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 In the end, this can only benefit nature, aquatic life and wildlife, future generations and the taxpayer's wallet. Bill Pollnow, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 The two scientists didn’t have to dig deep for the vestiges of aquatic life— Lernau had a collection of about 100,000 fish remains gathered from dozens of sites in Israel, which spans 10,000 years, from the Neolithic times to the present. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 May 2021 While they’re mostly considered a nuisance, some can be toxic and some can threaten a river’s aquatic life by sucking oxygen out of the water, experts said. Gloria Casas,, 22 May 2021 The new Kumu Kai Marine Center at King's Pond also affords guests the chance to learn more about aquatic life through its touch tank and digital educational displays. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 20 May 2021 If the theories that Mars once had an abundance of water on its surface are true, the Jezero Crater would have collected a lot of that water and perhaps even served as a home to aquatic life. Mike Wehner, BGR, 14 May 2021 The 2,570-square foot store is a dream come true for owner Andrew Novack, who has been fascinated with aquatic life since childhood. Megan Becka, cleveland, 12 May 2021 Plenty of additional aquatic activities are available as well, like fishing, diving, snorkeling and wildlife watching. San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Mar. 2021 Cyanobacteria is actually an aquatic organism naturally found in surface waters, said Koch. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 7 Feb. 2020 The city will cap the number of people attending aquatics classes. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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18 Jun 2021

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“Aquatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 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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