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widow

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53 in 56 verses (in OT : 37 in 40 verses) (in NT : 16 in 16 verses)

CIDE DICTIONARY

widown. [OE. widewe, widwe, AS. weoduwe, widuwe, wuduwe; akin to OFries. widwe, OS. widowa, D. weduwe, G. wittwe, witwe, OHG. wituwa, witawa, Goth. widuw, Russ. udova, OIr. fedb, W. gweddw, L. vidua, Skr. vidhavā; and probably to Skr. vidh to be empty, to lack; cf. Gr. "hi`qeos a bachelor. Vidual.].
  •  A woman who has lost her husband by death, and has not married again; one living bereaved of a husband.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
  •  In various games (such as “hearts”), any extra hand or part of a hand, as one dealt to the table. It may be taken by one of the players under certain circumstances.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Grass widow. See under Grass. -- Widow bewitched, a woman separated from her husband; a grass widow. [Colloq.] -- Widow-in-mourning (Zoöl.), the macavahu. -- Widow monkey (Zoöl.), a small South American monkey (Callithrix lugens); -- so called on account of its color, which is black except the dull whitish arms, neck, and face, and a ring of pure white around the face. -- Widow's chamber (Eng. Law), in London, the apparel and furniture of the bedchamber of the widow of a freeman, to which she was formerly entitled.
widowa. 
     Widowed.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
widowv. t. 
  •  To reduce to the condition of a widow; to bereave of a husband; -- rarely used except in the past participle.  [1913 Webster]
    "Though in thus city he
    Hath widowed and unchilded many a one,
    Which to this hour bewail the injury.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to bereave.  [1913 Webster]
    "The widowed isle, in mourning,
    Dries up her tears.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Tress of their shriveled fruits
    Are widowed, dreary storms o'er all prevail.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Mourn, widowed queen; forgotten Sion, mourn."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To endow with a widow's right.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To become, or survive as, the widow of.  [1913 Webster]
    "Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon, and widow
    them all.
    "  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

widow, n. & v.
--n.
1 a woman who has lost her husband by death and has not married again.
2 a woman whose husband is often away on a specified activity (golf widow).
3 extra cards dealt separately and taken by the highest bidder.
4 Printing the short last line of a paragraph at the top of a page or column.
--v.tr.
1 make into a widow or widower.
2 (as widowed adj.) bereft by the death of a spouse (my widowed mother).
3 (foll. by of) deprive of.

Idiom
widow-bird a whydah. widow's cruse an apparently small supply that proves or seems inexhaustible (see
1 Kgs. 17:10-16). widow's mite a small money contribution (see Mark 12:42). widow's peak a V-shaped growth of hair towards the centre of the forehead. widow's weeds see WEEDS.
Etymology
OE widewe, rel. to OHG wituwa, Skr. vidh{aacute}va, L viduus bereft, widowed, Gk eitheos unmarried man

DEVIL DICTIONARY

widow

n. A pathetic figure that the Christian world has agreed to take humorously, although Christ's tenderness towards widows was one of the most marked features of his character.

ROGET THESAURUS

widow

Divorce

N divorce, divorcement, separation, judicial separation, separate maintenance, separatio a mensa et thoro, separatio a vinculo matrimonii, trial separation, breakup, annulment, widowhood, viduity, weeds, widow, widower, relict, dowager, divorcee, cuckold, grass widow, grass widower, merry widow.


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