widow

Definitions

  • The princess gives the apple to the widow's son
    The princess gives the apple to the widow's son
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v widow cause to be without a spouse "The war widowed many women in the former Yugoslavia"
    • n widow a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The widow's son watches his wife and the young man The widow's son watches his wife and the young man
A YOUNG WIDOW AT HER HUSBAND'S GRAVE A YOUNG WIDOW AT HER HUSBAND'S GRAVE
Widow and Bear Widow and Bear
TO THE WIDOWS OF FRANCE TO THE WIDOWS OF FRANCE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The spider used in the 2002 movie Spider-Man was a Steatoda spider, not a black widow. The spider was given anaesthesia, and was then painted blue and red
    • n Widow A woman who has lost her husband by death, and has not married again; one living bereaved of a husband. "A poor widow ."
    • Widow (Card Playing) 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.
    • Widow To become, or survive as, the widow of. "Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon, and widow them all ."
    • Widow To deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to bereave. "The widowed isle, in mourning,
      Dries up her tears."
      "Tress of their shriveled fruits
      Are widowed , dreary storms o'er all prevail."
      "Mourn, widowed queen; forgotten Sion, mourn."
    • Widow To endow with a widow's right.
    • Widow To reduce to the condition of a widow; to bereave of a husband; -- rarely used except in the past participle. "Though in thus city he
      Hath widowed and unchilded many a one,
      Which to this hour bewail the injury."
    • a Widow Widowed. "A widow woman.""This widow lady."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The 1st kiss in a movie was between May Irwin and John Rice in "The Widow Jones," in 1896.
    • n widow A woman who has lost her husband by death, In the early church, widows formed a separate class or order, whose duties were devotion and the care of the orphans, the sick, and prisoners.
    • n widow A European geometrid moth, Cidaria luctuata, more fully called mourning widow: an English collectors' name.
    • n widow In some cardgames, an additional hand dealt to the table, sometimes face up, sometimes not.
    • widow To reduce to the condition of a widow; bereave of a husband or mate: commonly in the past participle.
    • widow To endow with a widow's right.
    • widow Figuratively, to deprive of anything regarded as analogous to a husband; bereave: sometimes with of.
    • widow To survive as the widow of; be widow to.
    • n widow A whidah-bird.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The venom of a female black widow spider is more potent than that of a rattlesnake.
    • n Widow wid′ō a woman who has lost her husband by death
    • v.t Widow to bereave of a husband: to strip of anything valued:
    • v.t Widow (Shak.) to endow with a widow's right: to be widow to
    • ***

Quotations

  • Dolores Ibarruri
    Dolores Ibarruri
    “It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward.”
  • James Martineau
    James Martineau
    “Grief is only the memory of widowed affections.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    Gloria%20Steinem
    “Men should think twice before making widow hood woman's only path to power.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
    Dean%20William%20R.%20Inge
    “Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “A rich widow weeps with one eye and signals with the other.”
  • Sylvia Plath
    Sylvia Plath
    “Widow. The word consumes itself.”

Idioms

Grass widow - A grass widow is a woman whose husband is often away on work, leaving her on her own.
***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. widewe, widwe, AS. weoduwe, widuwe, wuduwe,; akin to OFries. widwe, OS. widowa, D. weduwe, G. wittwe, witwe, OHG. wituwa, witawa, Goth. widuwō, 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. √248. Cf. Vidual

Usage

In literature:

A widow only three weeks.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
When he was about forty, M. Bouvard married; then he was left a widower.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
We can turn the widow and the daughter out, all right, if we get the necessary papers.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
And thus they sat for what seemed an hour, while the sympathetic widow poured out voluptuous harmonies without cessation.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
This was Mrs. King Garded, a widow of great Littlebathian repute, to whom as a partner over the green table few objected.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Broderick, R., coal dealer, widow and two sons.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Stick to widows, old man, for the future.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
The widow dressed the wound herself, and the stranger recovered rapidly.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
A Joan Shakespeare, widow, and her son Thomas, lived at Lyannce in Hatton in 1547.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
He is a widower without children, and is well to do.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
***

In poetry:

"Duty is the yoke of princes,
It is good I go away;
For that widow's son there's blessing,
Who his mother can obey.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
No more he'll mount his gallant steed
To range the mountains high:
Poor widows' friend in poverty,
Our bold Ben Hall, goodbye!
"Death of Ben Hall" by Anonymous Oceania
Led to battle's blood-dy'd-banners,
Waving to the widow's moan!
Will saw glory's boasted honours
End in life's expiring groan!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
We are widows;—o'er the dead
Oft we bend, to feed our sorrow;
But the grave can give no bread,
And we have none for to-morrow.
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions VI" by John Pierpont
No need of lightnings from on high,
Or kites with cruel beak,
Denied the endearments of thine eye
This widowed heart would break.
"The Doves" by William Cowper
Then a widow, a grey widow,
See her now! before he died
Love lay withered — worn and faded,
Lo! she plays where played the bride.
"The Old Piano" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

In news:

After almost 40 years, the Monogram Black Widow is back.
Scar Jo's Black Widow Look.
From left, Lou Gehrig's widow, Eleanor.
Town Councilman Mike Fields presents a road sign to Felton Capel as his wife, Jean (left) and Jody Gilmore, widow of Voit Gilmore, look on.
City Grill Widower Says She's "Still Standing".
Jane Horton, widow of Spc.
The Avengers star may look sexy in her Black Widow costume, but underneath she says it wasn't quite as pretty.
Black Widow Wheel Chock MC Tested.
' Colosseum ' and 'The Scotia Widows.'.
Enlarge Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger Widow Margie Smith, center and her daughters, Christina, 24, right, and Maria, 13.
She was widowed almost 20 years ago and survived two occurrences of breast cancer.
Patrick Swayze's Widow: "I Feel Every Contour of His Hand in Mine".
Maria Hawkins Cole, widow of jazz crooner Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, has died in South Florida after a short battle with cancer.
The president is widowed, politically as well as personally.
Despite elimination of 'widow penalty,' immigrants still struggle to get legal status in U.S.
***

In science:

It contains recollections of Likhtman, Volkov, Akulov, Koretz-Golfand (Yuri Golfand’s widow) and the 1999 Distinguished Technion Lecture of Prof. J.
Introduction to "The Supersymmetric World: The Beginnings of The Theory"
After dissolution of the companion, the white dwarf primary would be left as a ‘white widow’, with a CB disk still surrounding it.
Disks surrounding Cataclysmic Binaries
Also for the two ‘back widow’ pulsars, the two strongly irradiated, bloated, brown–dwarf mass companions have been identified.
Optical studies of companions to millisecond pulsars
***