aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwä-tik How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -ˈkwa- How to pronounce aquatic (audio) \

Definition of aquatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : growing or living in or frequenting water aquatic mosquito larvae
2 : taking place in or on water aquatic sports



Definition of aquatic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an aquatic animal or plant
2 aquatics\ ə-​ˈkwä-​tiks How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -​ˈkwa-​ \ plural in form but singular or plural in construction : water sports

Other Words from aquatic


aquatically \ ə-​ˈkwä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -​ˈkwa-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for aquatic

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of aquatic in a Sentence

Adjective a lifelong fascination with sharks and other fearsome aquatic creatures
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The mystery snails aren't the only invasive aquatic species in the state. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, 15 June 2022 Ideally, community science research projects like the Dragonfly Mercury Project or aquatic invasive species monitoring would result in informed policy change. Elissa Welle, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 2022 Plus, see local aquatic species in the Ohio Lakes and Rivers portion of the aquarium. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 Nonnative aquatic species like zebra mussels hook onto boats and establish themselves in new water systems. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 At the main aquatic theme park, the new Tidal Surge pendulum ride swings riders back and forth up to 135 feet high at speeds up to 68 mph. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 In theory, the robotic approach could be used for other fish and non-aquatic species, as pretty much every animal feels fear. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 17 Dec. 2021 Weta Workshop is in a complex that began as a turn-of-the-century aquatic fun park, then became a psychiatric hospital. Tim Gray, Variety, 16 Dec. 2021 No seal will be safe once a young orphan helps a captive orca escape an aquatic park in this family-friendly 1993 drama. Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The aquatic remains date between 86,000 and 106,000 years ago and were discovered in a small, cramped room of cave of Figueira Brava. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 Golf Drive is close to schools and the Curtis Park-Holmes Aquatic Center, a summer aquatic, social and recreational hub. Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2020 The researchers extracted fat molecules from powdered samples of the ceramics to look for signs that meat from either aquatic or land animals had been cooked in them. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2020 The city will cap the number of people attending aquatics classes. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 29 May 2020 Those who want to go to aquatics centers will need to register in advance for time slots, masks are encouraged except when in the water, and the locker rooms and showers will be closed. Hunter Johnson, Dallas News, 22 May 2020 The southwest Valley suburb’s aquatics center, recreation center, senior center and both libraries remain closed until further notice. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, 15 May 2020 Crespi’s new aquatics center featuring a 50-meter Myrtha pool is scheduled to open in August. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2020 With several plans to choose from, 10 move-in ready homes and amenities including a 16-acre tennis and aquatics center, golf club, sportsplex, parks and trails and a lifestyle director, now is an ideal time to call Woodforest home. Houston Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of aquatic


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aquatic


see aqua


see aqua

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aquatic plant

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18 Jun 2022

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“Aquatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for aquatic


aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwä-tik How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -ˈkwa- \

Kids Definition of aquatic

: growing, living, or done in water aquatic animals


aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwät-ik How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -ˈkwat- How to pronounce aquatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of aquatic

: growing or living in or frequenting water aquatic mosquito larvae

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