(Wee"ver) n. [Probably from F. vive, OF. vivre, a kind of fish, L. vipera viper. Cf. Viper.]
(Zoöl.) Any one of several species of edible marine fishes belonging to the genus Trachinus, of the family
Trachinidæ. They have a broad spinose head, with the eyes looking upward. The long dorsal fin is supported
by numerous strong, sharp spines which cause painful wounds.
The two British species are the great, or greater, weever which becomes a foot long (called also gowdie,
sea cat, stingbull, and weaverfish), and the lesser weever about half as large (called also otter pike,
(Wee"vil) n. [OE. wivel, wevil, AS. wifel, wibil; akin to OD. wevel, OHG. wibil, wibel, G. wiebel,
wibel, and probably to Lith. vabalas beetle, and E. weave. See Weave.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous
species of snout beetles, or Rhynchophora, in which the head is elongated and usually curved downward.
Many of the species are very injurious to cultivated plants. The larvæ of some of the species live in nuts,
fruit, and grain by eating out the interior, as the plum weevil, or curculio, the nut weevils, and the grain
weevil (see under Plum, Nut, and Grain). The larvæ of other species bore under the bark and into the
pith of trees and various other plants, as the pine weevils (see under Pine). See also Pea weevil, Rice
weevil, Seed weevil, under Pea, Rice, and Seed.
(Wee"viled) a. Infested by weevils; as, weeviled grain. [Written also weevilled.]
(Wee"vil*y) a. Having weevils; weeviled. [Written also weevilly.]
(Wee"zel) n. (Zoöl.) See Weasel.
(Weft) obs. imp. & p. p. of Wave.
(Weft), n. [Cf. Waif.] A thing waved, waived, or cast away; a waif. [Obs.] "A forlorn weft." Spenser.
(Weft), n. [AS. weft, wefta, fr. wefan, to weave. See Weave.]
1. The woof of cloth; the threads that cross the warp from selvage to selvage; the thread carried by the
shuttle in weaving.
2. A web; a thing woven.
(Weft"age) n. Texture. [Obs.] Grew.
(We"go*tism) n. [From we, in imitation of egotism.] Excessive use of the pronoun we;
called also weism. [Colloq. or Cant]
(Wehr"geld` Wehr"gelt`) n. (O. Eng. Law) See Weregild.
(Wehr"wolf`) n. See Werewolf.
(Wei"gel*a Wei*ge"li*a) n. [NL. So named after C. E. Weigel, a German naturalist.] (Bot.) A
hardy garden shrub (Diervilla Japonica) belonging to the Honeysuckle family, with white or red flowers.
It was introduced from China.
(Weigh) n. (Naut.) A corruption of Way, used only in the phrase under weigh.
An expedition was got under weigh from New York.Thackeray.
The Athenians . . . hurried on board and with considerable difficulty got under weigh.Jowett
(Weigh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Weighed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Weighing.] [OE. weien, weyen, weghen,
AS. wegan to bear, move; akin to D. wegen to weigh, G. wägen, wiegen, to weigh, bewegen to move,