aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwä-tik, -ˈkwa- \

Definition of aquatic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : growing or living in or frequenting water aquatic mosquito larvae
2 : taking place in or on water aquatic sports



Definition of aquatic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an aquatic animal or plant
2 aquatics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : water sports

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aquatically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for aquatic

Synonyms: Adjective

submarine, submerged, sunken, underwater

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Examples of aquatic in a Sentence


a lifelong fascination with sharks and other fearsome aquatic creatures

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Alarm, but not certainty Brendan Hickie, who studies contamination in aquatic ecosystems and wasn't involved with this paper, notes that these calculations are based on some imperfect information—something the authors themselves point out. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A decades-old pollutant is still threatening orca populations," 28 Sep. 2018 Bangladesh lacks the infrastructure to effectively manage their waste which causes problems in keeping the waters safe for human and aquatic lives while dozens of tanneries on the banks of the river contribute industrial waste into the ground water. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 That includes using robotics and electrical stimulation to help the body’s muscles remember how to move, as well as aquatic and animal-assisted therapy, Dr. Rybczynski says. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Another Burst of Polio-Like Cases in Children Alarms Doctors," 5 Nov. 2018 Ten thousand ancient lakes and bones from animals like hippos and aquatic mammals have been found throughout the region. National Geographic, "85,000-Year-Old Footprints Show Stepping Stone in Human Migration," 14 May 2018 According to a press release, aquatic mammals reach a sizable sweet spot around 1,000 pounds. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Why Are Whales So Massive? It’s All About Energy," 27 Mar. 2018 Today’s aquatic mammals began as terrestrial animals. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Had our human ancestors taken to the sea, we would have been big and blubbery," 26 Mar. 2018 The aquatic mammals seem to have repopulated much of their original native range in the state, especially over the past couple of decades. Shanon Tompkins, San Antonio Express-News, "Otters making a welcome return to Texas waterways," 15 Feb. 2018 The biological assessment on the aquatic mammals' program is due by Feb. 28. Andrew Theen,, "Federal government suspends beaver-killing after environmental groups threaten lawsuit," 11 Jan. 2018

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Effective Tuesday, the school will not renew its contract with Eric Hill, 41, the former coach and aquatics director, a spokeswoman said. Linda Trischitta,, "Ex-Boca Raton High swim coach under investigation, won't return to teach in fall," 4 June 2018 Both of his brothers also have been involved in aquatics, but have focused more on water polo. Matt Szabo,, "Daily Pilot High School Male Athlete of the Week: Dominic Falcon a dominant presence for Ocean View swimming," 20 May 2018 The zoo’s dolphins and regular aquatic shows featuring them have been a major draw at the west suburban institution for decades. Steve Johnson,, "Young Brookfield Zoo dolphin dies unexpectedly," 12 June 2018 SwimKids, based in Cumming, offers aquatics survival classes and swim lessons. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "New report reveals danger of childhood drownings in open waters," 23 May 2018 The aquatics center was built in 1965 just west of it, on a spit of land jutting into the Intracoastal Waterway. Brittany Wallman,, "Fort Lauderdale aquatics complex up for $27 million renovation," 10 July 2018 An acute bacterial infection caused the death of Alia, a 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin that died at an aquatics facility near Scottsdale on May 22. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Report: Alia the bottlenose dolphin died of a bacterial infection," 29 June 2018 The park district will provide protective plastic eyewear as well as the Nerf bullets, according to Val Louthan, an aquatics and recreation supervisor for the Clarendon Hills Park District. Sara Clarkson,, "Clarkson: Fearless goalies, gym battlegrounds and homegrown singers," 10 Jan. 2018 The director of the club team, Chad Cradock, is head coach/director of aquatics at UMBC and coaches both the men’s and women’s varsity teams. Jeff Seidel,, "With swimmers as young as 6, the Retriever Aquatic Club at UMBC is going strong," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of aquatic


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aquatic


see aqua


see aqua

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English Language Learners Definition of aquatic

: living or found in or near water

: of or relating to the animals and plants that live in or near water

: done in or on water


aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwä-tik, -ˈkwa-\

Kids Definition of aquatic

: growing, living, or done in water aquatic animals


aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwät-ik, -ˈkwat- \

Medical Definition of aquatic 

: growing or living in or frequenting water aquatic mosquito larvae

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