still water


: a part of a stream where no current is visible

Examples of still water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The layered, wavy effect dually fits the bill, channelling ripples in still water and the futuristic preservation efforts. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 6 Apr. 2024 In still waters, target deep holes with quick access to shallow feeding grounds. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 14 Mar. 2024 His quest will lead him down winding mountain roads, beside still waters and across a scenic rooftop, all of which strike a restful contrast with the urban bustle of Saigon, with its packed soccer fields and erotic massage parlors. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 The high-quality materials and standard 10-foot length made this paddle board truly a gem to paddle on both still water and in swift river waters. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2024 In Nocturne: Black and Red-Back Canal, Holland, a watercolor Whistler began in 1882, the light from a wall of buildings is reflected in the still water, incandescent crimsons and pearl whites echoing throughout. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2023 But even when the sponge is simply floating in still water, electrostatic interactions mean that some plastic particles will cling to it. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 Sparkling and still water is filtered and offered in elegant, reusable glass bottles. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Travel + Leisure, 12 July 2023 This last step includes putting screens on windows and doors, using air conditioning and emptying out containers with still water. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 15 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of still water was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Still water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Still·​wa·​ter ˈstil-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce Stillwater (audio)
city in north central Oklahoma population 45,688

Note: The main campus of Oklahoma State University is located in Stillwater.

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