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 water (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 down water 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for water

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reusable food storage bags can be cleaned like any other dish, with soap and water. Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2022 Wet 4 layers of cheesecloth with water and line the sieve or colander with the cheesecloth. Beth Segal, cleveland, 15 Jan. 2022 Yell and make loud noises, shake or throw pop cans filled with coins, throw a ball, shoe, sticks or other objects or spray the coyote with water. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Jan. 2022 These are lichens that live off water and nutrients from the air. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Jan. 2022 Zane Wedding went swimming in Auckland, New Zealand on Jan. 7 and left believing his ears became blocked with water. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 Moisten the rim of a glass with a citrus wedge or some water and dip it into a bowl of sugar, to coat the top half-inch or so of the glass with sugar. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 13 Jan. 2022 The mining process creates a slurry of quartz sand, water and toxic chemicals, which is kept in huge reservoirs called tailings ponds that are so big they can be seen from outer space. Vipal Monga, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 The pipeline's owner said 315,000 gallons of fuel with some water mixed in had been skimmed and recovered, primarily from the ponds. CBS News, 13 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While less rainfall may yield a smaller output, the Cranes remain committed to relying on Mother Nature to do her thing rather than bringing in less environmentally-friendly reinforcements to water the vines and create the necessary moisture. Joey Skladany, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Dec. 2021 The best thing to do will be to monitor the soil moisture more carefully and water more if needed throughout the fall. chicagotribune.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Just water them more often and watch the direct sunlight. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The mayor and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox urged people not to water more than twice a week. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Dec. 2021 If the air outside was cold, or if so much as a fan swept air through my room, my eye would water uncontrollably. Ariel Henley, Wired, 6 Dec. 2021 To water the roots of plants without disturbing their foliage, Ms. Colletti targets her actions, using a spray bottle on the stream setting. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 The two neighbors use the tanks to water their backyard gardens. Tara Adhikari, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Nov. 2021 On the 12th hole at NorthStar Golf Club, bad hole placement caused some players to have to putt upwards of 10 times, an issue that went further when the OHSAA decided to water the hole, but only after half the golfers had already played through. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2021

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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

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“Water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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water

noun

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
: 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

water

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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