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Whit•ney  (hwitnē, wit-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalEli, 1765–1825, U.S. manufacturer and inventor.
  2. BiographicalJohn Hay, 1904–82, U.S. diplomat and newspaper publisher.
  3. BiographicalJosiah Dwight, 1819–96, U.S. geologist.
  4. BiographicalWilliam Dwight, 1827–94, U.S. philologist and lexicographer (brother of Josiah Dwight).
  5. Place NamesMount, a mountain in E California, in the Sierra Nevada. 14,495 ft. (4418 m).
  6. a male given name.


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Whitney /ˈwɪtnɪ/ n
  1. Mount Whitneya mountain in E California: the highest peak in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in continental US (excluding Alaska). Height: 4418 m (14 495 ft)
Whitney /ˈwɪtnɪ/ n
  1. Eli. 1765–1825, US inventor of a mechanical cotton gin (1793) and pioneer manufacturer of interchangeable parts
  2. William Dwight. 1827–94, US philologist, noted esp for his Sanskrit Grammar (1879)



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