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A water molecule.
( United Kingdom )
( Received Pronunciation ) IPA (: key) /ˈwɔːtə/
( England , Estuary English ) IPA (: key) ,
( England , Cockney ) IPA (: key) ,
( Northern English , dated , obsolete elsewhere ) IPA (: key) /ˈwætəɹ/, ,
( Scotland ) IPA (: key) /ˈwɔtər/, ( dialectal ) IPA (: key) /ˈwɒtə/, /ˈwɒtəɹ/
( North America )
( General Australian , New Zealand ) IPA (: key) /ˈwoːtə/,
( Ireland ) IPA (: key) /ˈwɔːtəɹ/,
( Indian English ) IPA (: key) ,
( General South African ) IPA (: key) Hyphenation:
wa‧ter Rhymes: -ɔːtə(ɹ)
Middle English , from water Old English wæter ( “ water ” ), from Proto-West Germanic , from *watar Proto-Germanic *watōr ( “ water ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥ ( “ water ” ).
Cognate with cf,
North Frisian weeter ( “ water ” ), Saterland Frisian Woater ( “ water ” ), West Frisian wetter ( “ water ” ), Dutch water ( “ water ” ), Low German Water ( “ water ” ), German , Wasser Old Norse ( vatn Swedish vatten ( “ water ” ), Danish vand ( “ water ” ), Norwegian Bokmål vann ( “ water ” ), and Norwegian Nynorsk Icelandic vatn ( “ water ” ), Old Irish coin fodorne ( “ otters ”, literally “ water-dogs ” ), Latin unda ( “ wave ” ), Lithuanian vanduõ ( “ water ” ), Russian вода́ ( vodá, “ water ” ), Albanian ujë ( “ water ” ), Ancient Greek ὕδωρ ( húdōr, “ water ” ), Armenian գետ ( get, “ river ” ), Sanskrit उदन् ( udán, “ wave, water ” ), Hittite 𒉿𒀀𒋻 ( wa-a-tar ).
water ( , countable and uncountable plural ) waters
A substance (of molecular formula H ( uncountable ) 2O) found at room temperature and pressure as a clear liquid; it is present naturally as rain, and found in rivers, lakes and seas; its solid form is ice and its gaseous form is steam.
By the action of electricity, the water was resolved into its two parts, oxygen and hydrogen.
September-October, 2013 Katie L. Burke, “ In the News”, in : American Scientist Oxygen levels on Earth skyrocketed 2.4 billion years ago, when cyanobacteria evolved photosynthesis: the ability to convert water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and waste oxygen using solar energy.
The liquid form of this substance: liquid H ( uncountable , in particular ) 2O.
May I have a glass of water? Your plants need more water.
, Arthur T. Hubbard, 2002 Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science, , page →ISBN 4895: A water drop placed on the surface of ice can either spread or form a lens depending on the properties of the three phases involved in wetting, i.e., on the properties of the ice, water, and gas phases.
2013 May 11, “ The climate of Tibet: Pole-land”, in , volume The Economist 407, number 8835, page 80: Of all the transitions brought about on the Earth’s surface by temperature change, the melting of ice into water is the starkest. It is binary. And for the land beneath, the air above and the life around, it changes everything. For more quotations using this term, see Citations:water. A ( countable ) serving of liquid water.
, Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Amy Garvey, 2006 Bad Boys of Summer, , page →ISBN 91: Joe bustled back and offered her a glass of wine but she shook her head. “Just a water, please.”
The aforementioned liquid, considered one of ( alchemy , philosophy ) the Classical elements or basic elements of alchemy.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. He showed me the river of living water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God.
Water in a body; an area of open water.
( uncountable or in the plural )
c. (date written), 1595–1596 William Shakespeare, “ Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( First Folio), London: Isaac Iaggard, and Ed, published Blount 1623, , [Act V, scene i], →OCLC page , column 2: 138 Roſa. O vain peticioner, beg a greater matter, Thou now requeſts but Mooneſhine in the water.
, 1913 Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in : Mr. Pratt's Patients 'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed. 2019, VOA Learning English (public domain)
The president expressed hope that creating rain over waters between the countries would help reduce pollution.
The boat was found within the territorial waters. These seals are a common sight in the coastal waters of Chile.
A body of water, almost always a river.
( poetic , archaic or dialectal )
, 1842 Alfred Tennyson, “Morte d’Arthur”, in , volume II, London: Poems. Edward Moxon, , , →OCLC page 4: On one side lay the Ocean, and on one Lay a great water, and the moon was full. , William Allingham, editor, 1865 The Ballad Book: a selection of the choicest British ballads, William and May Margaret, or the Water of Clyde: But ere he came to Clyde's water, fu' loud the wind did blaw. A combination of water and other substance(s).
( sometimes countable ) Perrier is the most popular water in this restaurant.
( countable , often in the plural ) Spa water.
Many people visit Bath to take the waters.
A ( pharmacy ) solution in water of a gaseous or readily volatile substance.
, 1999 George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam, published 2011, page 458: Ser Dunaver's squire Jodge could not hold his water when he slept.
Amniotic fluid or the amniotic sac containing it. ( Used only in the plural in the UK but often also in the singular in North America. )
Synonym: bag of waters
Before the child is born, the pregnant woman’s water breaks. ( North America )
Before your child is born, your water(s) will break. ( North America ) Before the child is born, the pregnant woman’s waters break. ( UK ) Fluids in the body, especially when causing ( colloquial , medicine ) swelling.
He suffers from water on the knee.
A state of affairs; conditions; usually with an adjective indicating an adverse condition.
( figuratively , in the plural or in the singular ) The rough waters of change will bring about the calm after the storm.
A person's ( colloquial , figuratively ) intuition.
Synonym: bones I know he'll succeed. I feel it in my waters.
Excess valuation of securities.
( uncountable , dated , finance )
1902 August 2, “Too Much Water to Suit Cummins”, in The Atlanta Constitution: Iowa Governor Will Fight Rock Island Reorganization. He Says That Under the New Plan Too Much Water Is Put Into the Stock—Believes Plan Is Out of Harmony with Iowa Laws. 1920 April 11, “Says Stock ' Water' Didn't Affect Fare”, in New York Times: the outstanding stock and bond obligations of the company were reduced from $34,000,000 to $24,000,000 by squeezing out the water. The
limpidity and lustre of a precious stone, especially a diamond.
a diamond of the first water is perfectly pure and transparent A wavy, lustrous pattern or decoration such as is imparted to linen, silk, metals, etc.
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tritiated water uncharted water , under water underwater Vichy water Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water Virginia Water walk on water , waste water wastewater water's edge water aerobics waterage water bag water bailiff water balance water ballet water balloon , water-based waterbased water bath water bead water bear Water Bearer , water bed , water-bed waterbed water beetle waterbike waterbird water birth water biscuit water blister water-blob water bloom waterboard water boatman , water boiler waterboiler waterbok waterbomb water bomber waterborne , water bottle waterbottle , water boy waterboy water break waterbuck water buffalo , water bug waterbug , water bus waterbus water butt water can water cannon water carriage water cavy water chestnut water chicken watercise , water clock waterclock water closet watercoaster watercock , watercolour watercolor water column water content water-cooled , water cooler watercooler watercourse watercraft watercress water crow water cure water cycle water devil water diviner water doctor water dog waterdrop water dropwort water dumping water elephant water engine water equivalent waterfall water feature , water fight waterfight water flag water flea waterflood water for injection water fountain , water fowl waterfowl waterfowler waterfowling water frame , waterfree water-free waterfront waterful water gap water garden water gas , water gate watergate water gauge water glass water gruel water gun water hammer water hardness water haul water heater water hemlock , water hen waterhen , waterhole , water-hole water hole , water horse waterhorse water horsetail water hyacinth water ice water injection water intoxication waterish water jacket water joint waterjug water jump waterkeeper water key water knot water landing water law waterleaf waterless , water lettuce water-lettuce water level waterlike , water lily waterlily , water line waterline water-line model water locust waterlog waterlogged waterly water main watermaker waterman watermanship watermark watermaster , water-meadow water meadow water memory water meter watermelon , water milfoil watermilfoil , water mill watermill water mint water mocassin ( water mold Oomycetes) water monitor water mouse waterness water oak , water of crystallisation water of crystallization water of hydration water on the brain water on the knee water opossum water organ Water Orton water ouzel water over the dam , water park waterpark water parting water pepper water-permeable water pick water pig water pill water pillar water pimpernel , water pipe waterpipe water pipit water pistol waterplane water plantain water plate waterplay water poisoning water police water pollution water polo waterpot water potential , water power waterpower water pox water privilege waterproof waterproofed waterquake water rail water rat water-repellent water-resistant water right water rocket Waters water sapphire waterscape water scorpion , watershed water-shed watersheep water shield watershoot water shrew waterside water sign , water ski , water-ski waterski water-skier , water skiing , water-skiing waterskiing waterskin water-slickened , waterslide water slide water snake water-soak watersoaked water softener water softening water-soluble water souchy water spaniel water speedwell water spider water spinach , water sport watersport water spot waterspout water sprout waterstained water stop Water Stratford water strider waterstuff water supply water table water tap water taxi waterthrush water tick watertight water to my mill water tower Watertown water trough water tunnel water turbine water turkey water under the bridge Water Valley , water vapor water-vapor water vapor pressure water vapour water-vascular system Waterville water vole water wagon waterward waterway waterweed , water wheel waterwheel water white water willow water wings water witch water witcher water witching , waterworks water works waterworn waterwort watery water year waterzooi , white water whitewater you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink you never miss the water till the well runs dry Ziegler's Water Rat ziment water above-water angel water anomalous water Apollinaris water Australian water dragon Barbados water bath water between wind and water black-backed water tyrant blow something out of the water blue-water navy bore water bromine water brown-water navy bubble water burn the water cast someone's water cat's water cedar water Chinese water chestnut Chinese water torture chum in the water Cincinnati water maze city water clary water clear blue water coconut water cold water flat cold-water flat Cologne water couldn't pour water out of a boot couldn't pour water out of a boot with the instructions on the heel court holy water creeping water bug dead as ditch-water deep-water solo deuterated water diamond-water paradox dill water dip one's toe in the water dripping water hollows a stone eastern water dragon Egyptian water-lily every miller draws water to his own mill feel in one's water feeling in one's water fish-out-of-water fizzy water flat water Florida water fragrant water lily functional water gangly drink of water gas water get the dirty water off one's chest Gippsland water dragon go through fire and water green-water navy gum water happy as a clam at high water heavy-water hewers of wood and drawers of water hold one's head above water holy water sprinkler holy-water sprinkle hot water bag hot water bottle rash hot water can Hungary water Hunza water Jack-in-the-water Javel water keep one's head above the water Lancashire over the water light-water like a duck to water line drawn in water line drawn on water liquid water load water line long-toed water beetle low-water mark make foul water mannish water micellar water Morris water maze northern water dragon oil and water oil and water don't mix omum water peach water phossy water pink water plague water plain water plantain water potash water pour cold water on pressurized water reactor puppy water push water uphill put one's toe in the water quarter water quick water quicksilver water rain water raw water river-water rock water Sapele water scrawny drink of water six-water grog skinny drink of water slack-water spend money like water spunk-water storm in a glass of water strong water stump-water super heavy water superheavy water swamp water table water take in water take to something like a duck to water take water tar water territorial water the mill cannot grind with water that is past there must be something in the water thin as a yard of pump water throw out the baby with the bath water throw the baby out with the bath water Titicaca water frog toast water tomato water too much water drowned the miller treacle water unholy water unspoken water velvet water bug water absorption water adder water allergy water bailage water bailie water bar water barometer water battery water bewitched water bicycle water bike water birch water birthing water block water boa water body water bomb water bottle flipping water bottler water box water brash water breaker water bridge water buffalo calf water cabbage water caltrop water carrier water cell water cement water cooler effect water core water couch water crane water deer water divining water dragon water drinker water drum water fear water fire water fitness water flow water fluoridation water footprint water gilding water gut water hog water hyssop water icing water is wet water jet water leader water lemon water lens water log water lot water mantle water maze water measurer water melon water mite water moccasin water mole water monkey water monster water motor water mower water net water nymph water of life water off a duck water off a duck's back water on the chest water organist water parade water parsnip water pocket water polo player water poppy water prince water pump pliers water purifier water python water ram water repellent water ribbons water rite water roux water sandwich water scavenger beetle water scooter water sickness water skipper water smoke water snail water soldier water spout water starwort water tank water telescope water tender water thermometer water thrush water to one's mill water toxemia water tree water twist water vascular system water violet water wing water wisteria water yam water-bag water-bath water-bellows water-borne water-breaker water-butt water-carrier water-cress water-cure water-dock water-fear water-gall water-gang water-hugging water-laid water-leech water-lily water-log water-loving water-parsnip water-plantain water-porridge water-salamander water-shield water-wheel water-worn weak as water white water lily white water rafting white-water rafting witch's water wood and water joey yellow-flowered water hyssop you don't miss the water till the well runs dry you never miss the water until the well runs dry Ziegler's water rat
Middle English , from wateren Old English , from wæterian Proto-Germanic , *watrōną , from *watrijaną Proto-Germanic *watōr ( “ water ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥ ( “ water ” ).
water ( third-person singular simple present , waters present participle , watering simple past and past participle ) watered
to water (1)
To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).
( transitive ) , L. Frank Baum, chapter 24, in 1900 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Aunt Em had just come out of the house to water the cabbages when she looked up and saw Dorothy running toward her.
To wet or supply with water; to moisten; to overflow with water; to ( transitive ) irrigate.
To provide (animals) with water for ( transitive ) drinking.
I need to . water the cattle
To get or take in water.
( intransitive )
The ship put into port to water. January and February, W. McGowan Gradon, “Forres as a Railway Centre”, in 1944 Railway Magazine, page 23: After working the 1.30 p.m. through train from Forres to Aberdeen as far as Elgin, she returns tender first with a local passenger train and is then coaled and watered at Forres shed, and eventually works back to Perth on the 10.20 p.m. through freight.
To ( transitive , colloquial ) urinate onto.
Nature called, so I stepped into the woods and watered a tree.
To ( transitive ) dilute.
Can you water the whisky, please?
To overvalue (securities), especially through deceptive accounting.
( transitive , dated , finance ) 1930 April 10, “Calls Rail Holding Companies Threat”, in The Sun: such agencies would make it possible for the railroads to water stock and evade the law subjecting security issues to public regulation
To fill with or secrete water.
( intransitive )
Chopping onions makes my eyes water. The smell of fried onions makes my mouth water. To wet and ( transitive ) calender, as cloth, so as to impart to it a lustrous appearance in wavy lines; to diversify with wavelike lines.
to water silk
to pour water into the soil surrounding (plants)
ἄρδω ( árdō ) Arabic:
سَقَى ( saqā ) Armenian:
ջրել (hy) ( ǰrel ), ոռոգել (hy) ( oṙogel ) Azerbaijani:
sulamaq , (az) suvarmaq Bulgarian:
поливам (bg) ( polivam ) Catalan:
regar (ca) Chinese:
淋水 ( lam 4 seoi 2 ) Mandarin: 澆水 ／ 浇水 (zh) ( jiāoshuǐ ) Czech:
zalít , (cs) zalévat (cs) Danish:
vande (da) Dutch:
, water geven sproeien , (nl) begieten , (nl) wateren (nl) Dzongkha:
ཆུ ( chu ) Esperanto:
akvumi (eo) Estonian:
kastma (et) Finnish:
kastella (fi) French:
(fr) Old French: arouser Galician:
augar , (gl) regar (gl) German:
gießen , (de) bewässern (de) Greek:
ποτίζω (el) ( potízo ) Hebrew:
הִשְׁקָה (he) ( hishká ) Hungarian:
öntöz , (hu) locsol (hu) Icelandic:
arozar (io) Indonesian:
siram (id) Ingrian:
annaffiare (it) Japanese:
水 を やる ( みずをやる, mizu o yaru ) Kurdish:
ئاودان ( awdan ) Northern Kurdish: avdan (ku) Latin:
наводнува ( navodnuva ), полива ( poliva ), вади ( vadi ) Malay:
Bokmål: vanne (no) Occitan:
asaigar (oc) Polish:
podlewać (pl) , impf podlać (pl) pf Portuguese:
regar , (pt) aguar (pt) Romanian:
uda , (ro) iriga (ro) Russian:
полива́ть (ru) impf ( polivátʹ ), поли́ть (ru) pf ( polítʹ ) Serbo-Croatian:
Roman: zalevati , (sh) zalijevati (sh) Slovene:
, zalivati zaliti Spanish:
regar , (es) aguar (es) Swedish:
vattna , (sv) , ge vatten vattna (sv) Tagalog:
నీరుపోయుట ( nīrupōyuṭa ) Thai:
รด (th) ( rót ) Turkish:
sulamak (tr) Ukrainian:
поливати impf ( polyvaty ) Volapük:
vatön (vo) Welsh:
, dyfrio dyfrhau (cy) West Frisian: wetter jaan
to provide (animals) with water
أَسْقَى ( ʔasqā ), سَقَى ( saqā ) Armenian:
ջուր տալ ( ǰur tal ) Azerbaijani:
sulamaq , (az) , suvarmaq su vermək Bulgarian:
поя (bg) ( poja ) Catalan:
abeurar (ca) Czech:
vande (da) Dutch:
water geven Dzongkha:
ཆུ ( chu ) Esperanto:
doni akvon Estonian:
juottaa (fi) French:
abreuver , (fr) faire boire (fr) Galician:
abeberar (gl) German:
tränken (de) Hebrew:
הִשְׁקָה (he) ( hishqá ) Hungarian:
itat (hu) Indonesian:
beri minum Italian:
abbeverare (it) Japanese:
水 を やる ( みずをやる, mizu o yaru ) Latvian:
по́и impf ( pói ), на́пои pf ( nápoi ) Ndzwani Comorian:
Bokmål: vanne (no) Polish:
poić (pl) , impf napoić (pl) pf Portuguese:
dar água a Romanian:
adăpa (ro) Russian:
пои́ть (ru) impf ( poítʹ ), напои́ть (ru) pf ( napoítʹ ) Serbo-Croatian:
Roman: pojiti , (sh) napajati (sh) Slovene:
, pojiti napajati Spanish:
dar agua a Swedish:
vattna (sv) Tagalog:
, magpainom painumin Telugu:
నీరుపెట్టుట ( nīrupeṭṭuṭa ) Turkish: su vermek (tr)
to fill with or secrete water
( eyes ) արտասվակալել ( artasvakalel ) Danish:
, fælde tårer græde (da) Dutch:
wateren (nl) Finnish:
vuotaa , (fi) valua , (fi) kastua , (fi) kostua (fi) French:
pleurer (fr) German:
tränen (de) Hungarian:
könnyezik (hu) ( eyes ), nyáladzik (hu) ( mouth ) Indonesian:
menangis (id) Japanese:
濡れる (ja) ( nureru ) ( sexual: to get wet ), 分泌液 を 出す ( bunpitsueki o dasu ) ( clinical: to secrete a liquid ), 水 を 積み込む ( mizu o tsumikomu ) ( to take on (drinking) water, as a ship in resupply ) Maori:
pītoritoriwai ( of the eyes due to irritation such as dryness ), koe (mi) ( of the mouth ), matatoua ( Of the eyes ), toriwai ( of the eyes ) Norwegian:
gråte , (no) felle tårer Polish:
( eyes ) łzawić (pl) Portuguese:
encher de água Tagalog:
, magpaluha , magluha , lumuha , mapaluha paluhain ( eyes ), , magtubig magkatubig ( general ), , maglaway papaglawayin ( mouth ) Telugu:
పవిత్రజలము ( pavitrajalamu ) Turkish:
sulanmak , (tr) sulandırmak (tr) Ukrainian: ( очі ) сльози́тися ( slʹozýtysja )
Translations to be checked
water”, in , New York, N.Y.: The Century Dictionary The Century Co., 1911, . →OCLC “ water”, in , Springfield, Mass.: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary G. & C. Merriam, 1913, . →OCLC
Dutch , from water Middle Dutch , from wāter Old Dutch , from watar Proto-West Germanic , from *watar Proto-Germanic , from *watōr Proto-Indo-European .
water ( plural ) waters
water any artificial fluid similar to water
( colloquial ) urine any body of water, such as a river or a lake
disease where water is accumulated; hydrops a large quantity of water; ( in the plural ) inundation
water ( present , water present participle , waterende past participle ) gewater
urinate to secrete liquid
Jan Kromhout, Afrikaans-English, English-Afrikaans Dictionary (2001)
IPA (: key) /ˈʋaːtər/, ( Belgium ) , ( Netherlands )
audio (Netherlands) ( file) Rhymes:
-aːtər Hyphenation: wa‧ter
Middle Dutch , from wāter Old Dutch , from watar Proto-West Germanic , from *watar Proto-Germanic , from *watōr Proto-Indo-European .
water ( n plural waters or , wateren diminutive watertje ) n
water ( H 2O )
Het water kookte. The water boiled. body of water
( such as a lake, ditch or stream ) bodily fluid ( especially amniotic fluid )
See the etymology of the corresponding
first-person singular present indicative imperative
“ water” in Van Dale Onlinewoordenboek, Van Dale Lexicografie, 2007.
Dutch Low Saxon
Old Saxon .
( Drents , Twents ) water
Ellipsis of , borrowed from water-closet English .
water ( m plural ) waters
toilet, bathroom . Ellipsis of water-closet
Pseudo-anglicism, a clipping of English .
water ( m ) invariable
toilet bowl ( colloquial ) water closet, toilet
Middle Dutch , from wāter Old Dutch , from watar Proto-West Germanic , from *watar Proto-Germanic , from *watōr Proto-Indo-European .
water body of water
Dative and accusative are nowadays obsolete, use nominative instead.
Plural and diminutive only used for the meaning body of water.
Stefaan Top, Limburgs sagenboek (2004), page 45
Old Dutch .
Old English , from wæter Proto-West Germanic , from *watar Proto-Germanic .
( water plural )
water ( liquid H 2O )
c. , Layamon, 1190 Brut, MS. Cotton Caligula A ix edition: al ſwa great ſwa a beam: þe he leide in ane walle ſtream. Þe ilke makeð þat water hot: & þan folc halwende. (please add an English translation of this quotation)
, water vapour condensation
lake, pond, ocean, canal, body of water water source,
spring, well, fount solution, liquid mixture
Middle Low German
Old Saxon .
( originally ) IPA (: key) /ˈwaːtər/
water , Jürgen Richolff the Younger, 1537 Datt högeste unde öldeste water recht, section XXVIII: Eyn effte twe effte meer liggen in einer hauen dar schip kleyn water is vnde plecht dröge tho synde also dat dat eyne schip hart by dem andern tho liggende kumpt [… ] A ship or two or more lie in a port with little water, which tends to be dry, so that one the ship comes to lie close by the other
Declension of water
Middle Low German nouns often switch to other declension classes, and new declension patterns are created throughout the period. As such, this table need not necessarily portray the only existing pattern but might merely be an exemplary of an original or common form.
Shortened form of
( colloquial ) water closet, toilet, rest room