Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clear, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid, H2O, essential for most plant and animal life and the most widely used of all solvents. Freezing point 0°C (32°F); boiling point 100°C (212°F); specific gravity (4°C) 1.0000; weight per gallon (15°C) 8.338 pounds (3.782 kilograms).
  • n. Any of various forms of water: waste water.
  • n. Naturally occurring mineral water, as at a spa. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A body of water such as a sea, lake, river, or stream.
  • n. A particular stretch of sea or ocean, especially that of a state or country: escorted out of British waters.
  • n. A supply of water: had to turn off the water while repairing the broken drain.
  • n. A water supply system.
  • n. Any of the fluids normally secreted from the body, such as urine, perspiration, tears, or saliva.
  • n. A fluid present in a body part in abnormal quantities as a result of injury or disease: water on the knee.
  • n. The fluid surrounding a fetus in the uterus; amniotic fluid.
  • n. An aqueous solution of a substance, especially a gas: ammonia water.
  • n. A wavy finish or sheen, as of a fabric or metal.
  • n. The valuation of the assets of a business firm beyond their real value.
  • n. Stock issued in excess of paid-in capital.
  • n. The transparency and luster of a gem.
  • n. A level of excellence.
  • transitive v. To pour or sprinkle water on; make wet: watered the garden.
  • transitive v. To give drinking water to.
  • transitive v. To lead (an animal) to drinking water.
  • transitive v. To dilute or weaken by adding water: a bar serving whiskey that had been watered.
  • transitive v. To give a sheen to the surface of (silk, linen, or metal).
  • transitive v. To increase (the number of shares of stock) without increasing the value of the assets represented.
  • transitive v. To irrigate (land).
  • intransitive v. To produce or discharge fluid, as from the eyes.
  • intransitive v. To salivate in anticipation of food: The wonderful aroma from the kitchen makes my mouth water.
  • intransitive v. To take on a supply of water, as a ship.
  • intransitive v. To drink water, as an animal.
  • water down To reduce the strength or effectiveness of: "It seemed clear by late autumn that the ban would be significantly watered down or removed altogether before the trade bill became law” ( George R. Packard).
  • idiom above water Out of difficulty or trouble.
  • idiom water under the bridge A past occurrence, especially something unfortunate, that cannot be undone or rectified: All that is now just water under the bridge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A chemical, found at room temperature and pressure as a clear liquid, having the formula H₂O, required by all forms of life on Earth.
  • n. Mineral water.
  • n. Spa water.
  • n. One of the four basic elements.
  • n. One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  • n. Any body of water, or a specific part of it.
  • n. Amniotic fluid; used in plural in the UK and in singular in North America.
  • n. A state of affairs; conditions; usually with an adjective indicating an adverse condition.
  • n. A serving of water.
  • n. A person's intuition.
  • n. Fluids in the body, especially when causing swelling.
  • n. Excess valuation of securities.
  • v. To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).
  • v. To provide (animals) with water.
  • v. To urinate.
  • v. To dilute.
  • v. To overvalue (securities), especially through deceptive accounting.
  • v. To fill with or secrete water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fluid which descends from the clouds in rain, and which forms rivers, lakes, seas, etc.
  • n. A body of water, standing or flowing; a lake, river, or other collection of water.
  • n. Any liquid secretion, humor, or the like, resembling water; esp., the urine.
  • n. A solution in water of a gaseous or readily volatile substance.
  • n. The limpidity and luster of a precious stone, especially a diamond. Hence, of the first water, that is, of the first excellence.
  • n. A wavy, lustrous pattern or decoration such as is imparted to linen, silk, metals, etc. See Water, v. t., 3, Damask, v. t., and Damaskeen.
  • n. An addition to the shares representing the capital of a stock company so that the aggregate par value of the shares is increased while their value for investment is diminished, or “diluted.”
  • intransitive v. To shed, secrete, or fill with, water or liquid matter.
  • intransitive v. To get or take in water.
  • transitive v. To wet or supply with water; to moisten; to overflow with water; to irrigate
  • transitive v. To supply with water for drink; to cause or allow to drink.
  • transitive v. To wet and calender, as cloth, so as to impart to it a lustrous appearance in wavy lines; to diversify with wavelike lines. Cf. Water, n., 6.
  • transitive v. To add water to (anything), thereby extending the quantity or bulk while reducing the strength or quality; to extend; to dilute; to weaken.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put water into or upon; moisten, dilute, sprinkle, or soak with water; specifically, to irrigate.
  • To supply with water for drinking; feed with water: said of animals.
  • To produce by moistening and pressure upon (silk, or other fabric) a sort of pattern on which there is a changeable play of light. See watered silk, under watered.
  • To increase (the nominal capital of a corporation) by the issue of new shares without a corresponding increase of actual capital. Justification for such a transaction is usually sought by claiming that the property and franchises have increased in value, so that an increase of stock is necessary in order fairly to represent existing capital.
  • To give out, emit, discharge, or secrete water.
  • To gather saliva as a symptom of appetite: said of the mouth or teeth, and in figurative use noting vehement desire or craving.
  • To get or take in water: as, the ship put into port to water; specifically, to drink water.
  • n. A wavy or marbled effect produced on a textile fabric, as grosgrain silk, by pressure and moisture. See watered.
  • n. A sheen or surface given to metal, by heat and pressure, resembling the ripples or the play of light on water.
  • n. See dead-water.
  • n. Standing water, as contrasted with running or circulating water.
  • n. A transparent, inodorous, tasteless fluid, H2O.
  • n. Specifically— Rain.
  • n. Mineral water. See mineral.
  • n. plural Waves, as of the sea; surges; a flood.
  • n. A limited body of water, as an ocean, a sea, or a lake; often, in provincial English and Scotch use, a river or lake: as, Derwent Water (lake); Gala Water (stream).
  • n. Any aqueous or liquid secretion, exudation, humor, etc., of an animal body.
  • n. Sweat; perspiration.
  • n. Saliva; spittle.
  • n. Urine.
  • n. The aqueous or vitreous humor of the eye; eye-water.
  • n. The serous effusion of dropsy, in a blister, and the like: as, water on the brain.
  • n. plural In obstetrics, the liquor amnii.
  • n. A distilled liquor, essence, extract, or the like. See strong water, under strong.
  • n. In pharmacy, a solution of a volatile oil, or of a volatile substance like ammonia or camphor, in water.
  • n. Transparency, as of water: the property of a precious stone in which it s beauty chiefly consists, involving also its refracting power.
  • n. The waterside; the shore of a sea, lake, stream, or the like, considered with or a part from its inhabitants; specifically, a watering-place; a seaside resort.
  • n. In finance, additional shares created by watering stock. See water, transitive verb, 4.
  • n. Glycerin.
  • n. To float to the surface, as any sunken object.
  • n. See cast.
  • n. Hence— To weaken in a contest; back out or back down.
  • n. A water of somewhat similar composition from the Vichy Spring in Saratoga. See Saratoga waters.
  • n. Whisky, brandy, or other alcoholic liquor: a translation of the Irish and Gaelic name of whisky, and of the French name of brandy (eau-de-vie). Compare aquavitæ.
  • n. The foaming water in rap ids or swiftly flowing shallows.
  • n. Foam churned up by a whale.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide with water
  • n. binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
  • n. the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
  • v. secrete or form water, as tears or saliva
  • n. liquid excretory product
  • n. a facility that provides a source of water
  • n. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
  • v. fill with tears
  • n. a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants
  • v. supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English wæter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English water, from Old English wæter ("water"), from Proto-Germanic *watōr (“water”), from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥ (“water”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just wanted to confirm: Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure that bottom of bowl *does not touch the water*.

    Layered Chocolate Cake with Fluffy White Frosting

  • In context 2 and context 3, Oscar's ˜water™-thoughts are about water, i.e. H2O, while in context 1 they are about XYZ.

    Narrow Mental Content

  • And at a certain period in the investigation of the underlying nature of water, it would have been correct to say that water might not contain hydrogen, if ˜water™ picked out something different than it actually does.

    The Epistemology of Modality

  • The acceptance of rooftop water harvesting as a suitable system may depend on the users’ views on the water’ s taste.

    Chapter 5

  • Note: These drawings can also be made for different water collection and transport methods (“water options”).

    Chapter 8

  • The discharge of drainage water also affects the quality of the “receiving water” into which it flows, especially when sewage or septic tank effluent is released into the drains.

    1. Surface water drainage in urban areas

  • The roast should first be washed in pure water, then wiped dry with a clean dry cloth, placed in a baking pan without any seasoning; some pieces of suet or cold drippings laid under it, but _no water_ should be put into the pan, for this would have a tendency to soften the outside of the meat.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) The Whole Comprising a Comprehensive Cyclopedia of Information for the Home

  • At all events, very _hot_ drink with nothing but water, milk and sugar, is equally efficacious, and my medicine (a few grains of sugar of milk) put into the hot water, seasoned as above, has often obtained great credit, when the _hot water_ was alone worthy.

    An Epitome of the Homeopathic Healing Art Containing the New Discoveries and Improvements to the Present Time

  • Heat water scalding hot first, then put in your _Hartichoakes_ and scald them, and take away all the bottomes, and leaves about them, then take _Rose water_ and _Sugar_ and boyle them alone a little while, then put the _Hartichoakes_ therein, and let them boyle on a soft fire till they be tender enough, let them be covered all the time they boyle, then take them out and put them up for your use.

    A Book of Fruits and Flowers

  • You will notice when you pay a pilgrimage to the stone (it lies at the ford, hard by a church) that the ground about it is almost level with the water, so that when the river is in flood the stone must be almost submerged: in other words, it would then _hove above the water_.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

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    April 19, 2007

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    February 15, 2007

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