Definition of water
- threatened to turn off the water
- we went by water
- a scholar of the first water
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.
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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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before 12th century
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.
Above water is usually a good place to be. The phrase denotes financial stability. Its opposites are "underwater" or "treading water."
: 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
: to pour water on (something, such as a plant)
: to give (an animal) water to drink
of the eyes : to produce tears
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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