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

After a five-day search, the bodies of the three victims were recovered from 116 feet of water, still strapped in their seats. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "A look back at JFK Jr.’s life and death on the 20th anniversary of his plane crash off Martha’s Vineyard," 16 July 2019 As always, drink lots of water, wear sunscreen and don't leave kids or pets in vehicles alone. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "'Oppressive' heat and humidity hitting Louisville area through the weekend," 16 July 2019 The digital illusion impressively has the dino then appearing to break the glass to create an effect of water seemingly hitting guests horizontally. Los Angeles Times, "What’s it like to ride the new Jurassic World ride at Universal Studios?," 16 July 2019 The boy was found in about 8 feet of water, crews said. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "9-year-old boy pulled from Mill Creek has died," 16 July 2019 Along one wall were dirty mattresses and containers of water. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: The 1976 Chowchilla bus kidnapping," 15 July 2019 In 2008, Chandrayaan-1 had found one of the earliest evidence of water on the moon. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India calls off its second lunar mission just an hour before launch," 14 July 2019 Many Elm Grove homes took in more than 2 feet of water, just like Traylor. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood residents file suit after hundreds of homes damaged during May floods," 13 July 2019 Most vegetable crops need a deep yet gentle soaking once per week — about an inch of water at a time. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow a Pumpkin Plant in Your Garden This Fall," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many people hear pilsner and think of a mass-market, watered-down American lager such as Miller Lite. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "Eight elite NW breweries to throw down in Pilsner Fest challenge," 3 July 2019 Like all other videos uploaded to the streaming behemoth, leftist YouTube content is fed and watered by the algorithm’s click-bait logic. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 Hand watering new plantings the first year instead of relying on an automatic sprinkler schedule gives better control and may prevent overwatering or underwatering. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "Ten tips to ensure a healthy lawn during a Colorado summer," 27 June 2019 At the heart of the exhibit is a field of colorful paper flowers sloping down a staircase, each fashioned from a special sort of construction paper that contains seeds and will eventually be planted and watered to yield wildflowers. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "These Engaging, Immersive Works Erase the Line Between Art and Audience," 19 June 2019 The facility is open year round for lap swim and water fitness classes like aqua zumba. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "7 sensational Bay Area pools to escape the heat," 10 June 2019 Also, plants watered by drip irrigation don’t end up with wet foliage from sprinkler spray, which can help prevent some foliage diseases. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Install a Drip Irrigation System in Your Garden," 17 July 2018 New trees and shrubs should be watered by hand every two or three days for their first year or two. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here, an expert's guide to help you maximize returns on time, expenses in gardening," 16 Feb. 2018 The beautifully manicured grounds are watered by an underground irrigation system. Karen A. Avitabile, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 5 Quarter Horse Drive, Ellington," 2 Nov. 2017

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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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