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[uh-kwat-ik, uh-kwot-] /əˈkwæt ɪk, əˈkwɒt-/
of, in, or pertaining to water.
living or growing in water:
aquatic plant life.
taking place or practiced on or in water:
aquatic sports.
an aquatic plant or animal.
aquatics, sports practiced on or in water.
Origin of aquatic
1480-90; < Latin aquāticus, equivalent to aqu(a) water + -āticus (see -ate1, -ic); replacing late Middle English aquatyque < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related forms
aquatically, adverb
nonaquatic, adjective
transaquatic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for aquatics
Historical Examples
  • River "aquatics" have not always been free from recrimination.

  • In the following decade there seem to have been plenty of aquatics current.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • My attached friends had started for town with post-horses, leaving me no less cured of love than aquatics.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  • For many years Putney has been a centre of London aquatics, which have set their mark on the riverside.

  • Plants, for example, unless they are aquatics, need to use large quantities of water to carry on the vital functions.

  • aquatics are propagated by seed sown under water: many will allow of root-division.

  • I grew all manner of hardy nymphæa and aquatics for years, until my big tanks sprung a leak.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • aquatics may be said to have reached full swing with the completion of these institutions at the Universities.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • It was content to take the patriotic part of guarding national amateur prestige in aquatics.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • The sons of each of these old athletes have similarly made their mark in aquatics of the present generation.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
British Dictionary definitions for aquatics


/əˈkwætɪks; əˈkwɒt-/
plural noun
sports or pastimes performed in or on the water


/əˈkwætɪk; əˈkwɒt-/
growing, living, or found in water
(sport) performed in or on water
a marine or freshwater animal or plant
Word Origin
C15: from Latin aquāticus, from aqua water
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Word Origin and History for aquatics



late 15c., from Middle French and Old French aquatique (13c.), from Latin aquaticus "growing in water; bringing rain," from aqua "water" (see aqua-)

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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aquatics in Science
Relating to, living in, or growing in water.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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