- to supply (land) with water by artificial means, as by diverting streams, flooding, or spraying.
- Medicine/Medical. to supply or wash (an orifice, wound, etc.) with a spray or a flow of some liquid.
- to moisten; wet.
Origin of irrigate
Examples from the Web for unirrigated
Historical Examples of unirrigated
Millet crops are grown for the most part on unirrigated land.
Unirrigated land for vegetable growing is something over £9:12s., and forest £2:11s.Letters of Travel (1892-1913)
There are eighty acres; forty of them are hilly, unirrigated lands, while five acres are still in sage-brush.
There are unirrigated deserts where women wear out their lives in despairing labor.
A vast portion of the country still remains unforested, uncultivated, unirrigated, and above all uneducated.Modernities
Horace Barnett Samuel
- to supply (land) with water by means of artificial canals, ditches, etc, esp to promote the growth of food crops
- med to bathe or wash out a bodily part, cavity, or wound
- (tr) to make fertile, fresh, or vital by or as if by watering
Word Origin for irrigate
"supply land with water," 1610s, from Latin irrigatus, past participle of irrigare "lead water to, refresh, irrigate, flood," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + rigare "to water, to moisten," of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with rain. Related: Irrigated; irrigating. In Middle English it was an adjective, "watered, flooded" (mid-15c.).
- To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid.