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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However, in my version of the aquatic classic, aptly named Splashing Out Against The Patriarchy, Madison is not just living for her relationship. Marie Claire, "Feminist Writers Re-Write the Endings to 3 Classic Rom-Coms," 15 Feb. 2019 In June 2017, cultures revealed the culprit to be Burkholderia cepacia (also referred to as a B. cepacia and/or B. cepacia complex), an antibiotic-resistant human pathogen found in aquatic environments, the suit says. Ron Hurtibise,, "More lawsuits filed against South Florida drug maker accused of selling contaminated medicines," 29 June 2018 The administration wants to shift from the military to Interior responsibility for water resources infrastructure such as flood control and aquatic ecosystem restoration. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump's plan to overhaul government would give Interior and EPA more power," 22 June 2018 The Mason, Emancipation and the Westbury aquatic centers are among those also offering swimming lessons. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Free swim lessons in Houston aim to prevent summer tragedies," 6 June 2018 The largest of those recipients was the YMCA of San Diego County, which will receive $250,000 to pay for a new aquatic center at the Jackie Robinson YMCA. Jeff Mcdonald,, "County supervisors approve more than $640,000 in new grants," 17 May 2018 Alarm, but not certainty Brendan Hickie, who studies contamination in aquatic ecosystems and wasn't involved with this paper, notes that these calculations are based on some imperfect information—something the authors themselves point out. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A decades-old pollutant is still threatening orca populations," 28 Sep. 2018 Bangladesh lacks the infrastructure to effectively manage their waste which causes problems in keeping the waters safe for human and aquatic lives while dozens of tanneries on the banks of the river contribute industrial waste into the ground water. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 That includes using robotics and electrical stimulation to help the body’s muscles remember how to move, as well as aquatic and animal-assisted therapy, Dr. Rybczynski says. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Another Burst of Polio-Like Cases in Children Alarms Doctors," 5 Nov. 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,, "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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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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