[waw-ter-bawrn, -bohrn, wot-er-]


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

Historical Examples of 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



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