What does WATER mean?

Definitions for WATER
ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ərwa·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word WATER.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. water, H2Onoun

    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, waternoun

    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. waternoun

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

  4. water system, water supply, waternoun

    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, waternoun

    liquid excretory product

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

  6. waterverb

    a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants

    "he asked for a drink of water"

  7. water, irrigateverb

    supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams

    "Water the fields"

  8. waterverb

    provide with water

    "We watered the buffalo"

  9. waterverb

    secrete or form water, as tears or saliva

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

  10. waterverb

    fill with tears

    "His eyes were watering"


  1. waternoun

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

  2. waternoun

    Mineral water.

    Perrier is the most popular water in this restaurant.

  3. waternoun

    Spa water.

    Many people visit Bath to take the waters.

  4. waternoun

    One of the four basic elements.

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

  5. waternoun

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

  6. waternoun

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

  7. waternoun


  8. waternoun

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

  9. waternoun

    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. waterverb

    To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).

  11. waterverb

    To provide (animals) with water.

    I need to go water the cattle.

  12. waterverb

    To urinate.

  13. waterverb

    To dilute.

    Can you water the whisky, please?

  14. waterverb

    To overvalue (securities), especially through deceptive accounting.

  15. waterverb

    To fill with or secrete water.

  16. waternoun

    A serving of water.

  17. waternoun

    A person's intuition.

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

  18. waternoun

    Fluids in the body, especially when causing swelling.

    He suffers from water on the knee.

  19. waternoun

    Excess valuation of securities.

  20. waternoun

    Plural form of waterman.

  21. Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WATERnoun

    1.Isaac Newton defines water, when pure, to be a very fluid salt, volatile, and void of all savour or taste; and it seems to consist of small, smooth, hard, porous, spherical particles, of equal diameters, and of equal specifick gravities, as Dr. Cheyne observes; and also that there are between them spaces so large, and ranged in such a manner, as to be pervious on all sides. Their smoothness accounts for their sliding easily over one another’s surfaces: their sphericity keeps them also from touching one another in more points than one; and by both these their frictions in sliding over one another, is rendered the least possible. Their hardness accounts for the incompressibility of water, when it is free from the intermixture of air. The porosity of water is so very great, that there is at least forty times as much space as matter in it; for water is nineteen times specifically lighter than gold, and consequently rarer in the same proportion. John Quincy

    Etymology: water, Dutch; wœter , Saxon.

    My mildness hath allay’d their swelling griefs,
    My mercy dry’d their water-flowing tears. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Your water is a sore decayer of your whorson dead body. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    The sweet manner of it forc’d
    Those waters from me, which I would have stopp’d,
    But I had not so much of man in me;
    But all my mother came into mine eyes,
    And gave me up to tears. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Men’s evil manners live in brass, their virtues
    We write in water. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Those healths will make thee and thy state look ill, Timon: here’s that which is too weak to be a sinner, honest water, which ne’er left man i’ th’ mire. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Water is the chief ingredient in all the animal fluids and solids; for a dry bone, distilled, affords a great quantity of insipid water: therefore water seems to be proper drink for every animal. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Travel by land or by water. Common Prayer.

    By water they found the sea, westward from Peru, always very calm. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    If thou could’st, doctor, cast
    The water of my land, find her disease,
    And purge it to a sound and pristine health,
    I would applaud thee. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Go to bed, after you have made water. Jonathan Swift.

    A good Christian and an honest man must be all of a piece, and inequalities of proceeding will never hold water. Roger L'Estrange.

    ’Tis a good form,
    And rich: here is a water, look ye. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    She might see the same water-spaniel, which before had hunted, come and fetch away one of Philoclea’s gloves, whose fine proportion shewed well what a dainty guest was wont there to be lodged. Philip Sidney.

    Oh that I were a mockery king of snow,
    Standing before the sun of Bolingbroke,
    And melt myself away in water-drops. William Shakespeare.

    Poor Tom eats the wall-newt, and the water-newt. William Shakespeare.

    Touch me with noble anger!
    O let not women’s weapons, water-drops,
    Stain my man’s cheeks. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Let not the water-flood overflow me. Ps. lxix. 15.

    They shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water-courses. Is. xliv. 4.

    As the hart panteth after the water-brook, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Psalms.

    Deep calleth unto deep, at the noise of thy water-spouts. Ps. xlii. 7.

    He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the water-springs into dry ground. Ps. cvii. 33.

    There were set six water-pots of stone. Jo. ii. 6.

    Hercules’s page, Hylas, went with a water-pot to fill it at a plea
    sant fountain that was near. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    As the carp is accounted the water-fox for his cunning, so the roach is accounted the water-sheep. Izaak Walton, Angler.

    Sea-calves unwonted to fresh rivers fly;
    The water-snakes with scales upstanding die. Thomas May, Virgil.

    By making the water-wheels larger, the motion will be so slow, that the screw will not be able to supply the outward streams. John Wilkins, Dædalus.

    Rain carried away apples, together with a dunghill that lay in the water-course. Roger L'Estrange.

    Oh help, in this extremest need,
    If water-gods are deities indeed. Dryden.

    The water-snake, whom fish and paddocks fed,
    With staring scales lies poison’d in his bed. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Because the outermost coat of the eye might be pricked, and this humour let out, therefore nature hath made provision to repair it by the help of certain water-pipes, or lymphæducts, inserted into the bulb of the eye, proceeding from glandules that separate this water from the blood. John Ray, on the Creation.

    The lacerta aquatica, or water-newt, when young, hath four neat ramified fins, two on one side, growing out a little above its forelegs, to poise and keep its body upright, which fall off when the legs are grown. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

    Other mortar used in making water-courses, cisterns, and fishponds, is very hard and durable. Joseph Moxon.

    The most brittle water-carriage was used among the Egyptians, who, as Strabo saith, would sail sometimes in boats made of earthen ware. Arbuthnot.

    A gentleman watered St. foin in dry weather at new sowing, and, when it came up, with a water-cart, carrying his water in a cask, to which there was a tap at the end, which lets the water run into a long trough full of small holes. John Mortimer.

    In Hampshire they sell water-trefoil as dear as hops. John Mortimer.

  2. To Waterverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    A river went out of Eden to water the garden. Gen. ii. 10.

    A man’s nature runs to herbs or weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other. Francis Bacon.

    Chaste moral writing we may learn from hence,
    Neglect of which no wit can recompense;
    The fountain which from Helicon proceeds,
    That sacred stream, should never water weeds. Edmund Waller.

    Could tears water the lovely plant, so as to make it grow again after once ’tis cut down, your friends would be so far from accusing your passion, that they would encourage it, and share it. William Temple.

    You may water the lower land when you will. John Mortimer.

    Now ’gan the golden Phœbus for to steep
    His fiery face in billows of the west,
    And his faint steeds water’d in ocean deep,
    Whilst from their journal labours they did rest. Fa. Queen.

    Doth not each on the sabbath loose his ox from the stall, and lead him away to watering? Lu. xiii. 15.

    His horsemen kept them in so strait, that no man could, without great danger, go to water his horse. Richard Knolles.

    Water him, and, drinking what he can,
    Encourage him to thirst again with bran. Dryden.

    Mountains, that run from one extremity of Italy to the other, give rise to an incredible variety of rivers that water it. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    The different ranging the superficial parts of velvet and watered silk, does the like. John Locke.

  3. To Waterverb

    I stain’d this napkin with the blood,
    That valiant Clifford with his rapier’s point
    Made issue from the bosom of the boy;
    And if thine eyes can water for his death,
    I give thee this to dry thy cheeks withal. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Mine eyes,
    Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine,
    Began to water. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    The tickling of the nostrils within, doth draw the moisture to the nostrils, and to the eyes by consent; for they also will water. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    How troublesome is the least mote, or dust falling into the eye! and how quickly does it weep, and water upon the least grievance! Robert South, Sermons.

    He set the rods he had pulled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs. Gen. xxx. 38.

    Mahomet sent many small boats, manned with harquebusiers and small ordnance, into the lake near unto the camp, to keep the Christians from watering there. Richard Knolles.

    Cardinal Wolsey’s teeth watering at the bishoprick of Winchester, sent one unto bishop Fox, who had advanced him, for to move him to resign the bishoprick, because extreme age had made him blind; which motion Fox did take in so ill part, that he willed the messenger to tell the cardinal, that, although now I am blind, I have espied his malicious unthankfulness. William Camden, Remains.

    These reasons made his mouth to water,
    With amorous longings to be at her. Hudibras.

    Those who contend for 4 per cent. have set men’s mouths a-watering for money at that rate. John Locke.


  1. Water

    Water is a transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth's hydrosphere, and the fluids of most living organisms. It is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients. Its chemical formula is H2O, meaning that each of its molecules contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms, connected by covalent bonds. Water is the name of the liquid state of H2O at standard ambient temperature and pressure. It forms precipitation in the form of rain and aerosols in the form of fog. Clouds are formed from suspended droplets of water and ice, its solid state. When finely divided, crystalline ice may precipitate in the form of snow. The gaseous state of water is steam or water vapor. Water moves continually through the water cycle of evaporation, transpiration (evapotranspiration), condensation, precipitation, and runoff, usually reaching the sea. Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface, mostly in seas and oceans. Small portions of water occur as groundwater (1.7%), in the glaciers and the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland (1.7%), and in the air as vapor, clouds (formed of ice and liquid water suspended in air), and precipitation (0.001%).Water plays an important role in the world economy. Approximately 70% of the freshwater used by humans goes to agriculture. Fishing in salt and fresh water bodies is a major source of food for many parts of the world. Much of long-distance trade of commodities (such as oil and natural gas) and manufactured products is transported by boats through seas, rivers, lakes, and canals. Large quantities of water, ice, and steam are used for cooling and heating, in industry and homes. Water is an excellent solvent for a wide variety of substances both mineral and organic; as such it is widely used in industrial processes, and in cooking and washing. Water, ice and snow are also central to many sports and other forms of entertainment, such as swimming, pleasure boating, boat racing, surfing, sport fishing, diving, ice skating and skiing.


  1. water

    Water is a transparent, odorless, and tasteless liquid compound that is made up of hydrogen and oxygen atoms (H2O) and exists in a liquid state at standard temperature and pressure. It is essential for all known forms of life, playing a critical role in various biological and physical processes. Water is found in abundance on Earth, covering approximately 71% of its surface, and it is vital for the functioning of ecosystems, climate regulation, and human activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waternoun

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

  2. Waternoun

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

  3. Waternoun

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

  4. Waternoun

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

  5. Waternoun

    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. Waternoun

    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. Waterverb

    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. Waterverb

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

  9. Waterverb

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

  10. Waterverb

    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. Waternoun

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

  12. Waterverb

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

  13. Waterverb

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

  14. Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Water

    waw′tėr, n. in a state of purity, at ordinary temperatures, a clear transparent liquid, perfectly neutral in its reaction, and devoid of taste or smell: any collection of such, as the ocean, a lake, river, &c.: mineral water: tears: saliva: eye-water: urine: transparency, lustre, as of a diamond: (pl.) waves.—v.t. to wet, overflow, or supply with water: to wet and press so as to give a wavy appearance to: to increase the nominal capital of a company by the issue of new shares without a corresponding increase of actual capital.—v.i. to shed water: to gather saliva, noting strong craving: to take in water.—ns. Wa′terage, money paid for a journey by water; Wa′ter-bag, the bag-like compartment in which the camel stores water; Wa′ter-bail′iff, a custom-house officer who inspects ships on reaching or leaving a port: a person appointed to guard the fish in a protected piece of water; Wa′ter-barom′eter, a barometer in which water is substituted for mercury; Wa′ter-barr′el, -cask, a barrel, cask, for holding water; Wa′ter-bath, a bath composed of water: a vessel containing warm water used for chemical purposes; Wa′ter-batt′ery, a voltaic battery in which the electrolyte is water: (fort.) a battery nearly on a level with the water; Wa′ter-bear′er, one who carries water: (astron.) a sign of the zodiac; Wa′ter-bed, an india-rubber mattress filled with water, used by invalids to prevent bed-sores; Wa′ter-bell′ows, a form of blower used in gas-machines, and formerly to supply a blast for furnaces; Wa′ter-bird, a bird that frequents the water; Wa′ter-bis′cuit, a biscuit made of flour and water; Wa′ter-blink, a spot of cloud hanging over open water in arctic regions; Wa′ter-boat, a boat carrying water in bulk to supply ships; Wa′ter-boat′man, a kind of aquatic bug.—adj. Wa′ter-borne, conveyed in a boat.—ns. Wa′ter-bott′le, a glass, rubber, &c. bottle for carrying water; Wa′ter-brash, an affection consisting of a hot sensation in the stomach with eructations of an acrid burning liquid; Wa′ter-break, a ripple; Wa′ter-brose (Scot.), brose made of meal and water alone; Wa′ter-buck, an African water-antelope; Wa′ter-bug, a species of hemipterous insects found in ponds and still water; Wa′ter-butt, a large barrel for rain-water, usually kept out of doors; Wa′ter-carr′iage, carriage or conveyance by water; Wa′ter-cart, a cart for conveying water, esp. for the purpose of watering streets or roads; Wa′ter-cell, one of several small paunches in a camel used for storing water: a voltaic cell containing pure water; Wa′ter-cement′, hydraulic cement; Wa′ter-chest′nut (Marron d'eau), the name given in France to the edible seeds of the Trapa natans; Wa′ter-clock, a clock which is made to go by the fall of water; Wa′ter-clos′et, a closet used as a privy, in which the discharges are carried off by water; Wa′ter-cock, the kora, a large East Indian gallinule; Wa′ter-col′our, a colour or pigment diluted with water and gum, instead of oil: a painting in such a colour or colours; Wa′ter-col′ourist, a painter in water-colours; Wa′ter-cool′er, a machine for cooling water or for keeping water cool; Wa′ter-core, an apple with watery-looking core: in founding, a hollow core through which water may be passed; Wa′tercourse, a course or channel for water; Wa′ter-craft, boats plying on the water; Wa′ter-crane, a crane for turning water from a railway-tank into a locomotive tender; Wa′ter-cress, a small plant growing in watery places, much esteemed as a salad, and used as a preventive of scurvy; Wa′ter-cure, medical treatment by means of water; Wa′ter-deck, a decorated canvas cover for a dragoon's saddle; Wa′ter-deer, a small Chinese musk-deer of aquatic habits: in Africa, one of the chevrotains; Wa′ter-doc′tor, a hydropathist: one who divines diseases from the urine; Wa′ter-dog, a dog accustomed to the water: a variety of the common dog valuable to sportsmen in hunting water-fowl on account of its aquatic habits: (coll.) an experienced sailor: (pl.) small irregular floating clouds supposed to indicate rain; Wa′ter-drain, a channel through which water runs; Wa′ter-drain′age; Wa′ter-drink′er, a drinker of water: a teetotaler; Wa′ter-drop, a drop of water: a tear; Wa′ter-drop′wort, a genus of umbelliferous plants.—adj. Wa′tered, marked with wavy lines like those made by water—(Watered stocks, a term applied to securities whose nominal amount has been increased without any corresponding payment in cash).—ns. Wa′ter-el′evator, a device for raising water to a level: a lift that works by water; Wa′ter-en′gine, an engine for raising water: an engine for extinguishing fires; Wa′terer, one who waters: a vessel for watering with; Wa′terfall, a fall or perpendicular descent of a body of water: a cataract or cascade: (coll.) a neck-tie, a chignon; Wa′ter-flag, the yellow iris; Wa′ter-flea, the common name for minute aquatic crustaceans; Wa′ter-flood, an inundation; Wa′ter-flow, current of water.—adj. Wa′ter-flow′ing, streaming.—ns. Wa′ter-fly, an aquatic insect: (Shak.) an insignificant, troublesome person; Wa′ter-fowl, a fowl that frequents water; Wa′ter-frame, Arkwright's spinning-frame, which was driven by water; Wa′ter-gall, a watery appearance in the sky accompanying the rainbow: a pit or cavity made by a torrent of water; Wa′ter-gas, a gas partly derived from the decomposition of steam; Wa′ter-gate, a flood-gate: a gate admitting to a river or other body of water; Wa′ter-gauge, -gage, an instrument for gauging or measuring the quantity or height of water; Wa′ter-gilding=Wash-gilding; Wa′ter-glass, a water-clock: an instrument for making observations beneath the surface of water: soluble glass; Wa′ter-god, a deity presiding over some tract of water; Wa′ter-gru′el, gruel made of water and meal, &c., eaten without milk; Wa′ter-guard, river, harbour, or coast police; Wa′ter-hamm′er, the noise made by the sudden stoppage of moving water in a pipe: an air vacuum containing some water: (med.) a metal hammer heated in water and applied to the skin as a counter-irritant; Wa′ter-hen, the moorhen; Wa′ter-hole, a reservoir for water, a water-pool; Wa′teriness; Wa′tering, act of one who waters: the art or process of giving a wavy, ornamental appearance; Wa′tering-call, a cavalry trumpet-signal to water horses; Wa′tering-can, -pot, a vessel used for watering plants; Wa′tering-house, a place where cab-horses are watered; Wa′tering-place, a place where water may be obtained: a place to which people resort to drink mineral water, for bathing, &c.; Wa′tering-trough, a trough in which horses and cattle drink.—adj. Wa′terish, resembling, abounding in, water: somewhat watery: thin.—ns. Wa′terishness; Wa′ter-jack′et, a casing containing water placed around anything to keep it cool—also Wa′ter-box and Wa′ter-man′tle; Wa′ter-kel′pie, a malignant water-spirit, generally in the form of a horse, which delights to drown unwary travellers; Wa′ter-lem′on, a species of passion-flower; Wa′ter-lens, a simple lens formed by placing a few drops of water in a small brass cell with blackened sides and a glass bottom.—adj. Wa′terless, lacking water.—ns. Wa′ter-lev′el, the level formed by the surface of still water: a levelling instrument in which water is used; Wa′ter-lil′y, a name commonly given to the different species of Nymphæa and Nuphar, and also of Nelumbium, all genera of the natural order Nymphæaceæ, and indeed often extended to all the plants of that order—of the three British species all have heart-shaped leaves, floating on the water; Wa′ter-line, the line on a ship to which the water rises: a water-mark.—adj. Wa′ter-logged, rendered log-like or unmanageable from being filled with water.—ns. Wa′ter-lot, a lot of ground which is under water; Wa′ter-main, a great subterranean pipe supplying water in cities; Wa′terman, a man who plies a boat on water for hire: a boatman: a ferryman: a neat oarsman; Wa′termanship, oarsmanship; Wa′termark, a mark showing the height to which water has risen: a tide-mark: a mark wrought into paper, denoting its size or its manufacturer.—v.t. to mark with water-marks.—ns. Wa′ter-mead′ow, a meadow periodically overflowed by a stream; Wa′ter-mel′on, a plant having a spherical, pulpy, pleasantly flavoured fruit, the fruit itself; Wa′ter-me′ter, an instrument measuring the quantity of water passing through it: an instrument for measuring evaporation; Wa′ter-mill, a mill driven by water; Wa′ter-mole, the desman: a duck-mole or duck-billed platypus; Wa′ter-monk′ey, an earthenware jar for keeping drinking-water in hot climates, round, with narrow neck—also Monkey-jar; Wa′ter-mō′tor, any water-wheel or turbine, esp. any small motor driven by water under pressure; Wa′ter-nix′y, a spirit inhabiting water; Wa′ter-nymph, a Naiad; Wa′ter-ou′sel, the dipper; Wa′ter-pars′nip, a plant of the aquatic genus Sium—the skirret; Wa′ter-part′ing (same as Watershed); Wa′ter-phone, an instrument for detecting leaks in pipes; Wa′ter-pipe, a pipe for conveying water; Wa′ter-plane, a plane passing through a vessel when afloat; Wa′ter-plant, a plant which grows in water; Wa′ter-plate, a plate having a double bottom and a space for hot water, used to keep food warm; Wa′ter-pō′lo, an aquatic game played by swimmers in swimming-baths, at piers, &c., the sides numbering seven each—a goal-keeper, two backs, one half-back, and three forwards; Wa′ter-pot, a pot or vessel for holding water; Wa′ter-pow′er, the power of water, employed to move machinery, &c.; Wa′ter-pox, varicella; Wa′ter-priv′ilege, the right to the use of water, esp. for machinery.—adj. Wa′terproof, proof against water: not permitting water to enter.—n. anything with such qualities: a garment of some waterproof substance, like india-rubber.—ns. Wa′terproofing, the act of making any substance impervious to water: the material with which a thing is made waterproof, as caoutchouc; Wa′ter-pump, a pump for water, used humorously of the eyes; Wa′ter-pur′pie (Scot.), brook-lime, a species of Veronica; Wa′ter-rail, the common rail of Europe; Wa′ter-ram, a hydraulic ram; Wa′ter-rat, the popular name of the water-vole: the American musk-rat; Wa′ter-rate, a rate or tax for the supply of water; Wa′ter-route, a stream, lake, &c. used as a means of travel; Wa′ter-rug (Shak.), a kind of dog; Wa′tershed, the line which separates two river-basins: a district from which several rivers rise; Wa′ter-side, the brink of water: the sea-shore; Wa′ter-smoke, water evaporating as visible mist; Wa′ter-snake, a snake frequenting the water; Wa′ter-sol′dier, an aquatic plant (Stratiotes aloïdes) common in lakes and ditches in the east of England; Wa′ter-span′iel (see Spaniel); Wa′ter-spī′der, an aquatic spider; Wa′terspout, a pipe from which water spouts: a moving spout or column of water, often seen at sea, and sometimes on land; Wa′ter-sprin′kle (Spens.), a water-pot; Wa′ter-sprite, a spirit inhabiting the water.—adj. Wa′ter-stand′ing (Shak.), containing water, tearful.—ns. Wa′ter-strid′er, any aquatic heteropterous insect of the family Hydrobatidæ; Wa′ter-supply′, the obtaining and distribution of sufficient water to the inhabitants of a town: the amount of water thus distributed; Wa′ter-tā′ble, a moulding or other projection in the wall of a building to throw off the water; Wa′ter-tank, a tank or cistern for holding water; Wa′ter-tap, a tap or cock used for letting out water; Wa′ter-thermom′eter, a thermometer filled with water instead of mercury, and used for showing the point at which water acquires its greatest density; Wa′ter-thief (Shak.), a pirate.—adj. Wa′ter-tight, so tight as not to admit water nor let it escape—(Water-tight compartment, a division of a ship's hull or other sub-aqueous structure so formed that water cannot enter it from any other part; see Bulkhead).—ns. Wa′ter-tube, a pipe for rain-water; Wa′ter-twist, a kind of cotton-twist, first made by the water-frame; Wa′ter-vī′olet, a plant of the genus Hottonia; Wa′ter-vole, the common European water-rat; Wa′ter-wag′tail, a wagtail, the pied wagtail; Wa′ter-way (naut.) a series of pieces of timber, extending round a ship at the junction of the decks with the sides, pierced by scuppers to carry off the water: a water-route; Wa′terwheel, a wheel moved by water: an engine for raising water; Wa′terwork (mostly in pl.) any work or engine by which water is furnished, as to a town, &c.: a textile fabric, used like tapestry: (slang) used humorously of shedding tears.—adj. Wa′ter-worn, worn by the action of water.—n. Wa′ter-wraith, a water-spirit supposed to portend death.—adj. Wa′tery, pertaining to or like water: thin or transparent: tasteless: weak, vapid: affecting water (of the moon, as governing the tide): (Shak.) eager.—ns. High′-wa′ter, High′-wa′ter-mark (see High); Low′-wa′ter (see Low); Low′-wa′ter-mark, the limit of water at low tide: the lowest point of anything.—Water of life, spiritual refreshment: (Scot.) whisky; Water on the brain, knee, an accumulation of serous fluid in the cranial cavity, knee-joint; Watered silk, silk on which a changeable pattern has been worked by means of pressing and moistening.—Above water, out of trouble; Aerated water (see Aerate); Apollinaris water, an agreeable table-water, obtained in Rhenish Prussia; Bag of waters, the fœtal membranes, filled with liquor amnii, which dilate the mouth of the womb; Cast a person's water, to examine urine to aid in the diagnosis of disease; Deep water, or waters, water too deep for safety, sore trouble, distress; First water, the highest degree of fineness in a diamond, &c., hence the highest rank generally; Hold water, to be correct or well-grounded, to stand investigation; Holy water, water used symbolically as a means of purification; Like water, with the quick, full flow of water: extravagantly, recklessly; Make the mouth water, to arouse in any one a strong desire for a thing—from the gathering of saliva in the mouth at the prospect of a savoury morsel; Make water, to micturate; Mineral water (see Mineral); Oil on troubled waters, anything that allays or assuages, from the effect of pouring oil on rough water; Tread water, to keep the head above water by an up-and-down movement of the feet; Under water, below the surface; White water, breakers, foaming water. [A.S. wæter; Dut. water, Ger. wasser; Gr. hydōr, L. udus, wet, unda, a wave, Sans. udan, 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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. water

    In calculating the quantity of water required per man for drinking and cooking, it may be put down at 6 pints in temperate, and 8 pints in tropical climates. A similar amount will just allow men to wash their bodies. In stationary camps, however, the minimum daily allowance per man should be 5 gallons for all purposes, washing clothes included. Horses not doing work will thrive well on 6 gallons a day, but require from 8 to 12 when at work, according to their condition and the nature of the work. A couple of gallons extra should, under all circumstances, be allowed for washing them. Oxen require about 6 or 7 gallons daily.

Editors Contribution

  1. waternoun

    0.) Weight in the width of 23 in. H×20.5 in. W×16 in. D. as remembered having three firmament rubs on a hill side scale to the territorial sol of the terrace. 1.) A colorless, transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms as one of the four elements in ancient and medieval philosophy and in astrology. 2.) A stretch or area of water, such as a river, sea, or lake. 3.) The quality of transparency and brilliance shown by a diamond or other gem. 4.) Capital stock that represents a book value greater than the true assets of a company. 5.) Become full of moisture or tears.

    Water is the main source of any life cycle.

    Etymology: H20

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on October 21, 2023  

  2. water

    A type of transparent fluid.

    Water comes in various forms, found in rivers seas, lakes and oceans.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 30, 2016  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WATER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Water is ranked #56310 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Water surname appeared 363 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Water.

    50.6% or 184 total occurrences were White.
    32.2% or 117 total occurrences were Black.
    6% or 22 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    6% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

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 for WATER »

  1. wreat

  2. tawer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WATER in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WATER in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of WATER in a Sentence

  1. Eric Garcia:

    I don't see( the special election) as a stepping stone. I see it as an opportunity to finally bring representation to a district that has been neglected for 10 years, generations upon generations of my family live in San Joaquin Valley and we're suffering with bad air, bad water. I'm just sick of San Joaquin Valley.

  2. Peter Gleick:

    Part of what he said implied there wasn't enough water to fight the fires in California because of our water policies -- which is complete nonsense. There's plenty of water to fight the fires. We don't even use that much water to fight the fires, but there's plenty. Three of the state's largest bodies of water are very close to these fires. It's just ridiculous.

  3. Robert Scheidt:

    The Olympics always have an issue, in Sydney it was sharks that could attack triathletes, in Athens it was fear of terrorism, in Beijing it was pollution. In Rio it's the water and Zika. But I don't this should impede the realization of a great games.

  4. Chris Mathys:

    The state and federal government have cut us to less than 5 percent, and some people are getting no water.

  5. Malcolm McCulloch:

    It is at a depth where light can’t penetrate, making a dark water column where there are no signs of light from above or below.

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