The surgeon irrigated the wound.
if you get the chemical in your eye, irrigate the eye thoroughly with water
Recent Examples on the WebThe Oregon Water Resources Department said the drawdowns already happening under the court injunction have not undermined anyone’s ability to irrigate with water from the Willamette and its tributaries.—Tony Schick, ProPublica, 31 Oct. 2023 Figure out how often to irrigate using my Irrigation Canary Test.—Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2023 The annual recharge from Lebow’s basin roughly balances the water needed to irrigate his land.—Erica Gies, Scientific American, 25 Oct. 2023 Across town, in a field that has not been irrigated, the plants are thinner and have fewer vines, with barely any leaves toward the bottom of their stalks.—Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 The house sits higher than the farmland, so water collected from the roof and ponds all drains down to irrigate the farm land.—Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 In addition to shielding riparian communities from flooding and aiding food security by irrigating surrounding farmland, dams can provide fossil-fuel-free electricity to populations that need access.—IEEE Spectrum, 1 Sep. 2023 And parts of the vast Ogallala Aquifer beneath Kansas, eastern Colorado and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, an aquifer that irrigates a huge share of the global food supply, last year reached their lowest levels since the start of NASA’s program.—Mira Rojanasakul, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 The resort’s low-impact approach extends beyond the villas: the resort runs entirely on solar energy, all food waste is composted, and the wastewater is treated and used to irrigate the grounds.—John Bowe, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2023 See More
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Latin irrigatus, past participle of irrigare, from in- + rigare to water; perhaps akin to Old High German regan rain — more at rain