water

noun, often attributive
wa·​ter | \ ˈwȯ-tər How to pronounce water (audio) , ˈwä- How to pronounce water (audio) \

Definition of water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent
b : a natural mineral water usually used in plural
2 : a particular quantity or body of water: such as
a(1) waters plural : the water occupying or flowing in a particular bed
(2) chiefly British : lake, pond
b : a quantity or depth of water adequate for some purpose (such as navigation)

c waters plural

(1) : a band of seawater abutting on the land of a particular sovereignty and under the control of that sovereignty
(2) : the sea of a particular part of the earth
d : water supply threatened to turn off the water
3 : travel or transportation on water we went by water
4 : the level of water at a particular state of the tide : tide
5 : liquid containing or resembling water: such as
a(1) : a pharmaceutical or cosmetic preparation made with water
(2) : a watery solution of a gaseous or readily volatile substance — compare ammonia water
b archaic : a distilled fluid (as an essence) especially : a distilled alcoholic liquor
c : a watery fluid (such as tears, urine, or sap) formed or circulating in a living body
6a : the degree of clarity and luster of a precious stone
b : degree of excellence a scholar of the first water
8a : stock not representing assets of the issuing company and not backed by earning power
b : fictitious or exaggerated asset entries that give a stock an unrealistic book value
above water
: out of difficulty

water

verb
watered; watering; waters

Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to moisten, sprinkle, or soak with water water the lawn
2 : to supply with water for drink water cattle
3 : to supply water to lands watered by the river
4 : to treat with or as if with water specifically : to impart a lustrous appearance and wavy pattern to (cloth) by calendering
5a : to dilute by the addition of water often used with down water down the punch
b : to add to the aggregate par value of (securities) without a corresponding addition to the assets represented by the securities

intransitive verb

1 : to form or secrete water or watery matter (such as tears or saliva)
2 : to get or take water: such as
a : to take on a supply of water the boat docked to water
b : to drink water

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Synonyms & Antonyms for water

Synonyms: Verb

bathe, bedraggle, douse (also dowse), drench, drown, soak, sodden, sop, souse, wash, water-soak, waterlog, wet, wet down

Antonyms: Verb

dehydrate, desiccate, dry, parch, scorch, sear

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Examples of water in a Sentence

Noun

Would you like a glass of water? There's water dripping from the ceiling. The kids love playing in the water. A stick was floating on the water. They like to vacation near the water. We are sailing in international waters. They were fishing in Canadian waters.

Verb

We need to water the lawn. They fed and watered the horses in the barn. My eyes were watering as I chopped the onions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Considered the Grande Dame of Florida’s West Coast, the Ritz Carlton, Naples is an institution in Southwest Florida, known for its emerald water, low-key vibe, but also where a very moneyed crowd both resides and likes to play. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...The Ritz Carlton, Naples," 3 May 2019 To avoid this, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after handling chicken. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Should You Be Washing Chicken Before You Cook It?," 10 Apr. 2019 It can easily be vacuumed and spot-cleaned with mild soap and water. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "What is a Jute Rug?," 20 Feb. 2019 Add to that the lives saved via cleaner air and water, along with fatalities avoided by mitigating warming. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 All along the canals, a marvelous sense of composition, of balance between water, trees, buildings, and sky. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The large compartment is wrapped in a water resistant shell and zippers to keep your gear dry. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 May 2019 Here are some ways to keep your toddler safe by and in the water. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Toddler Swim Safety Tips, According to Swim Experts," 2 May 2019 From warm mineral-spring baths to the shrine at Lourdes, immersion in water has long been associated with healing powers. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Health Benefits of Aquatic Therapy," 21 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While Minas-Rio is now producing iron ore, the company took a $600 million hit on underlying Ebitda from a suspension of operations there in March following a leak in the 330-mile pipeline that carries watered-down iron ore to an export terminal. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Anglo American Boosts Profit and Cuts Debt Amid Turnaround," 21 Feb. 2019 Getty Images Following the premiere for the final season of Game of Thrones, Kit Harington has shared an eye-watering memory from on set of the first episode. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kit Harington Almost Lost a Testicle While Filming 'Game of Thrones'," 16 Apr. 2019 The name Thailand conjures up images of mouth-watering cuisine, ethnic hill tribe people and unspoiled beaches. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 Some more tips are to water wisely—every few days—and to keep your weeds under control, especially in the spring. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You’ll Never Guess The Number One Thing Buyers Look For When Purchasing a Home," 9 Apr. 2019 Walter Driver, chairman of the USGAs Championship Committee, ordered the grounds crew to water the greens then. Kevin Armstrong, latimes.com, "Shinnecock Hills Golf Club course seems ready to shape another U.S. Open champion," 12 June 2018 State regulators in consultation with local water agencies also will set limits on how much water can be used to water lawns and fill swimming pools. Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "No, Californians, you won't be fined $1,000 if you shower and do laundry the same day," 6 June 2018 Fire crews were going to go by the shop about every hour throughout the night in order to water the structural remains and let the fire continue to cool, fire officials said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Wind-whipped fire destroys 3-generation transmission shop in Phoenix," 12 Apr. 2018 Another measure would give cities and counties until 2025 to stop watering ordinary street medians. CBS News, "Could California drought restrictions slash water rights? Some think so," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of water

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for water

Noun

Middle English, from Old English wæter; akin to Old High German wazzar water, Greek hydōr, Latin unda wave

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above water

noun

Financial Definition of above water

What It Is

Above water is a term to describe being financially stable. In accounting, the term often refers to assets whose market value is higher than book value.

How It Works

For instance, let's say John Doe has $30,000 of credit card debt and has no savings. He gets a better job that pays him twice as much, enabling him to pay off his credit cards and start a retirement account. Finally, John is above water.

Similarly, let's say Company XYZ buys a robot for $10,000. It records the value of the asset as $10,000 on its balance sheet, and then it depreciates that asset by $1,000 a year. By the end of two years, the book value of the asset is therefore $8,000. However, the demand for these robots has skyrocketed and they are in short supply. Company XYZ could actually sell its two-year-old robot for $15,000 -- far more than its recorded value. The robot is above water.

Why It Matters

Above water is usually a good place to be. The phrase denotes financial stability. Its opposites are "underwater" or "treading water."

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water

noun

English Language Learners Definition of water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the clear liquid that has no color, taste, or smell, that falls from clouds as rain, that forms streams, lakes, and seas, and that is used for drinking, washing, etc.
: an area of water (such as a lake, river, or ocean)
: a specific area of water especially : an area of seawater

water

verb

English Language Learners Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

: to pour water on (something, such as a plant)
: to give (an animal) water to drink
of the eyes : to produce tears

water

noun
wa·​ter | \ ˈwȯ-tər How to pronounce water (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the liquid that comes from the clouds as rain and forms streams, lakes, and seas
2 : a body of water or a part of a body of water

water

verb
watered; watering

Kids Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to wet or supply with water I'm watering the plants.
2 : to fill with liquid (as tears or saliva) … Papa and the judge laughed until their eyes watered.— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
3 : to add water to Someone watered down the punch.

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water

noun
wa·​ter | \ ˈwȯt-ər How to pronounce water (audio) , ˈwät- How to pronounce water (audio) \

Medical Definition of water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0°C (32°F) and boils at 100°C (212°F), has a maximum density at 4°C (39°F) and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent
2 : liquid containing or resembling water: as
a(1) : a pharmaceutical or cosmetic preparation made with water
(2) : a watery solution of a gaseous or readily volatile substance — see ammonia water
b : a watery fluid (as tears or urine) formed or circulating in a living body
c : amniotic fluid often used in plural also : bag of waters

Medical Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form or secrete water or watery matter (as tears or saliva)

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