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\ ˈwȯ-​tərz How to pronounce water (audio) , ˈwä-​ \ 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 down water 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 Thousands are still struggling without electricity and water outside the metro area, and officials say oppressive heat is contributing to health problems and misery. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 The defense magazine Janes said the development of autonomous ground vehicles has lagged behind autonomous aircraft and boats because moving across land is far more complex than navigating water or air. Time, 13 Sep. 2021 But a few months later, when Texas' power grid failed during a winter storm, leaving millions without power, heat and water, Veteto began questioning her choice. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 Shortly after that, the man crashed his red SUV into the air and water station, causing the car to roll onto its roof, police said. oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2021 Clean your seed and suet feeders at least once every two weeks by scrubbing them with soap and water and then soaking them in a 10% bleach solution. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Sep. 2021 About 500 firefighters were working in shifts on the ground, assisted by 50 water-dropping airplanes and helicopters from the air. Aritz Parra, ajc, 13 Sep. 2021 Soap and water can do more damage than good when cleaning this kitchen cookware. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2021 But a few months later, when Texas’ power grid failed during a winter storm, leaving millions without power, heat and water, Veteto began questioning her choice. Danielle Abril And Gerrit De Vynck, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gadget comes in two versions, one that works for up to eight zones and another that can water up to 16 zones. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Sep. 2021 Aeroponics is an indoor, vertical farming system that doesn't require soil and can water consumption compared to traditional farming. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 5 Sep. 2021 Spread it on—try L'Oréal's Infallible Full Coverage Concealer—and water it down with setting mist, like the foundation. Elle Turner, Glamour, 25 Aug. 2021 All that’s needed is to seed it in, water a couple of times until the rains start, leave it through winter and dig or till it in spring. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2021 And those two locations have a very different relationship to the outdoors, and to water itself. Breeanna Hare, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 That’s when humans water their yards and gardens, leaving behind tiny mosquito breeding pools. Washington Post, 31 July 2021 In the city, white pick-up rentals dropped off private firefighters dispatched by insurance companies to water around homes and clean decks. chicagotribune.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Oakley started the season with residents being able to water their lawns every other day, but recently the city cut back watering to only two days per week. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 June 2021

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

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15 Sep 2021

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“Water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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water

noun

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
: 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.

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

water

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of water (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form or secrete water or watery matter (as tears or saliva)

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