Glossary beginning with W

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Wainscot

The wainscot is the wood covered lower portion of an interior wall, usually topped by a chair rail. A wooden wainscot can be plain or paneled with a pattern of raised wooden trim.

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Walls

Historic exterior wall construction can be of log, stone, brick, frame or stucco over such. In the more modern era, wall material could be of formed concrete, glass, or metal. Carrera glass was an early 20th century innovation producing a sleek, smooth coloured glass finish, often applied to first floor walls of commercial buildings.

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Water Body

A permanent stream, river or similar watercourse or a pond or lake.

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Water Lot

A polygon feature that identifies a commercially or privately owned piece of land that underlies a water body.

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Water Quality

A term used to describe the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of water with respect to its suitability for a particular use.

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Water Table

The water level of an unconfined aquifer , below which the pore spaces are generally saturated.

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Water's Edge

The terms shore, bank, and water's edge, applied to navigable, non-tidal bodies of water, are synonymous as lines of demarcation and that the physical evidence to be sought in defining these lines may be described as follows: (a) Edge of the water in its natural condition. (b) Utmost border of dry land. (c) A line dividing the bed from the banks. (d) The water's edge. (e) An over-riding condition throughout that such lines of demarcation must be related to or governed by the water, (i) In its natural condition, (ii) Where its presence and action are common and usual in ordinary years.

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Watercourses

Depressions formed by runoff moving over the surface of the earth; any natural course that carries water.

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Watershed

A natural unit of land defined by the area that drains into a river and its tributaries.

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Weatherboard

An exterior horizontal wooden board applied with the lower edge overlapping the board below used to form exterior walls (wider and less shaped than a clapboard, although used for the same purpose).

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Wetland

An area (including swamp, marsh, bog, prairie pothole, or similar area) having a predominance of hydric soils that are inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support and that under normal circumstances supports the anaerobic condition that supports the growth and regeneration of hydrophytic vegetation.

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WHS

Acronym for West of Hurontario Street.

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Widening

A piece of land acquired by a municipality by way of expropriation, transfer and by-law or express dedication on a plan of subdivision, as an addition to a public highway or lane.

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Will

A will as defined in the Succession Law Reform Act.

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Witness

A marker that is set at least 1.0 metre away from true location of the property corner, to "witness" the location of the true point, when a legal marker or monument cannot be set exactly at the location of the property corner.

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Witness Monument

A monument, placed on a boundary of a parcel, which witnesses the position of a point that cannot be monumented. The point is defined by the distance and direction from the witness monument. A point can have only one witness monument defining its position.

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Witness Tree

Refers to the trees close to a corner or boundary with some measurements to the corner.

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Wood Stake

A strong wooden post with a point at one end, driven into the ground to support a plant, form part of a fence, mark a boundary or corner.

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Wrought Iron Fence

Fence made from tube steel, also known as ornamental iron.

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WYS

Acronym for West of Yonge Street.

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