher, church reformer, and promoter of the first complete translation of the Bible into English. He was one of the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation. The politico-ecclesiastical theories that he developed required the church to give up its worldly

  • Wicliffe, John (English theologian)

    John Wycliffe, English theologian, philosopher, church reformer, and promoter of the first complete translation of the Bible into English. He was one of the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation. The politico-ecclesiastical theories that he developed required the church to give up its worldly

  • Wicomico (county, Maryland, United States)

    Wicomico, county, southeastern Maryland, U.S., bordered by Delaware to the north, the Pocomoke River to the east, the Wicomico River to the southwest, and the Nanticoke River to the west and northwest. Salisbury, the county seat, developed as the commercial centre of the Delmarva Peninsula and

  • Wicquefort, Abraham de (Dutch historian)

    Netherlands: Culture: …interspersed commentary of skeptical wisdom; Abraham de Wicquefort’s history of the Republic (principally under the first stadtholderless administration); and the histories and biographies by Geeraert Brandt. These were works in which a proud new nation took account of its birth pangs and its growth to greatness. Only in the latter…

  • Widal reaction (medicine)

    preventive medicine: …were developed, such as the Widal reaction for typhoid fever (1896) and the Wassermann test for syphilis (1906). An understanding of the principles of immunity led to the development of active immunization to specific diseases. Parallel advances in treatment opened other doors for prevention—in diphtheria by antitoxin and in syphilis…

  • Widal, Fernand-Isidore (French physician and bacteriologist)

    Fernand-Isidore Widal, French physician and bacteriologist who made important contributions to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of many diseases. In 1896 Widal developed a procedure for diagnosing typhoid fever based on the fact that antibodies in the blood of an infected individual cause

  • Widal, Georges-Fernand-Isidore (French physician and bacteriologist)

    Fernand-Isidore Widal, French physician and bacteriologist who made important contributions to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of many diseases. In 1896 Widal developed a procedure for diagnosing typhoid fever based on the fact that antibodies in the blood of an infected individual cause

  • Widdowson, Elsie (English nutritionist)

    Elsie Widdowson, English nutritionist who, in collaboration with her longtime research partner, Robert A. McCance, guided the British government’s World War II food-rationing program. Widdowson received bachelor’s (1928) and doctoral (1931) degrees in chemistry from Imperial College, London.

  • Widdowson, Elsie May (English nutritionist)

    Elsie Widdowson, English nutritionist who, in collaboration with her longtime research partner, Robert A. McCance, guided the British government’s World War II food-rationing program. Widdowson received bachelor’s (1928) and doctoral (1931) degrees in chemistry from Imperial College, London.

  • Widdowson, Ethel Eva (British scientist)

    Eva Crane, (Ethel Eva Widdowson), British bee scientist (born June 12, 1912, London, Eng.—died Sept. 6, 2007, Slough, Berkshire, Eng.), tirelessly amassed and disseminated knowledge about bees and beekeeping, becoming one of the world’s foremost authorities on bees. Crane earned a master’s degree

  • Widdringtonia (plant genus)

    African cypress, (genus Widdringtonia), genus of four species of coniferous trees and shrubs in the cypress family (Cupressaceae), native to southern Africa. Some species produce fragrant durable yellowish or brownish wood of local importance. African cypresses are large woody plants with scalelike

  • Widdringtonia cedarbergensis (tree)

    African cypress: Clanwilliam cedar, or Cape cedar (W. cedarbergensis), is a tree 6 to 18 metres (20 to 59 feet) tall with wide-spreading branches that is found in the Cederberg Mountains of Western Cape province, South Africa; the species is also listed as critically endangered.

  • Widdringtonia nodiflora (plant)

    African cypress: The Berg cypress, or sapree-wood (W. nodiflora), is a shrub that grows to about 2 to 4 metres (6.5 to 13 feet) high. Mulanje cedar can reach 45 metres (148 feet) in height; it was once the most valuable timber tree of the genus, though it…

  • Widdringtonia schwarzii (tree)

    African cypress: Willowmore cedar (W. schwarzii), a tree from the Cape Province region of South Africa, is usually gnarled and about 15 metres (49 feet) tall under unfavourable growing conditions; it may reach a height of 30 metres (98 feet) and have a graceful shape in less…

  • Widdringtonia whytei (tree)

    African cypress: With the exception of Mulanje (or Mlanje) cedar (Widdringtonia whytei), the plants are fire-adapted and release their seeds following a wildfire, the heat of which forces the cones to open.

  • wide (sports)

    cricket: Extras: …body except his hand); (3) wides (when a ball passes out of reach of the striker); (4) no balls (improperly bowled balls; for a fair delivery the ball must be bowled, not thrown, the arm neither bent nor jerked, and in the delivery stride some part of the bowler’s front…

  • wide flange (construction)

    construction: Steel: …as beams and columns, the wide flange, or W shape, being the most common. The widely separated flanges give it the best profile for resisting the bending action of beams or the buckling action of columns. W shapes are made in various depths and can span up to 30 metres…

  • Wide Grassfields languages

    Benue-Congo languages: Bantoid: …typical is another subgroup, the Wide Grassfields in Cameroon, with some 40 languages, only two of which have more than 250,000 speakers and most of which have fewer than 50,000.

  • Wide Net and Other Stories, The (work by Welty)

    The Wide Net, short-story collection by Eudora Welty, published in 1943. In the title story, a man quarrels with his pregnant wife, leaves the house, and descends into a mysterious underwater kingdom where he meets “The King of the Snakes,” who forces him to confront the darker mysteries of nature.

  • Wide Open Spaces (album by Dixie Chicks)

    Dixie Chicks: The lineup’s debut album, Wide Open Spaces (1998), sold more than 12 million copies in the United States and was named best country album at the 1999 Grammy Awards ceremony. “There’s Your Trouble” won the Grammy for best country group vocal performance.

  • Wide Sargasso Sea (novel by Rhys)

    Wide Sargasso Sea, novel by Jean Rhys, published in 1966. A well-received work of fiction, it takes its theme and main character from the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront?. The book details the life of Antoinette Mason (known in Jane Eyre as Bertha), a West Indian who marries an unnamed man in

  • wide vowel (linguistics)

    vowel: To form a wide vowel, the tongue root is advanced so that the pharynx is expanded. Tense and lax are less clearly defined terms. Tense vowels are articulated with greater muscular effort, slightly higher tongue positions, and longer durations than lax vowels.

  • wide-angle lens (optics)

    technology of photography: Wide-angle and retrofocus lenses: Short-focus, wide-angle lenses are usually mounted near the film. Single-lens reflex cameras need a certain minimum lens-to-film distance to accommodate the swinging mirror. Wide-angle (and sometimes normal-focus) lenses for such cameras therefore use retrofocus designs. In these the back focus is appreciably longer than the focal…

  • wide-area network (computer science)

    Wide area network (WAN), a computer communications network that spans cities, countries, and the globe, generally using telephone lines and satellite links. The Internet connects multiple WANs; as its name suggests, it is a network of networks. Its success stems from early support by the U.S.

  • wide-band-gap insulator

    optical ceramics: Optical and infrared windows: …pure state, most ceramics are wide-band-gap insulators. This means that there is a large gap of forbidden states between the energy of the highest filled electron levels and the energy of the next highest unoccupied level. If this band gap is larger than optical light energies, these ceramics will be…

  • Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (United States satellite)

    Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), U.S. satellite that observed astronomical objects at infrared wavelengths. It was launched on December 14, 2009, by a Delta II launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, into a polar orbit 500 km (310 miles) above Earth. WISE contained a

  • wide-field planetary camera (astronomy)

    Hubble Space Telescope: …important of these instruments, the wide-field planetary camera, can take either wide-field or high-resolution images of the planets and of galactic and extragalactic objects. This camera is designed to achieve image resolutions 10 times greater than that of even the largest Earth-based telescope. A faint-object camera can detect an object…

  • wide-screen projection (cinematography)

    motion picture: Framing: A similar effect, called wide screen, was sometimes achieved without the expensive equipment required for CinemaScope by using 35-mm film and masking the top or bottom or both, giving a ratio of 1.75 to 1, or 7 to 4. Although some theatres in the 1970s were enlarged and widened…

  • Wideman, John Edgar (American author)

    John Edgar Wideman, American writer regarded for his intricate literary style in novels about the experiences of African American men in contemporary urban America. Until the age of 10, Wideman lived in Homewood, an African American section of Pittsburgh, which later became the setting of many of

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    Widener University, private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S. It comprises schools of arts and sciences; law; education, innovation, and continuing studies; hospitality management; human service professions; engineering; nursing; and business

  • Widener University (university, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States)

    Widener University, private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S. It comprises schools of arts and sciences; law; education, innovation, and continuing studies; hospitality management; human service professions; engineering; nursing; and business

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