(n.) A little mass, tuft, or bundle, as of hay or tow.
(n.) Specifically: A little mass of some soft or flexible material, such as hay, straw, tow, paper, or old rope yarn, used for retaining a charge of powder in a gun, or for keeping the powder and shot close; also, to diminish or avoid the effects of windage. Also, by extension, a dusk of felt, pasteboard, etc., serving a similar purpose.
(n.) A soft mass, especially of some loose, fibrous substance, used for various purposes, as for stopping an aperture, padding a garment, etc.
(n.) Alt. of Wadd
(v. t.) To form into a mass, or wad, or into wadding; as, to wad tow or cotton.
(v. t.) To insert or crowd a wad into; as, to wad a gun; also, to stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton; as, to wad a cloak.
(n.) A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities.
(n.) A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason.
(n.) Instruments of war.
(n.) Forces; army.
(n.) The profession of arms; the art of war.
(n.) a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
(v. i.) To make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence.
(v. i.) To contend; to strive violently; to fight.
(n.) A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed by them in the construction of their comb; -- usually called beeswax. It is first excreted, from a row of pouches along their sides, in the form of scales, which, being masticated and mixed with saliva, become whitened and tenacious. Its natural color is pale or dull yellow.
(n.) Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or appearance.
(n.) Cerumen, or earwax.
(n.) A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc.
(n.) A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
(n.) A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See Wax insect, below.
(n.) A waxlike product secreted by certain plants. See Vegetable wax, under Vegetable.
(n.) A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in connection with certain deposits of rock salt and coal; -- called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
(n.) Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple, and then cooling.
(v. i.) To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller; -- opposed to wane.
(v. i.) To pass from one state to another; to become; to grow; as, to wax strong; to wax warmer or colder; to wax feeble; to wax old; to wax worse and worse.
(v. t.) To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.
(n.) A band of webbing used to regulate the extension of the hood.
(n.) A thin metal sheet, plate, or strip, as of lead.
(n.) The blade of a sword.
(n.) The blade of a saw.
(n.) The thin, sharp part of a colter.
(n.) The bit of a key.
(n.) A plate or thin portion, continuous or perforated, connecting stiffening ribs or flanges, or other parts of an object.
(n.) The thin vertical plate or portion connecting the upper and lower flanges of an lower flanges of an iron girder, rolled beam, or railroad rail.
(n.) A disk or solid construction serving, instead of spokes, for connecting the rim and hub, in some kinds of car wheels, sheaves, etc.
(n.) The arm of a crank between the shaft and the wrist.
(n.) The part of a blackmith's anvil between the face and the foot.
(n.) Pterygium; -- called also webeye.
(n.) The membrane which unites the fingers or toes, either at their bases, as in man, or for a greater part of their length, as in many water birds and amphibians.
(n.) The series of barbs implanted on each side of the shaft of a feather, whether stiff and united together by barbules, as in ordinary feathers, or soft and separate, as in downy feathers. See Feather.
(v. t.) To unite or surround with a web, or as if with a web; to envelop; to entangle.
(a.) Water or wetness; moisture or humidity in considerable degree.
(a.) Rainy weather; foggy or misty weather.
(a.) A dram; a drink.
(imp. & p. p.) of Wet
(superl.) Containing, or consisting of, water or other liquid; moist; soaked with a liquid; having water or other liquid upon the surface; as, wet land; a wet cloth; a wet table.
(superl.) Very damp; rainy; as, wet weather; a wet season.
(superl.) Employing, or done by means of, water or some other liquid; as, the wet extraction of copper, in distinction from dry extraction in which dry heat or fusion is employed.
(superl.) Refreshed with liquor; drunk.
(v. t.) To fill or moisten with water or other liquid; to sprinkle; to cause to have water or other fluid adherent to the surface; to dip or soak in a liquid; as, to wet a sponge; to wet the hands; to wet cloth.