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\ ˈwȯ-​tərz How to pronounce water (audio) , ˈwä-​ \ 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

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 affordable earbuds fit most ears and are water-resistant. Jeffrey Harper, chicagotribune.com, "Best cheap wireless earbuds," 9 Apr. 2021 Any mistake or accident on the water can make waves throughout the global supply chain. Author: Taylor Telford, Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, "Essential, invisible: COVID has 200,000 merchant sailors stuck at sea," 9 Apr. 2021 Any mistake or accident on the water can make waves throughout the global supply chain. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Essential, invisible: Covid has 200,000 merchant sailors stuck at sea," 9 Apr. 2021 New this year: Boat Rentals of America has introduced a fun way for friends and family to gather on the water: donut boats. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Donut boats have come to Arizona. Here's how to rent them and other boats at Tempe Town Lake," 8 Apr. 2021 While on a fishing outing their boat took on water and sunk. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Competitive Swimmer Rescues Boy, 3, Whose Fishing Boat Sank on N.J. Lake: 'She's Just So Awesome'," 8 Apr. 2021 Sometimes ducks come to float on the water as well. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Follow Dante’s Footsteps Through Italy," 8 Apr. 2021 Coming in fun, kid-friendly patterns, these rain boots by Carter’s are made from 100-percent water-resistant rubber and are lined with moisture-absorbing cotton to ensure dry, comfortable feet. Mili Godio, NBC News, "Best rain boots sales 2021: Hunter, J. Crew, Sperry and more," 7 Apr. 2021 The whole bag is water resistant to help avoid any component damage if you get caught in the rain, and has a TPU-padded, scratch-proof interior to make sure that no dust or dirt causes any cosmetic damage to your favorite electronics. Jon Martindale, Forbes, "8 Roomy Laptop Backpacks And Bags To Move Your Portable Workstation In Safety And Style," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Owens enlisted a swath of connections — Anton’s Service Inc., Iron Horse Trucking, Hawthorne Rentals, and Lakeside Equipment Sales and Rentals — to help move, dig and water the trees. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lakeside school district, county team up with locals to save trees," 9 Apr. 2021 The first order of business is to feed and water the sheep. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, "The Silent Farm for Developmental Disabilities," 3 Apr. 2021 This reel comes with a 65-foot hose and a seven-pattern nozzle to water anything around your yard. Martha Sorren, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 10 Best Garden Hoses for Watering All Your Plants," 5 Mar. 2021 Surroz said participants will receive instructions to nurture the tree, and a five-gallon bucket to water it. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Tree-planting program aims to make Waukegan a little greener," 25 Feb. 2021 But why cast actual survivors in a drama about their struggle, then invent a new, less vulnerable character just to water it down? Wilfred Chan, Vulture, "What Nomadland Gets Wrong About Gig Labor," 22 Feb. 2021 This rivalry can work in our favor, however, when leather boots and other outerwear become less permeable to water with a healthy coating of animal fat. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Uses for Animal Fat in the Wild," 20 Jan. 2021 Minimize your hair's exposure to water overall, too. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is a Silk Press?," 14 Jan. 2021 Bundled in watch caps and jackets, the agents started engines, headed to water off Imperial Beach and began puttering through darkness, blue lights flashing and white searchlight sweeping the surface. New York Times, "Risking Everything to Come to America on the Open Ocean," 28 Jan. 2021

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

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Last Updated

12 Apr 2021

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“Water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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.

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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