water strider

noun

Definition of water strider

: any of various long-legged bugs (family Gerridae) that move about on the surface of the water

Examples of water strider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Small, lightweight water striders, for instance, rely entirely on surface tension to stay afloat, while the larger, heavier basilisk lizards employ a slapping motion with their feet that creates pockets of air bubbles to keep from sinking. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 May 2020 Khila and Santos ground up the developing legs of the Rhagovelia water striders and sequenced the transcriptome — the complete suite of genes active in those tissues. Quanta Magazine, 19 Oct. 2017 Their secret asset is a special extendable structure on their middle leg resembling a Japanese fan, which no other water striders have. Quanta Magazine, 19 Oct. 2017 Small, lightweight water striders, for instance, rely entirely on surface tension to stay afloat, while the larger, heavier basilisk lizards employ a slapping motion with their feet that creates pockets of air bubbles to keep from sinking. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2018 Cool Creek Critters For ages 5-9, explore waterfalls and catch water striders. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of water strider

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Water strider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20strider. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for water strider

water strider

noun
water strid·​er | \ -ˈstrī-dər \

Kids Definition of water strider

: a bug with long legs that skims over the surface of water

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