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ground water

the water beneath the surface of the ground, consisting largely of surface water that has seeped down: the source of water in springs and wells.
Also, groundwater.
Origin of ground water
1885-90 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for groundwater
  • Normally, groundwater pollution from cattle feedlots is a serious problem.
  • In some places, the groundwater is too salty to drink.
  • There is some chemical that can get into groundwater and it's bad for fish and amphibians.
  • The sandstone was washed away by groundwater that created pipe-shaped cavities in the sandstone.
  • Construction crews cleaned the area and purified groundwater for use in local wetlands.
  • Generally, this rock is made of limestone or dolomite, both of which are easily dissolved by seeping groundwater.
  • Decades later, traces of the chemical are still found in area groundwater.
  • It was originally an open-pit copper mine, but when industrial operations stopped it began to fill with highly acidic groundwater.
  • Transpiration-the process by which plants suck up groundwater and evaporate it into the atmosphere-is another and opposite matter.
  • groundwater is being pumped out much faster than it is being replenished.
British Dictionary definitions for groundwater

ground water

underground water that has come mainly from the seepage of surface water and is held in pervious rocks
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Word Origin and History for groundwater

"water in the ground," also ground water, 1890, from ground (n.) + water (n.). Attested from mid-15c. in sense "water at the bottom of a stream."

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groundwater in Science
Water that collects or flows beneath the Earth's surface, filling the porous spaces in soil, sediment, and rocks. Groundwater originates from rain and from melting snow and ice and is the source of water for aquifers, springs, and wells. The upper surface of groundwater is the water table.
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groundwater in Culture

groundwater definition

Water that seeps through the soil or rocks underground.

Note: Groundwater is a source of drinking and spring water for many communities.
Note: Groundwater can be contaminated by chemical pollutants. (See water pollution.)
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