willow
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈwɪl.əʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈwɪloʊ/
Noun

willow

  1. Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs in the genus Salix, in the willow family Salicaceae, found primarily on moist soils in cooler zones in the northern hemisphere.
    • 1912 January, Zane Grey, chapter 8, in Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219 ↗:
      […] and through the middle of this forest, from wall to wall, ran a winding line of brilliant green which marked the course of cottonwoods and willows.
  2. The wood of these trees.
  3. (cricket, colloquial) A cricket bat.
  4. (baseball, slang, 1800s) The baseball bat.
  5. A rotating spiked drum used to open and clean cotton heads.
Synonyms Translations Verb

willow (willows, present participle willowing; past and past participle willowed)

  1. (transitive) To open and cleanse (cotton, flax, wool, etc.) by means of a willow.
  2. (intransitive) To form a shape or move in a way similar to the long, slender branches of a willow.
    • 1928, Robert Byron, The Station: Travels to the Holy Mountain of Greece, Chapter 12,
      Willowing over the rough cobbles of the little pier stepped a thin, bent figure, adorned with a silver nannygoat’s beard and bobbling eyes interrupted by the rim of a pair of pince-nez.
    • 1930, Talbot Mundy, Black Light, Chapter 7,
      Joe’s impulse was to sketch her, with her shadow willowing beyond her on the mouse-gray paving-stone; but his left fist, obeying instinct, remained clenched behind his back […]
    • 1985, Martin Booth, Hiroshima Joe, New York: Picador, p. 394,
      It was floating a foot under the surface. The eyes were holes. The mouth was a slit cavern of darkness. The hair willowed around the scalp.
    • 2013, Dean Koontz, Wilderness, Bantam Books,
      The draft-drawn smoke willowed down through the hole and across my face, but I didn’t worry about coughing or sneezing.

Willow
Proper noun
  1. A female given name of modern usage.
    • 1992 Martha Grimes, The End of the Pier, page 132:
      Before he died her father had run a nursery just outside the town. He loved trees so much he'd even named his two daughters and one son after them: Willow, Ashley and Oak.
  2. A census-designated place in Alaska
  3. A town in Oklahoma
  4. A town in Wisconsin



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