Water words 106 words

  1. lough
    Irish word for a lake
  2. alluvial
    of or relating to alluvium
  3. aquifer
    underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
  4. berm
    a narrow ledge or shelf typically at the top or bottom of a slope
  5. brine
    a strong solution of salt and water used for pickling
  6. camber
    a slight convexity (as of the surface of a road)
  7. confluence
    a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
  8. effluent
    water mixed with waste matter
  9. escarpment
    a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
  10. flume
    a narrow gorge with a stream running through it
  11. fluvial
    of or relating to or happening in a river
  12. interstice
    small opening between things
  13. levee
    a pier that provides a landing place on a river
  14. moraine
    accumulated earth and stones deposited by a glacier
  15. noria
    a water wheel with buckets attached to the rim; used to raise water for transfer to an irrigation channel
  16. phreatic
    of or relating to ground water
  17. revetment
    a facing (usually masonry) that supports an embankment
  18. riffle
    a small wave on the surface of a liquid
  19. riparian
    of or relating to or located on the banks of a river or stream
  20. shoal
    a stretch of shallow water
  21. silt
    mud or clay or small rocks deposited by a river or lake
  22. slough
    a hollow filled with mud
  23. sluice
    conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate
  24. slurry
    a suspension of insoluble particles (as plaster of Paris or lime or clay etc.) usually in water
  25. subsidence
    a gradual sinking to a lower level
  26. thalweg
    the middle of the chief navigable channel of a waterway that forms the boundary line between states
  27. turbid
    (of liquids) clouded as with sediment
  28. weir
    a low dam built across a stream to raise its level or divert its flow
  29. eagre
    a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
  30. edema
    swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities
  31. effloresce
    come into or as if into flower
  32. Empedocles
    Greek philosopher who taught that all matter is composed of particles of fire and water and air and earth (fifth century BC)
  33. esker
    (geology) a long winding ridge of post glacial gravel and other sediment; deposited by meltwater from glaciers or ice sheets
  34. eutrophic
    (ecology) of a lake or other body of water rich in nutrients and subject to eutrophication
  35. aneroid
    containing no liquid or actuated without the use of liquid
  36. anastomosis
    a natural or surgical joining of parts or branches of tubular structures so as to make or become continuous
  37. anoxic
    relating to or marked by a severe deficiency of oxygen in tissues or organs
  38. toroidal
    of or relating to or shaped like a toroid; doughnut shaped
  39. antediluvian
    of or relating to the period before the biblical flood
  40. xeric
    being deficient in moisture
  41. xylem
    the woody part of plants: the supporting and water-conducting tissue, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels
  42. phloem
    (botany) tissue that conducts synthesized food substances (e.g., from leaves) to parts where needed; consists primarily of sieve tubes
  43. wallow
    roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud"
  44. waterworn
    (of rocks especially) worn smooth by the action of water
  45. usufruct
    a legal right to use and derive profit from property belonging to someone else provided that the property itself is not injured in any way
  46. tarn
    a mountain lake (especially one formed by glaciers)
  47. tilth
    the state of aggregation of soil and its condition for supporting plant growth
  48. turbid
    (of liquids) clouded as with sediment
  49. sapropel
    sludge (rich in organic matter) that accumulates at the bottom of lakes or oceans
  50. scablands
    (geology) flat elevated land with poor soil and little vegetation that is scarred by dry channels of glacial origin (especially in eastern Washington)
  51. scarp
    a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
  52. scudding
    the act of moving along swiftly (as before a gale)
  53. seiche
    a wave on the surface of a lake or landlocked bay; caused by atmospheric or seismic disturbances
  54. selva
    a rain forest in a tropical area
  55. sere
    (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
  56. silt
    mud or clay or small rocks deposited by a river or lake
  57. slake
    satisfy (thirst)
  58. slough
    a hollow filled with mud
  59. souse
    immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
  60. spate
    a sudden forceful flow
  61. spume
    foam or froth on the sea
  62. sump
    a well or other hole in which water has collected
  63. swale
    a low area (especially a marshy area between ridges)
  64. swash
    the movement or sound of water
  65. rhabdomancy
    searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
  66. rheology
    the branch of physics that studies the deformation and flow of matter
  67. rime
    ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)
  68. roily
    (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence
  69. runnel
    a small stream
  70. pelagic
    relating to or occurring or living in or frequenting the open ocean
  71. plash
    the sound like water splashing
  72. purl
    flow in a circular current, of liquids
  73. ogee
    a molding that (in section) has the shape of an S with the convex part above and the concave part below
  74. nadir
    an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything
  75. neve
    the upper part of a glacier (beyond the limit of perpetual snow) where the snow turns to ice
  76. maar
    a flat-bottomed volcanic crater that was formed by an explosion; often filled with water
  77. marl
    a loose and crumbling earthy deposit consisting mainly of calcite or dolomite; used as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime
  78. mizzle
    very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower
  79. Indra
    chief Hindu god of the Rig-Veda; god of rain and thunder
  80. kelpie
    (Scottish folklore) water spirit in the form of a horse that likes to drown its riders
  81. kibble
    an iron bucket used for hoisting in wells or mining
  82. lacustrine
    of or relating to or living near lakes
  83. lade
    fill or place a load on
  84. lahar
    an avalanche of volcanic water and mud down the slopes of a volcano
  85. lave
    wash or flow against
  86. lentic
    of or relating to or living in still waters (as lakes or ponds)
  87. Lethe
    (Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive
  88. lotic
    of or relating to or living in actively moving water
  89. loam
    a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materials
  90. hoarfrost
    ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)
  91. hummock
    a small natural hill
  92. Hyades
    (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Pleiades; they nurtured the infant Dionysus and Zeus placed them among the stars as a reward
  93. hydromancy
    divination by water (as by patterns seen in the ebb and flow of the tides)
  94. gush
    gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
  95. fen
    low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water
  96. firth
    a long narrow estuary (especially in Scotland)
  97. floc
    a small loosely aggregated mass of flocculent material suspended in or precipitated from a liquid
  98. fjord
    a long narrow inlet of the sea between steep cliffs; common in Norway
  99. floe
    a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at sea
  100. freshet
    the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
  101. friable
    easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder
  102. debouch
    march out (as from a defile) into open ground
  103. deliquesce
    melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
  104. billabong
    a stagnant pool of water in the bed of a stream that flows intermittently
  105. boreal
    toward or located in the north
  106. ichor
    (Greek mythology) the rarified fluid said to flow in the veins of the Gods