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 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 But so far, no successful long-term forecast of a phreatic eruption has taken place. Quanta Magazine, 1 June 2021 The resulting explosion is called a hydrothermal or phreatic eruption. Megan Molteni, Wired, 10 Dec. 2019 What volcanic feature, located inside the crater of an erupting Hawaiian volcano, has been dropping for weeks, increasing geologists' concerns that a phreatic eruption is likely? 9. CNN, 17 May 2018 But de Moor's research suggests studying the gases from volcanic vents in the hours and minutes leading up to an eruption might help scientists predict future phreatic events. Author: Scott Wilson, Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2018 Since May 2, the lava lake in the crater began to drop, which increases the chances for a phreatic explosion. Madison Park And Amir Vera, CNN, 15 May 2018 What volcanic feature, located inside the crater of an erupting Hawaiian volcano, has been dropping for weeks, increasing geologists' concerns that a phreatic eruption is likely? CNN, 17 May 2018

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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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24 Jun 2021

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“Phreatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phreatic. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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