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[waw-ter-lawg, -log, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg, ˈwɒt ər-/
verb (used with object), waterlogged, waterlogging.
to cause (a boat, ship, etc.) to become uncontrollable as a result of flooding.
to soak, fill, or saturate with water so as to make soggy or useless.
verb (used without object), waterlogged, waterlogging.
to become saturated with water.
Origin of waterlog
First recorded in 1770-80; apparently back formation from waterlogged Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Two were lateeners, one a schooner, two cutters, and the sixth was the "waterlog."

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • Her name was the Waterlily, but she was facetiously christened and universally called the "waterlog."

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • Frank saw the wisdom of this advice, and as he followed it, the "waterlog" shot forward and gained a little upon the schooner.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
Word Origin and History for waterlog

1779, from water (n.1) + log (n.); the notion is of "reduce to a log-like condition."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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