[waw-ter-lis, wot-er-]


devoid of water; dry.
needing no water, as for cooking.

Origin of waterless

before 950; Middle English waterlees, Old English waterlēas. See water, -less
Related formswa·ter·less·ly, adverbwa·ter·less·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for waterless

Contemporary Examples of waterless

  • It builds cities like Tucson and Phoenix in waterless deserts.

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    Swallowed By the Sea

    Simon Winchester

    March 20, 2011

Historical Examples of waterless

  • The waterless world of stone is not only a garden, but a green forest!

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The renowned Nerpani, or Nerpania, "waterless track," begins at Gibti.

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • Why should a man always wear a watch when he travels in a waterless desert?

  • Here the road parts from the river, and strikes into the waterless desert.

  • If in waterless country he would have to leave him, or kill him, or die with him.

    Spinifex and Sand

    David W Carnegie