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Water appears in the following tongue twister:

  • While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington's windows with warm washing water.

Water appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Hark! Toxic jungle water vipers quietly drop on zebras for meals! (53 letters)
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Water appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Tips secret away a water cesspit.
  • Jeune Vassar Greta, water grass: Avenue J.
  • Des, used to pastel, wore in water a pot as a top: are tawnier owlets a pot Des used?
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Usage statistics for the noun water:

spoken English42.73%written English57.27% conversational speech48.06%task-oriented speech51.94% imaginative writing51.23%informational writing48.77%
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The word water is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun water

What does water mean as a name of something?

Water is one of the top 100 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: waters

  1. 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
  2. the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
    • examples: they invaded our territorial waters | they were sitting by the water's edge
    • domains: lake; ocean; river
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of water: body of water
    • more generic word: thing = a separate and self-contained entity
    • more specific terms:
      • backwater = a body of water that was created by a flood or tide or by being held or forced back by a dam
      • embayment / bay = 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
      • 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
      • international waters / high sea = the open seas of the world outside the territorial waters of any nation
      • recess / inlet = an arm off of a larger body of water
      • 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
      • puddle / pool = 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
      • watercourse / stream = 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
      • waterfall / falls = a steep descent of the water of a river
      • waterway = a navigable body of water
    • part of: hydrosphere = the watery layer of the earth's surface; Earth's surface / surface = the outermost level of the land or sea
    • substance: H2O = 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
  3. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
    • usage: archaicism / archaism
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: element = one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
  4. a facility that provides a source of water
    • examples: the town debated the purification of the water supply | first you have to cut off the water
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of water: water supply / water system
    • more generic words: facility / installation = a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
    • part of: base / infrastructure = the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
    • parts:
  5. liquid excretory product
  6. a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants
    • example: he asked for a drink of water
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic words: 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
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun water


  1. [uncountable] A clear liquid having the chemical formula H2O, required by all forms of life on Earth.
  2. [context: sometimes, countable] Mineral water.
  3. [context: countable, often in plural] Spa water.
  4. [alchemy] One of the four basic elements.
  5. [context: India and Japan] One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  6. [context: in plural] A sea belonging to particular country.
  7. [context: in plural] Any body of water, such as a river or a lake.
  8. [countable] A body of water, standing or flowing; a lake, river, or other collection of water.
  9. Urine. [definition from 15th c.]
  10. [UK, in plural] amniotic fluid.
  11. [North America, in singular] Amniotic fluid.
  12. [figuratively, in plural or in singular] A state of affairs; conditions; usually with an adjective indicating an adverse condition.
  13. [countable] A serving of water.
  14. [uncountable] Tap water, or well/pump water, as opposed to bottled water.
  15. [colloquial, figuratively] A person's intuition.
  16. [rfd-sense] [British, in combination, capitalised] Particular lakes in the Lake District.
  17. [uncountable, dated, finance] Excess valuation of securities.

Definition of the verb water

What does water mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: watered | watering | waters

  1. supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams
    • example: Water the fields
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of water: irrigate
    • more generic word: wet = cause to become wet
    • more specific terms:
      • hose down / hose = 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
  2. provide with water
    • example: We watered the buffalo
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: furnish / provide / render / supply = give something useful or necessary to
  3. secrete or form water, as tears or saliva
  4. fill with tears
    • example: His eyes were watering
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: fill / fill up = become full

Alternative definition of the verb water


  1. [transitive] To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).
  2. [transitive] To provide (animals) with water.
  3. [transitive, colloquial] To urinate.
  4. [transitive] To dilute.
  5. [transitive, dated, finance] To overvalue (securities), especially through deceptive accounting.
  6. [intransitive] To fill with or secrete water.


  1. "Water", is a 2005 Canadian film written and directed by Deepa Mehta, with screenplay by Anurag Kashyap,. It is set in 1938 and explores the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India. The film is also the third and final installment of Mehta's Elements trilogy. It was preceded by Fire and Earth. Author Bapsi Sidhwa wrote the 2006 novel based upon the film, Water: A Novel, published by Milkweed Press. Sidhwa's earlier novel, Cracking India was the basis for Earth, the second film in the trilogy. Water is a dark introspect into the tales of rural Indian widows in the 1940s and covers controversial subjects such as misogyny and ostracism. The film premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was honoured with the Opening Night Gala, and was released across Canada in November of that year. It was first released in India on 9 March 2007.
  2. "Water" a.k.a. "Jal" is a 2013 Hindi film which is set in the Rann of Kutch, India about an overconfident water diviner named Bakka, who tries to solve the drought problems in his village, but faces unforeseen circumstances when he tries to help a female ornithologist save flamingos. The film was premiered and received special mention at the "New Currents" section of the Busan International Film Festival 2013 and in the "Indian Panorama" section of the International Film Festival of India. The film released in India on 4 April 2014. One World Films has collaborated with DAR Motion Pictures for the distribution of ‘Jal’ in India.
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  3. "Water" is a 1985 comedy film scripted by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais, directed by Clement, and starring Michael Caine. This HandMade Films production was released in U.S. theatres in April 1986 by Atlantic Releasing.
  4. "Water" a.k.a. "Paani" is a 2015 science fiction romance drama film written by David Farr and Shekhar Kapur and directed by Shekhar Kapur.
  5. "Water" is a 2004 crime fiction film written and directed by Jennifer Houlton.
  6. "Water" a.k.a. "Agua" is a 2006 Argentine and French sports drama film directed and written by Verónica Chen and Pablo Lago. The film is centered on a former professional swimming champion returning to old glory in the sport.
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  7. "Water" is a 2012 drama film written by Nir Sa'ar, Mohammad Fuad, Maya Sarfaty, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi and Pini Tavger, and directed by Nir Sa'ar, Mohammad Fuad, Maya Sarfaty, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Pini Tavger and Tal Haring.
  8. "Water" is a 1985 documentary film and directed by Velu Viswanandhan.
  9. "Water" is a 2012 short film written and directed by Marco van Bergen.
  10. "Water" is a short film, directed by Kendall Goldberg.
  11. "Water" is a 1975 Iranian film written by Habib Kavosh & Ahmad Ata and directed by Habib Kavosh.
    • also known as آب
    • starring: Sepideh
    • released in (40 years ago)
  12. "Water" a.k.a. "The Water" is 2006 short film written and directed by Laila Pakalniņa.
  13. "Water" is a short film, directed by Karthik Subbaraj G..
  14. "Water" is a film, directed by Joseph Jeffery Capps.
  15. "Water" is a film.


Water is a fictional character from the 2011 film Beach Spike.


"Water" is the soundtrack album of the 2005 film.


Water is a series of documentary films, consisting of Water and Water 2.

Phrases with Water

Phrases starting with the word Water:

  1. water ox
  2. water bed
  3. water boy
  4. water bug
  5. Water Bus
  6. water dog
  7. water elm
  8. water gap
  9. water gas
  10. water gum
  11. water gun
  12. water hen

Phrases ending with the word Water:

  1. hot water
  2. ice water
  3. low water
  4. mid-water
  5. Mop Water
  6. red water
  7. sea water
  8. tap water

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Water

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Google previewUrban Homesteading (2011)

Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living by Rachel Kaplan, K. Ruby Blume

Water is the lifeblood of our planet, swimming also in the veins of our bodies.

Google previewThe World Water Crisis (2007)

A Challenge to Social Justice by Elena Rastello

Water is a common good – the trust of humanity. It belongs to all .

Google previewSymbolic Interactionism in the Gospel according to John (2014)

A Contextual Study on the Symbolism of Water by Elia Shabani Mligo

Water is the first dwelling place of the Spirit of God, which was blown into the man and the man became a living being. It is the place where the first life began before the man was created. The man removes the anointed clay of the spittle (a ...

Google previewThe Granite Garden (1985)

Urban Nature and Human Design by Anne Whiston Spirn

Water is an element of wondrous qualities.

Google previewPlants and Microclimate (2013)

A Quantitative Approach to Environmental Plant Physiology by Hamlyn G. Jones

Water is an essential plant component, being a major constituent of plant cells, and ranges from about 10% of fresh weight in...

For example water is a liquid at normal temperatures and is a strong solvent, thus providing a good medium for ...

Google previewThe Physics of Proteins (2010)

An Introduction to Biological Physics and Molecular Biophysics by Hans Frauenfelder

Water is the solvent of biology yet it is a very complex liquid. Certainly some...

Water is a liquid with very strong many-body effects, but it is hot compared to helium 3, and many of the problems are almost classical in nature. Ordinarily we are ...

Google previewDictionary of Water and Wastewater Treatment Tradenames and Brand Names (1991)

by Thomas M. Pankratz

The Waterboy® package water treatment plant is one example. This proprietary product was introduced by the Microfloc Company in Corvallis, Oregon in 1966. The Microfloc Company became Neptune Microfloc, Inc. after being acquired by ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. B - E by William Nicholson

Barytes Strontian Potash •Soda Lime Magnesia Ammonia Glucine Vttria Alumine Zircon Metallic oxides Water Alcohol Potash Soda Strontian Magnesia Ammonia Glucine Alumine Zircon Metallic ox- Sulphurous Acid Barytes Nitric Acid. Potash ...

Google previewComplete Encyclopedia of the Freshwater Aquarium (2001)

by John Dawes

caroliniana will tolerate coldwater range) JAPANESE CRESS Cardamine lyrata Water preferences: Wot critical Lighting: Medium to high Temperature range: Coldwater/tropical HORNWORT Ceratophyllum ...

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Usage statistics about water

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun water:

spoken English42.73%written English57.27% conversational speech48.06%task-oriented speech51.94% imaginative writing51.23%informational writing48.77%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun water:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb water:


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Quotes about Water

Water forms
Weeds in water
Weeds in water form patterns
Patterns form of weeds in water over stones
Over stones and weeds water forms patterns reflecting
sunlight and soul of water

©2009 Forrest Hainline (Forrest Hainline)
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Scrabble value of W4A1T1E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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