from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A projecting ledge, molding, or stringcourse along the side of a building, designed to throw off rainwater.
- n. The level below which the ground is completely saturated with water. Also called water level.
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- n. The level, underground, below which the ground is saturated with water
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A molding, or other projection, in the wall of a building, to throw off the water, -- generally used in the United States for the first table above the surface of the ground (see table, n., 9), that is, for the table at the top of the foundation and the beginning of the upper wall.
- The upper limit of the portion of the ground wholly saturated with water. The water table may be within a few inches of the surface or many feet below it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In soil investigations, the upper surface of the gravitation or ground water; the upward limit of soil and rock saturation. See soil moisture.
- n. In car-building, a window ledge.
- n. In architecture, a string-course, molding, or other projecting member so placed as to throw off water from the wall of a building.
- n. A small embankment made across a road, especially on a hill, to carry off the water.
- n. Same as water-bridge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. underground surface below which the ground is wholly saturated with water
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"The water table is dangerously high," said her husband, whose sober mien was emphasized by owl-like eyeglasses.
In New Orleans, that meant the first floor, beneath the steps heading up to the main floor, because there were no real basements in a city built below sea level, a city with a water table not two feet beneath the surface.
In the days before the Wizard had mucked up the water table and wreaked havoc with a centuries-old way of life, the Bengda district had thrived in one of the few dry areas, humps of sandy hill on either side of Waterslip.