Wisp meaning

wĭsp
The definition of a wisp is a thin piece or strand of something, or a small bundle.

An example of a wisp is a strand of hair.

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A small bunch or bundle, as of straw, hair, or grass.
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A fleeting trace or indication; a hint.

A wisp of a smile.

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A flock of birds, especially snipe.
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To twist into wisps or a wisp.
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To drift in wisps.

Smoke wisping from chimneys.

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A small bundle or bunch, as of straw.
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A thin, slight, or filmy piece, strand, etc.

A wisp of smoke.

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Something delicate, frail, etc.

A wisp of a girl.

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To roll into a wisp.
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(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 WirelessCarriers such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are technically "mobile WISPs;" however, they are generally called "cellular carriers" or "mobile carriers."Fixed WirelessIn 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.
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A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance; any slender, flexible structure or group.

A wisp of smoke rose from the candle for a few moments after he blew it out.

A wisp of hair escaped her barrette and whipped wildly in the wind.

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A whisk, or small broom.
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A will o' the wisp, or ignis fatuus.
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To brush or dress, as with a wisp.
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(UK, dialect) To rumple.

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Origin of wisp

  • Middle English
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.").
    From Wiktionary