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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • water bath

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

  • watercolour

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

  • weighing machine

    A machine (sometimes referred to as a scale) for weighing persons, objects or large weights.

  • weight perception apparatus

    trial term S&H

  • whip

    Instruments consisting of an often rigid handle and a flexible lash or lashes made of cord or leather, used for disciplinary action against animals and sometimes humans.

  • whooping cough

    An acute highly infectious disease, primarily affecting infants. Whooping cough gets its name from the severe hacking cough followed by intake of breath that sounds like a ‘whoop’. A highly effective vaccine was introduced in the 1940s.

  • wine glass

    Drinking glasses for wine, made in various shapes (usually stemmed), sizes, and styles; those in modern times are each said to be most suitable for a particular type of wine.

  • wood - plant material

    Object consisting only of wood, namely consisting of the material of a branch or a tree. Use for object name rather than material

  • wool sorter's disease

    A pulmonary form of anthrax that results from the inhalation of spores of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis in the wool of contaminated sheep.

  • Woulfe bottle

    laboratory glassware invented by Peter Woulf (1727-1805); jar with two necks used by a chemist to run a reagent through one opening and collect a gaseous product from the other; bottle was also used as a bubbler to scrub or purify injected gas; Bottle corks were often sealed (or luted) to prevent leaks using almond paste, linseed meal (or mixtures of both), white lead, and plaster of Paris.

  • writing sample

    sample of handwriting