ground·​wa·​ter ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce groundwater (audio)
: water within the earth especially that supplies wells and springs

Examples of groundwater in a Sentence

There were concerns about contaminated groundwater.
Recent Examples on the Web But this critical diagnostic tool is also struggling to keep pace with climate change as longer and more persistent dry spells plague the American West and take an increasing toll on groundwater reserves and the Colorado River, according to a recent study published in the journal AGU Advances. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2024 In the late afternoon on Wednesday, magma came into contact with groundwater, leading to explosive releases of steam and ash. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 May 2024 Leaks can form chemical plumes that move through groundwater and turn into vapor that rises up through cracks in the foundations of homes and businesses. Jordan Gass-Pooré, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 May 2024 Some agencies with groundwater basins or other local water supplies will be less affected. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for groundwater 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of groundwater was circa 1889

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“Groundwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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ground·​wa·​ter ˈgrau̇n-ˌdwȯt-ər How to pronounce groundwater (audio)
: water within the earth that supplies wells and springs

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