: 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
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. See More
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Their boat was taking on water but not enough to sink it entirely.
Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2022 The Brazilians insisted the water in their hotel pool be heated to exactly 90 degrees and the New Zealanders asked for golf lessons.
Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2022 The boy’s mother, Melissa Stanton, said her son was fascinated by water, according to a report by WFTV-Channel 9.
Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel, 24 Nov. 2022 When closed, the water helps form an airtight seal, which keeps the butter fresh while the crock is left unrefrigerated.
Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 24 Nov. 2022 Another detail in that set to look out for is the reflecting pond, which has a sculpture of Ophelia rising out of its black water.
Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 23 Nov. 2022 There’s truth to both arguments, and the safety net has, in fact, helped many people temporarily keep their heads above water.
Matt Weidinger, National Review, 23 Nov. 2022 If given lots of space, with the proper diet and water conditions, carp species, including goldfish and koi, have the potential for a large amount of growth, which explains Carrot's impressive size.
Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 As its name suggests, the key to this formula is hyaluronic acid, an ingredient known for its water-retaining abilities and hydrating properties.
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None of the Park Ridge Garden Club’s members had to lift a finger to water hanging baskets at the plant sale Saturday.Chicago Tribune, 24 May 2022 Some point to the drier-than-usual climate, which caused Californians to water their lawns and gardens more often than usual at the start of the year.Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 If one of your shrubs or newly planted trees begins to wilt, water it generously at the base so that the root ball is soaked.
Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 30 July 2020 Sound in theory, the rule likely won’t come into play without attempts to water it down from businesses, like Uber and DoorDash, that save massively on labor costs thanks to the gig system.
Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 12 Oct. 2022 In early fall, sow seeds directly into beds, and water them every couple of days.
Nevin Martell, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 Be sure to water it when the soil is dry to the touch — every week or so.
Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 21 Sep. 2022 One of the trickiest parts of growing houseplants for me is knowing (and remembering) how much to water them.
Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Sep. 2022 Know someone who wants plants but will likely forget to water them?
Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 16 Aug. 2022 See More
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Middle English, from Old English wæter; akin to Old High German wazzar water, Greek hydōr, Latin unda wave
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
: the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major part of all living material and that is an odorless and tasteless compound having two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen per molecule
plural: an area of seawater bordering on and under the control of a country
sailing Canadian waters
: travel or transportation on water
came by water
: the level of water at a particular state of the tide : tide
: a liquid containing or resembling water
especially: a watery fluid (as tears, urine, or sap) formed or circulating in a living body
: 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
: liquid containing or resembling water: as
: a pharmaceutical or cosmetic preparation made with water