Washita (Wosh-e-taw'), a tributary of the Red River (q.v.), noted for its whetstones.

Wast Water

Wast Water, Cumberland, 14 miles SSW. of Keswick, is a lake 3 miles long, 1/2 mile wide, 204 feet above sea-level, and 258 feet deep.


Watchet, a small Somerset seaport, on the Bristol Channel, 16 1/2 miles NW. of Taunton.


Waterbury, a city of Connecticut, 33 miles by rail SW. of Hartford, on the Naugatuck River. It manufactures brass wares, and its cheap watches that have carried its name round the world. Pop. (1880) 17,806; (1900) 45,859.


Waterloo ("Flemish pron. Wdh-ter-lo'), a Belgian town (pop. 3600), 11 miles S. of Brussels, which gives name to Wellington's decisive victory over Napoleon, fought near it on Sunday the 18th June 1815. The French numbered 72,247; the allies 69,894 (25,389 British); and the loss of the former was 32,000 (including prisoners), of the latter 22,500. By Frenchmen the battle is named after the village of Mont St Jean; by Prussians, after the farm of La Belle Alliance. See Ropes's The Campaign of Waterloo (1893).


Waterloo, a town of Iowa, on the Cedar River, 93 miles W. of Dubuque. Pop. 12,580.


Waterloo-with-Seaforth, a Lancashire watering-place, 4 miles N. by W. of Liverpool. Pop, (1851) 9118; (1901) 23,102.


Watertown, (1) a town of Massachusetts, on the Charles River, 8 miles W. of Boston, with a national arsenal. Pop. 9706. - (2) Capital of Jefferson county, New York, on Black River, 12 miles by rail E. of Sackett's Harbour, on Lake Ontario. The rapids supply power for factories of spring-wagons, sewing-machines, paper, woollens, etc. Pop. 21,696. - (3) A city of Wisconsin, on Rock River, 44 miles W. by N. of Milwaukee, with manufactories of flour, beer, chairs, blinds, etc, and a Lutheran university (1864). Pop. 8455.


Waterville, a village of Maine, on the Kennebec, 19 miles N. by E. of Augusta. Pop. 9480.


Watervliet (formerly West Troy), a city of New York, on the left bank of the Hudson River, opposite Troy. It has a U.S. arsenal. Pop. 15,500.


Watford (a as o), a market-town of Hertfordshire, on the Colne, 15 miles (by rail 18) NW. of London. The Perpendicular church, restored in 1871, contains some interesting monuments of the Morrisons and Cassells, Earls of Essex, whose seat, Cassiobury, is close to the town; and there are also the London Orphan Asylum (inst. 1813; transferred hither, 1871), the Salters' Company's almshouses (1873), the endowed schools (1874), the public library and school of art (1874), etc, besides manufactures of silk and paper. Pop. (1851) 6546; (1881) 12,162; (1901) 29,327.


Wath-upon-Dearne, a Yorkshire town, 6 miles N. of Rotherham. It has collieries, ironworks, etc. Pop. (1851) 1495; (1901) 8515.

Watlings Island

Watling's Island, one of the Bahamas (q.v.), the probable landfall of Columbus.

Watling Street

Watling Street, one of the great Roman highways of Britain, ran from Dover to Canterbury, Rochester, London, Chester, and York, thence branching to Carlisle and Newcastle.