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 plural in form but singular or plural in construction : water sports

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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


a lifelong fascination with sharks and other fearsome aquatic creatures

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Now aquatic therapy in heated pools is offering a modern-day fix for many ailments. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Health Benefits of Aquatic Therapy," 21 Apr. 2019 Everything about the sunny tube evokes a day at the beach, from the bright blue-and-yellow packaging to its deliciously aquatic scent. Glamour, "I Gave Up on Beach Waves Until I Tried This Brand-New Surf Cream," 10 Apr. 2019 Or as the tactic is better known in Olympic circles, the aquatic biathlon. Dwight Perry / Sideline Chatter, The Seattle Times, "Sideline chatter: What’s mom going to be like when he’s playing in an actual game?," 30 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "Clarkson: Fearless goalies, gym battlegrounds and homegrown singers," 10 Jan. 2018

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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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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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a strong desire or propensity

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