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groundwater

[ ground-waw ter, -wot er ]
/ ˈgraʊndˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər /
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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.
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Origin of groundwater

First recorded in 1885–90; ground1 + water
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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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Scientific 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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Cultural definitions for groundwater

groundwater

Water that seeps through the soil or rocks underground.

notes for groundwater

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

notes for groundwater

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