groundwater

noun
ground·​wa·​ter | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce groundwater (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web The earlier drought in California depleted groundwater supplies and changed how people use water, with many people and businesses ripping out landscaping and replacing it with more drought-tolerant plants. Adam Beam, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 July 2021 Silver and other opponents of the development argue that plans for groundwater pumping to supply the homes would threaten the San Pedro River, including parts of a national conservation area and the wetlands at St. David Cienega. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021 The earlier drought in California depleted groundwater supplies and changed how people use water, with many people and businesses ripping out landscaping and replacing it with more drought-tolerant plants. Adam Beam, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 The earlier drought in California depleted groundwater supplies and changed how people use water, with many people and businesses ripping out landscaping and replacing it with more drought-tolerant plants. Adam Beam, chicagotribune.com, 8 July 2021 The earlier drought in California depleted groundwater supplies and changed how people use water, with many people and businesses ripping out landscaping and replacing it with more drought-tolerant plants. Adam Beam, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 That drought depleted groundwater supplies and changed how residents and businesses use water, including rethinking landscaping to include more drought-tolerant plants. NBC News, 7 July 2021 Greenberg and Frisbie contended that rock-blasting for the new project wouldn’t create a hazard for nearby groundwater, but neighbors argued otherwise. Don Stacom, courant.com, 17 June 2021 The utility owns the right to divert up to 25 cubic feet per second (cfs) of surface water from the Arroyo Seco for direct use or to spread for percolation for groundwater pumping from the Raymond Basin. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021

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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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29 Jul 2021

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“Groundwater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groundwater. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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groundwater

noun

English Language Learners Definition of groundwater

: water that is underground

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