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[waw-ter-bawrn, -bohrn, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn, ˈwɒt ər-/
floating or moving on water; supported by water:
The ship was waterborne ten months after the keel was laid.
transported by ship or boat:
waterborne commerce.
communicated by water, especially drinking water:
waterborne diseases.
Origin of waterborne
1550-60; water + borne1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • waterborne and insect-transmitted infectious diseases get a big boost from climate change.
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  • By definition, plankton are waterborne animals or plants that cannot swim against an ambient current.
  • There are reasons to doubt that the infection is waterborne in this country.
  • Five million people die each year from waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery.
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British Dictionary definitions for waterborne


floating or travelling on water
(of a disease, etc) transported or transmitted by water
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