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
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, sodden, 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

Ursa Minor uses a water-resistant, breathable Sunbrella canvas to keep the bugs out and the temperature comfortable. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable pop-top transforms your van into a camper for $7K," 5 Dec. 2018 They're made with water-resistant suede on top of a rubber sole for better traction against snow and ice. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 According The Eagle, a newspaper covering Texas A&M and its surrounds, the body of water is stocked with fish, which the public can fish for on a catch-and-release basis. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George H.W. Bush To Be Buried at His Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas," 4 Dec. 2018 Despite the inclusion of the microUSB port, the Forma is IPX8 water-resistant just like the Oasis. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis," 22 Nov. 2018 Vibe, however, is more utilitarian: Instead of polished steel, it’s made of light, high-grade water-resistant plastic—wear it in the rain, but not the pool. Paul Schrodt, WSJ, "Mighty’s New Music Player Lets You Leave Your Phone Behind," 8 Nov. 2018 The cost: $120 at apple.com The good: The BeatsX is a comfortable, lightweight, water-resistant, neckband-style Bluetooth headphone with a secure in-ear fit and good sound quality. Cnet.com, The Seattle Times, "The best wireless headphones for running," 23 Oct. 2018 Lebermann discovered that the most indigenous method—which is known as earth plaster—involves fermenting barrel-cactus pads in water, creating an adhesive that is added to the local mud. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018 The New York Times’ Lisa Lerer and Alexander Burns have a rundown of the top Democratic senators who are getting ready to wade into the 2020 waters. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "2020 Democratic hopefuls are under pressure to build diverse teams," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Seeing other children along the way and getting to chat with the cowgirl who stopped to water her mules on the side of the trail kept them motivated. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite backpacking with kids is worth a few tears," 26 Apr. 2018 Every year, former Disney Broadway producer Don Frantz produces the interactive experience in which visitors encounter clues, tunnel slides, watering stations, musical entertainment and more. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Magnificent Manmade Mazes," 30 Sep. 2010 India, like China, is dealing with huge legacy problems in its financial sector, with bad loans at an eye-watering 11.6% of the total. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "Modi Mustn’t Flunk His Central Bank Test," 11 Dec. 2018 In other words, tackling both programs could cost an eye-watering $254 billion dollars. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Facing a Choice: Nukes or Ships?," 28 Nov. 2018 The complete system with all the accessories is priced at an eye-watering $395 for Kickstarter backers, while the core kit containing just the backpack and laptop sleeve is $165 with early-adopter pricing. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 Britain also offers a rebate of its sale tax—currently an eye-watering 20 percent—to foreign travelers, cutting costs of Coach and company even more. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chinese Tourists Are Changing the Travel Landscape," 2 Nov. 2018 The transfer fee alone is hefty enough, but Ronaldo has also signed a contract at the Bianconeri worth an eye-watering €30m per year. SI.com, "Journalist Reveals the Reason Why Man Utd Opted Against Re-Signing Cristiano Ronaldo," 11 July 2018 An eye-watering $1,399 for the full bundle, compared to $499 for the standard Vive at the moment. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Dead Island 2 revival, Kingdom Come: Deliverance DLC and Shenmue on PC," 6 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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