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waterlog

[waw-ter-lawg, -log, wot-er-]
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verb (used with object), wa·ter·logged, wa·ter·log·ging.
  1. to cause (a boat, ship, etc.) to become uncontrollable as a result of flooding.
  2. to soak, fill, or saturate with water so as to make soggy or useless.
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verb (used without object), wa·ter·logged, wa·ter·log·ging.
  1. to become saturated with water.
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Origin of waterlog

First recorded in 1770–80; apparently back formation from waterlogged
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Two were lateeners, one a schooner, two cutters, and the sixth was the "Waterlog."

    The Swan and Her Crew

    George Christopher Davies

  • Her name was the Waterlily, but she was facetiously christened and universally called the "Waterlog."

    The Swan and Her Crew

    George Christopher Davies

  • Frank saw the wisdom of this advice, and as he followed it, the "Waterlog" shot forward and gained a little upon the schooner.

    The Swan and Her Crew

    George Christopher Davies


Word Origin and History for waterlog

v.

1779, from water (n.1) + log (n.); the notion is of "reduce to a log-like condition."

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