aque·​ous | \ ˈā-kwē-əs How to pronounce aqueous (audio) , ˈa- How to pronounce aqueous (audio) \

Definition of aqueous

1a : of, relating to, or resembling water
b : made from, with, or by water an aqueous solution
2 medical : of or relating to the aqueous humor

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One recent experiment included mixing an aqueous solution with tricalcium silicate for the first time -- a scientific way of saying concrete. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronauts make concrete in space for the first time," 10 Sep. 2019 Adam Jones’s guitar is clipped, vicious, beautiful, and Chancellor produces those aqueous coils of reverbed bass, one after another, like a heavy metal John Martyn. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Persistent Complexity of Tool," 24 Aug. 2019 Gender in particular becomes aqueous, a cast of mind. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 One of the best weapons against it in recent years has been implants known as aqueous shunts or glaucoma drainage devices. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Latest Glaucoma Treatment Could Be Magnets In Your Eyes," 13 Nov. 2018 The line’s new launch, Yin Transformation—an aqueous blend of rose, Calypso orchid, and ylang-ylang—is one route to tranquility, offering up a ritual to root into the present. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best New Perfumes Capture the Zeitgeist, From #MeToo to Wellness Mania," 25 Aug. 2018 First, air is channelled by fans onto a honeycombed plastic slab called a contactor, where CO2, which is acidic, reacts with aqueous potassium hydroxide, which is alkaline. The Economist, "Extracting carbon dioxide from the air is possible. But at what cost?," 7 June 2018 The habitable remainder contains neighborhoods with different aqueous bodies and wealth indexes. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Shelter Island, N.Y.: A Paradise That Has Its Challenges," 16 May 2018 The sense of pictorial space is at once deep, aqueous and nonliteral. Leah Ollman,, "Markus Amm's luminous paintings, like portals into liquid worlds of color," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of aqueous

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aqueous

Medieval Latin aqueus, from Latin aqua

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The first known use of aqueous was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of aqueous

technical : containing water or similar to water


aque·​ous | \ ˈā-kwē-əs How to pronounce aqueous (audio) , ˈa-\

Kids Definition of aqueous

: made of, by, or with water an aqueous solution


aque·​ous | \ ˈā-kwē-əs How to pronounce aqueous (audio) , ˈak-wē- How to pronounce aqueous (audio) \

Medical Definition of aqueous

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or resembling water an aqueous vapor
b : made from, with, or by water an aqueous solution
2 : of or relating to the aqueous humor



Medical Definition of aqueous (Entry 2 of 2)

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