water table

noun

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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Nearly the entire 51-mile river bottom was paved with concrete, except for a few places where the water table was too high. Los Angeles Times, "South Gate charts new course to rear native fish that thrived before L.A.’s explosive growth," 17 Sep. 2019 Some graves are beneath the water table which requires search teams to pump out the water daily in order to excavate the site. Fox News, "Graves of more than 30 US Marines, sailors from WWII discovered on remote Pacific Island," 26 June 2019 On the island of Grand Bahama, Dorian ripped the roof off of an oil refinery, causing oil to spill into the water tables of the eastern part of the island. Natalie Meade, The New Yorker, "How Social Media Is Helping Survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas," 11 Sep. 2019 Roughly half of the Metrorail system is underground, much of it below the water table, so it is designed with 58 drainage pumping stations that can move more than 3 million gallons out of the system per day. Washington Post, "Here’s what you need to know about the afternoon commute following Monday morning’s flooding," 8 July 2019 Groundwater pumping is drastically lowering water tables in the floodplains. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "India’s holiest river is drying up," 9 Aug. 2019 The city of Biggs is in control of its own water table and also takes pride in its freedom from PG&E under Biggs Electric. Natalie Hanson, The Mercury News, "Small-town serenity sets Biggs apart in Northern California ‘housing catastrophe’," 29 July 2019 Discussion of the wording of one condition, that of a water table buffer, took several minutes. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Thompson Approves Another Gravel Mining Operation," 29 July 2019 Dried peat emits carbon dioxide, and to prevent that, the Indonesia government is requiring peatland concession holders to plug drains and raise the water table. Fred Pearce, WIRED, "Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of water table

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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water table

noun

English Language Learners Definition of water table

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

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