Definitions

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

  • adj. Lacking water; dry.
  • adj. Not requiring water, as a cooling system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dry, arid, lacking water.
  • adj. Not requiring water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of water; dry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lacking water; unsupplied or un-moistened with water; of a fish, out of water.

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

  • adj. lacking sufficient water or rainfall

Etymologies

water +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • **I may have incorporated some words/terms/concepts that amuse me (Mongol, ghee, Gobi/gobi (which amuses me because it's both the Mongol word for “waterless place” and the Hindi word for "cauliflower"), globetrotting, jalopy, and the names Pierce, Otto and Ratzinger).

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  • And the word waterless is a main entry in Cobuild, explained in twenty words, whereas in CED it is naught but a so-called "undefined runon" — merely mentioned, but not explained explicitly, as a sub-entry at water.

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  • Glenda Larke is a skilful worldbuilder and in this new series she creates a remarkable desert land where water is treasured and the waterless are the outcasts of society.

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  • Not so good for the enveloping showers some of us prefer i.e. water comes straight down, rather than spreading into a cone, which means sides of shoulders, arms, etc. are waterless, which is just not OK.

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  • They also have something called waterless urinals in that hotel.

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  • So it wants to set up a pilot program in which at least some fund-raisers will be asked to volunteer to use a new "waterless" cleaning product.

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  • Ironically, this 'waterless' plain has 50-200 feet of marine sediments.

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  • Other touches at the office, such as waterless urinals and low-flow plumbing fixtures, are sometimes overlooked during energy-saving projects.

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  • It's been using biodegradable to-go boxes, and the urinals are "waterless" in the men's room.

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  • He expects to save on energy costs at the 21-room hotel and restaurant but notes he also embraces green features at his business such as waterless urinals, energy-saving light bulbs, recycled materials and a water-saving dishwasher.

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