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

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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 At the Family Place, a domestic violence shelter in Dallas, the power had been out for two days when the waterlogged ceiling caved in, unleashing a freezing waterfall onto the 120 women and children seeking refuge there. New York Times, "Cracked Pipes, Frozen Wells, Offline Treatment Plants: A Texan Water Crisis," 18 Feb. 2021 Print crosswords may be superior in bathtubs (fewer waterlogged devices), on beaches (less glare), and off the grid (no Wi-Fi, no problem). Liz Maynes-aminzade, The New Yorker, "The New Yorker Crossword Will Now Appear in Every Print Issue of the Magazine," 8 Feb. 2021 By Sunday afternoon, divers had retrieved items from the plane in waters northwest of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta: chunks of fuselage, airplane wheels and waterlogged children’s clothes. New York Times, "Indonesia Crash Thwarts Push to Rehabilitate Country’s Airlines," 10 Jan. 2021 Conclusion: these proteins could be excellent biomarkers for helping establish time of death in waterlogged corpses. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists ID potential biomarkers to peg time of death for submerged corpses," 26 Dec. 2020 Earth may be a waterlogged steaming mess, but those who are stuck here make do. Tade Thompson, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘ars longa’ by Tade Thompson," 18 Dec. 2020 Generally, keep these plants in bright light for best performance and keep the soil evenly moist but never waterlogged. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "These flowering plants are perfect for gifts that spread holiday cheer," 12 Dec. 2020 Contamination will be a concern for some cities Although summer precipitation will be less reliable, winter and spring are expected to get quite a bit more waterlogged. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "5 things you need to know about how climate change will affect Indiana's drinking water," 24 Nov. 2020 These super-sweet strawberry rainboots are the perfect gift for any family plagued by waterlogged baby shoes. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "30 of the best gifts you can get from Carter's," 6 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of waterlogged was in 1759

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26 Feb 2021

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“Waterlogged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterlogged. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of waterlogged

: filled or soaked with water


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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