[ waw-ter-bawrn, -bohrn, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn, ˈwɒt ər- /


floating or moving on water; supported by water: The ship was waterborne ten months after the keel was laid.
transported by ship or boat: waterborne commerce.
communicated by water, especially drinking water: waterborne diseases.

Origin of waterborne

First recorded in 1550–60; water + borne1
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Examples from the Web for waterborne

  • Typhoid in the vast majority of cases is waterborne, and hence the greatest care should be taken to avoid any dubious pan or pool.

    War's Brighter Side|Julian Ralph.
  • It will be noticed that the two ends of these vessels, like the Nile boats of the Egyptians proper, were not waterborne.

    Ancient and Modern Ships.|George C. V. Holmes

British Dictionary definitions for waterborne

/ (ˈwɔːtəˌbɔːn) /


floating or travelling on water
(of a disease, etc) transported or transmitted by water
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