from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A place where animals find water to drink.
- n. A health resort with mineral springs; a spa.
- n. Informal A watering hole.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A place where there are springs of medicinal water, or a place by the sea, or by some large body of water, to which people resort for bathing, recreation, boating, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place where water may be obtained, as for drinking, for watering cattle, or for supplying ships.
- n. Especially, a place of resort for a particular kind of water, as mineral water; a well, spring, town, etc., famous for its waters; in later use, a bathing-place; a seaside resort; loosely, any summer resort.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a health resort near a spring or at the seaside
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I went on with the hunting surveyor at Banagher for three years, during which, at Kingstown, the watering place near Dublin, I met Rose Heseltine, the lady who has since become my wife.
'On the 4th of July, I sailed from Voorla, a watering place on the south side of the Gulf of Smyrna, for Psara and arrived there on the
Ships from England now make the voyage in under six months, and Norfolk Island is a watering place for vessels sailing to Cathay, Nootka Sound or Otaheite.
A decade or two ago Bristol’s own watering place had come near to rivaling Bath as a spa for high society; the guest houses of Dowry Place, Dowry Square and the Hotwells Road teemed with elegant visitors in expensive array, fabulously bewigged gentlemen in embroidered coats mincing along in high heels with bedizened ladies on their arms.