- 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
Examples from the Web for waters
The “waters of Lake Minnetonka” may have been purifying, but they were also freezing.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When it came to shooting the famous parting of the Red Sea, Ridley Scott elected to show a tsunami splitting the waters.Christian Bale: One Man's Moses Is Another Man's Terrorist|Candida Moss, Joel Baden|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Discarding the idea of testing the waters with a provocative contribution, I just asked what they would do.
To be sure, a more activist Supreme Court could still have decided to wade into the waters and decide this issue once and for all.
Waters became really famous after Tipping The Velvet was made into a TV drama in 2002.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He turned his attention to Pomerania, though the injuries his health had suffered drove him to take the waters at Carlsbad.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII.|Arthur Mee
Other blind species are found in foreign waters, while others with small eyes are found in American waters.
You don't mean to say you've got that baby Cunarder with you down here in these waters?Pirates' Hope|Francis Lynde
Two armed vessels were ordered for the protection of Rhode Island waters; and this was the beginning of the American navy.Revolutionary Reader|Sophie Lee Foster
On the northern horizon a new light appeared, a small bluish gleam on the edge of the waters.The Open Boat and Other Stories|Stephen Crane
pl n (ˈwɔːtəz)
- 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