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W 1. Abbreviation for wire. 2. Abbreviation for watt. 3. Abbreviation for west. 4. Abbreviation for width. 5. Abbreviation for with.

w/ Abbreviation for with.

wale, waler, whaler A horizontal timber used to brace an upright member.

walk 1. A pedestrian path. 2. A paved surface for foot traffic following a street.

walking-stick insects Grasshopper relatives with extremely thin bodies and legs. They usually do little damage to plants.

walkway A footpath.

wall An upright surface providing enclosure.

wall anchor 1. A metal tie for anchoring beams or joists to a wall or larger structural member. 2. A wrought-iron clamp, often decorative, on the exterior of a brick building connected to an opposite wall by a rod of iron to prevent the wall from moving apart. 3. See wall tie.

wallboard A rigid sheet made of wood-pulp or gypsum used as a surface on walls.

wall bracket A bracket used to support piping, electrical components, or lighting fixtures.

wall garden Plants in the joints of a stone wall, where soil pockets are available.

wall thickness In pipes, the measurement of the thickness of the wall of the pipe usually given to three decimal places. Pipes of the same nominal size may have different wall thicknesses and different pressure ratings (maximums).

wall tie A metal strap or other device used to secure masonry facing to a backup wall, etc. It is usually mortared into joints of masonry work and may also be attached with screws into the backup wall.

wall tie

walnut A tough, strong, dark brownish-black wood that does not split easily and takes a high polish.

wane With regard to lumber, a board that is not complete or true to its cut dimension because a linear piece of one corner of the board is missing.

warm season grasses Any grass that grows best in hot weather (80 to 95F), growing vigorously from spring to summer, after which it flowers and tends toward dormancy in the fall (i.e., Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, etc.). These grasses tend to change color in fall and are dormant during winter. The classification of grasses as cool or warm season is somewhat arbitrary as grasses perform differently from climate to climate. Grasses growing throughout the winter months in a mild climate may become completely dormant in a colder climate.

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