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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
wa•ter /ˈwɔtɚ, ˈwɑtɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Chemistry an odorless, tasteless liquid compound of hydrogen and oxygen that makes up rain, oceans, lakes, and rivers[uncountable]Water is essential to life.
- Often,waters. [plural] water obtained from a mineral spring.
- Geographya body of water, such as an ocean: [uncountable]sailing on the water.[countable; usually plural]the waters of the Atlantic.
- waters, [plural] the sea bordering on and controlled by a country.
- to sprinkle or drench with water[~ + object]to water the plants.
- to fill with or give off water or liquid[no object]Her eyes watered.
- [~ + object] to supply (animals) with drinking water.
- to weaken or dilute with or as if with water[~ ( + down) + object]watered down her criticism.
- Idiomshold water, to be capable of being defended or proven correct:Your theory doesn't hold water.
- in deep or hot water, in trouble or difficulty.
- Idiomskeep one's head above water, to stay out of esp. financial difficulties.
- Idiomslike water, freely; abundantly:She spent money like water.
- Idiomsmake one's mouth water, to cause a desire or appetite for something:a sports car that can make your mouth water.
(wô′tər, wot′ər), n.
- Chemistrya 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.: it contains 11.188 percent hydrogen and 88.812 percent oxygen, by weight.
- a special form or variety of this liquid, as rain.
- Often,waters. this liquid in an impure state as obtained from a mineral spring:Last year we went to Marienbad for the waters.
- Geographythe 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.
- the surface of a stream, river, lake, ocean, etc.:above, below, or on the water.
- flowing water, or water moving in waves:The river's mighty waters.
a liquid solution or preparation, esp. one used for cosmetic purposes:lavender water; lemon water.
- the sea or seas bordering a particular country or continent or located in a particular part of the world:We left San Diego and sailed south for Mexican waters.
Chemistryany of various solutions of volatile or gaseous substances in water:ammonia water.
any liquid or aqueous organic secretion, exudation, humor, or the like, as tears, perspiration, or urine.
Business[Finance.]fictitious assets or the inflated values they give to the stock of a corporation.
a wavy, lustrous pattern or marking, as on silk fabrics or metal surfaces.
Jewelry(formerly) the degree of transparency and brilliancy of a diamond or other precious stone.
above water, out of embarrassment or trouble, esp. of a financial nature:They had so many medical bills that they could hardly keep their heads above water.
- the bag of waters;
amnion:Her water broke at 2 a.m.
- to break the surface of the water by emerging from it.
- [Swimming.]to break the surface of the water with the feet, esp. in swimming the breaststroke doing the frog kick.
by water, by ship or boat:to send goods by water.
- [Med.]to break the amniotic sac prior to parturition.
- to be logical, defensible, or valid:That accusation won't hold water.
Nauticaldead in the water. See dead (def. 36).
in deep water, in great distress or difficulty:Their marriage has been in deep water for some time.
in hot water. See hot water.
like water, lavishly; abundantly;
- to check the movement of a rowboat by keeping the oars steady with the blades vertical.
freely:The champagne flowed like water.
- (of a boat) to allow water to enter;
Nauticaltake water, (of a boat) to allow water to enter through leaks or portholes or over the side.
tread water. See tread (def. 12).
- to sprinkle, moisten, or drench with water:to water the flowers; to water a street.
- to supply (animals) with water for drinking.
- to furnish with a supply of water, as a ship.
- Geographyto furnish water to (a region), as by streams;
supply (land) with water, as by irrigation:The valley is watered by a branch of the Colorado River. Our land is watered by the All-American Canal.
- to dilute, weaken, soften, or adulterate with, or as with, water (often fol. by down):to water soup; to water down an unfavorable report.
- Business[Finance.]to issue or increase the par value of (shares of stock) without having the assets to warrant doing so (often fol. by down).
- to produce a wavy, lustrous pattern, marking, or finish on (fabrics, metals, etc.):watered silk.
- to discharge, fill with, or secrete water or liquid, as the eyes when irritated, or as the mouth at the sight or thought of tempting food.
- to drink water, as an animal.
- Nauticalto take in a supply of water, as a ship:Our ship will water at Savannah.
- make one's mouth water, to excite a desire or appetite for something:The roasting turkey made our mouths water.
- of or pertaining to water in any way:a water journey.
- holding, or designed to hold, water:a water jug.
- worked or powered by water:a water turbine.
- heating, pumping, or circulating water (often used in combination):hot-water furnace; city waterworks.
- used in or on water:water skis.
- containing or prepared with water, as for hardening or dilution:water mortar.
- located or occurring on, in, or by water:water music; water frontage.
- residing by or in, or ruling over, water:water people; water deities.
(noun, nominal) Middle English;
Old English wæter;
cognate with Dutch water, German Wasser;
akin to Old Norse vain, Gothic wato, Hittite watar, Greek hýdōr;
(verb, verbal) Middle English wateren, Old English wæterian, derivative of the noun, nominal
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
water /ˈwɔːtə/ n
- a clear colourless tasteless odourless liquid that is essential for plant and animal life and constitutes, in impure form, rain, oceans, rivers, lakes, etc. It is a neutral substance, an effective solvent for many compounds, and is used as a standard for many physical properties. Formula: H2O
Related adjective(s): aqueous
- any body or area of this liquid, such as a sea, lake, river, etc
- (as modifier): water sports, water transport, a water plant
Related adjective(s): aquatic
- the surface of such a body or area: fish swam below the water
- any form or variety of this liquid, such as rain
- See high water, low water
- any of various solutions of chemical substances in water: lithia water, ammonia water
- any fluid secreted from the body, such as sweat, urine, or tears
- (usually plural) the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus in the womb
- a wavy lustrous finish on some fabrics, esp silk
- archaic the degree of brilliance in a diamond
See also first water
- excellence, quality, or degree (in the phrase of the first water)
- capital stock issued without a corresponding increase in paid-up capital, so that the book value of the company's capital is not fully represented by assets or earning power
- (modifier) of or relating to the three signs of the zodiac Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
- hold water ⇒ to prove credible, logical, or consistent: the alibi did not hold water
- make water ⇒ to urinate
- (of a boat, hull, etc) to let in water
- pass water ⇒ to urinate
- water under the bridge ⇒ events that are past and done with
See also water downEtymology: Old English wæter, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon watar, Old High German wazzar, Gothic watō, Old Slavonic voda; related to Greek hudorˈwaterer n ˈwaterless adj
- (transitive) to sprinkle, moisten, or soak with water
- (transitive) often followed by down: to weaken by the addition of water
- (intransitive) (of the eyes) to fill with tears
- (intransitive) (of the mouth) to salivate, esp in anticipation of food (esp in the phrase make one's mouth water)
- (transitive) to irrigate or provide with water: to water the land, he watered the cattle
- (intransitive) to drink water
- (intransitive) (of a ship, etc) to take in a supply of water
- (transitive) to raise the par value of (issued capital stock) without a corresponding increase in the real value of assets
- (transitive) to produce a wavy lustrous finish on (fabrics, esp silk)