from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Name of several Chinese dynasties ruling from AD 220 to 265 and from 386 to 556.
  • A river of central China flowing about 850 km (530 mi) generally eastward through Shaanxi province to the Yellow River.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An old spelling of way.

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  • noun any of several imperial dynasties of China ruling from 220 to 265 and from 386 to 556


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  • A certain Wei Shêng had a great reputation for sincerity and reliability, which was put to proof on an occasion when he had an appointment with a lady to meet on a bridge.

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  • The inner history of the Palace of Wei is something of a

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  • Cao Cao and his advisors wrote a new code of laws which is sometimes known as the Wei Constitution, though it was not called that at the time.

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  • Chin demanded in his impetuous way, as if he hadn’t heard a word Wei had just said.

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  • The movement was suppressed after a young electrician called Wei Jingsheng put up a poster calling for a "fifth modernisation".

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  • I'll bet, she had thought, watching him and his girl, liking her — big, dark eyes, svelte, a happy soul called Wei-wei who stayed with him like his shadow.

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  • The Master said, Who can call Wei-sheng Kao straight?

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