aquatic

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adjective

aquat·​ic ə-ˈkwä-tik How to pronounce aquatic (audio) -ˈkwa- How to pronounce aquatic (audio)
1
: growing or living in or frequenting water
aquatic mosquito larvae
2
: taking place in or on water
aquatic sports
aquatically adverb

aquatic

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noun

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

Examples of aquatic in a Sentence

Adjective a lifelong fascination with sharks and other fearsome aquatic creatures
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Blooms of phytoplankton, which are actually a form of microalgae, can spread hundreds of square miles, sometimes doing disastrous damage to fisheries, beaches, drinking water supplies, and entire aquatic ecosystems. TIME, 5 Feb. 2024 The project includes an all-new aquatic complex with three, distinct water features: a competition-grade pool with 14 lanes for swim teams, another pool for community classes and a splash pad. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2024 The environmental impact of carbohydrate deicers is low in regard to soil, air, and vegetation; however, an increase in carbohydrates in water bodies could increase oxygen demand in aquatic ecosystems. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, 3 Feb. 2024 Seeds like to hang out in shallow water near aquatic vegetation, and methods for catching them are virtually identical to fishing for bluegill. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The film opens with a reintroduction to the aquatic superhero, narrated in voiceover by Momoa. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Dec. 2023 The resort offers various alternatives for some aquatic enjoyment, including indoor and outdoor tubs, hot tubs, and an indoor swimming pool. Condé Nast Traveller, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Dec. 2023 Laura is a science news writer, covering a wide variety of subjects, but she is particularly fascinated by all things aquatic, paleontology, nanotechnology, and exploring how science influences daily life. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 25 Jan. 2024 And both are next to a 2023 underwater video that Ms. Van Herpen made in place of a runway show with the free-diver, dancer and filmmaker Julie Gautier, in which aquatic dresses swirl not just up and down but all around. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024
Noun
The facility, and the teams that use it, are a part of aquatics history. Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Coincidentally, Magni had given a presentation on forensic aquatics at a training academy of Italy’s Carabinieri, the country’s military police, shortly before Federica died. Jordan Michael Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Jan. 2024 In the short term, Seine-Saint-Denis must build the Olympic Village – a collection of apartment complexes across three neighboring suburbs – a connecting bridge, and a new aquatics center. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Jan. 2024 Today El Corazón has 22 soccer fields, a senior center, aquatics center, and a plan for the first of nine parks on site. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2023 In the golden aquatic, our chairs, napkins and clothes blaze ablaze with shiny, shiny. Meredi Ortega, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 Now in its third year, the program offers wages competitive to pools in Greater Boston, said Jeremy Stiles, senior association director of aquatics for the YMCA at the Waltham branch during the Swimposium. Alysa Guffey, BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2023 At that time, Harris was also an aquatics coach at the University of Southern California. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 However, the team won first place in aquatics and scored 99 out of 100 points on the fifth topic. Katia Parks, Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

earlier, "of water," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, "living in water," going back to Old French aquatike "having the nature of water," borrowed from Latin aquāticus "of water, growing or living in water," from aqua "water" + -āticus, adjective suffix of appurtenance — more at island entry 1, -age

Noun

derivative of aquatic entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aquatic was circa 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Aquatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aquatic. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

aquatic

1 of 2 adjective
1
: growing or living in or often found in water
aquatic animals
2
: performed in or on water
aquatic sports

aquatic

2 of 2 noun
: an aquatic animal or plant

Medical Definition

aquatic

adjective
: growing or living in or frequenting water
aquatic mosquito larvae

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