- 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
Examples from the Web for water
Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
When cities started adding chlorine to their water supplies, in the early 1900s, it set off public outcry.
In secret, before the referendum, the council went ahead and fluoridated the water anyway.
Instead of going for the hole, I hit the ball directly into the water.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Other officials told reporters that searchers also spotted a life vest and baggage in the water.
The lake dwellers had fires, both on shore and in their huts over the water.
Just as Persia has its Ruths gleaning in the fields, so also Rebekah with her water pot may be seen daily.Oriental Women|Edward Bagby Pollard
If it becomes too stiff add a few drops of water, and stir it again.The Century Cook Book|Mary Ronald
She'd most think she could see their pretty upturned faces in the water.Harper's New Monthly Magazine|Various
This boat, which floats upon the surface of the water until the larv are disclosed, is placed there by the female gnat.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Word Origin for water
Word Origin and History for water (1 of 3)
Old English wæter, from Proto-Germanic *watar (cf. Old Saxon watar, Old Frisian wetir, Dutch water, Old High German wazzar, German Wasser, Old Norse vatn, Gothic wato "water"), from PIE *wodor/*wedor/*uder-, from root *wed- (cf. Hittite watar, Sanskrit udrah, Greek hydor, Old Church Slavonic and Russian voda, Lithuanian vanduo, Old Prussian wundan, Gaelic uisge "water;" Latin unda "wave").
Linguists believe PIE had two root words for water: *ap- and *wed-. The first (preserved in Sanskrit apah) was "animate," referring to water as a living force; the latter referred to it as an inanimate substance. The same probably was true of fire (n.).
To keep (one's) head above water in the figurative sense is recorded from 1742. Water cooler is recorded from 1846; water polo from 1884; water torture from 1928. First record of water-closet is from 1755. Water-ice as a confection is from 1818. Watering-place is mid-15c., of animals, 1757, of persons. Water-lily first attested 1540s.
Word Origin and History for water (1 of 3)
Old English wæterian (see water (n.1)). Meaning "to dilute" is attested from late 14c.; now usually as water down (1850). To make water "urinate" is recorded from early 15c. Related: Watered; watering.
Word Origin and History for water (2 of 3)
measure of quality of a diamond, c.1600, from water (n.1), perhaps as a translation of Arabic ma' "water," which also is used in the sense "lustre, splendor."
Medicine definitions for water
Science definitions for water
Idioms and Phrases with water
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