What does water mean?

Definitions for water
ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ərwa·ter

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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"


  1. water(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  2. water(Noun)

    Mineral water.

    Perrier is the most popular water in this restaurant.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  3. water(Noun)

    Spa water.

    Many people visit Bath to take the waters.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  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

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  5. water(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  6. water(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  7. water(Noun)


    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  8. water(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  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.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  10. water(Verb)

    To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  11. water(Verb)

    To provide (animals) with water.

    I need to go water the cattle.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  12. water(Verb)

    To urinate.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  13. water(Verb)

    To dilute.

    Can you water the whisky, please?

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  14. water(Verb)

    To overvalue (securities), especially through deceptive accounting.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  15. water(Verb)

    To fill with or secrete water.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  16. water(Noun)

    A serving of water.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  17. water(Noun)

    A person's intuition.

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

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  18. water(Noun)

    Fluids in the body, especially when causing swelling.

    He suffers from water on the knee.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  19. water(Noun)

    Excess valuation of securities.

    Etymology: From wæter, from watōr, from wódr̥.

  20. water(Noun)

    Plural form of waterman.


  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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Water(noun)

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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  2. Water(noun)

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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  3. Water(noun)

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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  4. Water(noun)

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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  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."

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  8. Water(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  9. Water(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  12. Water(verb)

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

    Etymology: [AS. wterian, gewterian.]

  13. Water(verb)

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

    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 wh

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. 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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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. Ewart

  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. Donald Trump:

    Nobody's seen this kind of water, probably, there's never been something so expensive in our country's history.

  2. Topia Rameka:

    Lake Taupo is a treasure of paramount importance to our people, it has sustained our people for 30 generations. Any environmental impact that has the potential to degrade or impact the life-giving force of the water is something that is of major concern to us -- on an environmental level, a social level, and a cultural level.

  3. Nancy Rothstein:

    Think of your shower as a segue to sleep, the better you sleep, the better your hair and skin will look. So even if you’re exhausted and just want to crash, get in the shower and let the water run on your face and body.

  4. John W. Gardner:

    The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy...neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

  5. Kevin Feldis:

    This is the first time we have charged Clean Water Act crimes for an actual discharge of oil into the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) off the coast of Alaska, as detailed in the court documents, witnesses saw a sheen off the side of the vessel after the chief engineer hooked up a pump to illegally dump oily bilge water overboard.

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