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Labial \La"bi*al\, n.

  1. (Phonetics) A letter or character representing an articulation or sound formed or uttered chiefly with the lips, as b, p, w.

  2. (Mus.) An organ pipe that is furnished with lips; a flue pipe.

  3. (Zo["o]l.) One of the scales which border the mouth of a fish or reptile.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

not in the Roman alphabet, but the Modern English sound it represents is close to the devocalized consonant expressed by Roman -U- or -V-. In Old English, this originally was written -uu-, but by 8c. began to be expressed by the runic character wyn (Kentish wen), which looked like this: ƿ (the character is a late addition to the online font set and doesn't display properly on many computers, so it's something like a combination of lower-case -p- and a reversed -y-). In 11c., Norman scribes introduced -w-, a ligatured doubling of Roman -u- which had been used on the continent for the Germanic "w" sound, and wyn disappeared c.1300. -W- is not properly a letter in the modern French alphabet, and it is used there only in borrowed foreign words, such as wagon, weekend, Western, whisky, wombat.


a. 1 (context cricket English) wide 2 white letter (Latn-def en letter 23 double-u) n. 1 watt 2 west 3 witness 4 work


W ( named double-u, plural double-ues) is the 23rd letter in the modern English alphabet and the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

W (magazine)

W is a monthly American fashion magazine published by Condé Nast, who purchased original owner Fairchild Publications in 1999. It was created in 1971 by the publisher of sister magazine Women's Wear Daily, James Brady. The magazine is an oversize format – ten inches wide and thirteen inches tall. Stefano Tonchi is the editor of W; Lucy Kriz is the vice president and publisher. W magazine has a reader base of nearly half a million, 469,000 of which are annual subscribers. 80 percent of the magazine's readers are female and have an average household income of $135,840.

Often the subject of controversy, W magazine has featured stories and covers which have provoked mixed responses from its intended audience. In July 2005, W produced a 60-page Steven Klein portfolio of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt entitled "Domestic Bliss". The shoot was based upon Pitt's idea of the irony of the perfect American family; set in 1963, the photographs mirror the era when 1960s disillusionment was boiling under the facade of pristine 1950s suburbia.

Other controversial issues include Steven Meisel's shoot entitled "Asexual Revolution," in which male and female models (including Jessica Stam and Karen Elson) are depicted in gender-bending styles and provocative poses. In addition, Tom Ford's racy shoot with Steven Klein and the accompanying article on sexuality in fashion came as a shock to some loyal readers. During the interview, Ford is quoted as saying "I've always been about pansexuality. Whether I'm sleeping with girls or not at this point in my life, the clothes have often been androgynous, which is very much my standard of beauty." Steven Klein also was the photographer for the racy photo shoot featured in the August 2007 issue, showcasing David and Victoria Beckham. Bruce Weber produced a 60-page tribute to New Orleans in the April 2008 issue, and shot a 36-page story on the newest fashion designers in Miami for the July 2008 issue. Most of W's most memorable covers are featured on the W Classics page on the magazine's website.

W is also known for its coverage of American and European society. Many of these society luminaries, as well as the elite of the entertainment and fashion industries, have allowed W into their homes for the magazine's W House Tours feature, including Marc Jacobs, Sir Evelyn Rothschild and Imelda Marcos.

In 2011, Steven Meisel created controversy again by promoting fake advertisements throughout the November issue of the magazine. In 2013, Meisel shoot RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3/NY Socialite Carmen Carrera in an editorial called "Show girl", promoting the beauty of the transsexual model.

In 2013, the magazine will combine the January/December and June/July issues so as to free up money to invest in the magazine's digital brand.

W (group)

, also written as Double You or Double U, was a Japanese pop duo associated with Hello! Project. Formed in 2004, its members solely consisted of Nozomi Tsuji and Ai Kago, former fourth generation members of Morning Musume, were in the group. The duo ultimately disbanded in 2007 following Kago's dismissal from their agency.

W (1974 film)

W is a 1974 suspense film directed by Richard Quine and produced by Mel Ferrer. It stars Twiggy, Dirk Benedict and Michael Witney. It was also released under the title I Want Her Dead. It was Twiggy's first film appearance after 1971's The Boy Friend.

W (Unix)

The command w on many Unix-like operating systems provides a quick summary of every user logged into a computer, what each user is currently doing, and what load all the activity is imposing on the computer itself. The command is a one-command combination of several other Unix programs: [[Who (Unix)|who]], [[uptime]], and [[Ps (Unix)|ps -a]].

W (disambiguation)

W is the twenty-third letter of the Latin alphabet.

W may also refer to:

W (UK TV channel)

W (formerly Watch) is a general entertainment channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as part of the UKTV network. The channel launched on 7 October 2008 on satellite through Sky, Virgin Media, Smallworld Cable, BT TV, TalkTalk TV, and TVPlayer (When subscribed to TVPlayer Plus). On 15 February 2016, the channel was rebranded as W.

W (New York City Subway service)

The W Broadway Local is a non-operational rapid transit service of the New York City Subway's B Division. It last ran from July 21, 2001 to June 25, 2010. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored since it used the BMT Broadway Line in Manhattan. In addition to the Broadway Line, the W served the BMT Astoria Line in Queens, using the 60th Street Tunnel to travel under the East River between Queens and Manhattan. It also ran in Brooklyn until 2004, serving the BMT Fourth Avenue and West End lines.

As a part of the updated service pattern to accommodate the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to restore the W on November 7, 2016, using its original emblem and 2004–2010 routing.

  • Internally, the W will be part of the N route, similar to the route of N trains that ran local to Whitehall Street in the 1970s and 1980s.

W (Los Angeles Railway)

W was a line operated by the Los Angeles Railway from 1895 to 1956.

W (Wanessa Camargo album)

W is the fourth studio album by Brazilian recording artist Wanessa, released on August 1, 2005. Differently of her previous albums, more of Wanessa distanced herself from romantic music on this album to try new styles. She also gave herself more in the production of this album, writing letters of eleven of the 15 songs on the album and the melody of a song.

Despite lower sales compared to other albums, W was the most favorite album of the fans and had all her successful work songs on the radio, and the tour based on the album, W in Tour... Era Uma Vez, was very successful in Brazil in 2006 and was continued in the United States and Europe in 2007. The song "Não Reisto á Nós Dois" reached an excellent position on the radio and was also the theme of the soap opera, Bang Bang, from the Brazilian channel Rede Globo.

It was Wanessa's album who received more positive reviews so far, considering it mature, intelligent and great. The music "Amor Amor" became a huge hit, reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Brazil.

"Amor, Amor" was served as the first single from the W on June 11, 2005 and was a commercial success and critical, charts within the top ten of all Latin amaerica. The second single "Não Resisto a Nós Dois" was released on January 10, 2006, and peaked at number 13 in Argentina, Brazil and Peru. It was followed by promotional singles "Louca" and "Meu Menino" shortly before the album's release.

W (Planningtorock album)

W is the second solo studio album by English recording artist Planningtorock, released on 23 May 2011 by Rostron Records and DFA Records.

W (2014 film)

W is a 2014 musical thriller Hindi film directed by Tarun Madan Chopra, based on a script written by Daboo Sardar Malik. The movie starred Leeza Mangaldas, Leslie Tripathy, Sonal Giani, Raaj Singh Arora, Abhey Jit Attri and Danish Pandor and released on 14 March 2014.

W (Whigfield album)

W is the fifth studio album by Danish singer and songwriter Whigfield, released on September 28, 2012 by Italian label Off Limits. It is her first studio album in 10 years since her previous studio album 4 back in 2002.

W (TV series)

W is a 2016 South Korean television series, starring Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo. It airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 ( KST) on MBC starting July 20, 2016. The drama is Han Hyo-joo's small screen comeback after 6 years.

Usage examples of "w".

Pretty sat with Wim, but Sieke, being on the small side, was squashed in the back.

Wim was there, so was Sieke, and Prudence was touched at the kindness of their goodbyes.

She put the Lancet down thankfully and went to fold blankets with Mevrouw Van Minn en-- they had them tidy just as Wim came back and informed them, in two languages, that coffee was in the salon, and the two young ladies were anxious for news.

In the center, a large artificial waterfall plunged into a rocky pool surrounded by showy clumps of grass, a fifteen-foot green cactus with many branches and symmetrical ribs, and a tornillo mesquite with twisted limbs, hung wim odd-shaped corkscrew beans.

M shaat asrtnte afdpati en, sh aeveg teaa six mno,iaageid aif too, fng wn.

Jake replied with cold civility, greeted Wim and turned to Annis with a smile.

She went to tell the aunts, and then to Wim to see if he would let her have his car again.

In 199 1, Ugo Amaldi of CERN, Wim de Boer and Hermann Fürstenau of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, recalculated the Georgi, Quinn, and Weinberg extrapolations making use of these experimental refinements and showed two significant things.

She wrestled the heavy white pages into her lap and clumsily flipped through to the Ws.