1. a ceremonial or emblematic staff

    Synonyms : scepter, sceptre, verge
    Type Of : staff
  2. a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir

    Synonyms : baton
    Type Of : rod
  3. a rod used by a magician or water diviner

    Type Of : rod
  4. a thin supple twig or rod

    Type Of : twig, branchlet, sprig
    Examples :
    • stems bearing slender wands of flowers


  1. anything lost by wear or waste

    Type Of : loss
  2. the process of wasting

    Type Of : decrease, decrement


  1. distributed over a considerable extent

    Synonyms : far-flung
    Examples :
    • widespread nuclear fallout
  2. widely circulated or diffused

    Examples :
    • a widespread doctrine
    • widespread fear of nuclear war


  1. deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc

    Synonyms : faint
    Examples :
    • weak colors
    • a weak pulse
  2. (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress

    Synonyms : light, unaccented
    Examples :
    • a weak stress on the second syllable
  3. overly diluted; thin and insipid

    Synonyms : washy, watery
    Examples :
    • weak tea
  4. wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

    Synonyms : fallible, frail, imperfect
  5. lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality

    Synonyms : debile, decrepit, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weakly
  6. deficient in intelligence or mental power

    Examples :
    • a weak mind
  7. deficient or lacking in some skill

    Examples :
    • he's weak in spelling
  8. likely to fail under stress or pressure

    Examples :
    • the weak link in the chain
  9. not having authority, political strength, or governing power

    Examples :
    • a weak president
  10. tending downward in price

    Examples :
    • a weak market for oil stocks
  11. wanting in physical strength

    Antonyms : strong
    Examples :
    • a weak pillar
  12. (used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection


  1. the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet

    Synonyms : basin, catchment area, catchment basin, drainage area, drainage basin, river basin
    Type Of : geographical area, geographical region, geographic area, geographic region
  2. a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems

    Synonyms : divide, water parting
    Type Of : line
  3. an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend

    Synonyms : landmark, turning point
    Type Of : juncture, occasion
    Examples :
    • the agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations


  1. easily impressed or influenced

    Synonyms : impressible, impressionable
    Examples :
    • a waxy mind
  2. made of or covered with wax

    Synonyms : waxen
    Examples :
    • careful, the floor is waxy
  3. capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking

    Synonyms : bendable, pliable, pliant
  4. having the paleness of wax

    Synonyms : waxen, waxlike
    Examples :
    • a thin face with a waxy paleness


  1. tense with excitement and enthusiasm as from a rush of adrenaline

    Synonyms : pumped, pumped-up, pumped up
  2. equipped with wire or wires especially for electric or telephone service

    Antonyms : wireless
    Examples :
    • a well-wired house
  3. tied or bound with wire

    Examples :
    • wired bundles of newspapers


  1. a message transmitted by telegraph

    Synonyms : telegram
    Type Of : message
  2. equip for use with electricity

    Synonyms : electrify
    Type Of : adapt, accommodate
  3. a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance

    Synonyms : conducting wire
    Type Of : conductor
  4. send cables, wires, or telegrams

    Synonyms : cable, telegraph
    Type Of : telecommunicate
  5. fasten with wire

    Antonyms : unwire
    Type Of : secure, fasten, fix
    Examples :
    • The columns were wired to the beams for support
  6. ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc

    Type Of : ligament
  7. provide with electrical circuits

    Type Of : fit, equip, fit out, outfit
    Examples :
    • wire the addition to the house
  8. string on a wire

    Type Of : thread, string, draw
    Examples :
    • wire beads
  9. the finishing line on a racetrack

    Type Of : finish line, finishing line


  1. actively engaged in paid work

    Synonyms : on the job
    Examples :
    • the working population
    • the ratio of working men to unemployed
    • a working mother
  2. a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked

    Synonyms : workings
    Type Of : excavation
  3. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

    Synonyms : functional, operative, running
    Examples :
    • in running (or working) order
  4. adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something

    Examples :
    • the party has a working majority in the House
    • a working knowledge of Spanish
  5. adopted as a temporary basis for further work

    Examples :
    • a working draft
    • a working hypothesis
  6. serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity

    Examples :
    • discussed the working draft of a peace treaty
    • they need working agreements with their neighbor states on interstate projects


  1. open to or swept by wind

    Examples :
    • windswept headlands