wa·​ter·​logged | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlȯgd How to pronounce waterlogged (audio) , -ˌlägd, ˈwä- \

Definition of waterlogged

1 : so filled or soaked with water as to be heavy or hard to manage waterlogged boats
2 : saturated with water waterlogged soil

Examples of waterlogged in a Sentence

The ground was completely waterlogged. waterlogged soil that caused the roots of the potted plant to rot
Recent Examples on the Web Similar techniques are restoring peatlands, waterlogged landscapes that hold vast stores of carbon in thesoil, in Northern Ireland, potentially improving the quality of drinking water there. Katie Hunt, CNN, 23 July 2022 Mucklands are soils that are naturally a bit more waterlogged, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 13 July 2022 Tropical Storm Alex hit Florida Friday and Saturday with heavy winds and torrential rains, causing massive flooding in Miami that turned streets into rivers, stranded cars and wreaked havoc on the lives of its waterlogged residents. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, 6 June 2022 Arising from a creeping rhizome, the plant is capable of growing in a variety of soils, from average garden soils to waterlogged soils. BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2022 Waitstaff make a habit of delivering Swiss craft beer to waterlogged patrons. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 29 May 2022 The birds have a thin black collar-like band around their neck, which might be mistaken as a small waterlogged stick poking up from the sand. Freep.com, 27 May 2022 Not even Mother Nature’s heaviest downpour could put out the fire between McAdams and Gosling—who dated IRL after filming—in this waterlogged reunion. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 May 2022 Fecal samples are usually found in dry caves, desert areas, frozen areas, or waterlogged environments (like bogs), where desiccation, freezing, and similar processes preserve the fecal matter for posterity. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of waterlogged

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for waterlogged

water entry 1 + log to accumulate in the hold

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“Waterlogged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterlogged. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for waterlogged


wa·​ter·​logged | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlȯgd How to pronounce waterlogged (audio) , ˈwä-, -ˌlägd \

Kids Definition of waterlogged

: so filled or soaked with water as to be heavy or hard to manage


wa·​ter·​logged | \ -ˌlägd How to pronounce waterlogged (audio) \

Medical Definition of waterlogged

: edematous the scrotum and abdominal wall become waterlogged— R. L. Cecil & R. F. Loeb

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