[ uhn-der-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈʌn dərˈwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər /


existing or occurring under water.
designed to be used under water.
located below a ship's waterline.


beneath the water: to travel underwater.


the water beneath the surface: cold currents in the underwater.
underwaters, the depths, as of a sea, lake, etc.

Nearby words

  1. underutilize,
  2. underutilized,
  3. undervalue,
  4. undervest,
  5. underwaist,
  6. underway,
  7. underwear,
  8. underweight,
  9. underwent,
  10. underwhelm

Origin of underwater

First recorded in 1620–30; under- + water

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British Dictionary definitions for underwater


/ (ˈʌndəˈwɔːtə) /


being, occurring, or going under the surface of the water, esp the seaunderwater exploration
nautical below the water line of a vessel
(of a stock option or other asset) having a market value below its purchase value


beneath the surface of the water
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Word Origin and History for underwater



1620s, from under + water (n.). Of mortgages from 2008.

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