[ waw-ter-bawr-ding, ‐bohr‐, wot-er‐ ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌbɔr dɪŋ, ‐ˌboʊr‐, ˈwɒt ər‐ /


a harsh interrogation technique in which water is poured onto the face and head of the immobilized victim so as to induce a fear of drowning.

Origin of waterboarding

First recorded in 2000–05; water + board + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for waterboarding

/ (ˈwɔːtəˌbɔːdɪŋ) /


a form of torture in which the victim is immobilized and has water poured on his or her face, producing a severe gag reflex, to simulate drowning
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