water

noun, often attributive
wa·​ter | \ ˈwȯ-tər How to pronounce water (audio) , ˈwä- How to pronounce water (audio) \

Definition of water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
b : a natural mineral water usually used in plural
2 : a particular quantity or body of water: such as
a(1) waters\ ˈwȯ-​tərz How to pronounce waters (audio) , ˈwä-​ \ plural : the water occupying or flowing in a particular bed
(2) chiefly British : lake, pond
b : a quantity or depth of water adequate for some purpose (such as navigation)
c waters plural
(1) : a band of seawater abutting on the land of a particular sovereignty and under the control of that sovereignty
(2) : the sea of a particular part of the earth
d : water supply threatened to turn off the water
3 : travel or transportation on water we went by water
4 : the level of water at a particular state of the tide : tide
5 : liquid containing or resembling water: such as
a(1) : a pharmaceutical or cosmetic preparation made with water
(2) : a watery solution of a gaseous or readily volatile substance — compare ammonia water
b archaic : a distilled fluid (as an essence) especially : a distilled alcoholic liquor
c : a watery fluid (such as tears, urine, or sap) formed or circulating in a living body
6a : the degree of clarity and luster of a precious stone
b : degree of excellence a scholar of the first water
8a : stock not representing assets of the issuing company and not backed by earning power
b : fictitious or exaggerated asset entries that give a stock an unrealistic book value
above water
: out of difficulty

water

verb
watered; watering; waters

Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to moisten, sprinkle, or soak with water water the lawn
2 : to supply with water for drink water cattle
3 : to supply water to lands watered by the river
4 : to treat with or as if with water specifically : to impart a lustrous appearance and wavy pattern to (cloth) by calendering
5a : to dilute by the addition of water often used with downwater down the punch
b : to add to the aggregate par value of (securities) without a corresponding addition to the assets represented by the securities

intransitive verb

1 : to form or secrete water or watery matter (such as tears or saliva)
2 : to get or take water: such as
a : to take on a supply of water the boat docked to water
b : to drink water

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for water

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of water in a Sentence

Noun 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Getting the opportunity to compete on the open water was a cause for celebration. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament Summer Slam a welcome reprieve to anglers," 10 Sep. 2020 My favorite part of it all was the view from my kayak, 300 yards out on the water. Jordan Salama, New York Times, "Off the Shore, Finding Sharks and Freedom," 10 Sep. 2020 Growing up in the French coastal city of Marseille, Sarah Leïla Payan has long been inspired by the way light plays on water. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "15 Photography Students Capture the Season’s Standout Bags," 9 Sep. 2020 The Apple Marina Bay Sands store is the first to actually sit on the water, connected to land via a dock and walkway. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Apple Is Opening a Gorgeous, Floating Store in Singapore's Marina Bay," 9 Sep. 2020 Red flags signify extremely hazardous conditions on the water, and the possibility of rip currents. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "18-year-old missing, presumed drowned in Lake Michigan as rough water closes beach," 8 Sep. 2020 Amphibious duck boats can give passenger tours on water and on land. Kay Jones, CNN, "Judge recommends dropping charges against 3 in a duck boat sinking that killed 17 people," 7 Sep. 2020 Developed in collaboration with professional rowers, the Newport Plus Adjustable Resistance Rower delivers the feel, sight, and sound of real on-water rowing. Popular Science, "Work up a sweat from home with amazing deals on home fitness equipment," 5 Sep. 2020 In Utqiaġvik, on Aug. 25, the Makalik Crew and Quuniq Crew were the only two on the water, Michael Donovan said. Jenna Kunze, Anchorage Daily News, "Teenager helps land Utqiagvik’s first whale of fall season," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Volunteers can water, plant and plow the fields, Tim Winter said. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Volunteers are still needed for Menomonee Falls' all-inclusive nature facility. Here's how you can help.," 9 Sep. 2020 The Assistance League of Los Angeles has shared a few photos from the visit on Instagram today, which show the royal couple all masked up and helping kids to water the flowers. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Plant Forget-Me-Nots at a Preschool in Honor of Princess Diana," 1 Sep. 2020 That's because the ingredient, a molecule that occurs naturally in the skin, binds to water to plump up your skin and give it that dewy, glowy effect. Isadora Baum, Allure, "What Is Hyaluronic Acid, and How Does It Benefit Your Skin?," 23 Aug. 2020 Mulching also reduces the need to water and moderate soil temperatures. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill dishes on the top mistakes local gardeners make, and how to avoid them," 12 Aug. 2020 Keep your roses in a sunny spot and continue to water every other day. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How to Grow New Roses With Cuttings From Your Garden," 14 July 2020 For succulents, wait until the soil is bone dry — and then some — to water again. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Helpful Tips for Growing Healthy Succulents," 21 May 2020 That’s more than enough to water all the potted plants that sit around my house. Steve Bender, Southern Living, "Don’t Waste a Drop!," 18 Aug. 2020 Do not water if the soil still feels slightly damp and the plants look good. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill dishes on the top mistakes local gardeners make, and how to avoid them," 12 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'water.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of water

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for water

Noun

Middle English, from Old English wæter; akin to Old High German wazzar water, Greek hydōr, Latin unda wave

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about water

Time Traveler for water

Time Traveler

The first known use of water was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for water

Last Updated

14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for water

water

noun
How to pronounce water (audio) How to pronounce water (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the clear liquid that has no color, taste, or smell, that falls from clouds as rain, that forms streams, lakes, and seas, and that is used for drinking, washing, etc.
: an area of water (such as a lake, river, or ocean)
: a specific area of water especially : an area of seawater

water

verb

English Language Learners Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

: to pour water on (something, such as a plant)
: to give (an animal) water to drink
of the eyes : to produce tears

water

noun
wa·​ter | \ ˈwȯ-tər How to pronounce water (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the liquid that comes from the clouds as rain and forms streams, lakes, and seas
2 : a body of water or a part of a body of water

water

verb
watered; watering

Kids Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to wet or supply with water I'm watering the plants.
2 : to fill with liquid (as tears or saliva) … Papa and the judge laughed until their eyes watered.— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
3 : to add water to Someone watered down the punch.

water

noun
wa·​ter | \ ˈwȯt-ər How to pronounce water (audio) , ˈwät- How to pronounce water (audio) \

Medical Definition of water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : liquid containing or resembling water: as
a(1) : a pharmaceutical or cosmetic preparation made with water
(2) : a watery solution of a gaseous or readily volatile substance — see ammonia water
b : a watery fluid (as tears or urine) formed or circulating in a living body
c : amniotic fluid often used in plural also : bag of waters

Medical Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form or secrete water or watery matter (as tears or saliva)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on water

What made you want to look up water? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!