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water

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noun, often attributive wa·ter \ ˈwȯ-tər , ˈwä- \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of water

1 a :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
6 a :the degree of clarity and luster of a precious stone
b :degree of excellence
  • a scholar of the first water
8 a :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

Examples of water in a Sentence

  1. Would you like a glass of water?

  2. There's water dripping from the ceiling.

  3. The kids love playing in the water.

  4. A stick was floating on the water.

  5. They like to vacation near the water.

  6. We are sailing in international waters.

  7. They were fishing in Canadian waters.

Origin and Etymology of water

Middle English, from Old English wæter; akin to Old High German wazzar water, Greek hydōr, Latin unda wave

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water

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Definition of water

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
5 a :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

Examples of water in a Sentence

  1. We need to water the lawn.

  2. They fed and watered the horses in the barn.

  3. My eyes were watering as I chopped the onions.

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First Known Use of water

before 12th century


Financial Definition of WATER

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."


WATER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of water for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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Definition of water for English Language Learners

  • : to pour water on (something, such as a plant)

  • : to give (an animal) water to drink

  • of the eyes : to produce tears


WATER Defined for Kids

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water

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noun wa·ter \ ˈwȯ-tər , ˈwä- \

Definition of water for Students

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

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water

verb

Definition of water for Students

watered; watering
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.

Medical Dictionary

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water

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noun wa·ter \ ˈwȯt-ər , ˈwät- \

medical Definition of water

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

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water

intransitive verb

medical Definition of water

:to form or secrete water or watery matter (as tears or saliva)


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