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wild pansy an uncultivated pansy bearing flowers with petals in combinations of white, yellow, and purple; heartsease.
wild pitch in baseball, an erratic pitch that the catcher cannot be expected to catch and that allows a base runner to advance to the next base. (Cf. passed ball.)
wild rice a tall aquatic grass of the northern United States and Canada that bears edible grain that is considered a delicacy.
wild rose a native species of rose, such as eglantine.
Wild West the western United States, unregulated by law during its settlement in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
wildwood a wood growing in a wild or natural state; forest.
wile a trick or stratagem intended to mislead, entice, or entrap. [4 definitions]
will1 used to indicate future time of a verb. [9 definitions]
will2 the power of the mind to choose one's own courses of action or decide one's emotions. [14 definitions]
willed having a will, usu. of a specified kind.
willful according to one's will or intentions; intentional; deliberate. [2 definitions]
William Beebe U.S. naturalist, explorer, and author, who in 1934 made a record oceanic descent of 3,028 feet (923 meters) in a bathysphere (b.1877--d.1962).
William Clark U.S. co-leader with Meriwether Lewis of an expedition to explore the uncharted American West, from Missouri to Oregon, from 1804 to 1807 (b.1770--d.1838).
William Shakespeare English poet and playwright (b.1564--d.1616).
William Tell in Swiss legend, a patriot who was forced to shoot an apple off his son's head with a bow and arrow.
William the Conqueror the Duke of Normandy who was king of England from 1066 to 1087; William I (b.1027--d.1087).
willies (informal) feelings of wariness or fright; jitters (usu. prec. by "the").
willing inclined or disposed; not objecting or resisting; ready. [3 definitions]
willingness the condition or being inclined or disposed to do something, without objecting or resisting; readiness.
williwaw a sudden gust or spell of hard wind, esp. of cold mountain air blowing down toward a seacoast.
will-o'-the-wisp a false or unattainable hope or goal that leads one on. [2 definitions]