An example of a wisp is a strand of hair.
- a small bundle or bunch, as of straw
- a thin, slight, or filmy piece, strand, etc.: a wisp of smoke
- something delicate, frail, etc.: a wisp of a girl
Origin of wispME, probably from Scand, as in Swedish visp, a bundle of rushes or twigs, akin to Old Norse visk: see whisk
- A small bunch or bundle, as of straw, hair, or grass.
- a. One that is thin, frail, or slight: “a little wisp of a kid, ten years old” ( William Lychack )b. A thin or faint streak or fragment, as of smoke or clouds.
- A fleeting trace or indication; a hint: a wisp of a smile.
- A flock of birds, especially snipe.
- See ignis fatuus.
verbwisped, wisp·ing, wisps
Origin of wispMiddle English
(third-person singular simple present wisps, present participle wisping, simple past and past participle wisped)
From Middle English. Cognate to Dutch wisp (“bundle of hay or straw"). Akin to Middle Dutch/Middle Low German wispel (“measure of grain"), Norwegian bokmÃ¥l/Swedish/Bornholm Danish visp (“handful or bundle of grass, hay, etc.").
wisp - Computer Definition
(Wireless ISP) An Internet service provider (ISP) that transmits wireless. Using WiMAX and other radio technologies, WISPs generally provide "last mile" connectivity directly to homes and businesses where DSL and cable services are not available. Mobile Wireless Carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are technically "mobile WISPs;" however they are generally called "cellular carriers" or "mobile carriers." Fixed Wireless In contrast, "fixed wireless WISPs" mount antennas on tall buildings with line of sight to their customers or to other antennas that relay the signals around obstacles. WISPs became popular in rural and outlying areas, because they were the only high-speed Internet connection available; however, they are increasingly being deployed in urban areas competing with the giant ISPs. Companies use WISPs for regular Internet access as well as for backup in case their wired connection fails. See WiMAX, ISP, fixed wireless, Clearwire, WISPr and 802.11.