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 aquatic (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 aquatic (audio) , -​ˈkwa-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for aquatic

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 the grazers are away, the aquatic plants have time to grow and recover. Howard Cohen,, "Sharks can help marine ecosystems survive effects of climate change, FIU study finds," 27 Feb. 2021 That means no swimming or other aquatic recreational activities. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Beach closings in Hennepin County mount amid health concerns," 26 Aug. 2020 New guidelines apply to beaches, swimming pools, water slides and other recreational aquatic activities, the governor's office said in a news release. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Public pools get OK to open by June 29 if they meet rules to avoid spread of coronavirus," 16 June 2020 But prints of their dazzling scales, pressed into pools of ink, can preserve the aquatic creatures’ forms for centuries. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Traditional Japanese Fish Art Could Be a Boon for Conservation," 5 Mar. 2020 Yet, the Indiana surface water quality standard for aquatic life is set at 12 nanograms per liter for mercury. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Other states are making utilities dig up toxic coal ash. Indiana is letting it sit there.," 11 Feb. 2021 So do Jenny Freestone’s elegant depictions of aquatic creatures, in which the life cycle of eggs, insects and amphibians is revealed as something rich and strange. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Up to his elbows in watery works and lustrous prints," 18 Dec. 2020 Now, the parts of the forest that have been exposed are providing homes and structures for fish and other aquatic creatures. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Alabama’s 60,000-year-old underwater forest proposed as national marine sanctuary," 28 Oct. 2020 Tardigrades, small aquatic creatures known as water bears, can survive extreme heat, radiation, and even the vacuum of outer space—conditions that would kill most animals. Lakshmi Supriya, Science | AAAS, "New species of water bear uses fluorescent ‘shield’ to survive lethal UV radiation," 13 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The aquatic remains date between 86,000 and 106,000 years ago and were discovered in a small, cramped room of cave of Figueira Brava. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Neanderthals Really Liked Seafood," 30 Mar. 2020 Golf Drive is close to schools and the Curtis Park-Holmes Aquatic Center, a summer aquatic, social and recreational hub. Dallas News, "Walkable neighborhoods offer so much, firm says," 23 Aug. 2020 The researchers extracted fat molecules from powdered samples of the ceramics to look for signs that meat from either aquatic or land animals had been cooked in them. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Siberian Hunters Cooked in ‘Hot Pots’ at the End of the Last Ice Age," 7 Feb. 2020 The city will cap the number of people attending aquatics classes. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brecksville to open sections of community center Monday; Broadview Heights tentatively plans June 22 rec center opening," 29 May 2020 Those who want to go to aquatics centers will need to register in advance for time slots, masks are encouraged except when in the water, and the locker rooms and showers will be closed. Hunter Johnson, Dallas News, "Irving aquatic and recreation centers, libraries, art center outline plans for reopening," 22 May 2020 The southwest Valley suburb’s aquatics center, recreation center, senior center and both libraries remain closed until further notice. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Many Phoenix area parks, city halls reopen as stay-at-home order expires. Here are city-by-city details," 15 May 2020 Crespi’s new aquatics center featuring a 50-meter Myrtha pool is scheduled to open in August. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, "Crespi’s $10-million aquatics center to be completed in August," 30 Apr. 2020 With several plans to choose from, 10 move-in ready homes and amenities including a 16-acre tennis and aquatics center, golf club, sportsplex, parks and trails and a lifestyle director, now is an ideal time to call Woodforest home. Houston Chronicle, "Highland Homes, Huntington Homes build in communities throughout Texas," 11 Apr. 2020

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Aquatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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