Ash Wednesday. See in the Vocabulary.

(Wee) n. [OE. we a bit, in a little we, probably originally meaning, a little way, the word we for wei being later taken as synonymous with little. See Way.] A little; a bit, as of space, time, or distance. [Obs. or Scot.]

(Wee), a. Very small; little. [Colloq. & Scot.]

A little wee face, with a little yellow beard.

(Weech"-elm`) n. (Bot.) The wych-elm. [Obs.] Bacon.

(Weed) n. [OE. wede, AS. wde, wd; akin to OS. wadi, giwadi, OFries, wde, wd, OD. wade, OHG. wat, Icel. va, Zend vadh to clothe.]

1. A garment; clothing; especially, an upper or outer garment. "Lowly shepherd's weeds." Spenser. "Woman's weeds." Shak. "This beggar woman's weed." Tennyson.

He on his bed sat, the soft weeds he wore
Put off.

2. An article of dress worn in token of grief; a mourning garment or badge; as, he wore a weed on his hat; especially, in the plural, mourning garb, as of a woman; as, a widow's weeds.

In a mourning weed, with ashes upon her head, and tears abundantly flowing.

(Weed), n. A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which attacks women in childbed. [Scot.]

(Wedge"wise`) adv. In the manner of a wedge.

Wedgwood ware
(Wedg"wood` ware`) [From the name of the inventor, Josiah Wedgwood, of England.] A kind of fine pottery, the most remarkable being what is called jasper, either white, or colored throughout the body, and capable of being molded into the most delicate forms, so that fine and minute bas-reliefs like cameos were made of it, fit even for being set as jewels.

(Wedg"y) a. Like a wedge; wedge- shaped.

(Wed"lock) n. [AS. wedlac a pledge, be trothal; wedd a pledge + lac a gift, an offering. See Wed, n., and cf. Lake, v. i., Knowledge.]

1. The ceremony, or the state, of marriage; matrimony. "That blissful yoke . . . that men clepeth [call] spousal, or wedlock." Chaucer.

For what is wedlock forced but a hell,
An age of discord or continual strife?

2. A wife; a married woman. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

Syn. — See Marriage.

(Wed"lock), v. t. To marry; to unite in marriage; to wed. [R.] "Man thus wedlocked." Milton.

(Wednes"day) n. [OE. wednesdai, wodnesdei, AS. Wodnes dæg, i. e., Woden's day (a translation of L. dies Mercurii); fr. Woden the highest god of the Teutonic peoples, but identified with the Roman god Mercury; akin to OS. Wodan, OHG. Wuotan, Icel. Oðinn, D. woensdag Wednesday, Icel. oðinsdagr, Dan. & Sw. onsdag. See Day, and cf. Woden, Wood, a.] The fourth day of the week; the next day after Tuesday.

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