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underwater

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

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

adverb

beneath the water: to travel underwater.

noun

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

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RELATED WORDS

submerged, undersea, immersed, sunken, submarine, subaquatic, subaqueous

Nearby words

underutilize, underutilized, undervalue, undervest, underwaist, underwater, underway, underwear, underweight, underwent, underwhelm

Origin of underwater

First recorded in 1620–30; under- + water
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British Dictionary definitions for underwater

underwater

/ (ˈʌndəˈwɔːtə) /

adjective

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

adverb

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

underwater


adj.

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

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