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

The man had gone into the water to retrieve something — possibly a Frisbee — when the incident happened shortly after 7 p.m., Fire Rescue spokeswoman Ashley Gipson said. Dan Wine, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Man suffers 'possible gator bite' at Barnett Park in Orange County, authorities say," 13 July 2018 This collaboration with The Can Van riffed on Chris Farley’s iconic Saturday Night Live character Matt Foley and inspired a fan to climb into the water in a tweed coat. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "These 15 Sacramento-area beers have the cleverest names of any released in 2018," 12 July 2018 Steve Wilson had watched his three buddies each put on a wetsuit top, a mask and flippers and then disappear into the water inside a cave in rural Arkansas. Lindsey Bever, ajc, "The dramatic and tragic rescue of explorers trapped in a cave — 53 years ago in America," 10 July 2018 From above, the floating island juts out into the water in a rounded triangular shape and creates a Where’s Waldo tableau with hoards of people gathered around the geometric pools. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "BIG-designed harbor bath opens in Aarhus, Denmark," 9 July 2018 Gamble and Lyakh, both 30, were apparently trying to rescue Scraper, 29, who had slipped and was drawn into fast-moving water. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Three YouTubers Died in a Waterfall Swimming Accident in Canada," 7 July 2018 According to eyewitness reports, Megan Scraper slipped and fell 30 meters into fast-moving water just above the falls. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "3YouTube Daredevils Dead in Waterfall Accident," 7 July 2018 Per eyewitness accounts, reported on by CBC, Megan had reportedly fallen from a swimming area above the falls into the water below. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Three Youtube Vloggers Were Killed After Falling from a Waterfall in Canada," 6 July 2018 An employee at the swim club said another swimmer saw an adult Hispanic male jump into the water but never surfaced. Doug Donovan, Howard County Times, "Crews respond to water rescues at Beaver Dam Swimming Club, Patapsco River," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ideally, the toilets also will recycle water, possibly to water the plants. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘If you flush it, does it fly to the moon?’ S.F. unveils ‘spaceship’ public toilets," 12 June 2018 In its inaugural year of 2013, Greene Acres and the City of Broadview Heights fenced the entire garden and installed a water line for gardeners to water their plants. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Broadview Heights Spotlights performs Southern family drama: Talk of the Towns," 13 Apr. 2018 The point of watering plants is to wet the roots and all the soil around and below the roots. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "July in the garden," 5 July 2018 If the bulbs are growing in water anchored by rocks or marbles with no nutrients, plant the bulbs outdoors as soon as weather permits and keep the bulbs watered and fertilized so that the foliage stays nice and green. Nancy Brachey, charlotteobserver, "Tidy up Lenten roses for lovely season ahead," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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