water

The liquid that is made up of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen is water. Water takes up over seventy percent of the earth’s surface. Your body is made of about sixty percent water.

Water can be a noun: it is the colorless, odorless liquid that all living things need to survive. Water can be a verb: as in watering the plants, getting teary, or urinating. When people talk about freezing and boiling, they are usually talking about the temperatures at which water freezes (32˚ F) and boils (212˚ F). Humans use water to bathe, cook, make fountains in the backyard, and mix with lemon juice and sugar to make lemonade.

Definitions of water
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: H2O
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    tap water
    water directly from the spigot
    bath water
    water used for a bath
    dishwater
    water in which dishes and cooking utensils are washed
    distilled water
    water that has been purified by distillation
    holy water
    water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic purification
    ground water, spring water, well water
    underground water that is held in the soil and in pervious rocks
    hard water
    water that contains mineral salts (as calcium and magnesium ions) that limit the formation of lather with soap
    limewater
    solution of calcium hydroxide in water used as an antacid
    meltwater
    melted snow or ice
    brine, saltwater, seawater
    water containing salts
    fresh water, freshwater
    water that is not salty
    slush
    partially melted snow
    soft water
    water that is not hard (does not contain mineral salts that interfere with the formation of lather with soap)
    bilge, bilge water
    water accumulated in the bilge of a ship
    water of crystallisation, water of crystallization, water of hydration
    the water present in hydrated compounds
    red tide
    seawater that is discolored by large numbers of certain dinoflagellates that produce saxitoxin
    rain, rainwater
    drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds
    condensate
    a product of condensation
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    binary compound
    chemical compound composed of only two elements
    liquid
    fluid matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume
  2. noun
    a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants
    “he asked for a drink of water
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    branch water
    pure natural water from a stream or brook; often distinguished from soda water
    spring water
    water from a spring
    drinking water
    water suitable for drinking
    bottled water
    drinking water (often spring water) that is put into bottles and offered for sale
    sugar water
    water sweetened with sugar
    ice water
    water served ice-cold or with ice
    carbonated water, club soda, seltzer, soda water, sparkling water
    effervescent beverage artificially charged with carbon dioxide
    mineral water
    water naturally or artificially impregnated with mineral salts or gasses; often effervescent; often used therapeutically
    type of:
    food, nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
    nutrient
    any substance (such as a chemical element or inorganic compound) that can be taken in by a green plant and used in organic synthesis
    liquid
    a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
  3. noun
    once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
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    element
    one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
  4. noun
    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”
    synonyms: body of water
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    backwater
    a body of water that was created by a flood or tide or by being held or forced back by a dam
    bay, embayment
    an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
    channel
    a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels
    drink
    any large deep body of water
    estuary
    the wide part of a river where it nears the sea; fresh and salt water mix
    flowage
    a body of water that has been created by deliberately flooding an area
    crossing, ford
    a shallow area in a stream that can be forded
    gulf
    an arm of a sea or ocean partly enclosed by land; larger than a bay
    high sea, international waters
    the open seas of the world outside the territorial waters of any nation
    inlet, recess
    an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
    lake
    a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
    briny, main
    any very large body of (salt) water
    mid-water
    the water that is well below the surface but also well above the bottom
    ocean
    a large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere
    offing
    the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area
    polynya
    a stretch of open water surrounded by ice (especially in Arctic seas)
    pool, puddle
    a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid
    sea
    a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
    seven seas
    an informal expression for all of the oceans of the world
    shallow, shoal
    a stretch of shallow water
    sound
    a large ocean inlet or deep bay
    stream, watercourse
    a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
    territorial waters
    the waters surrounding a nation and its territories over which that nation exercises sovereign jurisdiction
    falls, waterfall
    a steep descent of the water of a river
    waterway
    a navigable body of water
    artificial lake, man-made lake, reservoir
    lake used to store water for community use
    bayou
    a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)
    bight
    a broad bay formed by an indentation in the shoreline
    billabong
    a stagnant pool of water in the bed of a stream that flows intermittently
    branch
    a stream or river connected to a larger one
    brook, creek
    a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)
    canal
    (astronomy) an indistinct surface feature of Mars once thought to be a system of channels; they are now believed to be an optical illusion
    cascade
    a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
    cataract
    a large waterfall; violent rush of water over a precipice
    cove
    a small inlet
    deep
    literary term for an ocean
    ditch
    any small natural waterway
    firth
    a long narrow estuary (especially in Scotland)
    fiord, fjord
    a long narrow inlet of the sea between steep cliffs; common in Norway
    Guantanamo Bay
    an inlet of the Caribbean Sea; a United States naval station was established on the bay in 1903
    gut
    a narrow channel or strait
    headstream
    a stream that forms the source of a river
    lagoon, laguna, lagune
    a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef of sand or coral
    loch
    Scottish word for a lake
    loch
    a long narrow inlet of the sea in Scotland (especially when it is nearly landlocked)
    lough
    Irish word for a lake
    mare clausum
    (closed sea) a navigable body of water under the jurisdiction of a single nation
    mare liberum
    (free sea) a navigable body of water to which all nations have equal access
    mud puddle
    a puddle of mud
    oxbow lake
    a crescent-shaped lake (often temporary) that is formed when a meander of a river is cut off from the main channel
    pond, pool
    a small lake
    rapid
    a part of a river where the current is very fast
    rill
    a small channel (as one formed by soil erosion)
    river
    a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek)
    rill, rivulet, run, runnel, streamlet
    a small stream
    South Sea
    any sea to the south of the equator (but especially the South Pacific)
    sound, strait
    a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
    tarn
    a mountain lake (especially one formed by glaciers)
    tidal river, tidal stream, tidewater river, tidewater stream
    a stream in which the effects of the tide extend far upstream
    tideway
    a channel in which a tidal current runs
    watercourse
    natural or artificial channel through which water flows
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    thing
    a separate and self-contained entity
  5. noun
    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
    synonyms: water supply, water system
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    facility, installation
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
  6. verb
    provide with water
    “We watered the buffalo”
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  7. verb
    supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams
    Water the fields”
    synonyms: irrigate
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    hose, hose down
    water with a hose
    flush
    cause to flow or flood with or as if with water
    hush
    run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals
    perfuse, suffuse
    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    perfuse
    force a fluid through (a body part or tissue)
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    wet
    cause to become wet
  8. verb
    secrete or form water, as tears or saliva
    “My mouth watered at the prospect of a good dinner”
    “His eyes watered
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    release, secrete
    generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
  9. verb
    fill with tears
    “His eyes were watering
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    fill, fill up
    become full
  10. noun
    liquid excretory product
    synonyms: urine
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    body waste, excrement, excreta, excretion, excretory product
    waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
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