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Wad --In ceramics, a piece of clay used for various purposes, as a strip of plastic or moist clay placed around the rim of a sagger to form a foundation for a superimposed sagger in the kiln. The term is also used (esp. England) as a popular synonym for black lead or graphite.

Wage --In ceramics, to slop (q.v.); to temper or knead clay. The waging board is the potter's table on which the clay is so kneaded or waged.

Wagon --In the medieval theatre, the wagon stage consisting of a floor or platform on casters. It was rolled on or off the stage for quick changes of scenery.

Wa-gon --A Japanese musical instrument of the plucked-string class, better known as yamato-koto (q.v.).

Wagon-head ceiling --In architecture, a ceiling having a semi-cylindrical shape; not sufficiently arched or vaulted to be termed a dome.

Wahle khoht --A sonorous musical instrument of Burma consisting of a tube of bamboo several feet in length, so split as to resemble a pair of tongs. In operation it is shaken vigorously and used as a clapper.

Wailing flute --The oldest evidence of music in the world; a musical instrument of Egypt, some examples of which were discovered in mummy-cases; better known as gingroi (q.v.).

Wainscot --In woodworking and architecture, a type of paneling applied to an interior wall. The term is occasionally used to describe oak cut in such way as to reveal the grain.

Wakakusa yaki --In Oriental ceramics, a variety of fine Japanese pottery made in the Yamato province.

Wakasnuri --Japanese mottled lacquer ware. Overlapping colors (black, white, gold and silver) are rubbed down to produce a level surface, cloud-like or mottled in effect.

Wakizashi --A Japanese short sword, worn by the old feudal military class as a companion piece to the katana, or long sword with a single cutting edge. The combination was known as dai-sho (q.v.).

Waldhorn --A cup-mouthpiece musical instrument of Europe; same as the hunting horn and French horn, with or without valves.

Walk-on --In theatre parlance, a role with no speaking part; a camel driver (q.v.).

Wall --In architecture , a vertical work or structure of stone, wood, brick, or other material, serving to enclose a space, form an interior division, support a superimposed weight, or afford defense, shelter or security. Specifically, one of the upright enclosing sides of a building or room. See also partition.

Wall arcade --In architecture, an arcade affixed superficially to a wall surface, having no actual openings, and serving decorative purposes only. Known also as blind arcade (q.v.).

Wallboard --See building board.

Walling wax --In etching, a type of wax employed in the forming of a miniature wall or bank around the edge of a plate to hold the etching acid, etc.

Wall painting --A picture, often assuming the proportions of a mural (q.v.), painted

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