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waterlogged

[waw-ter-lawgd, -logd, wot-er-]
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adjective
  1. so filled or flooded with water as to be heavy or unmanageable, as a ship.
  2. excessively saturated with or as if with water: waterlogged ground; waterlogged with fatigue.
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Origin of waterlogged

1760–70; water + log1 (apparently in v. sense “(of water) to accumulate in a ship”) + -ed2

waterlog

[waw-ter-lawg, -log, wot-er-]
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
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Examples from the Web for waterlogged

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  • She rose up in that waterlogged cart like a Statue of Liberty.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • It was the old front line, now waterlogged and quite untenable.

    Q.6.a and Other places

    Francis Buckley

  • I took in so much, I was afraid I'd be waterlogged and never come up.

    Buffalo Land

    W. E. Webb

  • She does not roll as though she was waterlogged in any degree.

  • But now he saw that what he had mistaken for a waterlogged sunken hulk was indeed an under-sea boat, a submarine and a big one.

    The Radio Detectives

    A. Hyatt Verrill


British Dictionary definitions for waterlogged

waterlogged

adjective
  1. saturated with water
  2. (of a vessel still afloat) having taken in so much water as to be unmanageable
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Word Origin and History for waterlogged

waterlog

v.

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

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