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water boatman
any of numerous aquatic insects of the family Corixidae, having paddlelike hind legs. Also called boat bug. [1805-15] * * * ▪ insect  any of more than 300 species of insects ...
water bomb
a bag filled with water and mischievously dropped from a height upon a passerby below. * * *
water bouget
/booh"jit/ 1. (formerly) a leather bag suspended at each end of a pole or yoke and used for carrying water. 2. Also, water budget. Heraldry. a representation of a pair of these ...
water boy
1. a person who carries a canteen or bucket of drinking water to those too occupied to fetch it, as to soldiers, laborers, or football players. 2. a person who sees that ...
water brash
Pathol. heartburn (def. 1). [1795-1805] * * *
water buffalo
a buffalo, Bubalus bubalis, of the Old World tropics, having large, flattened, curved horns: wild populations are near extinction. Also called water ox. [1885-90] * * * or ...
water bug
1. any of various aquatic bugs, as of the family Belostomatidae (giant water bug). 2. (loosely) a large cockroach, esp. the American cockroach. [1740-50] * * *
water cannon
a truck-mounted hose or pipe that shoots a jet of water through a nozzle at extremely high pressure, used esp. in dispersing rioters or demonstrators. [1965-70] * * *
water carrier
1. a person who carries water, as to a body of troops. 2. a pipe, duct, or tank for conveying water. 3. a ship that transports goods or persons by waterway or sea ...
water chestnut
1. any aquatic plant of the genus Trapa, bearing an edible, nutlike fruit, esp. T. natans, of the Old World. 2. the fruit itself. Also called water caltrop. [1850-55] * * * Any ...
water chinquapin
1. an American lotus, Nelumbo lutea, having pale-yellow flowers and an edible seed. 2. the seed itself, similar in flavor to the chinquapin. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
water clock
a device, as a clepsydra, for measuring time by the flow of water. [1595-1605] * * * or clepsydra Ancient device for measuring time by the gradual flow of water. One form, ...
water closet
1. an enclosed room or compartment containing a toilet bowl fitted with a mechanism for flushing. 2. Older Use. a privy or bathroom. Abbr.: WC, w.c. [1745-55] * * *
water clover
a common freshwater fern, Marsilea quadrifolia, of lake edges and quiet ponds, having roots embedded in the bottom, very slender and often tangled stems, and floating, cloverlike ...
water cock
▪ bird       (Gallicrex cinerea), marsh bird of the rail family, Rallidae (order Gruiformes). It occurs from India to Japan and throughout Southeast Asia to the ...
water cooler
1. a container for holding drinking water that is cooled and drawn off by a faucet or spigot. 2. a drinking fountain in which water is cooled by mechanical ...
▪ 1998 Introduction by Peter Rogers  Water availability has for millennia shaped the culture of the people in the part of the world now commonly referred to as the Middle ...
water cure
1. hydropathy; hydrotherapy. 2. a method of torture in which the victim is forced to drink great quantities of water. [1835-45] * * *
water curtain
a sheet of water from a series of sprinklers for protecting the walls and roof of a building from fires outside the building. * * *
water cycle
water cycle n. the continuous cycle in which water changes from water vapor in the atmosphere to liquid water through condensation and precipitation and then back to water vapor ...
water dog
1. a dog that swims well or is trained to retrieve waterfowl in hunting. 2. Informal. a person who feels at home in or on the water. 3. waterdog. [1300-50; ME] * * *
water elm.
See planer tree. [1810-20, Amer.] * * *
water feather
1. a water milfoil, Myriophyllum aquaticum. 2. a North American featherfoil, Hottonia inflata. [1810-20, Amer.] * * *
water fern
▪ plant       any member of a group of ferns (fern) in the subfamily Parkerioideae, family Pteridaceae, plant division Pteridophyta. Ceratopteris consists of at least ...
water flag
a European iris, Iris pseudacorus, naturalized throughout eastern North America, with blue-green leaves and violet-veined, yellow flowers and growing in moist places. Also called ...
water flea
any of various small crustaceans that move about in the water like fleas, as those of the genus Daphnia. [1575-85] * * * Any of about 450 species (order Anomopoda) of ...
water fountain
a drinking fountain, water cooler, or other apparatus supplying drinking water. * * *
water frame
In textile manufacture, a spinning machine powered by water that produced a cotton yarn suitable for warp (lengthwise threads). Patented in 1769 by R. Arkwright, it represented ...
water gap
a transverse gap in a mountain ridge, cut by and giving passage to a stream or river. [1750-60, Amer.] * * *
water gas
—water-gas, adj. a toxic gaseous mixture consisting chiefly of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, prepared from steam and incandescent coke: used as an illuminant, fuel, and in ...
water gate
1. a gate for halting or controlling the flow of water in a watercourse; floodgate. 2. a gateway leading to the edge of a body of water, as at a landing. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
water gauge
any device for indicating the height of water in a reservoir, tank, boiler, or other vessel. [1700-10] * * *
water glass
1. a drinking glass; tumbler. 2. a glass container for holding water, as for growing bulbs, plants, or the like. 3. a glass tube used to indicate water level, as in a boiler. 4. ...
water gum
any of several Australian trees of the myrtle family, growing near water. [1840-50] * * *
water gun
water gun n. WATER PISTOL * * *
water gun.
See water pistol. [1640-50] * * *
water hammer
the concussion and accompanying noise that result when a volume of water moving in a pipe suddenly stops or loses momentum. [1795-1805] * * *
water hawthorn.
See Cape pondweed. * * *
water heater
a household appliance consisting of a gas or electric heating unit under a tank in which water is heated and stored. [1875-80] * * *
water hemlock
any of several poisonous plants belonging to the genus Cicuta, of the parsley family, as C. virosa of Europe, and C. maculata of North America, growing in swamps and marshy ...
water hen
1. moorhen (def. 1). 2. the American coot, Fulica americana. Also, waterhen. [1520-30] * * *       bird species also called common gallinule. See gallinule. * * *
water hole
1. a depression in the surface of the ground, containing water. 2. a source of drinking water, as a spring or well in the desert. 3. a pond; pool. 4. a cavity containing water in ...
water hyacinth
a floating aquatic plant, Eichornia crassipes, of tropical lakes and rivers, that grows so prolifically it often hinders the passage of boats. [1895-1900, Amer.] * * * Any of ...
water ice
1. ice formed by direct freezing of fresh or salt water, and not by compacting of snow. 2. a frozen dessert, similar to sherbet, made of water, sweetener, and fruit syrup or ...
water jacket
a water-filled casing or compartment used to water-cool something, as an engine or machine gun. [1865-70] * * *
water jump
any small body of water that a horse must jump over, as in a steeplechase. [1870-75] * * *
water leaf
(in Greek architecture and sculpture) a motif of heart-shaped leaves having a conspicuous midrib. Also called Lesbian leaf. [1850-55] * * *
water lemon.
See yellow granadilla. [1775-85] * * *
water lettuce
a floating aquatic plant, Pistia stratiotes, of the arum family, having a rosette of thick, spongy leaves. [1865-70] * * *
water level
1. the surface level of any body of water. 2. the level to which a vessel is immersed; water line. [1555-65] * * *
water lily
1. any of various aquatic plants of the genus Nymphaea, species of which have large, disklike, floating leaves and showy flowers, esp. N. odorata, of America, or N. alba, of ...
water lily family
the plant family Nymphaeaceae, characterized by aquatic herbaceous plants having usually broad leaves, solitary, often showy flowers, and fruit in a variety of forms, and ...
water lily tulip
a showy tulip, Tulipa kaufmanniana, of Turkestan, having spreading, white or pale-yellow flowers with yellow centers streaked with red. * * *
water line
1. Naut. the part of the outside of a ship's hull that is just at the water level. 2. Naval Archit. any of a series of lines on the hull plans of a vessel representing the level ...
water locust
a spiny tree, Gleditsia aquatica, of the legume family, native to the southeastern coastal U.S., having pinnate leaves, greenish-yellow, bell-shaped flowers, and long-stalked, ...
water loss
evapotranspiration (def. 2). * * *
water main
a main pipe or conduit in a system for conveying water. [1795-1805] * * *
water mass
water mass n. a large body of oceanic water usually identified by a well-defined relationship between temperature and salinity or chemical content: usually a mixture of two or ...
Water masses at the Earth's surface
▪ Table Water masses at the Earth's surface reservoir volume (in millions of cubic kilometres) percent of total oceans 1,370.0 97.25 ice caps and glaciers 29.0 2.05 deep ...
water meadow
a meadow kept fertile by flooding. [1725-35] * * *
water meter
a device for measuring and registering the quantity of water that passes through a pipe or other outlet. [1855-60] * * *
water milfoil
any of various aquatic plants, chiefly of the genus Myriophyllum, the submerged leaves of which are very finely divided. [1570-80] * * * ▪ plant  any member of the genus ...
water mill
a mill with machinery driven by water. [1375-1425; late ME] * * *
water moccasin
1. the cottonmouth. 2. any of various similar but harmless snakes, as a water snake of the genus Nerodia. [1815-25, Amer.] * * * or cottonmouth Either of two species of pit ...
water mold
Mycol. any of various aquatic fungi of the phylum Oomycota, free-living or parasitic in fish and other aquatic organisms. [1895-1900] * * * ▪ order of fungi also spelled ...
water moss
▪ plant also called  brook moss  or  fountain moss        (Fontinalis), genus of mosses belonging to the subclass Bryidae, often found in flowing freshwater streams ...
water motor
any form of prime mover or motor that is operated by the kinetic energy, pressure, or weight of water, esp. a small turbine or waterwheel fitted to a pipe supplying ...
Water Music
a popular piece of music for orchestra by the composer George Frideric Handel. It was written and first performed in 1717, probably for a party held by King George I on a boat on ...
water net
▪ plant  alga of the genus Hydrodictyon, sometimes found on the surface of quiet ponds as a free-floating network of multinucleate cells arranged in hexagons or pentagons and ...
water nymph
1. a nymph of the water, as a naiad, a Nereid, or an Oceanid. 2. See water lily. 3. any aquatic plant of the genus Najas, having narrow, opposite leaves. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
water oak
1. an oak, Quercus nigra, of the southern U.S., growing chiefly along streams and swamps. 2. any of several other American oaks of similar habit. [1680-90, Amer.] * * *
water oats.
See wild rice. [1810-20, Amer.] * * *
water of constitution
Chem. water present in a molecule that cannot be removed without disrupting the molecule. [1885-90] * * *
water of crystallization
Chem. water of hydration, formerly thought necessary to crystallization: now usually regarded as affecting crystallization only as it forms new molecular ...
water of hydration
Chem. the portion of a hydrate that is represented as, or can be expelled as, water: now usually regarded as being in true molecular combination with the other atoms of the ...
water on the brain
hydrocephalus. [1780-90] * * *
water on the knee
Pathol. an accumulation of fluid in the knee cavity caused by inflammation and trauma to the cartilages or membranes of the knee joint. [1885-90] * * *
water opossum
yapok. [1840-50] * * *
water ouzel
dipper (def. 4). [1615-25] * * *
water ox.
See water buffalo. [1860-65] * * *
water paint
a pigment, as watercolor, in which water is used as the vehicle. * * *
water parsnip
▪ plant       any of several aromatic herbs of the genus Sium, especially S. latifolium, belonging to the parsley family (Apiaceae), distributed throughout the Northern ...
water parting
a watershed or divide. [1855-60] * * *
water pepper
water pepper n. any of several polygonums growing in wet places and having an acrid juice, as smartweed * * *
water pill
Informal. a diuretic pill. * * *
water pimpernel
1. the brookweed. 2. the pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis. * * *
water pipe
1. a pipe for conveying water. 2. a smoking apparatus, as a hookah or narghile, in which the smoke is drawn through a container of water and cooled before reaching the ...
water pipit
a common, sparrow-sized pipit, Anthus spinoletta, of the Northern Hemisphere. [1880-85] * * *
water pistol
a toy gun that shoots a stream of liquid. Also called water gun, squirt gun. [1900-05] * * *
water plant
a plant that grows in water. [1760-70] * * *
water plantain
water plantain n. any of a family (Alismataceae, order Alismatales) of hardy, monocotyledonous water plants with large, heart-shaped leaves and small, usually white, flowers * * ...
water platter
1. See Santa Cruz water lily. 2. See royal water lily. * * *
water plug
a fireplug; hydrant. * * *
water pocket
1. a cavity at the foot of a cliff formed by the falling action of an intermittent stream. 2. a plunge basin. [1885-90] * * *
water pollution
State resulting when substances are released into a body of water, where they become dissolved or suspended in the water or deposited on the bottom, accumulating to the extent ...
water polo
an aquatic game played by two teams of seven swimmers each, the object being to score goals by pushing, carrying, or passing an inflated ball and tossing it into the opponent's ...
water poppy
a Brazilian, aquatic plant, Hydrocleys nymphoides, having yellow, poppylike flowers. * * *
water power
1. the power of water used, or capable of being used, to drive machinery, turbines, etc. 2. a waterfall or descent in a watercourse capable of being so used. 3. a water right ...
water pox
Pathol. See chicken pox. [1815-25] * * *
water purification
▪ public health  treatment of water to make it safe and acceptable for human use. Such treatment grew vastly in importance in the 20th century because of the growth of ...
water purslane
☆ water purslane n. 1. a red-stemmed trailing plant (Ludwigia palustris) of the evening-primrose family, found in watery or muddy places 2. a small aquatic plant (Peplis ...
water rail
an Old World rail, Rallus aquaticus, having olive-brown plumage marked with black and a long, red bill. [1645-55] * * * ▪ bird       (Rallus aquaticus), slender marsh ...
water rat
1. any of various rodents having aquatic habits. 2. the muskrat, Ondatra zibethica. 3. (in Australia and New Guinea) any of the aquatic rats of the subfamily Hydromyinae, esp. of ...
water resource
Any of the entire range of natural waters (vapour, liquid, or solid) that occur on the Earth and that are of potential use to humans. These resources include the waters of the ...
water rice.
See wild rice. [1810-20] * * *
water right
the right to make use of the water from a particular stream, lake, or irrigation canal. [1785-95, Amer.] * * *
water sapphire
a transparent variety of cordierite, found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and elsewhere, sometimes used as a gem. [1690-1700] * * *
water scavenger beetle
▪ insect       any of the approximately 2,000 species of the predominately aquatic insect family Hydrophilidae (order Coleoptera). These beetles are found swimming in ...
water scorpion
water scorpion n. any of a family (Nepidae) of elongated, sticklike, four-winged hemipteran insects, characterized by a long breathing tube at the anal end of the abdomen * * ...
water shamrock.
See water clover. * * *
water shield
1. Also called water target. an aquatic plant, Brasenia schreberi, of the water lily family, having purple flowers, floating, elliptic leaves, and a jellylike coating on the ...
water shrew
▪ mammal       any of 12 species of amphibious shrews (shrew) that have a broad, fleshy muzzle, large chest, and long hind legs and digits. Most water shrews live in ...
water sign
any of the three astrological signs, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, that are grouped together because of the shared attributes of sensitivity and emotionalism. Cf. triplicity. * * *
water ski
a ski on which to water-ski, designed to plane over water: it is shorter and broader than the ski used on snow. [1930-35] * * *
water snail.
See Archimedes' screw. [1555-65] * * *
water snake
1. any of numerous and widely distributed harmless snakes of the genus Natrix, inhabiting areas in or near fresh water. 2. any of various other snakes living in or frequenting ...
water softener
any of a group of substances that when added to water containing calcium and magnesium ions cause the ions to precipitate or change their usual properties: used in the ...
water spaniel
either of two breeds of spaniels, used for retrieving waterfowl. Cf. American water spaniel, Irish water spaniel. [1560-70] * * *
water sprite
a sprite or spirit inhabiting the water, as an undine. [1790-1800] * * *
water sprout
1. a nonflowering shoot arising from a branch or axil of a tree or shrub. 2. sucker (def. 9). [1890-95] * * *
water strider
any of several aquatic bugs of the family Gerridae, having long, slender legs fringed with hairs, enabling the insects to dart about on the surface of the water. [1885-90] * * ...
water supply
—water-supply, adj. 1. the supply of purified water available to a community. 2. the facilities for storing and supplying this water, as reservoirs and pipelines. [1880-85] * * ...
water system
1. a river and all its branches. 2. a system of supplying water, as throughout a metropolitan area. [1825-35] * * *
water table
1. the planar, underground surface beneath which earth materials, as soil or rock, are saturated with water. 2. Archit. a projecting stringcourse or similar structural member ...
water target.
See water shield (def. 1). [1805-15, Amer.] * * *
water taxi
a motorboat that transports passengers for a fare. [1925-30] * * *
water thrush
either of two North American warblers, Seirus noveboracensis or S. motacilla, usually living near streams. Also, waterthrush. [1660-70] * * *
water tiger
the larva of a predaceous diving beetle, of the genus Dytiscus. [1885-90] * * *
water torture
water torture n. a form of torture in which water is caused to drip slowly onto the forehead of the immobilized victim * * *
water tower
1. a vertical pipe or tower into which water is pumped to a height sufficient to maintain a desired pressure for firefighting, distribution to customers, etc. 2. a ...
water trap
Golf. a pond, stream, or the like serving as a trap in a golf course. * * *
water treader
▪ insect       any insect of the approximately 30 species of the family Mesoveliidae (order Heteroptera). These small, slender insects are yellowish or greenish in ...
water treatment
the act or process of making water more potable or useful, as by purifying, clarifying, softening, or deodorizing it. [1860-65] * * *
water turbine
a turbine driven by the momentum or reactive force of water. [1875-80] * * *
water turkey
anhinga. Also, waterturkey. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
water vapor
a dispersion, in air, of molecules of water, esp. as produced by evaporation at ambient temperatures rather than by boiling. Cf. steam (def. 2). [1875-80] * * *
water wagon
1. a wagon used to transport water, as in military field operations or on a construction site. 2. on the water wagon. See wagon (def. 12). [1805-15] * * *
water wave
1. a wave on the surface of a body of water. 2. a wave combed or pressed into wet hair and then dried. [1550-60] * * *
water wheel
water wheel n. 1. a wheel turned by water running against or falling on paddles, used as a source of power 2. a wheel with buckets on its rim, used for lifting water * * *
water willow
any of several plants belonging to the genus Justicia, of the acanthus family, growing in water or wet places, esp. J. americana, of North America, having clusters of pale violet ...
water wings
an inflatable contrivance shaped like a pair of wings, usually worn under the arms to keep the body afloat while one swims or learns to swim. [1900-10] * * *
water witch
1. Also, water witcher. a person skilled at water witching; dowser. 2. a witch believed to haunt lakes, ponds, etc. [1810-20, Amer.] * * *
Water Witch incident
▪ South American history       (1855), brief military skirmish near the Paraguayan Ft. Itapirú, involving the USS “Water Witch,” commanded by Lt. Thomas J. Page, ...
water witching
the supposed discovering of subterranean streams by means of a divining rod. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
a children’s book (1863) by Charles Kingsley. It is about a small boy who works cleaning chimneys, escapes from his cruel employer and falls into a stream, where he meets the ...
water-base paint
/waw"teuhr bays', wot"euhr-/. See latex paint. [1945-50] * * *
/waw"teuhr bus', wot"euhr-/, n., pl. water-buses, water-busses. 1. vaporetto. 2. any small ship or boat serving as a passenger shuttle. [1925-30] * * *
water-chestnut [wôt′ərches′nət] adj. designating a family (Trapaceae, order Myrtales) of floating, aquatic dicotyledonous plants * * *
—water-cooled, adj. /waw"teuhr koohl', wot"euhr-/, v.t. to cool by means of water, esp. by water circulating in pipes or a water jacket, as an engine or machine ...
water-cooled [wôt′ərko͞old΄, wät′ərko͞old΄] adj. kept from overheating by having water circulated around or through it, as in pipes or a water jacket [a water-cooled ...
/waw"teuhr fast', -fahst', wot"euhr-/, adj. (of a color or dye) resistant to the effects caused by water; not changed or faded by the action of water. [1540-50] * * *
/waw"teuhr hahr'dn, wot"euhr-/, v.t. Metall. to quench (steel) in water. Cf. oil-harden. * * *
/waw"teuhr inch", wot"euhr-/, n. Hydraulics. the quantity of water (approx. 500 cubic feet) discharged in 24 hours through a circular opening of one inch diameter leading from a ...
/waw"teuhr jak'it, wot"euhr-/, v.t. to surround or fit with a water jacket. [1875-80] * * *
/waw"teuhr layd', wot"euhr-/, adj. Ropemaking. noting a rope laid left-handed from three or four plain-laid ropes, in the making of which water was used to wet the fibers instead ...
/waw"teuhr ri pel'euhnt, wot"euhr-/, adj. having a finish that resists but is not impervious to water. [1895-1900] * * *
/waw"teuhr ri zis'teuhnt, wot"euhr-/, adj. resisting though not entirely preventing the penetration of water. [1920-25] * * *
/waw"teuhr sik', wot"euhr-/, adj. Agric. (of soil) unproductive due to excessive watering or salt residues from irrigation. * * *
—water-skier, n. /waw"teuhr skee', wot"euhr-/, v.i., water-skied, water-skiing. to plane over water on water skis or a water ski by grasping a towing rope pulled by a ...
See water-ski. * * *
See water-skier. * * *
/waw"teuhr sohk', wot"euhr-/, v.t. to soak or saturate with water. [1785-95] * * *
/waw"teuhr sol'yeuh beuhl, wot"euhr-/, adj. capable of dissolving in water. [1920-25] * * *
water-supply system
Facilities for the collection, treatment, storage, and distribution of water. Ancient systems included wells, storage reservoirs, canals and aqueducts, and water-distribution ...
water-tube boiler
/waw"teuhr toohb', -tyoohb', wot"euhr-/ a boiler for generating steam by passing water in tubes (water tubes) through flames and hot gases. Cf. fire-tube boiler. [1870-75] * * *
water-vascular system
/waw"teuhr vas"kyeuh leuhr, wot"euhr-/, Zool. a system of closed, fluid-filled tubes and ducts of echinoderms used in clinging, locomotion, feeding, and respiration. [1865-70] * ...
wa·ter-vas·cu·lar system (wôʹtər-văsʹkyə-lər, wŏtʹər-) n. A system of water-filled canals derived from the coelom that connects the tube feet of echinoderms. * * *
/waw"teuhr wayv', wot"euhr-/, v.t., water-waved, water-waving. to set (hair) in a water wave. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
/waw"teuhr wich', wot"euhr-/, v.i. to practice water witching; work as a water witch. * * *
water arum n. See calla. * * *
water ash n. See stinking ash. * * *
water bag n. The membranous sac filled with amniotic fluid that protects a fetus during pregnancy. Also called bag of waters. * * *
water ballet n. 1. The art of dancelike movement in water; synchronized swimming. 2. A performance or competition of this swimming. * * *
water bear n. See tardigrade. * * *
Wa·ter Bearer (wôʹtər, wŏtʹər) n. See Aquarius. * * *
/waw"teuhr bed', wot"euhr-/, n. a bed having a liquid-filled rubber or plastic mattress in a rigid, often heated, waterproof frame, and providing a surface that conforms to the ...
water beetle n. Any of various aquatic beetles, especially of the family Dytiscidae, having a smooth oval body and flattened and fringed hind legs adapted for swimming. * * *
Waterberg Series
▪ geology also called  Waterberg System,         major division of rocks in southern Africa. The age of the Waterberg is in doubt; it is possible that the Waterberg ...
water bird n. A swimming or wading bird. * * *
water biscuit n. A biscuit made of flour and water. * * *
water blister n. A blister having watery contents without blood or pus. * * *
water bloom n. A growth of algae at or near the surface of a body of water, such as a pond. * * *
water boatman n. Any of various aquatic insects of the families Corixidae and Notonectidae, having long oarlike hind legs adapted for swimming. * * *
/waw"teuhr bawrn', -bohrn', wot"euhr-/, adj. 1. floating or moving on water; supported by water: The ship was waterborne ten months after the keel was laid. 2. transported by ...
/waw"teuhr brayn', wot"euhr-/, n. Vet. Pathol. gid, in sheep. [WATER + BRAIN] * * *
water brash n. Regurgitation of watery acid from the stomach. * * *
/waw"teuhr buk', wot"euhr-/, n. any of several large African antelopes of the genus Kobus, frequenting marshes and reedy places, esp. K. ellipsiprymnus, of eastern and central ...
water buffalo n. A large buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) of Asia, often domesticated especially as a draft animal and having large spreading horns. Also called carabao, water ox. * * *
water bug n. 1. Any of various aquatic insects, especially the water boatman and certain backswimmers. 2. A large cockroach. * * *
/waw"teuhr ber'ee, -beuh ree, wot"euhr-/, n. a city in W Connecticut. 103,266. * * * City (pop., 2000: 107,271), western Connecticut, U.S. Located on the Naugatuck River, ...
wa·ter·bus (wôʹtər-bŭs', wŏtʹər-) n. pl. wa·ter·bus·es or wa·ter·bus·ses A large motorboat used for carrying passengers on rivers or canals. * * *
water cal·trop (kălʹtrəp) n. See water chestnut. * * *
water cannon n. A truck-mounted apparatus that fires water at high pressure, used especially to disperse crowds or control rioters. * * *
water chestnut n. 1. A floating aquatic plant (Trapa natans) native to Eurasia and Africa, bearing four-pronged nutlike fruit and grown as a pond or aquarium ornamental. Also ...
water chinquapin n. A North American aquatic plant (Nelumbo lutea) related to the lotus and the water lilies and having large shield-shaped aerial leaves, large pale-yellow ...
water clock n. A clepsydra. * * *
water closet n. Abbr. WC A room or booth containing a toilet and often a washbowl. * * *
water clover n. See pepperwort. * * *
—water-color, adj. —watercolorist, n. /waw"teuhr kul'euhr, wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a pigment for which water and not oil is used as the vehicle. 2. the art or technique of painting ...
See watercolor. * * *
Painting made with a pigment ground in gum, usually gum arabic, and applied with brush and water to a surface, usually paper. The pigment is ordinarily transparent but can be ...
water cooler n. A device for cooling and dispensing drinking water. * * *
/waw"teuhr kawrs', -kohrs', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a stream of water, as a river or brook. 2. the bed of a stream that flows only seasonally. 3. a natural channel conveying water. 4. ...
/waw"teuhr kraft', -krahft', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. skill in boating and water sports. 2. any boat or ship. 3. boats and ships collectively. [1560-70; WATER + CRAFT] * * *
/waw"teuhr kres', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a cress, Nasturtium officinale, of the mustard family, usually growing in clear, running streams and having pungent leaves. 2. the leaves, ...
water cure n. Hydropathy or hydrotherapy. * * *
watercycle [wôt′ərsī΄kəl, wät′ərsī΄kəl] n. any of various small watercraft that are moved by working pedals or treadles * * * water cycle n. The cycle of ...
/waw"teuhr dawg', -dog', wot"euhr-/, n. any of several large salamanders, as a mudpuppy or hellbender. Also, water dog. [1855-60; WATER + DOG] * * *
wa·ter·dog·ging (wôʹtər-dô'gĭng, -dŏg'ĭng, wŏtʹər-) n. Western U.S. The collecting of salamanders out of drinking troughs to use for fishing bait. * * *
/waw"teuhrd, wot"euhrd/, adj. 1. having rivers or streams: an amply watered area. 2. receiving rain or other precipitation. 3. sprinkled, irrigated, etc., with water: a poorly ...
/waw"teuhrd down", wot"euhrd-/, adj. made weaker or less effective from or as from dilution with water: a watered-down cocktail; Spectators saw a watered-down version of the ...
/waw'teuh ree", wot'euh-/, n. a river in South Carolina, the lower portion of the Catawba River, joining with the Congaree River to form the Santee River. Cf. Catawba (def. 2). * ...
Wateree River
River, central South Carolina, U.S. It enters the state from North Carolina as the Catawba River but is known as the Wateree in South Carolina. It joins the Congaree River to ...
water elm n. See planer tree. * * *
See water. * * *
/waw"teuhr fawl', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a steep fall or flow of water in a watercourse from a height, as over a precipice; cascade. 2. a manner of arranging women's hair, as in long, ...
/waw"teuhr fuyn'deuhr, wot"euhr-/, n. a dowser; water witch. [1880-85, Amer.; WATER + FINDER] * * *
water flea n. Any of various small aquatic crustaceans of the order Cladocera, especially the daphnid, that typically swim with jerking flealike motions. * * *
/waw"teuhr flud', wot"euhr-/, n. (in the petroleum industry) a method of secondary recovery whereby water is pumped into reservoir rock to force out oil that has ceased to flow ...
/waw"teuhr feuhrd, wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a county in Munster province, in the S Republic of Ireland. 50,190; 710 sq. mi. (1840 sq. km). 2. its county seat: a seaport. 38,457. 3. a ...
Waterford glass
fine cut or gilded glass made in Waterford, Ireland, having a slight blue cast due to the presence of cobalt. [1935-40] * * * Heavy cut glassware, produced in Waterford, Ire. , ...
/waw"teuhr fowl', wot"euhr-/, n., pl. waterfowls, (esp. collectively) waterfowl. 1. a water bird, esp. a swimming bird. 2. such birds taken collectively, esp. the swans, geese, ...
wa·ter·fowl·er (wôʹtər-fou'lər, wŏtʹər-) n. A person who hunts waterfowl. * * *
/waw"teuhr frunt', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. land on the edge of a body of water. 2. a part of a city or town on such land; wharf or dock section. 3. a container placed before a stove to ...
water gap n. A transverse cleft in a mountain ridge through which a stream flows. * * *
water gas n. A fuel gas containing about 50 percent carbon monoxide, 40 percent hydrogen, and small amounts of methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen, made by passing steam and ...
/waw"teuhr gayt', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a White House political scandal that came to light during the 1972 presidential campaign, growing out of a break-in at the Democratic party ...
Watergate scandal
(1972–74) Political scandal involving illegal activities by Pres. Richard Nixon's administration. In June 1972 five burglars were arrested after breaking into the Democratic ...
water gauge n. An instrument indicating the level of water, as in a boiler, tank, reservoir, or stream. * * *
water glass n. 1. A drinking glass or goblet. 2. An open tube or box having a glass bottom for making observations below the surface of the water. 3. See sodium silicate. 4. A ...
waterglass painting
stereochromy. [1860-65] * * *
water gun n. See squirt gun. * * *
water hammer n. 1. A banging noise heard in a water pipe following an abrupt alteration of the flow with resultant pressure surges. 2. A banging noise in steam pipes, caused by ...
/waw"teuhr hed', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. the source of a river or stream. 2. a body of water dammed up for irrigation, to supply a garden, etc. [1560-70; WATER + HEAD] * * *
water hemlock n. Any of several poisonous, heavy-scented, perennial herbs of the genus Cicuta, especially C. maculata, of marshy areas in eastern and central North America, ...
water hen n. Any of various water birds of the family Rallidae, as the gallinule, rail, or coot, that inhabit marshland. * * *
water hole n. Informal See watering hole. * * *
water horehound n. Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Lycopus in the mint family, native to the North Temperate Zone and Australia. * * *
Waterhouse, Alfred
▪ British architect born July 19, 1830, Liverpool, Eng. died Sept. 22, 1905, Yattendon, Berkshire       English architect who worked in the style of High Victorian ...
Waterhouse, Benjamin
▪ American physician born March 4, 1754, Newport, R.I. [U.S.] died Oct. 2, 1846, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.       American physician and scientist, a pioneer in smallpox ...
Waterhouse, George Marsden
▪ British statesman born April 6, 1824, Penzance, Cornwall, England died August 6, 1906, Torquay, Devon       businessman, politician, prime minister of South Australia ...
Waterhouse, Keith
▪ British writer in full  Keith Spencer Waterhouse  born Feb. 6, 1929, Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, Eng.       English novelist, playwright, and screenwriter noted for ...
Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome
▪ pathology       a rare type of septicemia (blood poisoning) of rapid and severe onset, marked by fever, collapse and sometimes coma, hemorrhage from skin and mucous ...
water hyacinth n. A tropical American herb (Eichhornia crassipes) forming dense floating masses in ponds and streams and having large bluish-purple flowers and leafstalks with ...
water ice n. A dessert made of finely crushed ice that has been sweetened and flavored. * * *
/waw"teuh ree nis, wot"euh-/, n. the state or condition of being watery or diluted. [1350-1400; ME; see WATERY, -NESS] * * *
/waw"teuhr ing, wot"euhr-/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that waters. 2. a watered appearance on silk or other fabric. adj. 3. supplying water or used to water. 4. ...
watering can
a container for water, typically of metal or plastic and having a spout with a perforated nozzle, for watering or sprinkling plants, flowers, etc. Also called watering pot, ...
watering hole
Informal. a bar, nightclub, or other social gathering place where alcoholic drinks are sold. Also called watering place, watering spot. * * *
watering place
1. Brit. a seaside or lakeside vacation resort featuring bathing, boating, etc. 2. a health resort near mineral springs, a lake, or the sea, featuring therapeutic baths, water ...
watering pot
watering pot or watering can n. a container, esp. a can with a spout having a perforated nozzle, for watering plants, etc. * * *
watering spot
☆ watering spot n. WATERING HOLE * * *
wa·ter·ing can (wôʹtər-ĭng, wŏtʹər-) n. A vessel, usually having a long spout with a perforated nozzle, used to water plants. Also called watering pot. * * *
watering hole n. Informal In both senses also called water hole. 1. A small natural depression in which water collects, especially a pool where animals come to drink. 2. A social ...
watering place n. 1. A place where animals find water to drink. 2. A health resort with mineral springs; a spa. 3. Informal. A watering hole. * * *
watering pot n. See watering can. * * *
—waterishly, adv. —waterishness, n. /waw"teuhr ish, wot"euhr-/, adj. somewhat, or tending to be, watery. [1520-30; WATER + -ISH1] * * *
water jacket n. A casing containing water circulated by a pump, used around a part to be cooled, especially in water-cooled internal-combustion engines. * * *
/waw"teuhr jet', wot"euhr-/, n. 1. a stream of water forced out through a small aperture. 2. Also, water jet. waterpick. adj. 3. of, pertaining to, or operated by a waterjet: a ...
water key n. A lever covering a small hole on certain brass instruments, such as the trombone, that is pressed to drain saliva that has accumulated in the instrument. * * *
/waw"teuhr leef', wot"euhr-/, n. any of several North American plants of the genus Hydrophyllum, having clusters of bluish or white flowers and leaves often bearing marks ...
waterleaf family
the plant family Hydrophyllaceae, characterized by usually hairy herbaceous plants having lobed, divided, or compound leaves, five-parted blue or white flowers, and capsular ...
—waterlessly, adv. —waterlessness, n. /waw"teuhr lis, wot"euhr-/, adj. 1. devoid of water; dry. 2. needing no water, as for cooking. [bef. 950; ME waterlees, OE waterleas. ...
waterless cooker
1. a tight-lidded kitchen utensil in which food can be cooked using only a small amount of water or only the juices emitted while cooking. 2. See pressure cooker. * * *
water level n. 1. The level of the surface of a body of water. 2. Geology. See water table. 3. The water line of a ship. * * *

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