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 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 Instructions: Bring 5 quarts of water to boil and add salt. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Cheesy, Chopped Barbecue-Stuffed Pasta Shells," 11 Jan. 2021 Finding your way around a body of water is often synonymous with finding fish. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons Your Boat Needs a Marine GPS," 7 Jan. 2021 Boneless beef chuck works, too, but needs an extra 1 cup of water and must cook for 1½ hours before the carrots are added. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three hearty stews that let you skip a step," 5 Jan. 2021 The straws freeze quickly leaving you with a bag full of water and no way to drink it. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "8 Ways to Make Winter Hiking Better," 5 Jan. 2021 The diet does recommend increasing fiber intake gradually in the beginning and drinking three liters of water a day. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is the F-Factor Diet? Here’s What You Need to Know," 4 Jan. 2021 The astronauts will explore the moon's south pole, with a focus on conducting experimental science and learning more about the origin of water on the moon among other science goals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "3 missions prepare to explore Mars and other space news to expect in 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 The building flooded, with more than 3 feet of water later pumped out of the basement. Arkansas Online, "Nashville AT&T blast outages raise telecom network worries," 1 Jan. 2021 After the capsule was hoisted out of the water onto a recovery ship, Behnken and Hurley were helped out feet first. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "A triumphant year in space despite a difficult 2020, and Florida was at the center of it all," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mouths will water over the super-thick apple cinnamon and oatmeal English muffins, a triple-cheese and caramelized onion quiche, Canadian-style bacon, blueberry coffee cake and pumpkin butter. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The yummiest, prettiest holiday gift baskets for everyone on your list," 14 Dec. 2020 Without a thermometer on hand, getting spot-on tap water for your kitchen adventures—110 degrees to bloom yeast, or 65 to water a particularly picky potted herb, for example—is a game of guesswork. Popular Science, "The 8 most helpful new home products of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 For decades, Ohio EPA sent teams of biologists out to water basins throughout the state to take a census of the wildlife. Beth Burger, USA TODAY, "Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues," 31 Oct. 2020 Leah uses to water her flowers, and splash in the mud on a summer day. USA Today, "Her memory of the midnight attack was muddled, but her battered body bore the story.," 17 Dec. 2020 Gardeners only need to water Philodendrons every one to two weeks. NBC News, "Best indoor plants and how to care for them: Indoor plants guide," 2 Dec. 2020 Drilling the first hole, the location chosen from years of triangulation of trees and points along the lakeshore, furthered the magnificent morning with a break-through to water at only about 10 inches. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Forming new rituals on a perfect day of ice fishing on a frozen Alaska lake," 28 Nov. 2020 For decades, Ohio EPA sent teams of biologists out to water basins throughout the state to take a census of the wildlife. Beth Burger, USA TODAY, "Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues," 31 Oct. 2020 For decades, Ohio EPA sent teams of biologists out to water basins throughout the state to take a census of the wildlife. USA Today, "Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues," 29 Oct. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for water

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.

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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