Definition of irrigate
1 : wet, moisten: such asa : to supply (land, crops, etc.) with water by artificial means irrigating the cotton plants irrigates 20 acres of farmlandb : to flush (a body part) with a stream of liquid irrigate the wound with saline solution the eye was irrigated following chemical exposure
2 : to refresh as if by watering
: to practice irrigation A tensiometer (soil moisture probe), available at any garden center, helps take the guesswork out of irrigating. — The Benicia (California) Herald
irrigatorplay \ˈir-ə-ˌgā-tər\ noun
Examples of irrigate in a Sentence
The surgeon irrigated the wound.
if you get the chemical in your eye, irrigate the eye thoroughly with water
Recent Examples of irrigate from the Web
Once established, irrigate deeply once a week or every other week.
Lake Okeechobee serves as South Florida’s primary back-up water supply — bolstering community well fields, irrigating sugar cane and other crops, while also helping replenish the Everglades.
In the dry season, farmers must irrigate their poppy crops with water pumped from streams and wells, and the hoses tip off soldiers to their locations.
Skomal and the crew of the M/V Ocearch covered the shark’s face with a towel, stuck a hose in its mouth to irrigate its gills and began attending the great white with the speed of a Formula 1 pit crew.
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Origin and Etymology of irrigate
Latin irrigatus, past participle of irrigare, from in- + rigare to water; perhaps akin to Old High German regan rain — more at rain
First Known Use: 1615
IRRIGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of irrigate for English Language Learners
: to supply (something, such as land) with water by using artificial means (such as pipes)
medical : to clean (a wound or a part of the body) with flowing liquid (such as water)
IRRIGATE Defined for Kids
Definition of irrigate for Students
1 : to supply (as land) with water by artificial means irrigate crops
2 : to clean with a flow of liquid irrigate a wound
Medical Definition of irrigate
: to flush (a body part) with a stream of liquid irrigate the wound with saline to remove debris the eye was irrigated for 10 minutes following chemical exposure
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