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

  • adj. Repelling, tending not to combine with, or incapable of dissolving in water.
  • adj. Of or exhibiting hydrophobia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking an affinity for water; unable to absorb, or be wetted by water.
  • adj. Of, or having hydrophobia (rabies).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to hydrophobia; producing or caused by rabies

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or affected with hydrophobia or rabies; rabid.

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

  • adj. lacking affinity for water; tending to repel and not absorb water; tending not to dissolve in or mix with or be wetted by water
  • adj. abnormally afraid of water


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  • Both are classified as hydrophobic, and fabrics made of them tend to feel uncomfortable in hot, humid weather.


  • The other end of the same molecule is hydrophobic, meaning it doesn't like water, and this end is actually able to dissolve grease molecules.

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  • In humid tropical areas, or areas with heavy rainfall, it may be advisable to purchase "hydrophobic" cement, since this kind of cement can be stored in damp conditions for long periods of time.

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  • Even the sacred covenant between outdoor types and wet socks has come unravelled with the development of "hydrophobic" fabrics which repel all moisture, including the two pints a hiker's feet can release in a day. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • This solvent is hydrophobic, meaning it mixes with oils and doesn't like water.

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  • All of these happenings could possibly affect your passion in photography if you're being too overprotective on your 'hydrophobic' camera.


  • Human hair is hydrophobic, meaning that it deflects water but still absorbs oil.

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  • It works by forming a highly water-repellent or "hydrophobic" layer that resists dirt and bacteria, so that treated surfaces can be quickly washed clean with plain water, said Neil McClelland, Nanopool's UK project manager.

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  • "Plastic particles can absorb chemicals that are" hydrophobic, "that is they don't mix with water, but are" lipophilic, "that is they are attracted to oily substances, such as petroleum-based plastics," he explains.


  • They recommend using the thinnest material possible for the lip of the spout, preferably metal, and applying a '' hydrophobic '' or water-repelling substance to the inside.

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