: the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent
Would you like a glass of water?
There's water dripping from the ceiling.
The kids love playing in the water.
A stick was floating on the water.
They like to vacation near the water.
We are sailing in international waters.
They were fishing in Canadian waters. Verb
We need to water the lawn.
They fed and watered the horses in the barn.
My eyes were watering as I chopped the onions. See More
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Best Things to Do in Hot Springs Bathe in the thermal waters.—Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 24 Sep. 2023 Authorities responded to a call in Largo, in the Tampa Bay area, about a gator in the water about 1:50 p.m. on Friday.—Jamiel Lynch, CNN, 24 Sep. 2023 The trays are artfully arranged, with a wide paper bowl at the center containing dry noodles and any toppings that might benefit from being heated in the boiling water to come.—Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2023 Lacquers of roasted pecan caramel scented with orange blossom water added sneaky complexity.—Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2023 The water has accumulated at the plant since it was crippled by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011.—Mari Yamaguchi, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2023 But without the replenishment of Colorado River water, the Salton Sea is rapidly receding, exposing a dry and toxic lakebed to the wind.—Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 22 Sep. 2023 In their native, sometimes cloudy, waters, these jellyfish must use their vision to navigate around tree roots.—Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2023 The ratio to water is about the same: Use one 1 vinegar and 1 1/4 cup cold water.—Jasmine Smith, Southern Living, 10 Sep. 2023
In spring, plant these shrubs in part-shade where they can either be regularly watered or otherwise stay consistently moist.—Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 Avoid overhead watering of your black-eyed Susans if possible.—Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 Here’s to more mindful moments and meditative musings when watering!—Sunset Magazine, 6 Sep. 2023 Water birth is a very personal decision, one that requires much thought and research—because there's more to water birth than the tub.—Bekka Besich, Parents, 3 Sep. 2023 Hot temperatures cause plants to draw up liquids faster, so to avoid leaf burn, plants must be well watered before and after application of fertilizer, and fertilizers should be more dilute.—Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 Residents also shouldn’t consume uncooked produce from home gardens that have been watered with pressurized irrigation water, as washing may not remove all the bacteria.—Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 If that were to happen, Oswald said, Portlanders might be asked to restrict water use, including by not watering their gardens and lawns.—Gwozniac, oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2023 Put a layer of cardboard overlapped an inch or two and water it.—oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English wæter; akin to Old High German wazzar water, Greek hydōr, Latin unda wave
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
: the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major part of all living material and that is an odorless and tasteless compound having two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen per molecule
plural: an area of seawater bordering on and under the control of a country
sailing Canadian waters
: travel or transportation on water
came by water
: the level of water at a particular state of the tide : tide
: a liquid containing or resembling water
especially: a watery fluid (as tears, urine, or sap) formed or circulating in a living body
2 of 2verb
: to wet or supply with water
water the lawn
: to weaken by or as if by the addition of water
someone watered down the punch
: to form or give off water or watery matter (as tears or saliva)
: the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0°C (32°F) and boils at 100°C (212°F), has a maximum density at 4°C (39°F) and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent
: liquid containing or resembling water: as
: a pharmaceutical or cosmetic preparation made with water