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wake

Short Definition : trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before; Ex. hunger followed in the wake of the war

Definition
(noun) the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
Synonyms : aftermath backwash
Example Sentence
  • the aftermath of war
  • in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured
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(noun) an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
Synonyms : wake island
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(noun) the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward
Synonyms : backwash
Example Sentence
  • the motorboat's wake capsized the canoe
Definition
(noun) a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial
Synonyms : viewing
Example Sentence
  • there's no weeping at an Irish wake
Definition
(verb) be awake, be alert, be there Definition
(verb) stop sleeping
Example Sentence
  • She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock
Definition
(verb) arouse or excite feelings and passions
Example Sentence
  • The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor
  • The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world
  • Wake old feelings of hatred
Definition
(verb) make aware of
Example Sentence
  • His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation
Definition
(verb) cause to become awake or conscious
Example Sentence
  • He was roused by the drunken men in the street
  • Please wake me at 6 AM.
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sounds like walk, an insect walks on the water surface and create wave line on water that is trail

Wake, if joined with 'up', becomes wake up....if it is compared to rake up, then...wake up would mean, to make alert and rake up would be, to revive the memory of...both dealing with alertness of mind.

Wake--wake "UP"--when you wake up in the morning, your brain attains conscious state from sleeping state, thus making your mind alert.

her legs were coloured.i told her to wake up and as she walkd i saw wake of her leg colour on the floor.

wallow

Short Definition : roll in mud; indulge in; (of a ship) roll in a rough sea; become helpless; Ex. wallow in the mud/luxury

Definition
(noun) a puddle where animals go to wallow Definition
(noun) an indolent or clumsy rolling about
Example Sentence
  • a good wallow in the water
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(verb) devote oneself entirely to something; indulge in to an immoderate degree, usually with pleasure
Example Sentence
  • Wallow in luxury
  • wallow in your sorrows
Definition
(verb) roll around,
Synonyms : welter
Example Sentence
  • pigs were wallowing in the mud
Definition
(verb) rise up as if in waves
Synonyms : billow
Example Sentence
  • smoke billowed up into the sky
Definition
(verb) be ecstatic with joy
Synonyms : rejoice triumph
Definition
(verb) delight greatly in
Example Sentence
  • wallow in your success!
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Wild Buffalo: A wild buffalo likes to wallow itself in mud.

look for wall in word wallow and imagine a wall surrounding you which is not allowing you to go anywhere, which makes u helpless

Indulge in Love - Love Failure - SWALLOW Poison - Roll in Pain - Become Helpless

when we (s)wallow food insulges in our body ..

Wallow rhymes wid shallow...One wallows himself in a shallow sea,i.e rolls in sand:)

wall low, people going under the wall by rolling

wallow->wall + low(fall) .when you fall from wall you land up in mud and you roll around to save ur legs from strain.

wallow....pigs wallow in dirty water.wal low..if wall is low children vil jump and wallow in pond and wallow means helpless too.if wall is surronding u and u cant jump off it ul feel helpless

If you add an 's' to wallow, it becomes swallow...one wallows in his success and sometimes, even has to swallow his pride... both words show the state of emotions.

"Wall" + "Low" -> Surronded by low wall you can indulge in whatever you want because it saves you from prying eyes.

wallooo wed.. walloon the loalane

marsh mallow -everybody loves indulging in them

wan

Short Definition : having a pale or sickly color; pallid

Definition
(noun) a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network
Synonyms : wide area network
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(verb) become pale and sickly Definition
(adj) (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
Synonyms : pale pallid sick
Example Sentence
  • the pale light of a half moon
  • a pale sun
  • the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street
  • a pallid sky
  • the pale (or wan) stars
  • the wan light of dawn
Definition
(adj) abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
Synonyms : pale pallid
Example Sentence
  • the pallid face of the invalid
  • her wan face suddenly flushed
Definition
(adj) lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness
Example Sentence
  • a wan smile
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wan rhymes with maruthi van... she liked to travel in a scorpio but she is traveling in a van..so she is pale

WANE means to decline, diminish so WAN is to decline in color/ vigor

WAN for WANting color; so it is pale

Tan: Wan is the opposite of tan.

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VAN...AMBULANCE.... your friend got PALE and hence you called an ambulance

w(with) an(anemia), one who has anemia is pale and pallid

when he became aware that he was WANted by the FBI his pace became pale.

tan to reduce wan

when color VANISHES from sth it looks PALE AND LOOKS WEAK ;-)

she was so much exhausted working on WAN(wide are network) of company that she got a PALE appearance on face

wan--school van pale in colour :P

WAN= Wide Area Network, LAN= Local Area Network, PAN= Personal Area Network, MAN= Metropolitan Area Network.

Wan is like lan because both terms are related to the internet.

similar to van.school van is yellow/pale colored

wanderlust

Short Definition : strong longing to travel

Definition
(noun) very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
Synonyms : itchy feet
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wanderlust

The key is wander, wander in lust, wander wander here and there, i.e travel-- strong longing to travel

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wander(moving from place to place)+lust(a desire for something)....when you have a desire for wandering to places ,it means, you love to travel ,so you can be refered to as a wanderlust

wander--roam,lust--desire

wane

Short Definition : decrease in size or strength (after being full); grow gradually to an end; Ex. The moon waxes and wanes every month; N.

Definition
(noun) a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
Synonyms : ebb ebbing
Definition
(verb) grow smaller
Synonyms : decline go down
Example Sentence
  • Interest in the project waned
Definition
(verb) become smaller
Example Sentence
  • Interest in his novels waned
Definition
(verb) decrease in phase
Example Sentence
  • the moon is waning
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wane

wain = = gain. wane is opposite of gain.

batman lowers his strength when he becomes bruce wayne

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WANE opposite of WAX= increase

wane--it sounds like "vain", imagine your tailor has decreased the size of your paint and shirt and now you can't wear it, so your hard work to buy that dress went in vain.

sounds like VEIN.....vein gradually decreases in size

wayne rooney had a wane world cup in south africa which means that his striking strength decreased!!!!!!!!!!!

w(with) ane(anemia), one who has anemia has decreasing blood cells

wane=kane...KANE WAS EXTREMELY STONG AND HUGE IN WWF BUT AFTER HIS ILLNESS HE BCAME WAIN..........;)

wane--w stands for weak weak kane=wane..decrease in popularity

van to tempo auto - wane decrease in strength, gradually to an end.

Wane and pain are similar because wane is a decrease in vigour and if you are in pain you certainly lose vigour.

WANE,very much similar to wine,so,in order to "decrease in size" he reduced drinking WINE.

sounds CANE >> CANES are bigger in size when freshly cut from tree.. but to make various articles from it, they are kept it sun which makes them LESSEN IN SIZE..

wan-pale in colour with an extra e so more weak

wangle

Short Definition : achieve by cleverness or trick; wiggle out; fake; Ex. She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.

Definition
(noun) an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery
Synonyms : wangling
Definition
(verb) achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
Synonyms : finagle manage
Definition
(verb) tamper, with the purpose of deception
Example Sentence
  • Fudge the figures
  • cook the books
  • falsify the data
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wangle

wrangler is the originial and wangle(r) is the fake

Wangle sounds like Bangle. Buying golden bangles to a girl and tricking her into bed.

wan(VAN)+gle(gal)--if you want a GIRL TO SIT IN YOUR VAN--you HAVE to PLAY SOME TRIcKS WITH HER , like you have to persuade her to come with you by making fabricated stories and fake offeres .

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"Van" + "Girl" -> He made a "girl" sleep with him in van using trickery.

wangle=wrong angle..using fake stories --- van+girl

wangle...very close to wagon...wagon vehicle......we heard of wagon wheels....wheels are round in shape.....so if someone talk round ...that means he is decieving us by confusing us in his talks.....

Wangle sounds like mangle...wangle means to obtain by trickery while mangle means to mutilate something...in both there is a destruction of something.

wangle = With angle, not straight. Hence wangle your way into the committee instead of passing all formalities which takes so long.

wangle = With angle, not straight. Hence wangle your way into the committee instead of passing all formalities which takes so long.

wanton

Short Definition : unrestrained; gratuitously cruel; willfully malicious; unchaste; sexually improper; promiscuous; Ex. wanton spending/killing; CF. having no just cause

Definition
(noun) lewd or lascivious woman Definition
(verb) waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently Definition
(verb) indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life Definition
(verb) spend wastefully
Example Sentence
  • wanton one's money away
Definition
(verb) become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
Synonyms : luxuriate
Definition
(verb) engage in amorous play Definition
(verb) behave extremely cruelly and brutally Definition
(adj) occurring without motivation or provocation
Synonyms : motiveless unprovoked
Example Sentence
  • motiveless malignity
  • unprovoked and dastardly attack
Definition
(adj) casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
Example Sentence
  • her easy virtue
  • he was told to avoid loose (or light) women
  • wanton behavior
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wanton

WANT - TON, a person who wants tons of girls,money etc..syn: arrogant, capricious, careless, concubine, cruel, disregardful, extravagant, fast, frisky, frolic, frolicsome, fulsome, gratuitous, harlot, hussy, immoral, jade, lavish,

WANTON..WANTED....Osama has been DECLARED THE MOST WANTED person on the earth because of his cruelity.

Someone who's WANT(desire) goes ON and ON..no limit to his want.

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WANT+TON....people who want tons of girls are licentious and lewd...

In cricket ton means century; So WAN for WARNE(shane) TON for century& we know about warnes charecter

want "on"-ppl who are wanton want to turn it "on"

want on

want her on me, she order me like a phanton cat girl

Wanton and rampant are similar in sound and meaning because they both mean, lacking proper restraint.

warble

Short Definition : (of a bird) sing; babble; N.

Definition
(noun) a lumpy abscess under the hide of domestic mammals caused by larvae of a botfly or warble fly Definition
(verb) sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
Synonyms : quaver trill
Definition
(verb) sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
Synonyms : descant yodel
Example Sentence
  • The Austrians were yodeling in the mountains
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for warble

Warble can be broken into WAR+Ble(bell), now picture the scene before war, soldiers play drums and BELL and SING patriotic songs.

Warble = War + bl + e. During a 'WAR' a warble will give you sheer 'BLiss'.

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it sounds like gargle...

WARble -- imagine birds are crying during WAR..here it's opposite. they are singing.

warble=war+bible.....during the WAR the wives of the soldiers SING hyms froms the bible....as if praying to the God for their husbands...........:)

war ble -war bell ..sing

bird singing like a bell in the war-field.

Warble: i.e werb- boal , verb-boal , i.e words bolo, sing-bable,

Warble, if written with an 'r' added at the end, becomes warbler which is somewhat similar to the word 'tenor', as they both relate to a pitch in singing.

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