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 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

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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 Power outages and water shortages that spread throughout the country starting in March have fueled protests against Maduro, but an effort by his opponents to seize control at the end of April fizzled. Washington Post, "The Standoff in Venezuela, Explained," 18 Sep. 2019 Planning for adequate water pressure has been a challenge because of the area’s relatively high elevation. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester subdivision approved," 17 Sep. 2019 The five adaption strategies include investing in early warning systems, building more durable infrastructure and improving water management. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Is The Tech Sector Going On Climate Strike? — The Loop," 17 Sep. 2019 Counter-protesters were chucking sticks, cans, and water bottles. Ian Shapira, Anchorage Daily News, "The parking garage beating lasted 10 seconds. DeAndre Harris still lives with the damage.," 17 Sep. 2019 Trump’s obsession with his more popular predecessor extends to the water fountain. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Trump EPA’s Dirty Water Act," 17 Sep. 2019 Anne Smrcina, the education and outreach coordinator for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, said the wreck of the Portland sits in over 400 feet of water southeast of Cape Ann. BostonGlobe.com, "It was the New England’s greatest steamship disaster at the time, and later became known as the “Titanic of New England.”," 17 Sep. 2019 Oceanographer Melissa Carter measures water temperatures and algae levels. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Pacific Ocean "blob" harming marine life made worse by climate change," 16 Sep. 2019 Starry stonewort can grow in water depths of up to nearly 20 feet, out-competes other vegetation and can foul watercraft motors. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An invasive species called starry stonewort has spread to Lake Country waters," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The surface was watered and rolled to a firm consistency that inevitably softened by halftime, driving opponents crazy, the mush neutralizing any advantage of speed or talent. Los Angeles Times, "Trona High’s once-mighty Sandmen fight to keep football alive in wake of earthquakes," 28 Aug. 2019 So really, nobody’s thinking about watering the tomatoes right now! Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Hate to break it to you, but you're already not watering your garden enough," 7 June 2019 In 2009, Oregon State veterinary scientists confirmed that a Husky was killed by toxins found in blue-green algae after playing in Douglas County waters linked to at least three other canine deaths. oregonlive, "Dog’s sudden death after playing at Portland riverfront park prompts concerns about toxic algae," 9 Sep. 2019 These succulents enjoy full to partial sun in warmer climates, and should be watered thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Spooky Black Succulents Exist, And They’re Perfect for Halloween," 5 Sep. 2019 Try the Rachio controller and download its app to remotely schedule watering your lawn or garden. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon’s End-of-Summer Daily Deal Discounts Lawn Equipment and Patio Furniture," 4 Sep. 2019 No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake This chocolate cheesecake from Wholesome Yum has our mouths watering at the sight of it. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "6 Chocolate Desserts You Won't Believe Are Keto," 29 Aug. 2019 They’ve been systematically deprived of their livelihood by the elements and political choices, including decisions aimed at watering the Central Valley instead of coastal waterways where salmon spawn. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Right-wingers again demonize the tiny delta smelt to protect Big Agriculture," 12 Aug. 2019 Town officials, caught off guard, banned the village’s 3,500 residents from washing cars and watering lawns. ... Scott Patterson, WSJ, "Lowville Had Lots of Water. Then String Cheese Came to Town.," 5 June 2019

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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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31 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for water

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

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above water

noun

Financial Definition of above water

What It Is

Above water is a term to describe being financially stable. In accounting, the term often refers to assets whose market value is higher than book value.

How It Works

For instance, let's say John Doe has $30,000 of credit card debt and has no savings. He gets a better job that pays him twice as much, enabling him to pay off his credit cards and start a retirement account. Finally, John is above water.

Similarly, let's say Company XYZ buys a robot for $10,000. It records the value of the asset as $10,000 on its balance sheet, and then it depreciates that asset by $1,000 a year. By the end of two years, the book value of the asset is therefore $8,000. However, the demand for these robots has skyrocketed and they are in short supply. Company XYZ could actually sell its two-year-old robot for $15,000 -- far more than its recorded value. The robot is above water.

Why It Matters

Above water is usually a good place to be. The phrase denotes financial stability. Its opposites are "underwater" or "treading water."

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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.

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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)

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