water table


Definition of water table 

1 : a stringcourse or similar member when projecting so as to throw off water

2 : the upper limit of the portion of the ground wholly saturated with water

Examples of water table in a Sentence

Heavy rainfall has caused the water table to rise.

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Higher up on the road, the ground water table is much deeper. Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "This Miami street could be the blueprint for how the city handles sea level rise," 28 June 2018 The oozing fissures are draining the lava lake on Kilauea’s summit; if the lava level falls below the water table, the inflow of water will vaporize, building pressure under a plug of fallen rocks and debris. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Huge Burst of Ash and ‘Vog’ from Kilauea Puts Hawaii on Red Alert," 16 May 2018 The clock begins to tick when the magma drops below the water table, which is likely to happen in mid-May, Swanson said. Fox News, "Kilauea volcano could launch 10-ton ballistic boulders in dramatic explosion," 11 May 2018 In recent years, management plans have also had to consider impacts on streams, soil, air quality, wildlife, and the water table. Luc Forsyth, National Geographic, "For Cash and Pride, Replanting Canada's Forests by the Millions," 8 June 2018 Rampant, uncontrolled mining also uses huge amounts of groundwater, pushing the water table ever lower. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 While the country has invested billions of dollars in desalination and wastewater recycling plants, a five-year drought has plunged Israel’s water tables to the lowest level in about 100 years, according to the Israel Energy and Water Ministry. Shira Rubin, USA TODAY, "The Middle East's first natural history museum is designed like Noah's Ark," 29 June 2018 The water table in Punjab, a state that soaks up an inordinate share of price-support subsidies, has been dropping by about a metre a year. The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 2018 The water table has retreated both in the flower-growing area of Naivasha, which lies 62 miles northwest of the capital, and in Nanyuki, about 100 miles north of Nairobi. Isaiah Esipisu, The Christian Science Monitor, "In sustainability search, Kenya studies the unknown depths of its aquifers," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of water table

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of water table

: the highest underground level at which the rocks and soil in a particular area are completely wet with water

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