Origin of watering
- 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)
Origin of water
Related Words for wateringbathe, sprinkle, dilute, inundate, soak, flood, irrigate, moisten, wash, spray, thin, wet, drench, souse, hose, doctor, damp, saturate, spatter, douse
Examples from the Web for watering
Contemporary Examples of watering
In doing so, he implied the obsolescence of that most embedded of British watering holes, the pub.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
He does not walk, talk, eat, or drink, and he gets his nutrition—and watering!U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
Walk into a good hotel bar, and you will sense the sort of hospitality that is difficult to match in any other watering hole.The Classic Hotel Bar Checks Back In
July 26, 2014
This is a lot of biofuel, which is why somebody, in an effort to get rid of the stuff, has been watering our gasoline.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
P. J. O’Rourke
April 27, 2014
The French House is an iconic Soho watering hole, scene of many an artistic, theatrical or literary debauch.The Great Valentine’s Day Hangover
February 15, 2014
Historical Examples of watering
No part of my business is pleasanter than the watering of cattle.A Rill from the Town Pump (From "Twice Told Tales")
Our greatest difficulty in these marshes was the watering of the cattle.
After watering we sailed again, and reached our port in due time.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
It will be a delightful companion for the watering places this season.
There's one spewing, and another, he's watering the dandelions; and that one—oh!L'Assommoir
- 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
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.
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."
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.
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