aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwä-tik How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -ˈkwa- How to pronounce aquatic (audio) \

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\ ə-​ˈkwä-​tiks How to pronounce aquatics (audio) , -​ˈkwa-​ \ plural in form but singular or plural in construction : water sports

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aquatically \ ə-​ˈkwä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aquatically (audio) , -​ˈkwa-​ \ adverb

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of aquatic in a Sentence

Adjective a lifelong fascination with sharks and other fearsome aquatic creatures
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While fast-growing invasive plants outcompete some native species and threaten some waterways, the lush aquatic life serves as the liver and kidneys of Florida's circulatory system. Bill Weir And Shelby Rose, CNN, "Florida's war on weeds is killing fish and supercharging red tide, opponents say," 7 Feb. 2020 Of these species, silver and black carp are the greatest immediate threat to Alabama’s aquatic resources. Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoors notebook: Alabama deer season winds down," 6 Feb. 2020 Charges include possession of a shark without the fins and the unlawful commercial sale or purchase of aquatic products, said TPWD. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Texas game wardens put the bite on illegal sale of shark fins at restaurants and markets," 5 Feb. 2020 But there has been no funding dedicated to marine and aquatic areas, Guida says. Doug Johnson, Scientific American, "Australia’s Marine Animals Will Be Bushfires’ Unseen Victims," 2 Feb. 2020 Joyce Dillman, previously an aquatic ballet performer, was the Spa’s first lifeguard and instructor. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Spa unified a generation in Anchorage. Here’s what happened to it.," 2 Feb. 2020 The addition of nutrients or oxygen-poor waters may subtly influence which species dominate in aquatic communities, or perhaps even increase the total species diversity by creating variable habitats within the river, some researchers suggest. National Geographic, "Could Pablo Escobar's escaped hippos help the environment?," 31 Jan. 2020 Residents include the former Mir space station, numerous uncrewed supply spacecraft, and—almost—the first Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, which crashed into the Pacific a few thousand kilometers away from the aquatic boneyard. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Space companies are scrambling to solve the problem of defunct satellites," 31 Jan. 2020 Relative to their size, the hybrid jellyfish demanded between 10 and 1,000 times less power than other aquatic robots. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Bionic jellyfish can swim three times faster," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun City officials open bids for the aquatics center project. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Timeline shows Councilman Jack Petsche’s involvement in Brecksville municipal projects," 8 Oct. 2019 On Saturdays and Sundays, the pool is open from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. The aquatics facilities include diving boards, a water slide, and a whirlpool. Laura Bednar,, "Independence kicks off summer with events for all ages," 7 June 2019 Valerie Louthan, a park district recreation supervisor in charge of aquatics and special events, said there were nine houses in the contest, three fewer than 2018. Chuck Fieldman,, "Clarendon Hills family wins top prize in third try with Halloween House Decorating Contest," 28 Oct. 2019 Council members said Petsche also didn’t tell them in advance about USA Roofing’s bid on the aquatics center. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Ohio Ethics Commission refers investigation of Brecksville Councilman Jack Petsche to prosecutor," 16 Oct. 2019 The robot is confined to the park’s cement path, which has been blocked by construction for a new aquatics center, curtailing its patrol of the north end of the park. Katie Flaherty, NBC News, "A RoboCop, a park and a fight: How expectations about robots are clashing with reality," 4 Oct. 2019 His swim coach is Lexie Kelly, who has been an assistant swim coach for the Newport Harbor aquatics program. Andrew Turner,, "Newport Harbor's Cole Ridenour is a top-tier triathlete," 18 June 2019 Lauren Langford, director of YMCA aquatics and coach of West High School’s swim team, told the Washington Post. Char Adams,, "Alaska Ref Disqualifies 'Curvier' High School Swimmer Over Wedgie: She's Being 'Singled Out'," 10 Sep. 2019 An indoor aquatics facility is desirable by a broad spectrum of residents. Peter Marteka,, "Residents begin fundraising effort for proposed indoor aquatics center in Glastonbury," 15 July 2019

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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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The first known use of aquatic was circa 1600

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10 Feb 2020

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“Aquatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -ˈkwa- \

Kids Definition of aquatic

: growing, living, or done in water aquatic animals


aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwät-ik How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -ˈkwat- How to pronounce aquatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of aquatic

: growing or living in or frequenting water aquatic mosquito larvae

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