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 Quinn, who owns a landscape business, has been volunteering several days a week at Gaddis Park, passing out food, water and other provisions to the homeless living there, picking up trash and doing landscape work for more than a year. Scott Carroll, oregonlive, 15 July 2021 If the food and water gets cut off, [if] supplies run out … what does that look like? Washington Post, 10 July 2021 Sporadic gunshots were heard in the distance, public transportation was scarce, and some people searched for businesses that were open for food and water. chicagotribune.com, 8 July 2021 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis advised residents to turn on weather alerts, prepare food and water for seven days, and to follow local evacuation orders as Elsa neared the state's coastline on Tuesday. CBS News, 8 July 2021 Sporadic gunshots were heard in the distance, public transportation was scarce, and some people searched for businesses that were open for food and water. Time, 8 July 2021 The animals reproduce exponentially and have few predators, and their demands mean food and water sources aren’t sustainable, according to the agency. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 As a general rule, researchers find that individualism in a country strongly predicts the average level of well-being, even when correcting for life expectancy, access to food and water, and other variables. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 8 July 2021 Clinton addressed the blitz of new voting restrictions, referencing efforts to remove names from voter registration rolls, limitations on drop boxes, early and absentee voting and restrictions on giving voters food and water in polling lines. Rachel Janfaza, CNN, 7 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The priority is to water efficiently and create a lean and green defensible space, clear of debris, to slow, resist or stop the spread of ground fires, said Weston Miller, an urban horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. oregonlive, 28 June 2021 To help any beloved trees in yards survive the drought and fight off pests, the best thing to do may be to water them, said Rachael Dube, forest health specialist for the DNR. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 To help crown thrive, water the lawn once a week to an inch deep. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2021 In Syracuse, residents are only allowed to water twice a week based on their address, enforced by the threat of fines. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 June 2021 Minimal attention required – just don't water too much. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 24 May 2021 The district’s recommendations include: • Hourly limits for residents to water their lawns or landscapes no more than three days a week. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 June 2021 After boiling eggs, soaking a garment in a bucket or bowl or after the ice in a bucket has melted, use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 Some of Shannon Greaver’s happiest childhood memories are of visiting her grandmother, Pauline Marsh, who lived two doors away, to help water her plants. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 26 Feb. 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

17 Jul 2021

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“Water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water. Accessed 23 Jul. 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

water

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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