Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The 23rd letter of the modern English alphabet.
  • n. Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter w.
  • n. The 23rd in a series.
  • n. Something shaped like the letter W.
  • abbr. weight
  • abbr. width
  • abbr. Physics work

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The twenty-third letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
  • n. The first letter of callsigns allocated to American broadcast television and radio stations east of the Mississippi river.
  • n. voiced labial-velar approximant
  • n. The twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, called double-u and written in the Latin script.
  • abbr. watt
  • abbr. west
  • abbr. wide
  • abbr. white
  • abbr. witness
  • abbr. work

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • the twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, is usually a consonant, but sometimes it is a vowel, forming the second element of certain diphthongs, as in few, how. It takes its written form and its name from the repetition of a V, this being the original form of the Roman capital letter which we call U. Etymologically it is most related to v and u. See V, and U. Some of the uneducated classes in England, especially in London, confuse w and v, substituting the one for the other, as weal for veal, and veal for weal; wine for vine, and vine for wine, etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 266-268.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation [lowercase] in a ship's log-book, of wet dew
  • of Western Postal District, London
  • [lowercase] of wife
  • of Wolfram
  • [lowercase or cap.] in electrotechnics, of work
  • in electricity, of watt, the unit of electric power
  • nautical, of winter free-board line. See free-board.
  • An abbreviation of West Africa
  • of West Australia.
  • n. An abbreviation of Water Board
  • n. of way-bill.
  • n. An abbreviation [lowercase or cap.] of water-closet
  • n. of Wesleyan Chapel
  • n. of Western Central (London Postal District)
  • n. [lowercase] of without charge.
  • n. An abbreviation of West Indies.
  • An abbreviation of wave-length.
  • An abbreviation of Worshipful Master.
  • An abbreviation of War Office.
  • n. An abbreviation of Worthy Patriarch.
  • n. Ar. abbreviation of West Riding;
  • n. of William Rex (King William).
  • n. An abbreviation of West Saxon.
  • The twenty-third letter and eighteenth consonant-sign in the English alphabet.
  • As a symbol:
  • In chem., the symbol for tungsten (NL. wolframium).
  • In hydrodynamics, the symbol for the component of the velocity parallel to the axis of Z.
  • As an abbreviation:
  • of west;
  • of western;
  • of William;
  • of Wednesday;
  • of Welsh;
  • of warden;
  • of week.
  • n. In printing, an abbreviation of wrong font: a mark on the margin of a proof, calling attention to the fact that the letter or letters, etc., opposite differ from the rest in size or face.
  • n. An abbreviation of Worthy Grand, prefixed to various titles of office among Free-masons and similar orders: as, W. G. C. (Worthy Grand Chaplain or Conductor).
  • n. An abbreviation of writer to the signet. See signet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm
  • n. the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
  • n. a heavy grey-white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite
  • n. the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet

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Examples

  • Thus, the sentence ˜I am a philosopher™ is false with respect to c and w, but true with respect to c and w*.

    Again

  • But what is the intuitive connection between w and w*?

    Impossible Worlds

  • To provide the required counterexample, just consider a model in which A holds at w, B doesn't hold at w, and A doesn't hold at w*.

    Impossible Worlds

  • (S¬) vw (¬A) = 1 if and only if vw* (A) = 0, that is, ¬A is true at a world w if and only if A is false, not at w itself (as it happens with standard negation), but at its twin w*.

    Impossible Worlds

  • Given a world w, the involution operation produces a world w* which is, in a sense to be specified, its “reverse twin”.

    Impossible Worlds

  • Stalnaker's semantics uses a "selection function", F, which selects, for any proposition A and any world w, a world, w², the nearest (most similar) world to w at which A is true.

    Conditionals

  • "If A, B" is true at w iff B is true at F (A, w), i.e. at w², the world most similar to w at which A is true.

    Conditionals

  • The propositional concept corresponding to this statement will yield the truth for any pair of worlds w, w² such that there is an x that is referred to as ˜that man™ in w, and x is sitting in w².

    Pragmatics

  • Suppose Moe is sitting in the actual world w and standing in alternative world w², while Curley is standing in

    Pragmatics

  • But Klagge took that to show that w and w* do not provide a counterexample to the strong supervenience of A on B after all.

    Supervenience

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  • W. Chemical element symbol for Tungsten.

    December 1, 2007