I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wæter; akin to Old High German wazzar water, Greek hydōr, Latin unda wave Date: before 12th century 1. a. the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent b. a natural mineral water — usually used in plural 2. a particular quantity or body of water: as a. (1) plural the water occupying or flowing in a particular bed (2) chiefly British lake, pond b. a quantity or depth of water adequate for some purpose (as navigation) c. plural (1) a band of seawater abutting on the land of a particular sovereignty and under the control of that sovereignty (2) the sea of a particular part of the earth d. water supply <
threatened to turn off the water
3. travel or transportation on water <
we went by water
4. the level of water at a particular state of the tide ; tide 5. liquid containing or resembling water: as a. (1) a pharmaceutical or cosmetic preparation made with water (2) a watery solution of a gaseous or readily volatile substance — compare ammonia water b. archaic a distilled fluid (as an essence); especially a distilled alcoholic liquor c. a watery fluid (as tears, urine, or sap) formed or circulating in a living body d. amniotic fluid; also bag of waters 6. a. the degree of clarity and luster of a precious stone b. degree of excellence <
a scholar of the first water
7. watercolor 8. a. stock not representing assets of the issuing company and not backed by earning power b. fictitious or exaggerated asset entries that give a stock an unrealistic book value II. verb Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to moisten, sprinkle, or soak with water <
water the lawn
2. to supply with water for drink <
water cattle
3. to supply water to <
lands watered by the river
4. to treat with or as if with water; specifically to impart a lustrous appearance and wavy pattern to (cloth) by calendering 5. a. to dilute by the addition of water — often used with down <
water down the punch
b. to add to the aggregate par value of (securities) without a corresponding addition to the assets represented by the securities intransitive verb 1. to form or secrete water or watery matter (as tears or saliva) 2. to get or take water: as a. to take on a supply of water <
the boat docked to water
b. to drink water

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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