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23d letter of the alphabetalphabet
[Gr. alpha-beta, like Eng. ABC], system of writing, theoretically having a one-for-one relation between character (or letter) and phoneme (see phonetics). Few alphabets have achieved the ideal exactness.
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, in form a doubled u or v. It is the usual symbol of a voiced bilabial semivowel, as in the English wing. The same semivowel occurs as second member of the dipthongs au (as in house), ō, and o͞o. In twice the w represents a voiceless semivowel, which is heard also in some dialects that distinguish between where and wear. In chemistry W is the symbol for the element tungstentungsten
[Swed.,=heavy stone], metallic chemical element; symbol W; at. no. 74; at. wt. 183.84; m.p. about 3,410°C;; b.p. 5,660°C;; sp. gr. 19.3 at 20°C;; valence +2, +3, +4, +5, or +6.
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1. Abbr. for watt.
2. On drawings, abbr. for “west.”
3. On drawings, abbr. for “width.”
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The standard unit of measurement of electrical power. In a direct current (DC) circuit, one watt is one ampere of current flowing at one volt. In an alternating current (AC) circuit, watt ratings are a calculation of how the circuit reacts to the AC source. See volt-amps and RMS.
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W's clinician prescribed off-label sodium oxybate to address his EDS.
The borrower plans to refinance W's loan either with conventional bank financing or upon the sale of one of the units.
It closes with a brief Epilogue in which W further defends his decision to stick to that order, a decision that is nevertheless not essential to W's general interpretation of NQ, as indeed W claims already at the outset (13).
Let's look at what happens if the value of their net worth grows to $10 million from the time of H's death to W's death.
In 2007, officers contacted W's employers to inform them of the previous conviction and of the fresh allegations amid fears he could have contact with children in his job.
However, upon W's death in 2009, her gross estate of $5.5 million would exceed her then available exemption amount of S3-5 million.
He also has chapters about economic and social bias, the 2000 election, "W's World," and ends with an afterword on "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
TIMETABLE of Patient W's confinement at Ashworth -according to lawyers 1984 Patient W admitted to Ashworth aged 15,having shown ``brief intermittent episodes'' of violent behaviour.
New from leading orientation machinery, producer, Marshall and Williams Plastics is its Sherman Treater for in-line corona treatment, which has been in commission in the M & W's lab/pilot facility in Providence, RI.
H & W's two principals have over forty years experience in the design, manufacture and qualification of sterilizers.
The W's are the wingmen just outside the mid-post on either side of the lane, and P the Post defender who sits in the middle of the lane, just above the low block.
Bill W's elevation also coincides with the resurgence of this country's phobic concern with alcohol, and prompts the question whether (and to what extent) we can retain our popular understanding of him as essentially an alcoholic drinker whose debilitating illness was responsible for his crippling financial failure in the years following the great stock market collapse of 1929.(2)