aquatic

adjective
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

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 How to pronounce aquatically (audio) \ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Acid rain can cause deforestation, destroy aquatic life, and corrode building materials. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 The word originally described great auks — a large, black-and-white, flightless aquatic bird that once called the Northern Hemisphere home. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 Travel; the tranquilizing effects of suspending yourself on a sea-meets-sky horizon; the body-toning results of what amounts to hours of aquatic sprint intervals. Mackenzie Wagoner, Glamour, "7 Pro Surfers on the Best Deep Conditioners," 17 Sep. 2018 Rotterdam's Recycled Park on the New Meuse river is working to prevent plastic litter from entering the North Sea and sustain aquatic life in the process. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Take Note: This Park Is Made Of Recycled Litter From A River," 19 July 2018 This linear park is home to a variety of reptiles, birds and water-dwellers with hundreds of trees, shrubs, grasses and aquatic plants. Mary Mills Heidbrink, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio offers multitude of choices for getting back to nature," 11 June 2018 Feed lilies and other aquatic plants in home water gardens. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 The animal feeds on nearly all aquatic plants and consumes about 25 percent of its body weight each day. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Eradication of invasive rodent off to a slow start in California," 12 May 2018 The shortage is often brought on by an algae bloom that uses up all the life-sustaining air in the depths as the algae — tiny aquatic plants — die off and decompose. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland officials investigating fish kill in Baltimore harbor, Back River," 30 Apr. 2018

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The New York Police Department was investigating swastikas scrawled on the walls of an aquatics and fitness center in Manhattan as a hate crime, a police official said Thursday. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York Police Probe Swastikas at Sports Facility," 7 Mar. 2019 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

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

Kids Definition of aquatic

: growing, living, or done in water aquatic animals

aquatic

adjective
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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