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 downwater 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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 The group sets out at 8 a.m., so arrive by 7:45 to register; bring $20 cash and a backpack for water (and adult beverages). National Geographic, "Here’s Mardi Gras like you’ve never seen it," 12 Feb. 2020 When the pasta is al dente, use tongs to transfer it to the frying pan, reserving the pasta water, and return the pan to medium heat. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Repertoire: Spaghetti al Limone With Chiles and Dungeness Crab," 12 Feb. 2020 The careful calibration of salt, water, food, rest, movement, temperature, meditation, purpose, and connection. Jessica Slice, Glamour, "What Are You Doing Right Now? I’m in Chronic Pain," 12 Feb. 2020 These should be melted gently to keep the water and fat from separating, which can make the cheese appear greasy or curdled. Justin Ward, ExpressNews.com, "How to pick the meltiest cheeses," 11 Feb. 2020 Roads leading to the park will remain closed until they can be cleared of water and debris and stabilized, officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation and National Park Service said. Madeline Holcombe And Dave Alsup, CNN, "Mount Rainier National Park closed indefinitely as mudslides and flooding turn roads into riverbeds," 11 Feb. 2020 Ocean currents form a complex web of underwater highways that move water and heat around the globe. NBC News, "Climate change models predicted ocean currents would speed up — but not this soon," 11 Feb. 2020 In Antarctica, the plates of ice flow out onto the water and float. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Big (Yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat," 11 Feb. 2020 Simply put, warmer air holds more water and dumps heavier rain. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Torrential rain hits Southeast as forecast warns of major spring flooding," 10 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The key to caring for succulents is to hardly ever water them. NBC News, "Kill all your plants? These low-maintenance options require minimal watering," 14 Jan. 2020 Marco spent nearly 10 weeks last spring growing and caring for his cabbage by giving it special planter food, watering it each day and giving it medicine once a week. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Student from Clemens Crossing Elementary in Columbia wins award for growing massive cabbage," 20 Nov. 2019 Epicurean Sanctum If the sidewalks were made of polished marble and the live oaks watered with Perrier, perhaps this high-falutin’ name would fit perfectly. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Fabulous Food Land, Gourmet Grotto, Hell on Earth: Readers’ best proposed names for Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, ranked," 30 Sep. 2019 Fertilize them by watering with diluted fish emulsion, seaweed extract, or compost tea. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Lunchboxes, watering cans, bird cages and flour sifters can be filled with these ornamental, hardy plant gems. Clare Miers, star-telegram, "'Always a talking piece': Hardy succulents encourage container creativity | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Apr. 2018 Already, the town — where temperatures can reach 115 degrees in the summer — has stopped watering some public spaces, and each resident is restricted to 280 liters of water per day, about 74 gallons. New York Times, "As Water Runs Low, Can Life in the Outback Go On?," 8 Dec. 2019 O’Connor emphasizes the importance of making sure a tree is constantly checked and watered. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Rob Lowe Waters His Christmas Tree with 7-UP. Is That a Good Idea?," 6 Dec. 2019 Your approach next year should be to fertilize and water your lawn just a bit more aggressively. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Night-blooming cereus can be repotted now if you have a greenhouse," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for water

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The first known use of water was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for water

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
How to pronounce water (audio) How to pronounce water (audio)

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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