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underwater

[uhn-der-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈʌn dərˈwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər/
adjective
1.
existing or occurring under water.
2.
designed to be used under water.
3.
located below a ship's waterline.
adverb
4.
beneath the water:
to travel underwater.
noun
5.
the water beneath the surface:
cold currents in the underwater.
6.
underwaters, the depths, as of a sea, lake, etc.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; under- + water
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  • When underwater, the animals pushed water past their gills while simultaneously pushing the glottis down.
  • Water spiders can safely stay underwater for a day or more at a time, longer than previously thought.
  • Indeed, it is able to displace water and thus adhere to surfaces even underwater.
  • Farmers in many flood plains plant crops that grow underwater, such as deep water aman rice or jute.
  • Rooted underwater plants also oxygenate the water, helping to counteract any tendency toward eutrophication.
  • underwater mortgage borrowers aren't going to get closer to the surface anytime soon, according to this poll.
  • When underwater, the animals pushed water past their gills while simultaneously pushing the glottis down.
  • Then they kept going, right into the water, and set up an elaborate system of underwater test tubes.
  • underwater seiches can occur in any lake or bay-a body of water with boundaries where oscillations can occur.
  • Water tends to polarise light so it seems reasonable to think that the cloak ought to work well underwater.
British Dictionary definitions for underwater

underwater

/ˈʌndəˈwɔːtə/
adjective
1.
being, occurring, or going under the surface of the water, esp the sea: underwater exploration
2.
(nautical) below the water line of a vessel
3.
(of a stock option or other asset) having a market value below its purchase value
adverb
4.
beneath the surface of the water
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Word Origin and History for underwater
adj.

1620s, from under + water (n.). Of mortgages from 2008.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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