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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
wa•ter /ˈwɔtɚ, ˈwɑtɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
[~ + object] to sprinkle or drench with water:to water the plants.
[no object] to fill with or give off water or liquid:Her eyes watered.
[~ + object] to supply (animals) with drinking water.
[~ ( + down) + object] to weaken or dilute with or as if with water:watered down her criticism.
- Chemistry[uncountable] an odorless, tasteless liquid compound of hydrogen and oxygen that makes up rain, oceans, lakes, and rivers: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.
- 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.
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;
- 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.
- 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.
- a liquid solution or preparation, esp. one used for cosmetic purposes:lavender water; lemon water.
- the bag of waters;
amnion:Her water broke at 2 a.m.
- 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.
- 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.
- [Med.]to break the amniotic sac prior to parturition.
- by water, by ship or boat:to send goods by water.
- to be logical, defensible, or valid:That accusation won't hold water.
- to check the movement of a rowboat by keeping the oars steady with the blades vertical.
- 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;
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).
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)