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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
wa•ter /ˈwɔtɚ, ˈwɑtɚ/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Chemistry[uncountable] an odorless, tasteless liquid compound of hydrogen and oxygen that makes up rain, oceans, lakes, and rivers:Water is essential to life.
  2. Often,waters. [plural] water obtained from a mineral spring.
  3. Geographya body of water, such as an ocean: [uncountable]sailing on the water.[countable; usually plural]the waters of the Atlantic.
  4. waters, [plural] the sea bordering on and controlled by a country.

v. 
  • [+ 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.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomshold water, to be capable of being defended or proven correct:Your theory doesn't hold water.
    2. in deep or hot water, in trouble or difficulty.
    3. Idiomskeep one's head above water, to stay out of esp. financial difficulties.
    4. Idiomslike water, freely; abundantly:She spent money like water.
    5. Idiomsmake one's mouth water, to cause a desire or appetite for something:a sports car that can make your mouth water.



    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    water /ˈwɔːtə/ n
    1. 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
    2. any body or area of this liquid, such as a sea, lake, river, etc
    3. (as modifier): water sports, water transport, a water plant
      Related adjective(s): aquatic
    4. the surface of such a body or area: fish swam below the water
    5. any form or variety of this liquid, such as rain
    6. See high water, low water
    7. any of various solutions of chemical substances in water: lithia water, ammonia water
    8. any fluid secreted from the body, such as sweat, urine, or tears
    9. (usually plural) the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus in the womb
    10. a wavy lustrous finish on some fabrics, esp silk
    11. archaic the degree of brilliance in a diamond
      See also first water
    12. excellence, quality, or degree (in the phrase of the first water)
    13. 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
    14. (modifier) of or relating to the three signs of the zodiac Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
    15. hold waterto prove credible, logical, or consistent: the alibi did not hold water
    16. make waterto urinate
    17. (of a boat, hull, etc) to let in water
    18. pass waterto urinate
    19. water under the bridgeevents that are past and done with
    vb
    1. (transitive) to sprinkle, moisten, or soak with water
    2. (transitive) often followed by down: to weaken by the addition of water
    3. (intransitive) (of the eyes) to fill with tears
    4. (intransitive) (of the mouth) to salivate, esp in anticipation of food (esp in the phrase make one's mouth water)
    5. (transitive) to irrigate or provide with water: to water the land, he watered the cattle
    6. (intransitive) to drink water
    7. (intransitive) (of a ship, etc) to take in a supply of water
    8. (transitive) to raise the par value of (issued capital stock) without a corresponding increase in the real value of assets
    9. (transitive) to produce a wavy lustrous finish on (fabrics, esp silk)

    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 hudor

    ˈwaterer n ˈwaterless adj



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