water

noun, often attributive
wa·ter | \ˈwȯ-tər, ˈwä- \

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

d : amniotic fluid also : bag of waters

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, 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

In response to an initial records request by Lueders, Krug had produced more than 1,500 pages of records related to state policies on water. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Groups ask judges to tell Wisconsin lawmaker to provide electronic copies of public records," 13 July 2018 On the water at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in the Red Hook neighborhood, the series returns to New York for its second annual event, which will serve as the season finale this weekend. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 things to know about Formula E's championship race in New York," 13 July 2018 Float tubes provide a cooler alternative for getting out on the water. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "How to beat the heat on your fishing trips in Idaho’s summer sun," 12 July 2018 The Socrates Sculpture Park, right on the water, is an eccentric open-air museum and park where artists create sculptural works in an outdoor studio. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 The fact that bones were found on land is significant, since whales are often processed on the water. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Extinction in Their Home Waters," 11 July 2018 Now people as far away as Africa are hoping to get their hands on the water. Essence.com, "This Black-Owned Water Company Is Gaining Global Attention," 11 July 2018 Locals, most of them who live on the water, are anglers themselves, and everybody watches Bassmasters. Kyle Mcfadden, The Aegis, "Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament all set for new launch site in Flying Point Park," 10 July 2018 Meteorologists have advised people on the water to look out for strong winds and agitated seas. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "More rain forecast today in SE Texas," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His eyes were misty, which immediately brought her own eyes to water up a bit. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Alyson Stoner Releases "Who Do You Love" and Opens Up About Life Since Coming Out," 8 June 2018 Water pouring from the garage A neighbor alerted the Arnolds to water pouring from their garage in July 2016. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Goodyear homeowners battle company over black-mold removal," 16 May 2018 Even with the bill watered-down, the Family Forum still encouraged senators to vote against the proposal Tuesday -- irritating the video poker lobbyists who had negotiated with the group ahead of time. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana Senate approves removing some video poker regulations," 27 Mar. 2018 The good news is, that's where accessories like self-watering planters and plant watering globes (also called bulbs) come in. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This $8 Amazon Find Will Keep You From Killing Your Plants," 10 July 2018 Viera-Newton had heard about the lodge’s majestic views, endless list of outdoor activities, and mouth-watering food. Monica Mendal, Vogue, "Inside Harley Viera-Newton’s Dreamy Summer Trip to Blackberry Farm," 10 July 2018 Image Jose Luis Garcia was watering his lawn and drinking his morning coffee outside his home in Southern California last Sunday when federal immigration authorities showed up. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "A Legal Resident, an Arrest by ICE and Father’s Day in Jail," 17 June 2018 Kass Smiley was watering flowers near the intersection of I Street and 13th Avenue in Anchorage's South Addition neighborhood around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when a bear with dark brown fur raced by, headed north. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, an elusive cinnamon-colored black bear sprinted through downtown Anchorage," 13 June 2018 Jeff Heinrich, who was watering a baseball field at the school and was off duty when the shooting started. Stephen Hobbs, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cop says he was told gunman was still in Parkland school," 4 May 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)

waters : 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, 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, ˈwät- \

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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