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.
Recent Examples on the Web Locally, the community’s two shallow, tainted wells were faltering because of drought and the trend of growers digging deeper wells, lowering the water table. Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2021 If the flows were allowed to raise the underground aquifer’s level high enough, the water table could reach the landfill and contaminate the water. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Kushner was also treating the slow way the transformations of the civil-rights movement seeped into the Louisiana water table. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 Jeanine Jones, the interstate resources manager for the Department of Water Resources, said the state would need about 140% of its average precipitation to reset the water table. Laura Anaya-morga, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 Rain might not raise the water table much, says Smith, a biologist who manages the refuge. Tammy Webber, Chron, 9 Sep. 2021 But as pumping lowered the water table, the trees soon died. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Since water cannot be recycled in many active water toys, the most environmentally friendly option is a water table, which only requires a single fill and not the constant running of the hose. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Citing the company’s own studies, environmental groups contend that nearby wells would still be threatened by coal ash stored below the water table. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of water table

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Nov 2021

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“Water table.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20table. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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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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