- flowing water, or water moving in waves: The river's mighty waters.
- the sea or seas bordering a particular country or continent or located in a particular part of the world: We left San Diego and sailed south for Mexican waters.
- amniotic fluid.
- the bag of waters; amnion: Her water broke at 2 a.m.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to break the surface of the water by emerging from it.
- Swimming. to break the surface of the water with the feet, especially in swimming the breaststroke doing the frog kick.
- Medicine/Medical. to break the amniotic sac prior to parturition.
- to be logical, defensible, or valid: That accusation won't hold water.
- to check the movement of a rowboat by keeping the oars steady with the blades vertical.
- (of a boat) to allow water to enter; leak.
- to urinate.
Origin of water
British Dictionary definitions for hold water
- any body or area of this liquid, such as a sea, lake, river, etc
- (as modifier)water sports; water transport; a water plant Related adjective: aquatic
- any fluid secreted from the body, such as sweat, urine, or tears
- (usually plural) the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus in the womb
- capital stock issued without a corresponding increase in paid-up capital, so that the book value of the company's capital is not fully represented by assets or earning power
- the fictitious or unrealistic asset entries that reflect such inflated book value of capital
- to urinate
- (of a boat, hull, etc) to let in water
Derived Formswaterer, nounwaterish, adjectivewaterless, adjectivewater-like, adjective
Word Origin for water
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Culture definitions for hold water
To seem logical and consistent: “At first I was persuaded by the politician's speech, but upon reflection, I decided her arguments didn't hold water.”
Idioms and Phrases with hold water (1 of 2)
Stand up to critical examination, be sound and valid, as in This argument just won't hold water, or Her reasons for quitting don't hold water. This metaphoric expression alludes to a container that can hold water without leaking. [c. 1600]
Idioms and Phrases with hold water (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with water
- water down
- water over the dam
- above water
- blood is thicker than water
- blow out (of the water)
- come on in (the water's fine)
- dead in the water
- fish in troubled waters
- fish out of water
- head above water
- hell or high water
- high-water mark
- hold water
- hot water
- in deep (water)
- keep one's head (above water)
- like water off a duck's back
- make one's mouth water
- muddy the waters
- of the first water
- pour cold water on
- pour oil on troubled waters
- still waters run deep
- take to (like a duck to water)
- throw out the baby with the bath water
- tread water
- you can lead a horse to water