The twenty-third letter of the English alphabet: its sound was represented in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts by uu or u until about a.d. 900, then by Ƿ (wen) borrowed from the runic alphabet; in the 11th cent. a ligatured VV or vv was introduced by Norman scribes to replace the wen.
Webster's New World
Any of the speech sounds that this letter represents, as, in English, the (w) of will.
Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
W Sentence Examples
To reduce these figures to a common standard, so that the volumes shall contain equal numbers of molecules, the notion of molecular volumes is introduced, the arbitrary values of the crystallographic axes (a, b, c) being replaced by the topic parameters' (x, ?i, w), which are such that, combined with the axial angles, they enclose volumes which contain equal numbers of molecules.
In the Phoenician alphabet it takes a form closely resembling the English W, and this when moved through an angle of 90 is the ordinary Greek sigma 2.
In Phoenician itself and in the other Semitic alphabets the position of the middle legs of the W is altered so that the symbol takes such forms as or V or w, ultimately ending sometimes in a form like K laid sideways, he.
Subsequently he became, w ith Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee, one of the regularly accredited commissioners to France from Congress.
Call this class w; then to say that x is a w is equivalent to saying that x is not an x.