See Wilbrord.

Wind Floater

See Anemone.


Windermere, an English lake, in Lancashire and Westmoreland, surrounded by gentle wooded eminences. It is about 11 m. long, and from a third of a mile to a mile wide, and its depth varies from 30 to 240 ft. Its outlet is the river Leven, discharging into Morecambe bay. It is abundantly stocked with fish.

Windward Islands

See West Indies.

Winkin De Worde

See Worde, Wynkin.


Winn, a N. parish of Louisiana, bounded W. by Saline bayou and S. E.- by Little river, and intersected by the Dugdemona; area, about 1,000 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 4,954, of whom 909 were colored; in 1875, 5,355, of whom 997 were colored. The surface is generally level and the soil fertile. There are numerous small lakes and ponds. The chief productions in 1870 were 87,540 bushels of Indian corn, 18,022 of sweet potatoes, 14,161 lbs., of butter, 3,576 of wool, 1,562 of rice, 1,482 of tobacco, and 2,680 bales of cotton. There were 985 horses, 6,940 cattle, 2,354 sheep, and 15,724 swine. Capital, Winfield.


Winneshiek, a N. E. county of Iowa, bordering on Minnesota, and intersected by Upper Iowa and Turkey rivers; area, 720 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 23,570. The surface is rolling, diversified by prairies and woodland, and the soil is fertile. The Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad traverses it. The chief productions in 1870 were 700,191 bushels of Indian corn, 822,400 of oats, 99;095 of barley, 77,525 of potatoes, 810,126 lbs. of butter, 42,233 of wool, and 42,246 tons of hay. There were 6,782 horses, 8,715 milch cows, 11,638 other cattle, 11,373 sheep, and 17,337 swine; 2 manufactories of agricultural implements, 9 of carriages and wagons, 1 of iron castings, 2 of machinery, 7 flour mills, 5 breweries, 4 saw mills, and 3 woollen mills. Capital, Decorah.

Winnipegosis, Or Winnipegoos (Little Winnipeg)

Winnipegosis, Or Winnipegoos (Little Winnipeg), a lake of British North America, N. W. of Lake Manitoba, into which it discharges through Water Hen river. It is about 125 m. long from N. to S. and 25 m. in greatest breadth; area, about 2,000 sq. m. It is 20 ft. above Lake Manitoba and 60 ft. above Lake Winnipeg, and is navigable by vessels drawing 10 ft. of water. On the southwest it receives the waters of Dauphin lake, and on the northwest Swan and Red Deer rivers.

Winnipesockee, Or Winnipesankee Winnip1seogee

Winnipesockee, Or Winnipesankee Winnip1seogee, a lake of New Hampshire, lying between Carroll and Belknap counties. Its extreme length is nearly 25 m., its greatest breadth about 10 m., and its altitude above the sea 472 ft. Its form is very irregular, and it is studded with islands. There are several bays. Its waters are very pure and of great depth. Its outlet is the rapid river of the same name, which unites with the Pemigewasset to form the Merrimack. It is abundantly stocked with fish. Steamers ply upon the lake in summer.


Winter, the coldest season of the year, which begins astronomically on the shortest day, Dec. 22, and ends with the vernal equinox, March 21. But in the United States the winter months are popularly reckoned December, January, and February, and in England November, December, and January. The countries lying in and bordering upon the torrid zone have no winter in the popular sense of the word, but in place of it a rainy season. In the southern hemisphere the winter months are June, July, and August according to the American method, which takes as the central month that in which the 6un passes the solstice, and July, August, and September according to the English method, which reckons from the month next following that passage.