waterboarding

noun wa·ter·board·ing \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌbȯr-diŋ , ˈwä- \
Updated on: 23 Jan 2018

Definition of waterboarding

: an interrogation technique in which water is forced into a detainee's mouth and nose so as to induce the sensation of drowning

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First Known Use of waterboarding

2004


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