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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun W:


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Definition of the noun w

What does w mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: -

  1. 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
  2. the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
  3. 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
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of W: watt
    • more generic term: power unit = a measure of electric power
    • part of: kilowatt / kW = a unit of power equal to 1000 watts; H.P. / horsepower / HP = a unit of power equal to 746 watts
    • part: milliwatt = a unit of power equal to one thousandth of a watt
  4. the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet

Other definitions of w

What does w also mean?


  1. See watt.
  2. See west.
  3. [cricket] wide
  4. See white.
  5. See witness.
  6. See work.


  1. Latn-def, en, letter, 22, double-u

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