ground water

or ground·wa·ter


noun

the water beneath the surface of the ground, consisting largely of surface water that has seeped down: the source of water in springs and wells.

Origin of ground water

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for groundwater

ground water


noun

underground water that has come mainly from the seepage of surface water and is held in pervious rocks
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Science definitions for groundwater

groundwater

[ groundwô′tər ]

Water that collects or flows beneath the Earth's surface, filling the porous spaces in soil, sediment, and rocks. Groundwater originates from rain and from melting snow and ice and is the source of water for aquifers, springs, and wells. The upper surface of groundwater is the water table.
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Culture definitions for groundwater

groundwater


Water that seeps through the soil or rocks underground.

Note

Groundwater is a source of drinking and spring water for many communities.

Note

Groundwater can be contaminated by chemical pollutants. (See water pollution.)
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