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make

1 [meyk]
verb (used with object), made, making.
1.
to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.: to make a dress; to make a channel; to make a work of art.
2.
to produce; cause to exist or happen; bring about: to make trouble; to make war.
3.
to cause to be or become; render: to make someone happy.
4.
to appoint or name: The president made her his special envoy.
5.
to put in the proper condition or state, as for use; fix; prepare: to make a bed; to make dinner.
6.
to bring into a certain form: to make bricks out of clay.
7.
to convert from one state, condition, category, etc., to another: to make a virtue of one's vices.
8.
to cause, induce, or compel: to make a horse jump a barrier.
9.
to give rise to; occasion: It's not worth making a fuss over such a trifle.
10.
to produce, earn, or win for oneself: to make a good salary; to make one's fortune in oil.
11.
to write or compose: to make a short poem for the occasion.
12.
to draw up, as a legal document; draft: to make a will.
13.
to do; effect: to make a bargain.
14.
to establish or enact; put into existence: to make laws.
15.
to become by development; prove to be: You'll make a good lawyer.
16.
to form in the mind, as a judgment or estimate: to make a decision.
17.
to judge or interpret, as to the truth, nature, meaning, etc. (often followed by of ): What do you make of it?
18.
to estimate; reckon: to make the distance at ten miles.
19.
to bring together separate parts so as to produce a whole; compose; form: to make a matched set.
20.
to amount to; bring up the total to: Two plus two makes four. That makes an even dozen.
21.
to serve as: to make good reading.
22.
to be sufficient to constitute: One story does not make a writer.
23.
to be adequate or suitable for: This wool will make a warm sweater.
24.
to assure the success or fortune of: a deal that could make or break him; Seeing her made my day.
25.
to deliver, utter, or put forth: to make a stirring speech.
26.
to go or travel at a particular speed: to make 60 miles an hour.
27.
to arrive at or reach; attain: The ship made port on Friday. Do you think he'll make 80?
28.
to arrive in time for: to make the first show.
29.
to arrive in time to be a passenger on (a plane, boat, bus, train, etc.): If you hurry, you can make the next flight.
30.
Informal. to gain or acquire a position within: He made the big time.
31.
to receive mention or appear in or on: The robbery made the front page.
32.
to gain recognition or honor by winning a place or being chosen for inclusion in or on: The novel made the bestseller list. He made the all-American team three years in a row.
33.
Slang. to have sexual intercourse with.
34.
Cards.
a.
to name (the trump).
b.
to take a trick with (a card).
c.
Bridge. to fulfill or achieve (a contract or bid).
d.
to shuffle (the cards).
35.
to earn, as a score: The team made 40 points in the first half.
36.
Slang.
a.
to recognize or identify: Any cop in town will make you as soon as you walk down the street.
b.
to charge or cause to be charged with a crime: The police expect to make a couple of suspects soon.
37.
to close (an electric circuit).
38.
South Midland and Southern U.S. to plant and cultivate or produce (a crop): He makes some of the best corn in the country.
verb (used without object), made, making.
39.
to cause oneself, or something understood, to be as specified: to make sure.
40.
to show oneself to be or seem in action or behavior (usually followed by an adjective): to make merry.
41.
to be made, as specified: This fabric makes up into beautiful drapes.
42.
to move or proceed in a particular direction: They made after the thief.
43.
to rise, as the tide or water in a ship.
44.
South Midland and Southern U.S. (of a crop) to grow, develop, or mature: It looks like the corn's going to make pretty good this year.
45.
make down, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to rain or snow: It's making down hard.
46.
make fast, Chiefly Nautical. to fasten or secure.
47.
make shut, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to close: Make the door shut.
noun
48.
the style or manner in which something is made; form; build.
49.
production with reference to the manufacturer; brand: our own make.
50.
disposition; character; nature.
51.
the act or process of making.
52.
quantity made; output.
53.
Cards. the act of naming the trump, or the suit named as trump.
54.
Electricity. the closing of an electric circuit.
55.
Jewelry. the excellence of a polished diamond with regard to proportion, symmetry, and finish.
56.
Slang. identifying information about a person or thing from police records: He radioed headquarters for a make on the car's license plate.
Verb phrases
57.
make out,
a.
to write out or complete, as a bill or check.
b.
to establish; prove.
c.
to decipher; discern.
d.
to imply, suggest, or impute: He made me out to be a liar.
e.
to manage; succeed: How are you making out in your new job?
f.
Slang. to engage in kissing and caressing; neck.
g.
Slang. to have sexual intercourse.
h.
Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to turn off or extinguish (especially a light or fire): Make the light out.
58.
make over,
a.
to remodel; alter: to make over a dress; to make over a page layout.
b.
to transfer the title of (property); convey: After she retired she made over her property to her children and moved to Florida.
59.
make for,
a.
to go toward; approach: to make for home.
b.
to lunge at; attack.
c.
to help to promote or maintain: This incident will not make for better understanding between the warring factions.
60.
make off,
a.
to run away; depart hastily: The only witness to the accident made off before the police arrived.
b.
Nautical. to stand off from a coast, especially a lee shore.
61.
make off with, to carry away; steal: While the family was away, thieves made off with most of their valuables.
62.
make on, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to turn on, light, or ignite (especially a light or fire): Make the light on.
63.
make up,
a.
(of parts) to constitute; compose; form.
b.
to put together; construct; compile.
c.
to concoct; invent.
d.
Also, make up for. to compensate for; make good.
e.
to complete.
f.
to put in order; arrange: The maid will make up the room.
g.
to conclude; decide.
h.
to settle amicably, as differences.
i.
to become reconciled, as after a quarrel.
j.
Printing. to arrange set type, illustrations, etc., into columns or pages.
k.
to dress in appropriate costume and apply cosmetics for a part on the stage.
l.
to apply cosmetics.
m.
to adjust or balance, as accounts; prepare, as statements.
n.
Education. to repeat (a course or examination that one has failed).
o.
Education. to take an examination that one had been unable to take when first given, usually because of absence.
p.
to specify and indicate the layout or arrangement of (columns, pages, etc., of matter to be printed).
q.
Atlantic States. (of the weather or clouds) to develop or gather: It's making up for a storm.
r.
Atlantic States. (of the sea) to become turbulent: If the sea makes up, row toward land.
64.
make up to,
a.
Informal. to try to become friendly with; fawn on.
b.
to make advances to; flirt with: He makes up to every new woman in the office.
Idioms
65.
make a play for, to try to get: He made a play for his brother's girlfriend. They made a play for control of the company's stock.
66.
make as if/as though, Informal. to act as if; pretend: We will make as if to leave, then come back and surprise him.
67.
make away with,
a.
to steal: The clerk made away with the cash and checks.
b.
to destroy; kill: He made away with his enemies.
c.
to get rid of.
d.
to consume, drink, or eat completely: The boys made away with the contents of the refrigerator.
68.
make believe, to pretend; imagine: The little girl dressed in a sheet and made believe she was a ghost.
69.
make (so) bold, to have the temerity; be so rash; dare: May I make so bold as to suggest that you stand when they enter?
70.
make book, Slang.
a.
to take bets and give odds.
b.
to make a business of this.
71.
make colors, Nautical. to hoist an ensign, as on board a warship.
72.
make do, to function, manage, or operate, usually on a deprivation level with minimal requirements: During the war we had no butter or coffee, so we had to make do without them.
73.
make good,
a.
to provide restitution or reparation for: The bank teller made good the shortage and was given a light sentence.
b.
to succeed: Talent and training are necessary to make good in some fields.
c.
to fulfill: He made good on his promise.
d.
Navigation. to compute (a course) allowing for leeway and compass deviation.
74.
make heavy weather,
a.
Nautical. to roll and pitch in heavy seas.
b.
to progress laboriously; struggle, especially to struggle needlessly: I am making heavy weather with my income tax return.
75.
make it,
a.
Informal. to achieve a specific goal: to make it to the train; to make it through college.
b.
Informal. to succeed in general: He'll never make it in business.
c.
Slang. to have sexual intercourse.
76.
make it so, Nautical. strike the ship's bell accordingly: said by the officer of the watch when the hour is announced.
77.
make like, Informal. to try or pretend to be like; imitate: I'm going to go out and make like a gardener.
78.
make one's manners, Southern U.S.
a.
to perform an appropriate or expected social courtesy.
b.
Older Use. to bow or curtsy.
79.
make sail, Nautical.
a.
to set sails.
b.
to brace the yards of a ship that has been hove to in order to make headway.
80.
make time. time ( def 52 ).
81.
make water,
a.
to urinate.
b.
Nautical. (of a hull) to leak.
82.
make with, Slang.
a.
to operate; use: Let's make with the feet.
b.
to bring about; provide or produce: He makes with the big ideas, but can't follow through.
83.
on the make, Informal.
a.
seeking to improve one's social or financial position, usually at the expense of others or of principle.
b.
increasing; advancing.
c.
Slang. seeking amorous or sexual relations: The park was swarming with sailors on the make.
84.
put the make on, Slang. to make sexual overtures to.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English maken, Old English macian; cognate with Low German, Dutch maken, German machen

makable, adjective


1. form; build; produce; fabricate, create, fashion, mold. Make, construct, manufacture mean to produce, to put into definite form, or to put parts together to make a whole. Make is the general term: Bees make wax. Construct more formal, means to put parts together, usually according to a plan or design: to construct a building. Manufacture usually refers to producing something from material that requires conversion from one state or condition to another, now almost entirely by means of machinery in a relatively complex process: to manufacture automobiles by the assembly of different parts. The term is also often used contemptuously of unimaginative or hackneyed works of art with the implication that the work was produced mechanically, and is used abstractly with the idea of denying genuineness: to manufacture an excuse. 7. transform, change, turn. 8. force. 10. get, gain, acquire, obtain, secure, procure. 13. perform, execute. 18. judge, gauge. 48. shape, structure, construction, constitution.


1. destroy.
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water

[waw-ter, wot-er] ,
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.
a.
flowing water, or water moving in waves: The river's mighty waters.
b.
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.
a.
amniotic fluid.
b.
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,
a.
to break the surface of the water by emerging from it.
b.
Swimming. to break the surface of the water with the feet, especially in swimming the breaststroke doing the frog kick.
c.
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,
a.
to be logical, defensible, or valid: That accusation won't hold water.
b.
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,
a.
(of a boat) to allow water to enter; leak.
b.
to urinate.
43.
tread water. tread ( def 23 ).

Origin:
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

waterer, noun
waterless, adjective
waterlessly, adverb
waterlessness, noun
waterlike, adjective
outwater, verb (used with object)
overwater, verb
rewater, verb
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make1 (meɪk)
 
vb , makes, making, made
1.  to bring into being by shaping, changing, or combining materials, ideas, etc; form or fashion; create: to make a chair from bits of wood; make a poem
2.  to draw up, establish, or form: to make a decision; make one's will
3.  to cause to exist, bring about, or produce: don't make a noise
4.  to cause, compel, or induce: please make him go away
5.  to appoint or assign, as to a rank or position: they made him chairman
6.  to constitute: one swallow doesn't make a summer
7.  (also intr) to come or cause to come into a specified state or condition: to make merry; make someone happy
8.  (copula) to be or become through development: he will make a good teacher
9.  to cause or ensure the success of: your news has made my day
10.  to amount to: twelve inches make a foot
11.  to be part of or a member of: did she make one of the party?
12.  to serve as or be suitable for: that piece of cloth will make a coat
13.  to prepare or put into a fit condition for use: to make a bed
14.  to be the essential element in or part of: charm makes a good salesman
15.  to carry out, effect, or do: to make a gesture
16.  (intr; foll by to, as if to, or as though to) to act with the intention or with a show of doing something: they made to go out; he made as if to hit her
17.  to use for a specified purpose: I will make this town my base
18.  to deliver or pronounce: to make a speech
19.  to judge, reckon, or give one's own opinion or information as to: what time do you make it?
20.  to cause to seem or represent as being: that furniture makes the room look dark
21.  to earn, acquire, or win for oneself: to make friends; make a fortune
22.  to engage in: make love not war
23.  to traverse or cover (distance) by travelling: we can make a hundred miles by nightfall
24.  to arrive in time for: he didn't make the first act of the play
25.  cards
 a.  to win a trick with (a specified card)
 b.  to shuffle (the cards)
 c.  bridge to fulfil (a contract) by winning the necessary number of tricks
26.  cricket to score (runs)
27.  electronics Compare break to close (a circuit) permitting a flow of current
28.  (intr) to increase in depth: the water in the hold was making a foot a minute
29.  (intr) (of hay) to dry and mature
30.  informal to gain a place or position on or in: to make the headlines; make the first team
31.  informal to achieve the rank of
32.  slang to seduce
33.  make a book to take bets on a race or other contest
34.  make a day of it to cause an activity to last a day
35.  make a night of it to cause an activity to last a night
36.  make do See do
37.  make eyes at to flirt with or ogle
38.  make good See good
39.  nautical make heavy weather to roll and pitch in heavy seas
40.  informal make heavy weather of something to carry something out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
41.  make it
 a.  informal to be successful in doing something
 b.  slang (foll by with) to have sexual intercourse
 c.  slang to inject a narcotic drug
42.  slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) make like to imitate
43.  make love
 a.  to have sexual intercourse
 b.  archaic to engage in courtship
44.  make love to someone
 a.  to have sexual intercourse with someone
 b.  archaic to engage in courtship with someone
45.  make or break to bring success or ruin
46.  make time See time
47.  make water
 a.  another term for urinate
 b.  (of a boat, hull, etc) to let in water
 
n
48.  brand, type, or style: what make of car is that?
49.  the manner or way in which something is made
50.  disposition or character; make-up
51.  the act or process of making
52.  the amount or number made
53.  bridge the contract to be played
54.  cards a player's turn to shuffle
55.  on the make
 a.  informal out for profit or conquest
 b.  slang in search of a sexual partner
 
[Old English macian; related to Old Frisian makia to construct, Dutch maken, German machen to make]
 
'makable1
 
adj

make2 (meɪk)
 
n
1.  a peer or consort
2.  a mate or spouse
 
[Old English gemaca mate; related to match1]
 
'makeless2
 
adj

water (ˈwɔːtə)
 
n
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: H2ORelated: aqueous, hydro-, aqua-
2.  a.  any body or area of this liquid, such as a sea, lake, river, etc
 b.  (as modifier): water sports; water transport; a water plant Related: 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
5.  high water See low water
6.  any of various solutions of chemical substances in water: lithia water; ammonia water
7.  physiol
 a.  any fluid secreted from the body, such as sweat, urine, or tears
 b.  (usually plural) the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus in the womb
8.  a wavy lustrous finish on some fabrics, esp silk
9.  archaic See also first water the degree of brilliance in a diamond
10.  excellence, quality, or degree (in the phrase of the first water)
11.  finance
 a.  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
 b.  the fictitious or unrealistic asset entries that reflect such inflated book value of capital
12.  (modifier) astrology air earth Compare fire of or relating to the three signs of the zodiac Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
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
 a.  to urinate
 b.  (of a boat, hull, etc) to let in water
17.  pass water to urinate
18.  test the water See test
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
 
vb (often foll by down)
21.  (tr) to sprinkle, moisten, or soak with water
22.  to weaken by the addition of water
23.  (intr) (of the eyes) to fill with tears
24.  (intr) (of the mouth) to salivate, esp in anticipation of food (esp in the phrase make one's mouth water)
25.  (tr) to irrigate or provide with water: to water the land; he watered the cattle
26.  (intr) to drink water
27.  (intr) (of a ship, etc) to take in a supply of water
28.  (tr) finance to raise the par value of (issued capital stock) without a corresponding increase in the real value of assets
29.  (tr) to produce a wavy lustrous finish on (fabrics, esp silk)
 
Related: aqueous, hydro-, aqua-, aquatic
 
[Old English wæter, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon watar, Old High German wazzar, Gothic watō, Old Slavonic voda; related to Greek hudor]
 
'waterer
 
n
 
'waterish
 
adj
 
'waterless
 
adj
 
'water-like
 
adj

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make
O.E. macian, from W.Gmc. *makojanan (cf. O.S. makon, O.Fris. makia "to build, make," M.Du. maken, O.H.G. mahhon, Ger. machen), from PIE *mag- "to knead, mix, make" (see may). Sense evolution probably is via prehistoric houses built of mud. Gradually replaced the main O.E. word,
gewyrcan (see work). Meaning "to arrive at" (a place), first attested 1620s, originally was nautical. Formerly used in many places where specific verbs now are used, e.g. to make Latin (c.1500) "to write Latin compositions." This broader usage survives in some phrases, e.g. to make water "to urinate," to make a book "arrange a series of bets" (1828), make hay "to turn over mown grass to expose it to sun." Make do "manage with what is available" is attested from 1899. Make time "go fast" is 1887; make tracks in this sense is from 1834. Make the grade is 1912, perhaps from the notion of railway engines going up an incline. Phrase on the make "intent on profit or advancement" is from 1869. To make a federal case out of (something) popularized in 1959 movie "Anatomy of a Murder;" to make an offer (one) can't refuse is from Mario Puzo's 1969 novel "The Godfather." To make (one's) day is from 1909; menacing make my day is from 1971, popularized by Clint Eastwood in film "Sudden Impact" (1983). Related: Making.

make
"match, mate, companion" (now archaic or dial.), from O.E. gemaca, from P.Gmc. *gamakon-, related to gemæca "one of a pair, mate, consort," gemæcc "well-matched, suitable," macian "to make" (see make (v.)).

water
O.E. wæter, from P.Gmc. *watar (cf. O.S. watar, O.Fris. wetir, Du. water, O.H.G. wazzar, Ger. Wasser, O.N. vatn, Goth. wato "water"), from PIE *wodor/*wedor/*uder-, from root *wed- (cf. Hittite watar, Skt. udnah, Gk. hydor, O.C.S., Rus. voda, Lith. vanduo, O.Prus. wundan, Gael. uisge "water;"
L. unda "wave"). Linguists believe PIE had two root words for water: *ap- and *wed-. The first (preserved in Skt. apah) was "animate," referring to water as a living force; the latter referred to it as an inanimate substance. The same was probably true of fire (n.). To keep (one's) head above water in the fig. 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 1440, of animals, 1757, of persons. Water-lily first attested 1549. Waterfront is attested from 1856.

water
O.E. 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.

water
measure of quality of a diamond, 1607, from water (n.1), perhaps as a transl. of Arabic ma' "water," which also is used in the sense "lustre, splendor."
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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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water   (wô'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
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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