phreatic

adjective
phre·​at·​ic | \ frē-ˈa-tik How to pronounce phreatic (audio) \

Definition of phreatic

1 : of, relating to, or being groundwater
2 : of, relating to, or being an explosion caused by steam derived from groundwater

Examples of phreatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frequent phreatic eruptions occur when groundwater is heated by volcanic activity, releasing explosions of ash, rock and steam. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 Perhaps monitoring from space will become the best way to see future phreatic eruptions coming. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 Perhaps monitoring from space will become the best way to see future phreatic eruptions coming. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 Perhaps monitoring from space will become the best way to see future phreatic eruptions coming. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 Perhaps monitoring from space will become the best way to see future phreatic eruptions coming. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 Perhaps monitoring from space will become the best way to see future phreatic eruptions coming. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 But so far, no successful long-term forecast of a phreatic eruption has taken place. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 But so far, no successful long-term forecast of a phreatic eruption has taken place. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of phreatic

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phreatic

Greek phreat-, phrear well; akin to Armenian ałbiwr spring, Old High German brunno — more at burn

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“Phreatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phreatic. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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