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 for W
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Labial \La"bi*al\, n.
     1. (Phonetics) A letter or character representing an
        articulation or sound formed or uttered chiefly with the
        lips, as b, p, w.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Mus.) An organ pipe that is furnished with lips; a flue
        pipe.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Zool.) One of the scales which border the mouth of a fish
        or reptile.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  W \W\ (d[u^]b"'l [=u]),
     the twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, is usually a
     consonant, but sometimes it is a vowel, forming the second
     element of certain diphthongs, as in few, how. It takes its
     written form and its name from the repetition of a V, this
     being the original form of the Roman capital letter which we
     call U. Etymologically it is most related to v and u. See V,
     and U. Some of the uneducated classes in England, especially
     in London, confuse w and v, substituting the one for the
     other, as weal for veal, and veal for weal; wine for vine,
     and vine for wine, etc. See Guide to Pronunciation,
     [sect][sect] 266-268.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  W
      n 1: a heavy grey-white metallic element; the pure form is used
           mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several
           ores including wolframite and scheelite [syn: tungsten,
           wolfram, W, atomic number 74]
      2: the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees [syn:
         west, due west, westward, W]
      3: a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power
         dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a
         resistance of 1 ohm [syn: watt, W]
      4: the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet [syn: W, w,
         double-u]

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  W (double U) has, of all the letters in our alphabet, the only
  cumbrous name, the names of the others being monosyllabic.  This
  advantage of the Roman alphabet over the Grecian is the more valued
  after audibly spelling out some simple Greek word, like
  _epixoriambikos_.  Still, it is now thought by the learned that other
  agencies than the difference of the two alphabets may have been
  concerned in the decline of "the glory that was Greece" and the rise
  of "the grandeur that was Rome."  There can be no doubt, however, that
  by simplifying the name of W (calling it "wow," for example) our
  civilization could be, if not promoted, at least better endured.
  

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