water level


Definition of water level

1 : an instrument to show the level by means of the surface of water in a trough or in a U-shaped tube
2 : the surface of still water: such as
a : the level assumed by the surface of a particular body or column of water
b : the waterline of a vessel

Examples of water level in a Sentence

Check the water level of the swimming pool. We should have good water levels through the summer after all this rain.
Recent Examples on the Web Run it at the highest water level setting and the hottest temperature that is safe for the fabrics. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 Instead, a greater water level increase may come in spring, when mountain snowpack melts into spring runoff, feeding into the three rivers — Jordan, Weber and Bear — that help fill the lake. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 The latest water level forecast of 8 feet in Charleston on Saturday is rare for the area. NBC News, 5 Nov. 2021 Use the vertical slider to simulate water level rise, the resulting inundation footprint, and relative depth. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 4 Nov. 2021 Lake Powell, the second-largest reservoir on the Colorado River, is about to hit the lowest water level since it was filled in 1963, the Bureau of Reclamation said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 During a drought, use of deeper aquifers can lower the water level of shallow aquifers, which in turn, can disrupt domestic wells near irrigation well sites. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, 24 July 2021 Those challenges remain daunting, especially as the region’s aridification drops the water level behind Glen Canyon Dam in Lake Powell. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 16 Oct. 2021 Lastly, the scientists described the water level of Jezero's lake as fluctuating by tens of yards before its disappearance – though it is not known if the changes resulted from flooding or more gradual, environmental shifts. Julia Musto, Fox News, 8 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of water level

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of water level was circa 1560

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2 Dec 2021

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“Water level.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20level. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of water level

: the height of the surface of water in a lake, river, etc.

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