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waterless

[waw-ter-lis, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tər lɪs, ˈwɒt ər-/
adjective
1.
devoid of water; dry.
2.
needing no water, as for cooking.
Origin of waterless
950
before 950; Middle English waterlees, Old English waterlēas. See water, -less
Related forms
waterlessly, adverb
waterlessness, noun
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  • The waterless world of stone is not only a garden, but a green forest!

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The renowned Nerpani, or Nerpania, "waterless track," begins at Gibti.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • Why should a man always wear a watch when he travels in a waterless desert?

    Games For All Occasions Mary E. Blain
  • Here the road parts from the river, and strikes into the waterless desert.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • If in waterless country he would have to leave him, or kill him, or die with him.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • Then he went to the waterless town, rolled away the stone, and behold!

  • The wolf said: ‘And the stone was rolled away in the waterless town of which I spoke.’

  • No expensive chimney is necessary for the waterless power plant.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • Neither the captain nor any of the crew knew that the island was desert and waterless.

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould

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