[ waw-ter-lawg, -log, wot-er- ]
/ 藞w蓴 t蓹r藢l蓴g, -藢l蓲g, 藞w蓲t 蓹r- /
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verb (used with object), wa路ter路logged, wa路ter路log路ging.
to cause (a boat, ship, etc.) to become uncontrollable as a result of flooding.
to soak, fill, or saturate with water so as to make soggy or useless.
verb (used without object), wa路ter路logged, wa路ter路log路ging.
to become saturated with water.
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Origin of waterlog

First recorded in 1770鈥80; apparently back formation from waterlogged
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How to use waterlog in a sentence

  • Be sure to top up the water when it gets low鈥攂ut don鈥檛 waterlog the plant by submerging too much of the base.

  • 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