• WordNet 3.6
    • v water secrete or form water, as tears or saliva "My mouth watered at the prospect of a good dinner","His eyes watered"
    • v water supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams "Water the fields"
    • v water fill with tears "His eyes were watering"
    • v water provide with water "We watered the buffalo"
    • n water a facility that provides a source of water "the town debated the purification of the water supply","first you have to cut off the water"
    • n water a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants "he asked for a drink of water"
    • n water 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"
    • n water 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
    • n water once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
    • n water liquid excretory product "there was blood in his urine","the child had to make water"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Ruins at Virginia Water Ruins at Virginia Water
Water, giving. Egypt Water, giving. Egypt
He Was Yelling for Water 223 He Was Yelling for Water 223
A Water-cutter A Water-cutter
Water rescue Water rescue

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows drink anywhere from 25-50 gallons of water each day
    • Water A body of water, standing or flowing; a lake, river, or other collection of water. "Remembering he had passed over a small water a poor scholar when first coming to the university, he kneeled."
    • Water (Pharm) A solution in water of a gaseous or readily volatile substance; as, ammonia water .
    • Water 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.
    • Water 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.”
    • Water Any liquid secretion, humor, or the like, resembling water; esp., the urine.
    • Water The fluid which descends from the clouds in rain, and which forms rivers, lakes, seas, etc. "We will drink water .""Powers of fire, air, water , and earth."
    • Water 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.
    • Water To add water to (anything), thereby extending the quantity or bulk while reducing the strength or quality; to extend; to dilute; to weaken.
    • Water To get or take in water; as, the ship put into port to water .
    • Water To shed, secrete, or fill with, water or liquid matter; as, his eyes began to water . "If thine eyes can water for his death."
    • Water To supply with water for drink; to cause or allow to drink; as, to water cattle and horses.
    • Water 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.
    • Water To wet or supply with water; to moisten; to overflow with water; to irrigate; as, to water land; to water flowers. "With tears watering the ground.""Men whose lives gilded on like rivers that water the woodlands."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The body of the average baby is 75% water
    • n water A wavy or marbled effect produced on a textile fabric, as grosgrain silk, by pressure and moisture. See watered.
    • n water A sheen or surface given to metal, by heat and pressure, resembling the ripples or the play of light on water.
    • n water See dead-water.
    • n water Standing water, as contrasted with running or circulating water.
    • n water A transparent, inodorous, tasteless fluid, H2O. Water is a powerful refractor of light and an imperfect conductor of heat and electricity; it is very slightly compressible, its absolute diminution for a pressure of one atmosphere being only about one twenty-thousandth of its bulk. Although it is colorless in small quantities, it is blue like the atmosphere when viewed in mass. It assumes a solid form, that of ice or snow, at 32° F. (0°C); and it takes the form of vapor or steam at 212°F. (100° C.), under a pressure of 29.9 inches (more exactly, 760 millimeters) of mercury, retaining that form at all higher temperatures. Under ordinary conditions, therefore, water possesses the liquid form only at temperatures lying between 32° and 212°F. The specific gravity of water is 1 at 39°.2 F. (4° C), being the unit to which the specific gravities of all solids and liquids are referred: one cubic foot of water at 62° F. weighs about 1,000 ounces or 62.5 pounds. Water is 770 times heavier than atmospheric air at 32° F. (0° C.) and under a pressure of 760 millimeters. It has its greatest density at 39°.2 F. (4° C), and in this respect it presents a singular exception to the general law of expansion by heat. If water at 39°.2 F. is cooled, it expands as it cools till reduced to 32°, when it solidifies; and if water at 39°.2 F. is heated, it expands as the temperature increases in accordance with the general law. Considered from a chemical point of view, 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. It exhibits in itself neither acid nor basic properties. Water 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 the processes of animal and vegetable life would come to a stand. The globe is covered on about of its surface by the ocean water, to an average depth of very nearly 12,500 feet. (See ocean.) This water is, however, far from pure, since it holds in solution nearly 3½ per cent, of its weight of saline matter, about three fourths of which is common salt. The ocean water is not potable, but pure water can be obtained from it by distillation, as is often done at sea—for which purpose, however, fuel and a somewhat cumbrous apparatus are required. Some towns on the South American coast have been supplied with water exclusively in this way, up to the time when works were completed” for bringing it from the distant mountains. The chief source of supply for the water which falls upon the earth is the ocean, from whose surface it is raised by the heat of the sun in the form of vapor, ready to be condensed again and fall as rain or snow either on sea or land, in accordance with varying and complicated conditions of climate and topography. The precipitation of rain and snow upon different parts of the earth's surface varies greatly, both in its total amount and in its seasonal distribution. Some regions receive as much as 600 inches in a year; over other extensive areas the rainfall is so small that it is hardly possible to measure it. In some districts the rain is pretty equally distributed through the year; in others it is all, or nearly all, limited to one season, as winter or summer. These climatic conditions are matters of the utmost importance, as regards both the distribution and the welfare of the human race and of animal and vegetable life in general. The habitability and fertility of the earth depend in part on temperature and in part on the amount and character of the precipitation. In general, where there is no rainfall the region is either very sparsely or not at all inhabited, and vegetation is almost entirely wanting: of this character is a considerable part of northern Africa and central Asia: such regions are called deserts. Other regions, where there is some rainfall, but where the amount is small, are destitute of forests but support a move or less abundant growth of grasses. Such regions are, as a rule, thinly inhabited, and the population is pastoral and nomadic; of this character are large areas in central Asia, and in both North and South America. Regions of abundant or even of moderately large precipitation are generally forested, and can be successfully cultivated after the forests have been cut down: these, in general, are the densely inhabited parts of the world. Such are the essential facts and Conditions of the distribution of population as connected with rainfall. But to these are many exceptions. Thus, the Nile flows for 2,000 miles through a rainless region, but has a somewhat dense population for a considerable distance along its banks, though only there, the river itself being the sole source of water-supply for the inhabitants of the valley. Some regions of very small rainfall are situated sufficiently near high mountain-ranges on which the precipitation is comparatively large, and from which water can be obtained in considerable quantity with a moderate expenditure of money. In this connection the fact that the precipitation at high altitudes is chiefly in the form of snow is a matter of great importance, as thereby the supply of water is made capable of lasting through, or nearly through, the summer, the snow melting gradually, while the precipitation in the form of rain would be carried away much more rapidly. Rain, if caught at a distance from human habitations and after it has been falling for Some time, contains hardly a perceptible trace of foreign matter. Snow falling in the polar regions is also very nearly chemically pure. By distillation, with suitable precautions, water may be obtained which will leave no trace of residue when evaporated in a platinum vessel, and which will also be free from gaseous contents. The water of springs and rivers always-contains more or less mineral matter, which it has dissolved out from the soil and rock with which it has been in contact upon the surface or underground. Next to rain-water, the purest natural water is that of mountain-lakes fed from melting snow, and resting on crystalline and impermeable rocks; and rivers in uninhabited regions, running over similar rocks, are also very nearly pure, sometimes leaving not more than two or three grains to the gallon of foreign matter when evaporated to dryness. Rivers, on the other hand, which run over calcareous and soft shaly and clayey rocks always contain a considerable amount of impurities; from fifteen to twenty grains to the gallon is not an uncommon amount under such conditions. Pure water, such as that of mountain-lakes and rivers running over crystalline rocks, is called soft; water containing more than eight or ten grains to the gallon of mineral matter is called hard. The foreign matter in soft water is partly organic and partly mineral; in the latter a little silica is always present, as well as salts of potash, soda, lime, and magnesia. The impurities of hard water are varied in character, but carbonate of lime generally predominates. The mineral impurities of water are not. necessarily deleterious to health, even if present in somewhat large quantities. The contamination of water by organic matter (such as sewage, and the like) is a matter of great importance and often of great danger. Dead organic matter is rapidly oxidized by exposure to the air in flowing water, and ceases to be dangerous to health. The living organisms with which water is sometimes contaminated, in receiving the sewage of towns or in other ways, are sometimes the germs of deadly disease, and appear to possess a large amount of vitality, so that they can be conveyed for long distances without becoming disorganized, as is the case with dead organic matter. See water-supply.
    • n water Specifically— Rain.
    • n water Mineral water. See mineral.
    • n water plural Waves, as of the sea; surges; a flood.
    • n water A limited body of water, as an ocean, a sea, or a lake; often, in provincial English and Scotch use, a river or lake: as, Derwent Water (lake); Gala Water (stream). In law the right or title to a body of water is regarded as an incident to the right to the land which it covers, and the term land includes a body of water thereon.
    • n water Any aqueous or liquid secretion, exudation, humor, etc., of an animal body. Tears.
    • n water Sweat; perspiration.
    • n water Saliva; spittle.
    • n water Urine.
    • n water The aqueous or vitreous humor of the eye; eye-water.
    • n water The serous effusion of dropsy, in a blister, and the like: as, water on the brain.
    • n water plural In obstetrics, the liquor amnii.
    • n water A distilled liquor, essence, extract, or the like. See strong water, under strong.
    • n water In pharmacy, a solution of a volatile oil, or of a volatile substance like ammonia or camphor, in water.
    • n water Transparency, as of water: the property of a precious stone in which it s beauty chiefly consists, involving also its refracting power. In this sense the word is applied especially to diamonds, and is used loosely to express their relative excellence: as, a diamond of the first water: hence used figuratively to note the degree of excellence or fineness of any object of esteem: as, genius of the purest water. See the phrase first water, below.
    • n water The waterside; the shore of a sea, lake, stream, or the like, considered with or a part from its inhabitants; specifically, a watering-place; a seaside resort.
    • n water In finance, additional shares created by watering stock. See water, transitive verb, 4.
    • n water Glycerin.
    • n water To float to the surface, as any sunken object.
    • n water See cast.
    • n water Hence— To weaken in a contest; back out or back down.
    • n water A water of somewhat similar composition from the Vichy Spring in Saratoga. See Saratoga waters.
    • n water Whisky, brandy, or other alcoholic liquor: a translation of the Irish and Gaelic name of whisky, and of the French name of brandy (eau-de-vie). Compare aquavitæ.
    • n water The foaming water in rap ids or swiftly flowing shallows.
    • n water Foam churned up by a whale.
    • water To put water into or upon; moisten, dilute, sprinkle, or soak with water; specifically, to irrigate.
    • water To supply with water for drinking; feed with water: said of animals.
    • water To produce by moistening and pressure upon (silk, or other fabric) a sort of pattern on which there is a changeable play of light. See watered silk, under watered.
    • water To increase (the nominal capital of a corporation) by the issue of new shares without a corresponding increase of actual capital. Justification for such a transaction is usually sought by claiming that the property and franchises have increased in value, so that an increase of stock is necessary in order fairly to represent existing capital.
    • water To give out, emit, discharge, or secrete water.
    • water To gather saliva as a symptom of appetite: said of the mouth or teeth, and in figurative use noting vehement desire or craving.
    • water To get or take in water: as, the ship put into port to water; specifically, to drink water.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A chicken is 75% water
    • n Water waw′tėr in a state of purity, at ordinary temperatures, a clear transparent liquid, perfectly neutral in its reaction, and devoid of taste or smell: any collection of such, as the ocean, a lake, river, &c.: mineral water: tears: saliva: eye-water: urine: transparency, lustre, as of a diamond:
    • v.t Water to wet, overflow, or supply with water: to wet and press so as to give a wavy appearance to: to increase the nominal capital of a company by the issue of new shares without a corresponding increase of actual capital
    • v.i Water to shed water: to gather saliva, noting strong craving: to take in water
    • v.t Water to mark with water-marks
    • n Water anything with such qualities: a garment of some waterproof substance, like india-rubber
    • n Water waw′tėr (pl.) waves
    • ***


  • W. C. Fields
    “I never drink water. I'm afraid it will become habit-forming.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Water is the only drink for a wise man.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Many a woman drives a man to drink water.”
  • Mark Twain
    “My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.”
  • Eric Butterworth
    “The one thing that a fish can never find is water; and the one thing that man can never find is God.”
  • Horace
    “No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.”


Blood is thicker than water - This idiom means that family relationships are stronger than others.
Blow out of the water - If something, like an idea, is blown out of the water, it is destroyed or defeated comprehensively.
Come hell or high water - If someone says they'll do something come hell or high water, they mean that nothing will stop them, no matter what happens.
Dead in the water - If something is dead in the water, it isn't going anywhere or making any progress.
Dip your toes in the water - If you dip your toes in the water, you try something tentatively because you are not sure whether it will work or not.
Duck to water - If you take to something like a duck to water, you find when you start that you have a natural affinity for it.
Fish in troubled waters - Someone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country.
Fish out of water - If you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water.
Hold water - When you say that something does or does not 'hold water', it means that the point of view or argument put forward is or is not sound, strong or logical. For e.g., 'Saying we should increase our interest rates because everyone else is doing so will not hold water'.
Hot water - If you get into hot water, you get into trouble.
In hot water - If you are in hot water, you are in serious trouble.
Keep your head above water - If you are just managing to survive financially, you are keeping your head above water.
Muddy the waters - If somebody muddies the waters, he or she makes the situation more complex or less clear.
Murky waters - Where people are behaving in morally and ethically questionable ways, they are in murky waters.
Pour oil on troubled waters - If someone pours oil on troubled waters, they try to calm things down.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wæter,; akin to OS. watar, OFries. wetir, weter, LG. & D. water, G. wasser, OHG. wazzar, Icel. vatn, Sw. vatten, Dan. vand, Goth. watō, O. Slav. & Russ. voda, Gr. 'y`dwr, Skr. udan, water, ud, to wet, and perhaps to L. unda, wave. √137. Cf. Dropsy Hydra Otter Wet Whisky
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæter; Dut. water, Ger. wasser; Gr. hydōr, L. udus, wet, unda, a wave, Sans. udan, water.


In literature:

Shake well together, and then add rose water, one ounce; pure water, six ounces.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Then wash repeatedly in running water, drain and put to boil in salted boiling water.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
She moves through the water.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
The hot water is next poured off, and cold water is substituted.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
On one side of the lake, there was a bank that rose three feet or so above the surface of the water.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
In the centre they contain a basin of sea water, and the depth of water all round is not to be sounded.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Wash the potatoes in one or two waters, then cover with fresh water and lay a lump of ice on the top of them.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
The "Water Witch" sped gayly over the blue waters of the bay in the brilliant late June sunshine.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
It isn't Poland water, but I've tasted worse.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Water Supply.= At least 1/2 a gallon of water per man per day should be supplied.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss

In poetry:

Gave to you
A heart of fire,
Love like deep waters,
Brave desire.
"Nancy Hanks" by Harriet Monroe
Flower - a blind man's word.
Your eye and mine:
they see
to water.
"Flower" by Paul Celan
THE SONG of the water
Doomed ever to roam,
A beautiful exile,
Afar from its home.
"The Waterfall" by Henry Kendall
Like an immortal water,
going in and out of everything.
Are you going around naked
in the air?
"Full Moon" by Juan Ramon Jimenez
Then the crows from afar,
Where the water was good,
Came nearer, for heaven
Had given them food.
"Crows" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
Bitted him and drew his girth,
Watered from his helm:
Happier knight or better worth
Was not in the realm!
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald

In news:

Find out about Roger Waters's Roger Waters: Ça Ira (There Is Hope) from the online music source Billboard.com.
The canal had two hydraulic problems: too much water and too little water.
Karma Wellness Water, Karma Culture LLC, wellness water, CJ Rapp.
Under water advisory Lucas County water customers along Garden Road between I.
Cobia are rarely encountered in northern waters, but with high water temperatures and an abundance of rays, anglers should be on the lookout for them.
Cobia are a rare catch in northern waters, but I've heard of three caught so far -- and our waters are certainly warm enough for them.
Are you watering the yard and using water in necessary, but responsible ways.
Water treatment technology reduces water usage and costs for Wisconsin pizza plant.
One Touch Water secured an online deal with Aquamatic to help customers improve the way they consume water.
A water release by the TVA Sunday, May 29, provided a water playground for rafters and kayakers along the Upper Ocoee River.
Suburban Water Utility employees work on a water main break as water bubbles out from the middle of the street on the 15100-block of La Calma Drive in Whittier on Monday.
As Golden State Water Company maintains Claremont's water system is not for sale, city officials remain equally dedicated to pursuing water acquisition, whatever the costs.
DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court is considering an appeal from the Yellow Jacket Water Conservancy District, whose rights to 140,000 acre-feet of water from the White River were canceled by a water court.
City West Water, Yarra Valley Water and South East Water have proposed the price hikes as part of their five year plans which start in July next year.

In science:

However, the energy of the water is not the same if the water has done work.
The Energy-Entropy Principle
The light attenuation length in the water is the key quantity that determines the performance of the water Cherenkov detector.
Gadolinium study for a water Cherenkov detector
The water purification system employed in the present SK rejects all the contamination in the water.
Gadolinium study for a water Cherenkov detector
To verify the neutron detection principle and to measure the ambient neutron background rate, we have started the construction of a test facility containing the water systems and a small scale prototype water Cherenkov detector.
Gadolinium study for a water Cherenkov detector
Left to right: A water purification system; a cherenkov detector with photo-multiplier tubes; a water transparency measurement system.
Gadolinium study for a water Cherenkov detector