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water (ˈwɔːtə)
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]

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