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 Engineers need to pump out 120,000 metric tons of underground water every day, but the water level has dropped significantly. Ling Xin, Scientific American, "Powerful New Observatory Will Taste Neutrinos’ Flavors," 22 Sep. 2020 Isaias brought a storm surge of about 4 feet at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but the water level was more than 10 feet above normal. Anthony C. Didlake Jr., The Conversation, "What is a hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?," 14 Sep. 2020 King tides, which can raise the water level by a foot, are worse now than in past years, scientists believe, because of climate change that has led to rising sea levels. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Heavy rain is combining with king tides to submerge South Florida streets and contaminate beaches," 21 Oct. 2020 Recently, the Lower St. Anthony Falls lock and dam was opened and the Mississippi River’s water level dropped, creating a preview of a free-flowing river. Jack Distel, Star Tribune, "The Mississippi drawdown showed us what a free-flowing river would be like," 13 Oct. 2020 Boat owners were being instructed to remove their vessels from the Huntington Lake reservoir, where authorities plan to lower the water level. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Dry, mild weather for Bay Area, with temperatures heading up," 10 Oct. 2020 Understand tidal flow and the impact of recent or expected rain on water level surges. Sunset Magazine, "A River Runs Through It. Now What?," 30 Sep. 2020 Bob and Cheryl Koll have lived in the same cabin for 50 years in Motley, Minn. and watched the water level rise. Star Tribune, "No outlet for rising concern," 19 Sep. 2020 Lowering the water level will cause temporary changes to the lake aesthetics, the agency said. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "There’s good news about that foul odor around Lake Montebello: It’s temporary," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of water level

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Water level.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20level. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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