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water table

noun
1.
the planar, underground surface beneath which earth materials, as soil or rock, are saturated with water.
2.
Architecture. a projecting stringcourse or similar structural member placed so as to divert rain water from a building.
Also, watertable.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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Examples for water table
  • It happens the water table is only a half meter down and the buildings are sinking.
  • As the channel deepens and the elevation of the river drops, the water table beneath the riparian areas drops correspondingly.
  • All other proposed sites are below the water table, where any openings eventually fill with groundwater.
  • Its removal lowers the water table and accelerates the city's subsidence.
  • Surface water seems encouraging since it would seem to be an indication of a subsurface water table in the area.
  • To install it would require digging under the walkway and under the shallow water table.
  • All those canadians coming illegally over the boarder, causing the land to subside and the apparent water table level to raise.
  • The farmers taking part in the project measure and record rainfall, the water table, withdrawals and other data for their land.
  • But it may well have leached further underground, or into the water table.
  • In the early days, below-ground burial was not possible because of the high water table.
British Dictionary definitions for water table

water table

noun
1.
the surface of the water-saturated part of the ground, usually following approximately the contours of the overlying land surface
2.
an offset or string course that has a moulding designed to throw rainwater clear of the wall below
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water table in Science
water table  
The upper surface of an area filled with groundwater, separating the zone of aeration (the subsurface region of soil and rocks in which the pores are filled with air and usually some water) from the zone of saturation (the subsurface region in which the pores are filled only with water). Water tables rise and fall with seasonal moisture, water absorption by vegetation, and the withdrawal of groundwater from wells, among other factors. The water table is not flat but has peaks and valleys that generally conform to the overlying land surface. Compare potentiometric surface.
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water table in Culture

water table definition


The depth (measured from the surface of the Earth) at which underground water is first encountered.

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