letter of the Latin alphabet
|Alphabetic and Logographic
|~600 to present
|The Latin alphabet
Meanings for W change
- On calendars, W is most times a short letter for Wednesday.
- In chemistry, W is the symbol for tungsten, after its German name, Wolfram.
- In news story writing, the "five W's" are who, what, when, where and why.
- In Electricity, W stands for watts
- In particle physics, W stands for the W boson. Some words sound as if they start with an R, but they start with a silent W, like wrong, and wreck, which is why you never hear the W at the beginning of these words, as you can see. Note that only the R sound can be heard, because it comes after the silent W starting the words.
- Pronounced / ( ) , - /,