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underwater

[uhn-der-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈʌn dərˈwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər/
adjective
1.
existing or occurring under water.
2.
designed to be used under water.
3.
located below a ship's waterline.
adverb
4.
beneath the water:
to travel underwater.
noun
5.
the water beneath the surface:
cold currents in the underwater.
6.
underwaters, the depths, as of a sea, lake, etc.
Origin of underwater
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; under- + water
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Examples from the Web for underwater
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  • The mud sucked at it and underwater roots caught on the vanes.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • When they start shelling from underwater, the Soviets are sure going to be surprised.

    The Defenders Philip K. Dick
  • underwater it was much louder than when it had been received by the Esperance's microphone.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • "Then we won't be able to see what goes on underwater," he told her.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • After a long time the normal course of underwater life resumed.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for underwater

underwater

/ˈʌndəˈwɔːtə/
adjective
1.
being, occurring, or going under the surface of the water, esp the sea: underwater exploration
2.
(nautical) below the water line of a vessel
3.
(of a stock option or other asset) having a market value below its purchase value
adverb
4.
beneath the surface of the water
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Word Origin and History for underwater
adj.

1620s, from under + water (n.). Of mortgages from 2008.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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