ground·wa·ter | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwȯ-tər , -ˌwä- \

Definition of groundwater 

: water within the earth especially that supplies wells and springs

Examples of groundwater in a Sentence

There were concerns about contaminated groundwater.

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The problem was caused by the drought, which forced farmers to pump groundwater. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 In addition to the divers, teams have been working to pump out water as well as divert groundwater. Author: Tassanee Vejpongsa, Anchorage Daily News, "Thai rescuers find missing boys and soccer coach alive in cave," 2 July 2018 Pumping water out of the cave hasn't solved the problem, so other teams have been looking to divert groundwater. Tassanee Vejpongsa,, "Rescuers clear hurdle in cave search for missing Thai boys," 1 July 2018 With a wall, scientists warn the wellfields could begin drawing more polluted groundwater from the urban east. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Could raising a 90-year-old road fix South Florida's water problems?," 18 June 2018 In the past, California farmers have always survived droughts by sticking deeper and deeper straws into the ground to suck up groundwater. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Are Avocados Toast?," 24 May 2018 Spokeswoman Andrea Cantu-Schomus noted recent testing shows that Lost Valley's frequent wastewater and manure overruns have not impacted groundwater. Molly Harbarger,, "Oregon officials say they plan to stop mega-dairy violations -- again," 17 May 2018 The study also found that 90 military base installations as of Aug. 31 had groundwater that exceeded the EPA's level threshold. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "DOD: Mountain Home Air Force Base drinking water tested positive for dangerous chemicals," 4 May 2018 Scientists had thought the steam explosions resulted from lava at the summit dropping down the volcano's throat into groundwater. Terray Sylvester And Jolyn Rosa, The Christian Science Monitor, "Scientists brave dangers studying active Hawaii volcano," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of groundwater

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of groundwater was circa 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of groundwater

: water that is underground

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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