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water

[waw-ter, wot-er] /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər/
noun
1.
a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H 2 O, freezing at 32°F or 0°C and boiling at 212°F or 100°C, that in a more or less impure state constitutes rain, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.: it contains 11.188 percent hydrogen and 88.812 percent oxygen, by weight.
2.
a special form or variety of this liquid, as rain.
3.
Often, waters. this liquid in an impure state as obtained from a mineral spring:
Last year we went to Marienbad for the waters.
4.
the liquid content of a river, inlet, etc., with reference to its relative height, especially as dependent on tide:
a difference of 20 feet between high and low water.
5.
the surface of a stream, river, lake, ocean, etc.:
above, below, or on the water.
6.
waters.
  1. flowing water, or water moving in waves:
    The river's mighty waters.
  2. the sea or seas bordering a particular country or continent or located in a particular part of the world:
    We left San Diego and sailed south for Mexican waters.
7.
a liquid solution or preparation, especially one used for cosmetic purposes:
lavender water; lemon water.
8.
Often, waters. Medicine/Medical.
  1. amniotic fluid.
  2. the bag of waters; amnion:
    Her water broke at 2 a.m.
9.
any of various solutions of volatile or gaseous substances in water:
ammonia water.
10.
any liquid or aqueous organic secretion, exudation, humor, or the like, as tears, perspiration, or urine.
11.
Finance. fictitious assets or the inflated values they give to the stock of a corporation.
12.
a wavy, lustrous pattern or marking, as on silk fabrics or metal surfaces.
13.
(formerly) the degree of transparency and brilliancy of a diamond or other precious stone.
14.
take water, (of a boat) to allow water to enter through leaks or portholes or over the side.
verb (used with object)
15.
to sprinkle, moisten, or drench with water:
to water the flowers; to water a street.
16.
to supply (animals) with water for drinking.
17.
to furnish with a supply of water, as a ship.
18.
to furnish water to (a region), as by streams; supply (land) with water, as by irrigation:
The valley is watered by a branch of the Colorado River. Our land is watered by the All-American Canal.
19.
to dilute, weaken, soften, or adulterate with, or as with, water (often followed by down):
to water soup; to water down an unfavorable report.
20.
Finance. to issue or increase the par value of (shares of stock) without having the assets to warrant doing so (often followed by down).
21.
to produce a wavy, lustrous pattern, marking, or finish on (fabrics, metals, etc.):
watered silk.
verb (used without object)
22.
to discharge, fill with, or secrete water or liquid, as the eyes when irritated, or as the mouth at the sight or thought of tempting food.
23.
to drink water, as an animal.
24.
to take in a supply of water, as a ship:
Our ship will water at Savannah.
adjective
25.
of or pertaining to water in any way:
a water journey.
26.
holding, or designed to hold, water:
a water jug.
27.
worked or powered by water:
a water turbine.
28.
heating, pumping, or circulating water (often used in combination):
hot-water furnace; city waterworks.
29.
used in or on water:
water skis.
30.
containing or prepared with water, as for hardening or dilution:
water mortar.
31.
located or occurring on, in, or by water:
water music; water frontage.
32.
residing by or in, or ruling over, water:
water people; water deities.
Idioms
33.
above water, out of embarrassment or trouble, especially of a financial nature:
They had so many medical bills that they could hardly keep their heads above water.
34.
break water,
  1. to break the surface of the water by emerging from it.
  2. Swimming. to break the surface of the water with the feet, especially in swimming the breaststroke doing the frog kick.
  3. Medicine/Medical. to break the amniotic sac prior to parturition.
35.
by water, by ship or boat:
to send goods by water.
36.
dead in the water. dead (def 41).
37.
hold water,
  1. to be logical, defensible, or valid:
    That accusation won't hold water.
  2. to check the movement of a rowboat by keeping the oars steady with the blades vertical.
38.
in deep water, in great distress or difficulty:
Their marriage has been in deep water for some time.
39.
in hot water. hot water.
40.
like water, lavishly; abundantly; freely:
The champagne flowed like water.
41.
make one's mouth water, to excite a desire or appetite for something:
The roasting turkey made our mouths water.
42.
make water,
  1. (of a boat) to allow water to enter; leak.
  2. to urinate.
43.
tread water. tread (def 23).
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English wæter; cognate with Dutch water, German Wasser; akin to Old Norse vain, Gothic wato, Hittite watar, Greek hýdōr; (v.) Middle English wateren, Old English wæterian, derivative of the noun
Related forms
waterer, noun
waterless, adjective
waterlessly, adverb
waterlessness, noun
waterlike, adjective
outwater, verb (used with object)
overwater, verb
rewater, verb

deep

[deep] /dip/
adjective, deeper, deepest.
1.
extending far down from the top or surface:
a deep well; a deep valley.
2.
extending far in or back from the front or from an edge, surface, opening, etc., considered as the front:
a deep shelf.
3.
extending far in width; broad:
deep lace; a deep border.
4.
ranging far from the earth and sun:
a deep space probe.
5.
having a specified dimension in depth:
a tank 8 feet deep.
6.
covered or immersed to a specified depth (often used in combination):
standing knee-deep in water.
7.
having a specified width or number of items from front to back (often used in combination):
shelves that are 10 inches deep; cars lined up at the entrance gates three-deep.
8.
extending or cutting far down relative to the surface of a given object:
The knife made a deep scar in the table.
9.
situated far down, in, or back:
deep below the surface; deep in the woods.
10.
reaching or advancing far down:
a deep dive.
11.
coming from far down:
a deep breath.
12.
made with the body bent or lowered to a considerable degree:
a deep bow.
13.
immersed or submerged in or heavily covered with (followed by in):
a road deep in mud.
14.
difficult to penetrate or understand; abstruse:
a deep allegory.
15.
not superficial; profound:
deep thoughts.
16.
grave or serious:
deep disgrace.
17.
heartfelt; sincere:
deep affections.
18.
absorbing; engrossing:
deep study.
19.
great in measure; intense; extreme:
deep sorrow.
20.
sound and heavy; profound:
deep sleep.
21.
(of colors) dark and vivid:
a deep red.
22.
low in pitch, as sound, a voice, or the like:
deep, sonorous tones.
23.
having penetrating intellectual powers:
a deep scholar.
24.
profoundly cunning or artful:
a deep and crafty scheme.
25.
mysterious; obscure:
deep, dark secrets.
26.
immersed or involved; enveloped:
a man deep in debt.
27.
absorbed; engrossed:
deep in thought.
28.
Baseball. relatively far from home plate:
He hit the ball into deep center field.
29.
Linguistics. belonging to an early stage in the transformational derivation of a sentence; belonging to the deep structure.
noun
30.
the deep part of a body of water, especially an area of the ocean floor having a depth greater than 18,000 feet (5400 meters).
31.
a vast extent, as of space or time.
32.
the part of greatest intensity, as of winter.
33.
Nautical. any of the unmarked levels, one fathom apart, on a deep-sea lead line.
Compare mark1 (def 20).
34.
the deep, Chiefly Literary. the sea or ocean:
He was laid to rest in the deep.
adverb, deeper, deepest.
35.
to or at a considerable or specified depth:
The boat rode deep in the water.
36.
far on in time:
He claimed he could see deep into the future.
37.
profoundly; intensely.
38.
Baseball. at or to a deep place or position:
The outfielders played deep, knowing the batter's reputation as a slugger.
Idioms
39.
go off the deep end,
  1. to enter upon a course of action with heedless or irresponsible indifference to consequences.
  2. to become emotionally overwrought.
40.
in deep,
  1. inextricably involved.
  2. having made or committed oneself to make a large financial investment.
41.
in deep water,
  1. in difficult or serious circumstances; in trouble.
  2. in a situation beyond the range of one's capability or skill:
    You're a good student, but you'll be in deep water in medical school.
Origin
before 900; Middle English dep, Old English dēop; akin to Gothic diups, Old Norse djupr, Old High German tiof
Related forms
deepness, noun
nondeep, adjective
overdeep, adjective
undeep, adjective
undeeply, adverb
Synonyms
14. recondite, mysterious, obscure, profound. 23. sagacious, wise, profound, shrewd.
Antonyms
1, 10, 15–17, 23. shallow.
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British Dictionary definitions for in deep water

deep

/diːp/
adjective
1.
extending or situated relatively far down from a surface: a deep pool
2.
extending or situated relatively far inwards, backwards, or sideways: a deep border of trees
3.
(cricket) relatively far from the pitch: the deep field, deep third man
4.
  1. (postpositive) of a specified dimension downwards, inwards, or backwards: six feet deep
  2. (in combination): a six-foot-deep trench
5.
coming from or penetrating to a great depth: a deep breath
6.
difficult to understand or penetrate; abstruse
7.
learned or intellectually demanding: a deep discussion
8.
of great intensity; extreme: deep happiness, deep trouble
9.
(postpositive) foll by in. absorbed or enveloped (by); engrossed or immersed (in): deep in study, deep in debt
10.
very cunning or crafty; devious: a deep plot
11.
mysterious or obscure: a deep secret
12.
(of a colour) having an intense or dark hue
13.
low in pitch or tone: a deep voice
14.
(informal) go off the deep end
  1. to lose one's temper; react angrily
  2. (mainly US) to act rashly
15.
in deep water, in a tricky position or in trouble
16.
throw someone in at the deep end, See end1 (sense 28)
noun
17.
any deep place on land or under water, esp below 6000 metres (3000 fathoms)
18.
the deep
  1. a poetic term for the ocean
  2. (cricket) the area of the field relatively far from the pitch
19.
the most profound, intense, or central part: the deep of winter
20.
a vast extent, as of space or time
21.
(nautical) one of the intervals on a sounding lead, one fathom apart
adverb
22.
far on in time; late: they worked deep into the night
23.
profoundly or intensely
24.
(informal) deep down, in reality, esp as opposed to appearance: she is a very kind person deep down
25.
deep in the past, long ago
Derived Forms
deeply, adverb
deepness, noun
Word Origin
Old English dēop; related to Old High German tiof deep, Old Norse djupr

water

/ˈwɔːtə/
noun
1.
a clear colourless tasteless odourless liquid that is essential for plant and animal life and constitutes, in impure form, rain, oceans, rivers, lakes, etc. It is a neutral substance, an effective solvent for many compounds, and is used as a standard for many physical properties. Formula: H2O related adjective aqueous related combining_forms hydro- aqua-
2.
  1. any body or area of this liquid, such as a sea, lake, river, etc
  2. (as modifier): water sports, water transport, a water plant, related adjective aquatic
3.
the surface of such a body or area: fish swam below the water
4.
any form or variety of this liquid, such as rain
6.
any of various solutions of chemical substances in water: lithia water, ammonia water
7.
(physiol)
  1. any fluid secreted from the body, such as sweat, urine, or tears
  2. (usually pl) the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus in the womb
8.
a wavy lustrous finish on some fabrics, esp silk
9.
(archaic) the degree of brilliance in a diamond See also first water
10.
excellence, quality, or degree (in the phrase of the first water)
11.
(finance)
  1. capital stock issued without a corresponding increase in paid-up capital, so that the book value of the company's capital is not fully represented by assets or earning power
  2. the fictitious or unrealistic asset entries that reflect such inflated book value of capital
12.
(modifier) (astrology) of or relating to the three signs of the zodiac Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces Compare air (sense 20), earth (sense 10), fire (sense 24)
13.
(informal) above the water, out of trouble or difficulty, esp financial trouble
14.
hold water, to prove credible, logical, or consistent: the alibi did not hold water
15.
in deep water, in trouble or difficulty
16.
make water
  1. to urinate
  2. (of a boat, hull, etc) to let in water
17.
pass water, to urinate
18.
test the water, See test1 (sense 5)
19.
(informal) throw cold water on, pour cold water on, to be unenthusiastic about or discourage
20.
water under the bridge, events that are past and done with
verb
21.
(transitive) to sprinkle, moisten, or soak with water
22.
(transitive) often foll by down. to weaken by the addition of water
23.
(intransitive) (of the eyes) to fill with tears
24.
(intransitive) (of the mouth) to salivate, esp in anticipation of food (esp in the phrase make one's mouth water)
25.
(transitive) to irrigate or provide with water: to water the land, he watered the cattle
26.
(intransitive) to drink water
27.
(intransitive) (of a ship, etc) to take in a supply of water
28.
(transitive) (finance) to raise the par value of (issued capital stock) without a corresponding increase in the real value of assets
29.
(transitive) to produce a wavy lustrous finish on (fabrics, esp silk)
See also water down
Derived Forms
waterer, noun
waterish, adjective
waterless, adjective
water-like, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wæter, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon watar, Old High German wazzar, Gothic watō, Old Slavonic voda; related to Greek hudor
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Word Origin and History for in deep water

deep

adj.

Old English deop "profound, awful, mysterious; serious, solemn; deepness, depth," deope (adv.), from Proto-Germanic *deupaz (cf. Old Saxon diop, Old Frisian diap, Dutch diep, Old High German tiof, German tief, Old Norse djupr, Danish dyb, Swedish djup, Gothic diups "deep"), from PIE *dheub- "deep, hollow" (cf. Lithuanian dubus "deep, hollow, Old Church Slavonic duno "bottom, foundation," Welsh dwfn "deep," Old Irish domun "world," via sense development from "bottom" to "foundation" to "earth" to "world").

Figurative senses were in Old English; extended 16c. to color, sound. Deep pocket "wealth" is from 1951. To go off the deep end "lose control of oneself" is slang first recorded 1921, probably in reference to the deep end of a swimming pool, where a person on the surface can no longer touch bottom. When 3-D films seemed destined to be the next wave and the biggest thing to hit cinema since talkies, they were known as deepies (1953).

n.

Old English deop "deep water," especially the sea, from the source of deep (adj.).

water

n.

Old English wæter, from Proto-Germanic *watar (cf. Old Saxon watar, Old Frisian wetir, Dutch water, Old High German wazzar, German Wasser, Old Norse vatn, Gothic wato "water"), from PIE *wodor/*wedor/*uder-, from root *wed- (cf. Hittite watar, Sanskrit udrah, Greek hydor, Old Church Slavonic and Russian voda, Lithuanian vanduo, Old Prussian wundan, Gaelic uisge "water;" Latin unda "wave").

Linguists believe PIE had two root words for water: *ap- and *wed-. The first (preserved in Sanskrit apah) was "animate," referring to water as a living force; the latter referred to it as an inanimate substance. The same probably was true of fire (n.).

To keep (one's) head above water in the figurative sense is recorded from 1742. Water cooler is recorded from 1846; water polo from 1884; water torture from 1928. First record of water-closet is from 1755. Water-ice as a confection is from 1818. Watering-place is mid-15c., of animals, 1757, of persons. Water-lily first attested 1540s.

measure of quality of a diamond, c.1600, from water (n.1), perhaps as a translation of Arabic ma' "water," which also is used in the sense "lustre, splendor."

v.

Old English wæterian (see water (n.1)). Meaning "to dilute" is attested from late 14c.; now usually as water down (1850). To make water "urinate" is recorded from early 15c. Related: Watered; watering.

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in deep water in Medicine

water wa·ter (wô'tər)
n.

  1. A clear, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid essential for most plant and animal life and the most widely used of all solvents. Freezing point 0°C (32°F); boiling point 100°C (212°F); specific gravity (4°C) 1.0000; weight per gallon (15°C) 8.338 pounds (3.782 kilograms).

  2. Any of the liquids that are present in or passed out of the body, such as urine, perspiration, tears, or saliva.

  3. The fluid that surrounds a fetus in the uterus; amniotic fluid.

  4. An aqueous solution of a substance, especially a gas.

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in deep water in Science
water
  (wô'tər)   
A colorless, odorless compound of hydrogen and oxygen. Water covers about three-quarters of the Earth's surface in solid form (ice) and liquid form, and is prevalent in the lower atmosphere in its gaseous form, water vapor. Water is an unusually good solvent for a large variety of substances, and is an essential component of all organisms, being necessary for most biological processes. Unlike most substances, water is less dense as ice than in liquid form; thus, ice floats on liquid water. Water freezes at 0°C (32°F) and boils at 100°C (212°F). Chemical formula: H2O.
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Slang definitions & phrases for in deep water

in deep water

adverb phrase

In a difficult situation, esp where one is not fitted to cope; out of one's depth (1861+)


deep

adjective
  1. Copious, esp well supplied with good athletes: They may not be very deep on the bench, but they're smart/ Fudgie's set was deep, and fifty people showed up (1980s+)
  2. Intense; profound: deep reading of philosophy books
Related Terms

knee-deep


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in deep water in the Bible

used to denote (1) the grave or the abyss (Rom. 10:7; Luke 8:31); (2) the deepest part of the sea (Ps. 69:15); (3) the chaos mentioned in Gen. 1:2; (4) the bottomless pit, hell (Rev. 9:1, 2; 11:7; 20:13).

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Idioms and Phrases with in deep water
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