water


water

noun

  1. a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H2O, freezing at 32°F or 0°C and boiling at 212°F or 100°C, that in a more or less impure state constitutes rain, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.: it contains 11.188 percent hydrogen and 88.812 percent oxygen, by weight.
  2. a special form or variety of this liquid, as rain.
  3. Often waters. this liquid in an impure state as obtained from a mineral spring: Last year we went to Marienbad for the waters.
  4. the liquid content of a river, inlet, etc., with reference to its relative height, especially as dependent on tide: a difference of 20 feet between high and low water.
  5. the surface of a stream, river, lake, ocean, etc.: above, below, or on the water.
  6. waters,
    1. flowing water, or water moving in waves: The river’s mighty waters.
    2. the sea or seas bordering a particular country or continent or located in a particular part of the world: We left San Diego and sailed south for Mexican waters.
  7. a liquid solution or preparation, especially one used for cosmetic purposes: lavender water; lemon water.
  8. Often waters. Medicine/Medical.
    1. amniotic fluid.
    2. the bag of waters; amnion: Her water broke at 2 a.m.
  9. any of various solutions of volatile or gaseous substances in water: ammonia water.
  10. any liquid or aqueous organic secretion, exudation, humor, or the like, as tears, perspiration, or urine.
  11. Finance. fictitious assets or the inflated values they give to the stock of a corporation.
  12. a wavy, lustrous pattern or marking, as on silk fabrics or metal surfaces.
  13. (formerly) the degree of transparency and brilliancy of a diamond or other precious stone.
  14. take water, (of a boat) to allow water to enter through leaks or portholes or over the side.

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