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  • waistcoat

    Close-fitting main garments extending to below the waistline. Usually front buttoning and sleeveless, but may have sleeves, especially garments from the 18th century. Worn over a shirt and under a coat or jacket.

  • waistcoat camera

    A type of detective camera which was designed to be work underneath a waistcoat with the lens, disguised as a button, protruding through a buttonhole.

  • waistcoats

    Use for close-fitting main garments extending to below the waistline. Usually front buttoning and sleeveless, but may have sleeves, especially garments from the 18th century. Worn over a shirt and under a coat or jacket. For close-fitting main garments extending to the waist or just below that are sleeveless and usually collarless, use "vest (main garments)."

  • walking aid

    A generic name given to a variety of tools to be held in the hand and used for support in walking, where the stick is usually held in the stronger hand. In addition to their use for people with weakened muscles, walking sticks also have become widely used by hikers, and have a limited association with Orthadox eccleasiastical bishops.

  • walking stick

    Stick held in the hand and used for support in walking, especially as a fashionable and often ornamental accessory when taking a walk.

  • wall clocks

    Clocks designed to be mounted on walls.

  • wallet

    Flat container, which is large enough to hold money, credit cards, driver's license, or similar: sometimes with a compartment for coins.

  • warming bag

    System of bags to provide heat and warmth, often used in hospitals. Two teaspoons of water were added to a canvas refill bag which in turn was placed inside another canvas bag. The exothermic reaction that took place between the chemicals in the bag and the water kept the bed warm for 24 hours.

  • warming-pan

    A container (usually brass) for live coals with a flat body and a long handle, used for warming a bed

  • warrant card

    Proof of identification and authority carried by Police Officers.

  • warship

    Vessels built and armed for combat purposes

  • warts

    Small lumps that appear on the skin. Warts are very common, and can sometimes be caused by a virus.

  • wash basin

    A bowl or vessel designed to contain water for the purpose of cleaning hands or other minor cleaning of the bodily exterior.

  • washing-up liquid

    a liquid soap for washing plates, knives etc

  • watch

    Timepieces small and convenient enough to be carried about on a person.

  • water bath

    In chemistry, a vessel containing water, in which a container holding a substance to be heated or evaporated can be immersed

  • water carrier

    use for anything, if not bucket, with wheels on railway stations to carry water in case of fire

  • water clock

    Ancient device for measuring the passage of time that depended upon the regular flow of water into or out of graduated vessels. Also includes devices such sinking water clocks and drum water clocks that indicate the passing of time through the flow of water through a partitioned drum or the sinking a floating vessel.

  • watercolour

    Artists' paints made with pigment to be diluted with water and not oil.

  • watercraft

    Vessel that can float and is constructed for travel or transport on the water, such as a boat, ship, or raft.

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