Definitions of water

  1. the part of the earth's surface covered with water ( such as a river or lake or ocean); " they invaded our territorial waters"; " they were sitting by the water's edge"
  2. liquid excretory product; " there was blood in his urine"; " the child had to make water"
  3. provide with water; " We watered the buffalo"
  4. facility that provides a source of water; " the town debated the purification of the water supply"; " first you have to cut off the water"
  5. secrete or form water, as tears or saliva; " My mouth watered at the prospect of a good dinner"; " His eyes watered"
  6. fill with tears; " His eyes were watering"
  7. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe ( Empedocles)
  8. binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
  9. The fluid which descends from the clouds in rain, and which forms rivers, lakes, seas, etc.
  10. A body of water, standing or flowing; a lake, river, or other collection of water.
  11. Any liquid secretion, humor, or the like, resembling water; esp., the urine.
  12. A solution in water of a gaseous or readily volatile substance; as, ammonia water.
  13. The limpidity and luster of a precious stone, especially a diamond; as, a diamond of the first water, that is, perfectly pure and transparent. Hence, of the first water, that is, of the first excellence.
  14. A wavy, lustrous pattern or decoration such as is imparted to linen, silk, metals, etc. See Water, v. t., 3, Damask, v. t., and Damaskeen.
  15. To wet or supply with water; to moisten; to overflow with water; to irrigate; as, to water land; to water flowers.
  16. To supply with water for drink; to cause or allow to drink; as, to water cattle and horses.
  17. To wet and calender, as cloth, so as to impart to it a lustrous appearance in wavy lines; to diversify with wavelike lines; as, to water silk. Cf. Water, n., 6.
  18. To add water to ( anything), thereby extending the quantity or bulk while reducing the strength or quality; to extend; to dilute; to weaken.
  19. To shed, secrete, or fill with, water or liquid matter; as, his eyes began to water.
  20. To get or take in water; as, the ship put into port to water.
  21. An addition to the shares representing the capital of a stock company so that the aggregate par value of the shares is increased while their value for investment is diminished, or diluted.
  22. A colorless fluid composed of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen ( H2O); hence, rain; a see river, lake, etc.; the luster or brilliancy of a precious stone; as, a diamond of the first water; a kind of wavy, shiny pattern, as in silk.
  23. To moisten or sprinkle with water; as, to water plants; to allow or cause to drink; as, to water cattle; to lessen the quality or strength of by duluting; as, to water milk.
  24. To obtain, or take in, water; to fill with water or liquid matter.
  25. The fluid which forms the ocean, lakes, and rivers: any collection of it, as the ocean, a lake, river, etc.: urine: lustre of a diamond. Water, when pure, is transparent, inodorous, tasteless; a powerful refractor of light, an imperfect conductor of heat and electricity; it is very slightly compressible, its absolute diminution for a pressure of one atmosphere being only about 51. 3 millionths of its bulk. Although water is colorless in small quantities, it is blue like the atmosphere when viewed in mass. It assumes the solid form, that of ice or snow, at 32F., and all lower temperatures; and it takes the form of vapor or steam at 212F. under a pressure of 29. 9 ins. of mercury, and retains that form at all higher temperatures. Under ordinary conditions water possesses the liquid form only at temperatures lying between 32º and 212º. It is, however, possible to cool water very considerably below 32º F. and yet maintain it in the liquid form; the vessel containing the water must be perfectly clean, and the water must be maintained in a state of perfect rest. Water may also be heated, under pressure, many degrees above 212º F. without passing into the state of steam. The specific gravity of water is 1 at 39º. 2 F., being the unit to which the specific gravities of all solids and liquids are referred, as a convenient standard, on account of the facility with which it is obtained in a pure state; one cubic inch of water at 62º F., and 29. 9 inches, barometrical pressure, weighs 252. 458 grains. Distilled water is 815 times heavier than atmospheric air. Water is at its greatest density at 39º. 2 F. (= 4º C.), and in this respect it presents a singular exception to the general law of expansion by heat. If water at 39º. 2 F. be cooled, it expands as it cools till reduced to 32º, when it solidifies; and if water at 39º. 2 F. be heated, it expands as the temperature increases in accordance with the general law. In a chemical point of view water exhibits in itself neither acid nor basic properties; but it combines with both acids and bases forming hydrates; it also combines with neutral salts. Water also enters, as a liquid, into a peculiar kind of combination with the greater number of all known substances. Of all liquids water is the most powerful and general solvent, and on this important property its use depends. Without water not only the operations of the chemist but the processes of animal and vegetable life would come to a stand. In consequence of the great solvent power of water it is never found pure in nature. Even in rain- water, which is the purest, there are always traces of carbonic acid, ammonia, and sea- salt. Where the rain water has filtered through rocks and soils, and reappears as spring or river- water, it is always more or less charged with salts derived from the earth, such as sea- salt, gypsum and chalk. When the proportion of these is small the water is called soft, when larger it is called hard water. The former dissolves soap better, and is therefore preferred for washing; the latter is often pleasanter to drink. The only way to obtain perfectly pure water is to distil it. Distilled water is preserved in clean well stopped bottles, and used in chemical operations. Water is reposited in the earth in inexhaustible quantities, where it is preserved fresh and cool, and from which it issues in springs, which form streams and rivers. But the great reservoirs of water on the globe are the ocean, seas, and lakes, which cover more than three- fifths of its surface, and from which it is raised by evaporation, and, uniting with the air in the state of vapor, is wafted over the earth ready to be precipitated in the form of rain, snow, or hail. Water is a compound substance, consisting of hydrogen and oxygen, in the proportion of 2 volumes of the former gas to 1 volume of the latter; or by weight it is composed of 2 parts of hydrogen united with 16 parts of oxygen.
  26. To wet, overflow, or supply with water: to wet and press so as to give a wavy appearance to.
  27. To shed water: to take in water.
  28. The fluid which forms the sea, rivers, springs. & c.: any collection of it; any watery fluid; lustre of a diamond.
  29. to take in water.
  30. To wet or supply with water; give a wavy appearance to.
  31. To pour water upon; dilute or treat with water.
  32. To be watery, as the eyes or mouth; have a longing.
  33. A limpid liquid compound of hydrogen and oxygen, constituting the bulk of the ocean, rivers, lakes, etc.
  34. Any particular body of water.
  35. Any one of the watery secretions of animals.
  36. A watery appearance, as in precious stones; luster; sheen in certain textiles; hence, purity.
  37. A colourless, inodorous, transparent fluid, compounded of hydrogen and oxygen, in the proportion, by weight, of one of oxygen, and eight of hydrogen; the ocean; a sea; a lake; a river; any great collection of water; urine: the colour or lustre of a diamond or other precious stone, as a diamond of the first water, that is, perfectly pure and transparent: the serum, or any liquid humour in animal bodies, as water of the brain, the pericardium, dropsy, & c. Mineral water, water with mineral in solution. Water of crystallization, the water which enters into combination with a salt when crystallizing. To hold water, to be sound, tight, or correct. Of the first water, of the highest excellence.
  38. To irrigate; to overflow with water, or to wet with water; to supply with water; to supply with water to drink; to give a wavy appearance to.
  39. To shed water or liquid matter; to get or take in water; to have a longing desire.
  40. The fluid which descends from the clouds in rain; the liquid which, when pure, is transparent, colourless, and destitute of taste or smell, and which is essential to the support of vegetable and animal life; a body of water standing or flowing; any liquid secretion resembling water; urine; the colour or lustre of a diamond.
  41. To wet or overflow with water; to irrigate; to supply with water for drink; to diversify with wave- like lines, as silk; to shed liquid matter; to take in water.

Usage examples for water

  1. He put his hand in the water. – Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  2. You shall have some water. – Libro segundo de lectura by Ellen M. Cyr
  3. There is no water at hand.... – Happy-Thought Hall by F. C. Burnand
  4. So by water back again. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  5. If it hold the water, then I will again take a wife, but if it run through, I will not. – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  6. I come out of the water. – Libro segundo de lectura by Ellen M. Cyr
  7. The next morning when we came down we found her half full of water. – More Jonathan Papers by Elisabeth Woodbridge
  8. Did the water please you? – The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook
  9. The water was dark now. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  10. I'll give you water, but first tell me where- where! – Rainbow's End by Rex Beach
  11. I'll bring you up some water. – Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers
  12. There was not much water left for the horse. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  13. See if we can get water, Dave. – The Golden Canyon Contents: The Golden Canyon; The Stone Chest by G. A. Henty
  14. Where does this water come from? – Uncle Robert's Geography (Uncle Robert's Visit, V.3) by Francis W. Parker and Nellie Lathrop Helm
  15. We are all better for taking water. – Salome by Emma Marshall
  16. Right in the best of the water. – Shorty McCabe on the Job by Sewell Ford
  17. Please, let me put water on her face! – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White