• WordNet 3.6
    • v irrigate supply with a constant flow or sprinkling of some liquid, for the purpose of cooling, cleansing, or disinfecting "irrigate the wound"
    • v irrigate supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams "Water the fields"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Irrigate (Med) To rinse (a wound, infected area, etc.) with a flow or spray of a liquid.
    • Irrigate (Agric) To water, as land, by causing a stream to flow upon, over, or through it, as in artificial channels.
    • Irrigate To water; to wet; to moisten with running or dropping water; to bedew.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • irrigate To pass a liquid over or through; moisten by a flow of water or other liquid.
    • irrigate Specifically—2. To water, as land, by causing a stream or streams to be distributed over it. See irrigation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Irrigate ir′i-gāt to water: to wet or moisten: to cause water to flow upon
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  • C. S. Lewis
    “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
  • Buddha
    “As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. irrigatus, p. p. of irrigare, to irrigate: ir-, in + rigare, to water; prob. akin to E. rain,. See Rain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. irrigāre, -ātumin, upon, rigāre, to wet; cf. Ger. regen, Eng. rain.


In literature:

Irrigation and the Reclamation Act.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Here he organized the Pecos Valley Irrigation Company.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
His next visit was along the irrigation canal to a point where his irrigation engineer was watching the work on a small power station.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Irrigation cuts are taken from all these streams, and the irrigated cultivation is often of a very high character.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
In Egypt one may see the results of irrigated lands.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Every foot of it could be irrigated, and most of it was actually irrigated and cultivated.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
A railroad had since entered the district, irrigation work had been begun, and the holding must have risen in value.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
The valley and the irrigated plain were the birds' elysium.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
The scientific irrigation of land is pretty well understood by those who have financial interest in soil requiring it.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
What is wanted is water-storage, with irrigation works to spread the water upon the land when it is needed by the farmer.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
The fertility of the soil round Lima is very great when irrigation is practicable.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Where an unobjectionable natural outflow cannot be provided, the irrigation of agricultural lands affords the best relief.
"Village Improvements and Farm Villages" by George E. Waring
That is why I do not irrigate the fields oftener than is absolutely necessary.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
About half of it can be irrigated, and it fronts on the river.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Even when irrigation was introduced, in order to obtain a larger supply of food, the cultivation of the soil was a very easy matter.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
What kind of water is best for irrigation?
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
But where irrigation is employed the yield of crops is excellent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Her real object had been to warn him not to buy Arcadia Irrigation.
"The King of Arcadia" by Francis Lynde
A careless settler had allowed the water of his irrigating ditch to run out upon the road.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
The whole block was good, very level, with ample water for irrigation.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm

In poetry:

Spense wus thet harden'd; when the yearth
Wus like a bak'd pertater;
Instead ov prayin' hard fur rain,
He fetched an irrigator.
"The wicked flourish like green bays!"
Sed folks for comfort in them days.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Ideally, the only water that lands on a sports field should come from either rain or irrigation.
Lakewood Ranch is making plans to mitigate irrigation issues.HERALD FILE PHOTO.
Most of Lake Altus irrigation allotment already used.
Volunteers have rescued about 6,000 trout from irrigation canals around Powell and returned them to the Shoshone River.
The fish swim into the canals when irrigators draw water from the Shoshone .
Idaho's Shoshone Falls thunders in spring, drained for irrigation other times.
U of M Extension plans irrigated corn silage plot tour.
One of the simplest, cheapest and most effective ways to prevent and treat sinus problems is nasal irrigation.
Time to winterize irrigation system.
Effect of moderately high salt stress (460 ppm Na + 710 ppm Cl in the irrigation water.
Many specialty crops are struggling to get through the drought, even under irrigation, specialists in Indiana say.
A "turn-row" field day will be held to observe and discuss subsurface drip irrigation research on Sept 3 at the Texas AgriLife Research Station, south of Chillicothe off Farm-to-Market Road 392.
Up to 40% better haylage yields have sold Jerrell and John Young on the benefits of subsurface drip irrigation in their Halfway, TX, operation.
How to make an irrigation system with rain barrels, PVC pipe and a sump pump.
How to make an irrigation system with rain barrels, PVC pipe and a sump pump .

In science:

The graphs are obtained as “irrigation subgraphs” of the well-known random geometric graph model.
Connectivity threshold for Bluetooth graphs
The problem arises for instance in the formation of Bluetooth ad-hoc or sensor networks , but also in settings related to information dissemination (broadcast or rumour spreading) [5, 8]. irrigation subgraph Sn = (V , (cid:98)E ) of Gn is obtained as follows: Let 2 ≤ cn < n be a positive integer.
Connectivity threshold for Bluetooth graphs
Irrigating ad hoc In Proceedings of the seventeenth annual ACM symposium on networks in constant time.
Connectivity threshold for Bluetooth graphs
For example Lenzen [Lenzen2010] p. 547 writes: As with wind power, solar power is wel l suited for demands that are insensitive to temporal variations in electricity output, such as water pumping for irrigation, or vehicle charging.
Storing unsteady energy, like photovoltaically generated electric energy, as potential energy
Desalination refers to any of several processes that remove the excess salt and other minerals from water in order to obtain fresh water suitable for animal consumption or irrigation, and if almost all of the salt is removed for human consumption, sometimes the process produces table salt as a byproduct.
Extraction of Freshwater and Energy from Atmosphere
Solimini: Elementary properties of optimal irrigation patterns.
A Benamou-Brenier approach to branched transport
Solimini: A variational model of irrigation patterns.
A Benamou-Brenier approach to branched transport
Solimini: Transport distances and irrigation models. J.
A Benamou-Brenier approach to branched transport
This canal served for the purpose to control the flooding of the river and help in irrigating the surrounding area.
The decreasing level of Toshka Lakes seen from space