(Wot"est Wot"test), 2d pers. sing. pres. of Wit, to know. [Obs.]
(Wot"eth Wot"teth), 3d pers. sing. pres. of Wit, to know. [Obs.] "He wotteth neither what he
babbleth, nor what he meaneth." Tyndale.
(Woul) v. i. To howl. [Obs.] Wyclif.
(Would) imp. of Will. [OE. & AS. wolde. See Will, v. t.] Commonly used as an auxiliary
verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will.
Would was formerly used also as the past participle of Will.
Right as our Lord hath would.Chaucer.
(Would) n. See 2d Weld.
(Would"-be`) a. Desiring or professing to be; vainly pretending to be; as, a would-be poet.
(Would"ing), n. Emotion of desire; inclination; velleity. [Obs.] Hammond.
(Would"ing*ness), n. Willingness; desire. [Obs.]
(Woulfe" bot`tle) n. (Chem.) A kind of wash bottle with two or three necks; so called
after the inventor, Peter Woulfe, an English chemist.
(Wound) imp. & p. p. of Wind to twist, and Wind to sound by blowing.
(Wound) n. [OE. wounde, wunde, AS. wund; akin to OFries. wunde, OS. wunda, D. wonde,
OHG. wunta, G. wunde, Icel. und, and to AS., OS., & G. wund sore, wounded, OHG. wunt, Goth.
wunds, and perhaps also to Goth. winnan to suffer, E. win. &radic140. Cf. Zounds.]
1. A hurt or injury caused by violence; specifically, a breach of the skin and flesh of an animal, or in the
substance of any creature or living thing; a cut, stab, rent, or the like. Chaucer.
Showers of bloodShak.
Rained from the wounds of slaughtered Englishmen.
2. Fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to feeling, faculty, reputation, etc.
3. (Criminal Law) An injury to the person by which the skin is divided, or its continuity broken; a lesion
of the body, involving some solution of continuity.
Walker condemns the pronunciation woond as a "capricious novelty." It is certainly opposed to an important
principle of our language, namely, that the Old English long sound written ou, and pronounced like French
ou or modern English oo, has regularly changed, when accented, into the diphthongal sound usually
written with the same letters ou in modern English, as in ground, hound, round, sound. The use of
ou in Old English to represent the sound of modern English oo was borrowed from the French, and
replaced the older and Anglo-Saxon spelling with u. It makes no difference whether the word was taken
from the French or not, provided it is old enough in English to have suffered this change to what is now
the common sound of ou; but words taken from the French at a later time, or influenced by French, may
have the French sound.
Wound gall (Zoöl.), an elongated swollen or tuberous gall on the branches of the grapevine, caused by
a small reddish brown weevil (Ampeloglypter sesostris) whose larvæ inhabit the galls.
(Wound) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Wounding.] [AS. wundian. &radic140.
See Wound, n.]