water


water
wa•ter
[[t]ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər[/t]] n.
1) chem. a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H2O, freezing at 32°F or 0°C and boiling at 212°F or 100°C, that in a more or less impure state constitutes rain, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc
2) a special form or variety of this liquid, as rain
3) Often, waters. this liquid in an impure state as obtained from a mineral spring
4) geo the liquid content of a river, inlet, etc., with reference to its relative height, esp. as dependent on tide:
a difference of 20 feet between high and low water[/ex]
5) the surface of a stream, river, ocean, etc.:
boats on the water[/ex]
6) waters
a) flowing water, or water moving in waves
b) the sea or seas bordering a particular country or continent
7) a liquid preparation, esp. one used for cosmetic purposes:
lavender water[/ex]
8) med Often, waters
b) the bag of waters; amnion
9) chem. any of various solutions of volatile or gaseous substances in water:
ammonia water[/ex]
10) phl any liquid or aqueous organic secretion, exudation, humor, or the like, as tears, perspiration, or urine
11) bus fictitious assets or the inflated values given to the stock of a corporation
12) a wavy, lustrous pattern or marking, as on silk
13) jew (formerly) the degree of transparency and brilliancy of a diamond or other precious stone
14) to sprinkle or drench with water
15) to supply with water, as a ship
16) to supply (animals) with drinking water
17) geo to supply (land, a region, etc.) with water, as by streams or irrigation
18) to dilute, weaken, or adulterate with or as if with water (often fol. by down):
to water down a reprimand[/ex]
19) bus to issue or increase the par value of (shares of stock) without having the necessary assets (often fol. by down)
20) to produce a wavy, lustrous pattern, marking, or finish on (fabrics, metals, etc.)
21) to discharge, fill with, or secrete water or liquid, as the eyes when irritated
22) to drink water, as an animal
23) of or pertaining to water in any way:
a water journey[/ex]
24) holding, or designed to hold, water
25) worked or powered by water
26) heating, pumping, or circulating water (often used in combination):
a hot-water furnace[/ex]
27) used in or on water:
water skis[/ex]
28) containing or prepared with water
29) located or occurring on or by water
30) residing by or in, or ruling over, water:
water people; water deities[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE wæter, c. OS watar, OHG wazzar; akin to ON vain, Go wato, Hittite watar, Gk hýdōr wa′ter•er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

Synonyms:
, , , / (for drink), , , , / (as cloth, to give it an undulating or wavy appearance)


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