adjective Etymology: Greek phreat-, phrear well; akin to Armenian ałbiwr spring, Old High German brunno — more at burn Date: circa 1890 1. of, relating to, or being groundwater 2. of, relating to, or being an explosion caused by steam derived from groundwater

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  • Phreatic — Phre*at ic, a. [F. phr[ e]atique, from Gr. ?, ?, a well.] (Geol.) Subterranean; applied to sources supplying wells. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • phreatic — [frē at′ik] adj. Geol. of, having to do with, or being groundwater …   English World dictionary

  • Phreatic — The term phreatic is used in Earth sciences to refer to matters relating to ground water below the static water table (the word originates from the Greek phrear , phreat meaning well or spring ). The term phreatic surface is where the hydrostatic …   Wikipedia

  • phreatic — /free at ik/, adj. Geol. 1. noting or pertaining to ground water. 2. noting or pertaining to explosive volcanic activity involving steam derived from ground water: a phreatic explosion. [1890 95; < Gk phreat (s. of phréar) artificial well + IC] * …   Universalium

  • phreatic — of or relating to ground water …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • phreatic — adjective Of or pertaining to ground water …   Wiktionary

  • phreatic — [frɪ atɪk] adjective Geology relating to or denoting underground water in the zone below the water table. Compare with vadose. ↘(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of groundwater. Origin C19: from Gk phrear, phreat a well …   English new terms dictionary

  • phreatic — phre·at·ic …   English syllables

  • phreatic — /friˈætɪk/ (say free atik) adjective of or relating to underground water. {Greek phreat , from phrear a well + ic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • phreatic —   a. pertaining to wells and subterranean water …   Dictionary of difficult words

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