- 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
We set out in silence, and having descended a steep path, we stopped at the water's edge and crossed swords.Marie|Alexander Pushkin
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
Derived Formswaterer, nounwaterish, adjectivewaterless, adjectivewater-like, adjective
Word Origin for water
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