-wise

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See also: wise, Wise, and WISE

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English -wis, from Old English -wīs (-wise), related to wīs, wīse (manner, way, fashion). Compare with Norwegian Bokmål -vis (-wise). More at wise (way, manner).

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-wise

  1. in the direction or orientation of
    The gaoler slowly turned the key clockwise.
  2. in the manner of
    You need to follow the instructions carefully; otherwise, the project may not turn out.
    Contrariwise, it could be a good idea.
  3. in the matter of; with regard to
    This morning looks promising, weather-wise.
    • 1919, Saki, ‘The Penance’, The Toys of Peace, Penguin 2000 (Complete Short Stories), p. 423:
      They had parents in India—that much Octavian had learned in the neighbourhood; the children, beyond grouping themselves garment-wise into sexes, a girl and two boys, carried their life-story no further on his behoof.
  4. One (thing) at a time
    Add the reagent dropwise to the solution.

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Etymology[edit]

From wīse (manner, way, condition, direction).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌwiː.se/, [ˌwiː.ze]

Suffix[edit]

-wīse

  1. (noun suffix) state of, manner of, condition; direction
    riht (just, right) + ‎-wīse → ‎rihtwīse (righteousness, justice)
    cniht (boy, youth) + ‎-wīse → ‎cnihtwīse (boyishness)}
    cyne- (public, nation, kindred) + ‎-wīse → ‎cynewīse (commonweath, state)}
    lēoþ (song, tune, poem) + ‎-wīse → ‎lēoþwīse (poetry, verse)}
    bēag (ring, hoop, circle) + ‎-wīse → ‎bēagwīse (sphere, circular form)}
  2. (noun suffix) the custom or fashion of
    mynster (minister) + ‎-wīse → ‎mynsterwīse (monastic custom)
    fierdwīse (militia) + ‎-wīse → ‎fierdwīse (military style)
  3. (adverbial suffix) in the manner or fashion of; in the direction of
    hyse (son,, youth) + ‎-wīse → ‎hysewīse (like a young man])

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