|Warble War"ble intransitive verb 1. To be quavered or modulated; to be uttered melodiously.
Such strains ne'er warble in the linnet's throat. Gay. 3. To sing in a trilling manner, or with many turns and variations.
"Birds on the branches warbling
." Milton. 3. To sing with sudden changes from chest to head tones; to yodel.
Warble War"ble noun A quavering modulation of the voice; a musical trill; a song.
And he, the wondrous child, Emerson.
Whose silver warble wild
Outvalued every pulsing sound.
Warbler War"bler noun 1. One who, or that which, warbles; a singer; a songster; -- applied chiefly to birds.
In lulling strains the feathered warblers woo. Tickell. 2. (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of small Old World singing birds belonging to the family Sylviidæ , many of which are noted songsters. The bluethroat, blackcap, reed warbler (see under Reed ), and sedge warbler (see under Sedge ) are well-known species. 3. (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of small, often bright colored, American singing birds of the family or subfamily Mniotiltidæ , or Sylvicolinæ . They are allied to the Old World warblers, but most of them are not particularly musical.
» The American warblers are often divided, according to their habits, into bush
warblers, fly- catching
warblers, etc. Bush warbler (Zoology) any American warbler of the genus Opornis , as the Connecticut warbler ( O. agilis ).
-- Creeping warbler (Zoology)
, any one of several species of very small American warblers belonging to Parula , Mniotilta , and allied genera, as the blue yellow-backed warbler ( Parula Americana ), and the black- and-white creeper ( Mniotilta varia ).
-- Fly-catching warbler (Zoology)
, any one of several species of warblers belonging to Setophaga , Sylvania , and allied genera having the bill hooked and notched at the tip, with strong rictal bristles at the base, as the hooded warbler ( Sylvania mitrata ), the black- capped warbler ( S. pusilla ), the Canadian warbler ( S. Canadensis ), and the American redstart (see Redstart ).
-- Ground warbler (Zoology)
, any American warbler of the genus Geothlypis , as the mourning ground warbler ( G. Philadelphia ), and the Maryland yellowthroat (see Yellowthroat ).
-- Wood warbler (Zoology)
, any one of numerous American warblers of the genus Dendroica . Among the most common wood warblers in the Eastern States are the yellowbird, or yellow warbler (see under Yellow ), the black- throated green warbler ( Dendroica virens ), the yellow-rumped warbler ( D. coronata ), the blackpoll ( D. striata ), the bay-breasted warbler ( D. castanea ), the chestnut-sided warbler ( D. Pennsylvanica ), the Cape May warbler ( D. tigrina ), the prairie warbler (see under Prairie ), and the pine warbler ( D. pinus ). See also Magnolia warbler , under Magnolia , and Blackburnian warbler .
Warblingly War"bling·ly adverb In a warbling manner.
Warburg's tincture War"burg's tinc"ture (Pharm.) A preparation containing quinine and many other ingredients, often used in the treatment of malarial affections. It was invented by Dr. Warburg of London.
Ward Ward noun
[ Anglo-Saxon weard
, fem., guard, weard
, masc., keeper, guard; akin to Old Saxon ward
a watcher, warden, German wart
, Old High German wart
, Icelandic vörðr
a warden, a watch, Goth. -wards
in daúra wards
a doorkeeper, and English wary
; confer Old French warde
guard, from the German. See Ware
, and confer Guard
.] 1. The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch , noun , 1.
Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and ward . Spenser. 2. One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection.
For the best ward of mine honor. Shak.
The assieged castle's ward Spenser.
Their steadfast stands did mightily maintain.
For want of other ward , Dryden. 3. The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody.
He lifted up his hand, his front to guard.
And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard. Gen. xl. 3.
I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward . Shak.
It is also inconvenient, in Ireland, that the wards and marriages of gentlemen's children should be in the disposal of any of those lords. Spenser. 4. A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard.
"Thou knowest my old ward
; here I lay, and thus I bore my point." Shak. 5. One who, or that which, is guarded.
Specifically: -- (a) A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery.
"You know our father's ward
, the fair Monimia." Otway. (b) A division of a county.
[ Eng. & Scot.] (c) A division, district, or quarter of a town or city.
Throughout the trembling city placed a guard, Dryden. (d) A division of a forest.
Dealing an equal share to every ward .
[ Eng.] (e) A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward . 6. (a) A projecting ridge of metal in the interior of a lock, to prevent the use of any key which has not a corresponding notch for passing it. (b) A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch. Knight.
The lock is made . . . more secure by attaching wards to the front, as well as to the back, plate of the lock, in which case the key must be furnished with corresponding notches. Tomlinson. Ward penny (O. Eng. Law)
, money paid to the sheriff or castellan for watching and warding a castle.
-- Ward staff
, a constable's or watchman's staff.
Ward Ward transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Warded
; present participle & verbal noun Warding
.] [ Middle English wardien
, Anglo-Saxon weardian
to keep, protect; akin to Old Saxon ward...n
to watch, take care, OFries. wardia
, Old High German wart...n
, German warten
to wait, wait on, attend to, Icelandic var...a
to guarantee defend, Swedish vårda
to guard, to watch; confer Old French warder
, of German origin. See Ward
, and confer Award
.] 1. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.
Whose gates he found fast shut, no living wight Spenser. 2. To defend; to protect.
To ward the same.
Tell him it was a hand that warded him Shak. 3. To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.
From thousand dangers.
[ Obsolete] 4. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off .
Now wards a felling blow, now strikes again. Daniel.
The pointed javelin warded off his rage. Addison.
It instructs the scholar in the various methods of warding off the force of objections. I. Watts.
Ward Ward intransitive verb 1. To be vigilant; to keep guard. 2. To act on the defensive with a weapon.
She redoubling her blows drove the stranger to no other shift than to ward and go back. Sir P. Sidney.
Ward-corn Ward"-corn` noun [ Ward + French corne horn, Latin cornu .] (O. Eng. Law) The duty of keeping watch and ward (see the Note under Watch , noun , 1) with a horn to be blown upon any occasion of surprise. Burrill.
Wardcorps Ward"corps` noun [ Wars + corps .] Guardian; one set to watch over another. [ Obsolete] "Though thou preyedest Argus . . . to be my wardcorps ." Chaucer.
Warden Ward"en noun
[ Middle English wardein
, Old French wardein
, French gardien
. See Guardian
, and Ward
guard.] 1. A keeper; a guardian; a watchman.
He called to the warden on the . . . battlements. Sir. W. Scott. 2. An officer who keeps or guards; a keeper; as, the warden of a prison. 3. A head official; as, the warden of a college; specifically (Eccl.) , a churchwarden. 4.
[ Properly, a keeping pear.] A large, hard pear, chiefly used for baking and roasting.
I would have had him roasted like a warden . Beau. & Fl. Warden pie
, a pie made of warden pears.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Wardenry, Wardenship Ward"en·ry, Ward"en·ship noun The office or jurisdiction of a warden.
Warder Ward"er noun 1. One who wards or keeps; a keeper; a guard.
of the gate." Dryden. 2. A truncheon or staff carried by a king or a commander in chief, and used in signaling his will.
When, lo! the king suddenly changed his mind, Daniel.
Casts down his warder to arrest them there.
Wafting his warder thrice about his head, Drayton.
He cast it up with his auspicious hand,
Which was the signal, through the English spread,
This they should charge.
Wardian Ward"i·an adjective Designating, or pertaining to, a kind of glass inclosure for keeping ferns, mosses, etc., or for transporting growing plants from a distance; as, a Wardian case of plants; -- so named from the inventor, Nathaniel B. Ward , an Englishman.
Wardmote Ward"mote` noun Anciently, a meeting of the inhabitants of a ward; also, a court formerly held in each ward of London for trying defaults in matters relating to the watch, police, and the like. Brande & C. "Wards and wardmotes ." Piers Plowman.
Wardrobe Ward"robe` noun
[ Middle English warderobe
, Old French warderobe
, French garderobe
; of German origin. See Ward
, transitive verb
, and Robe
.] 1. A room or apartment where clothes are kept, or wearing apparel is stored; a portable closet for hanging up clothes. 2. Wearing apparel, in general; articles of dress or personal decoration.
Flowers that their gay wardrobe wear. Milton.
With a pair of saddlebags containing his wardrobe . T. Hughes. 3. A privy.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Wardroom Ward"room` noun 1. (Nautical) A room occupied as a messroom by the commissioned officers of a war vessel. See Gunroom . Totten. 2. A room used by the citizens of a city ward, for meetings, political caucuses, elections, etc. [ U. S.]
Wardship Ward"ship noun 1. The office of a ward or keeper; care and protection of a ward; guardianship; right of guardianship.
Wardship is incident to tenure in socage. Blackstone. 2. The state of begin under a guardian; pupilage.
It was the wisest act . . . in my wardship . B. Jonson.
Wardsman Wards"man noun
; plural Wardsmen A man who keeps ward; a guard.
[ R.] Sydney Smith.
Ware Ware obsolete imperfect of Wear . Wore.
Ware Ware transitive verb (Nautical) To wear, or veer. See Wear .
Ware Ware noun [ Anglo-Saxon wār .] (Botany) Seaweed. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Ware goose (Zoology) , the brant; -- so called because it feeds on ware, or seaweed. [ Prov. Eng.]
Ware Ware noun
[ Middle English ware
, Anglo-Saxon waru
; akin to Dutch waar
, German waare
, Icelandic & Swedish vara
, Danish vare
; and probably to English worth
, adjective See Worth
] Articles of merchandise; the sum of articles of a particular kind or class; style or class of manufactures; especially, in the plural, goods; commodities; merchandise.
"Retails his wares
at wakes." Shak.
"To chaffer with them and eke to sell them their ware
It the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the Sabbath, or on the holy day. Neh. x. 31.
» Although originally and properly a collective noun, it admits of a plural form, when articles of merchandise of different kinds are meant. It is often used in composition; as in hard ware
, glass ware
, tin ware
Ware Ware adjective
[ Middle English war
, Anglo-Saxon wær
. √142. See Wary
.] A ware; taking notice; hence, wary; cautious; on one's guard. See Beware .
She was ware and knew it bet [ better] than he. Chaucer.
Of whom be thou ware also. 2. Tim. iv. 15.
He is ware enough; he is wily and circumspect for stirring up any sedition. Latimer.
The only good that grows of passed fear Spenser.
Is to be wise, and ware of like again.
Ware Ware noun [ Anglo-Saxon waru caution.] The state of being ware or aware; heed. [ Obsolete] Wyclif.
Ware Ware transitive verb
[ As. warian
.] To make ware; to warn; to take heed of; to beware of; to guard against.
that I say." Chaucer.
God . . . ware you for the sin of avarice. Chaucer.
Then ware a rising tempest on the main. Dryden.
Wareful Ware"ful adjective Wary; watchful; cautious. [ Obsolete]
Warefulness Ware"ful·ness noun Wariness; cautiousness. [ Obsolete] "Full of warefulness ." Sir P. Sidney.
Warega fly Wa·re"ga fly` (Zoology) A Brazilian fly whose larvæ live in the skin of man and animals, producing painful sores.
Warehouse Ware"house` noun
; plural Warehouses A storehouse for wares, or goods. Addison.
Warehouse Ware"house` transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Warehoused ; present participle & verbal noun Warehousing .] 1. To deposit or secure in a warehouse. 2. To place in the warehouse of the government or customhouse stores, to be kept until duties are paid.
Warehouseman Ware"house`man noun
; plural Warehousemen 1. One who keeps a warehouse; the owner or keeper of a dock warehouse or wharf store. 2. One who keeps a wholesale shop or store for Manchester or woolen goods.
[ Eng.] Warehouseman's itch (Medicine)
, a form of eczema occurring on the back of the hands of warehousemen.
Warehousing Ware"hous`ing noun The act of placing goods in a warehouse, or in a customhouse store. Warehousing system , an arrangement for lodging imported articles in the customhouse stores, without payment of duties until they are taken out for home consumption. If reëxported, they are not charged with a duty. See Bonded warehouse , under Bonded , adjective
Wareless Ware"less adjective
[ See Ware
] Unwary; incautious; unheeding; careless; unaware.
And wareless of the evil Spenser.
That by themselves unto themselves is wrought.
Warely Ware"ly adverb Cautiously; warily.
They bound him hand and foot with iron chains, Spenser.
And with continual watch did warely keep.
Warence War"ence noun [ Old French warance . French garance , Late Latin warentia , garantia .] (Botany) Madder.
Wareroom Ware"room` noun A room in which goods are stored or exhibited for sale.
Wares Wares noun plural See 4th Ware .
Warfare War"fare` noun
+ Middle English fare
a journey, a passage, course, Anglo-Saxon faru.
] 1. Military service; military life; contest carried on by enemies; hostilities; war.
The Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare , to fight with Israel. I Sam. xxviii. 1.
This day from battle rest; Milton. 2. Contest; struggle.
Faithful hath been your warfare .
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. 2 Cor. x. 4.
Warfare War"fare` intransitive verb To lead a military life; to carry on continual wars. Camden.
Warfarer War"far`er noun One engaged in warfare; a military man; a soldier; a warrior.
Warhable War"ha`ble adjective [ War + hable .] Fit for war. [ Obsolete] " Warhable youth." Spenser.
Wariangle War`i·an"gle noun [ Middle English wariangel , weryangle ; confer Anglo-Saxon wearg outlaw, criminal, OHG, warg , warch , Goth. wargs (in comp.), German würgengel , i. e., destroying angel, destroyer, killer, and English worry .] (Zoology) The red-backed shrike ( Lanius collurio ); -- called also würger , worrier , and throttler . [ Written also warriangle , weirangle , etc.] [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.]
Warily Wa"ri·ly adverb In a wary manner.
Wariment Wa"ri·ment noun Wariness. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Warine War"ine noun (Zoology) A South American monkey, one of the sapajous.
Wariness Wa"ri·ness noun The quality or state of being wary; care to foresee and guard against evil; cautiousness.
"An almost reptile wariness
." G. W. Cable.
To determine what are little things in religion, great wariness is to be used. Sprat. Syn.
-- Caution; watchfulness; circumspection; foresight; care; vigilance; scrupulousness.
Warish War"ish transitive verb
[ Old French warir
to protect, heal, cure, French guéri...
to cure; of Teutonic origin; confer Old High German werian
, to protect, to hinder. See Garret
.] To protect from the effects of; hence, to cure; to heal.
My brother shall be warished hastily. Chaucer.
Varro testifies that even at this day there be some who warish and cure the stinging of serpents with their spittle. Holland.
Warish War"ish intransitive verb To be cured; to recover.
Your daughter . . . shall warish and escape. Chaucer.
Warison War"i·son noun
[ Old French warison
safety, supplies, cure, French guérison
cure. See Warish
, transitive verb
] 1. Preparation; protection; provision; supply.
[ Obsolete] 2. Reward; requital; guerdon.
[ Obsolete or Scot.]
Wit and wisdom is good warysoun . Proverbs of Hending.
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