Definitions for waterˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wa•terˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər(n.)

  1. a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H2O, freezing at 32°F or 0°C and boiling at 212°F or 100°C, that in a more or less impure state constitutes rain, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. a special form or variety of this liquid, as rain.

  3. Often, waters. this liquid in an impure state as obtained from a mineral spring.

  4. the liquid content of a river, inlet, etc., with reference to its relative height, esp. as dependent on tide:

    a difference of 20 feet between high and low water.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  5. the surface of a stream, river, ocean, etc.:

    boats on the water.

  6. waters, flowing water, or water moving in waves. the sea or seas bordering a particular country or continent.

  7. a liquid preparation, esp. one used for cosmetic purposes:

    lavender water.

  8. Often, waters. . the bag of waters; amnion.

    Category: Medicine

    Ref: amniotic fluid

  9. any of various solutions of volatile or gaseous substances in water:

    ammonia water.

    Category: Chemistry

  10. any liquid or aqueous organic secretion, exudation, humor, or the like, as tears, perspiration, or urine.

    Category: Physiology

  11. fictitious assets or the inflated values given to the stock of a corporation.

    Category: Business

  12. a wavy, lustrous pattern or marking, as on silk.

  13. (formerly) the degree of transparency and brilliancy of a diamond or other precious stone.

    Category: Jewelry

  14. (v.t.)to sprinkle or drench with water.

  15. to supply with water, as a ship.

  16. to supply (animals) with drinking water.

  17. to supply (land, a region, etc.) with water, as by streams or irrigation.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  18. to dilute, weaken, or adulterate with or as if with water (often fol. by down):

    to water down a reprimand.

  19. to issue or increase the par value of (shares of stock) without having the necessary assets (often fol. by down).

    Category: Business

  20. to produce a wavy, lustrous pattern, marking, or finish on (fabrics, metals, etc.).

  21. (v.i.)to discharge, fill with, or secrete water or liquid, as the eyes when irritated.

  22. to drink water, as an animal.

  23. (adj.)of or pertaining to water in any way:

    a water journey.

  24. holding, or designed to hold, water.

  25. worked or powered by water.

  26. heating, pumping, or circulating water (often used in combination):

    a hot-water furnace.

  27. used in or on water:

    water skis.

  28. containing or prepared with water.

  29. located or occurring on or by water.

  30. residing by or in, or ruling over, water:

    water people; water deities.

Idioms for water:

  1. by water, by ship or boat:

    to send goods by water.

    Category: Idiom

  2. hold water, to be able to be substantiated or defended:

    That accusation won't hold water.

    Category: Idiom

  3. in deep water, in great distress or difficulty.

    Category: Idiom

  4. keep one's head above water, to stay out of financial difficulties.

    Category: Idiom

  5. like water, freely; abundantly; lavishly:

    The champagne flowed like water.

    Category: Idiom

  6. make one's mouth water, to excite a desire or appetite for something:

    a sports car that makes your mouth water.

    Category: Idiom

  7. make water, to urinate.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of water:

bef. 900; ME; OE wæter, c. OS watar, OHG wazzar; akin to ON vain, Go wato, Hittite watar, Gk hýdōr


Princeton's WordNet

  1. water, H2O(noun)

    binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent

  2. body of water, water(noun)

    the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)

    "they invaded our territorial waters"; "they were sitting by the water's edge"

  3. water(noun)

    once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

  4. water system, water supply, water(noun)

    a facility that provides a source of water

    "the town debated the purification of the water supply"; "first you have to cut off the water"

  5. urine, piss, pee, piddle, weewee, water(noun)

    liquid excretory product

    "there was blood in his urine"; "the child had to make water"

  6. water(verb)

    a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants

    "he asked for a drink of water"

  7. water, irrigate(verb)

    supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams

    "Water the fields"

  8. water(verb)

    provide with water

    "We watered the buffalo"

  9. water(verb)

    secrete or form water, as tears or saliva

    "My mouth watered at the prospect of a good dinner"; "His eyes watered"

  10. water(verb)

    fill with tears

    "His eyes were watering"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. water(noun)ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər

    the clear liquid that is essential for life, and is in rain, rivers, lakes, and oceans

    a glass of water; The water under the dock was deep/shallow.

  2. waterˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər

    a particular area of ocean, river, or lake water

    the clear waters off the coast of Florida

  3. waterˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər

    an area of ocean that belongs to a country

    a ship entering Japanese waters

  4. waterˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər

    the surface of an area of water

    a rock just under the water

  5. water(verb)ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər

    to put water on a plant

    Did you water the roses?


  1. water(Noun)

    A clear liquid having the chemical formula HO, required by all forms of life on Earth.

  2. water(Noun)

    Mineral water.

    Perrier is the most popular water in this restaurant.

  3. water(Noun)

    Spa water.

    Many people visit Bath to take the waters.

  4. water(Noun)

    One of the four basic elements.

    He showed me the river of living water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God

  5. water(Noun)

    One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).

  6. water(Noun)

    Any body of water, or a specific part of it.

  7. water(Noun)


  8. water(Noun)

    Amniotic fluid; used in plural in the UK and in singular in North America.

  9. water(Noun)

    A state of affairs; conditions; usually with an adjective indicating an adverse condition.

    The rough waters of change will bring about the calm after the storm.

  10. water(Verb)

    To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).

  11. water(Verb)

    To provide (animals) with water.

    I need to go water the cattle.

  12. water(Verb)

    To urinate.

  13. water(Verb)

    To dilute.

    Can you water the whisky, please?

  14. water(Verb)

    To overvalue (securities), especially through deceptive accounting.

  15. water(Verb)

    To fill with or secrete water.

  16. water(Noun)

    A serving of water.

  17. water(Noun)

    A person's intuition.

    I know he'll succeed. I feel it in my waters.

  18. water(Noun)

    Fluids in the body, especially when causing swelling.

    He suffers from water on the knee.

  19. water(Noun)

    Excess valuation of securities.

  20. water(Noun)

    Plural form of waterman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Water(noun)

    the fluid which descends from the clouds in rain, and which forms rivers, lakes, seas, etc

  2. Water(noun)

    a body of water, standing or flowing; a lake, river, or other collection of water

  3. Water(noun)

    any liquid secretion, humor, or the like, resembling water; esp., the urine

  4. Water(noun)

    a solution in water of a gaseous or readily volatile substance; as, ammonia water

  5. Water(noun)

    the limpidity and luster of a precious stone, especially a diamond; as, a diamond of the first water, that is, perfectly pure and transparent. Hence, of the first water, that is, of the first excellence

  6. Water(noun)

    a wavy, lustrous pattern or decoration such as is imparted to linen, silk, metals, etc. See Water, v. t., 3, Damask, v. t., and Damaskeen

  7. Water(verb)

    an addition to the shares representing the capital of a stock company so that the aggregate par value of the shares is increased while their value for investment is diminished, or "diluted."

  8. Water(verb)

    to wet or supply with water; to moisten; to overflow with water; to irrigate; as, to water land; to water flowers

  9. Water(verb)

    to supply with water for drink; to cause or allow to drink; as, to water cattle and horses

  10. Water(verb)

    to wet and calender, as cloth, so as to impart to it a lustrous appearance in wavy lines; to diversify with wavelike lines; as, to water silk. Cf. Water, n., 6

  11. Water(noun)

    to add water to (anything), thereby extending the quantity or bulk while reducing the strength or quality; to extend; to dilute; to weaken

  12. Water(verb)

    to shed, secrete, or fill with, water or liquid matter; as, his eyes began to water

  13. Water(verb)

    to get or take in water; as, the ship put into port to water


  1. Water

    Water is the most abundant compound on Earth's surface, covering about 70 percent of the planet. In nature, water exists in liquid, solid, and gaseous states. It is in dynamic equilibrium between the liquid and gas states at standard temperature and pressure. At room temperature, it is a tasteless and odorless liquid, nearly colorless with a hint of blue. Many substances dissolve in water and it is commonly referred to as the universal solvent. Because of this, water in nature and in use is rarely pure and some of its properties may vary slightly from those of the pure substance. However, there are also many compounds that are essentially, if not completely, insoluble in water. Water is the only common substance found naturally in all three common states of matter and it is essential for all life on Earth. Water usually makes up 55% to 78% of the human body. In keeping with the basic rules of chemical nomenclature, water would have a systematic name of dihydrogen monoxide, but this is not among the names published by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and, rather than being used in a chemical context, the name is almost exclusively used as a humorous way to refer to water.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Water

    A clear, odorless, tasteless liquid that is essential for most animal and plant life and is an excellent solvent for many substances. The chemical formula is hydrogen oxide (H2O). (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Water

    A compound whose molecule consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen; formula, H2 O. Its specific gravity is 1, it being the base of the system of specific gravities of solids and liquids. If pure, it is almost a non-conductor of electricity. If any impurity is present it still presents an exceedingly high, almost immeasurable true resistance, but becomes by the presence of any impurity an electrolyte.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. WATER

    A thin substance applied to stocks with which to soak buyers.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'water' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #241

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'water' in Written Corpus Frequency: #340

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'water' in Nouns Frequency: #54

Anagrams of water

  1. Ewart

  2. Tawer

Translations for water

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to supply with water

He watered the plants.

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