aquatic

adjective
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

aquatic

noun

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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Other words from aquatic

Adjective

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

Adjective

a lifelong fascination with sharks and other fearsome aquatic creatures

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As whales became more aquatic and attained huge sizes, though, the pattern reversed. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Today’s Whales Are Huge, But Why Aren’t They Huger?," 27 June 2018 As for the spa menu’s offerings, the goal was a mix of all things aquatic and state-of-the-art holistic that could rival any wellness retreat. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "Now, There's a Spa Cruise for Diehard Beauty Addicts," 19 May 2018 More than 2 decades ago, King learned to culture and study these aquatic creatures, and by 2001 her genetic analyses were starting to raise doubts about the then-current view that the transition to multicellularity was a major genetic leap. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018 To continue the life cycle, they must be consumed by tiny aquatic creatures called copepods. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 The annual Mermaid Parade brought throngs of people dressed as mermaids, fish, and other aquatic creatures to New York’s Coney Island over the weekend, and this year’s edition had a little Boston flavor. BostonGlobe.com, "Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman lead Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade," 17 June 2018 Both were aquatic creatures with red tongues and bulging eyes. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "The finer points of Buc-ee’s case that convinced jury of Choke Canyon’s trademark breach," 23 May 2018 The toothy, snake-like aquatic creature that looks like something out of a sci-fi film, are an invasive threat to the commercial fishing industry as well as sport fishers. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Scientists on the hunt for blood-sucking sea lampreys in metro Detroit," 22 May 2018 So aquatic vegetation or seeds elicited a lot of food calls. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Gorillas Hum and Sing While They Eat to Say, “Do Not Disturb”," 1 May 2017

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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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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, latimes.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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

Adjective

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aquatic

Adjective

see aqua

Noun

see aqua

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The first known use of aquatic was circa 1600

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aquatic

adjective

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

aquatic

adjective
aquat·ic | \ ə-ˈkwä-tik , -ˈkwa- \

Kids Definition of aquatic

: growing, living, or done in water aquatic animals

aquatic

adjective
aquat·ic | \ ə-ˈkwät-ik , -ˈkwat- \

Medical Definition of aquatic 

: growing or living in or frequenting water aquatic mosquito larvae

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