watertight

adjective
wa·​ter·​tight | \ ˌwȯ-tər-ˈtīt How to pronounce watertight (audio) , ˌwä- \

Definition of watertight

1 : of such tight construction or fit as to be impermeable to water except when under sufficient pressure to produce structural discontinuity
2 : leaving no possibility of misconstruction or evasion a watertight lease

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Other Words from watertight

watertightness noun

Examples of watertight in a Sentence

The doors are all watertight. The evidence against the defendant was watertight.
Recent Examples on the Web Arizona State University recently needed a watertight lobby in a student housing complex that could withstand a flash flood. Kimberly Miller, sun-sentinel.com, "This Palm Beach County business is front and center in fighting flooding," 5 Dec. 2019 Banks cannot promise a fixed maturity date, cannot guarantee coupons and cannot even provide a watertight pledge that the coupon will be paid before the dividend or bonuses. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "When Investing Is About the CEO’s Goodwill," 17 Feb. 2019 Employees enjoyed watertight contracts, thanks to an assertive, family-like union, and an attitude to aviation that put design and quality above all else. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "The 1997 merger that paved the way for the Boeing 737 Max crisis," 3 Jan. 2020 When police officers arrest a small-town English teacher and Little League coach for murder, the case looks watertight. New York Times, "8 New Books We Recommend This Week," 7 June 2018 The ripcord on one of the flares being carried over a crewman’s shoulder snagged on the edge of a watertight door. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 27 Aug. 2018 The ripcord on one of the flares being carried over a crewman’s shoulder snagged on the edge of a watertight door. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 27 Aug. 2018 The vessels are not watertight or pressurized, so a team of divers takes the pilots down, supplying them with air all the while. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Preposterous World of Human-Powered Submarine Racing," 9 Aug. 2017 Balanchine specialized in rhythmically watertight constructions that exist in brilliantly close counterpoint with their scores. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "City Ballet’s ‘Robbins 100’: Making Music Theatrical," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of watertight

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Watertight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watertight. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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watertight

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English Language Learners Definition of watertight

: put or fit together so tightly that water cannot enter or pass through
: too strong or effective to fail or to be defeated

watertight

adjective
wa·​ter·​tight | \ ˌwȯ-tər-ˈtīt How to pronounce watertight (audio) , ˌwä- \

Kids Definition of watertight

: so tight as to be waterproof The pipe's joints are watertight.

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