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waterlog

[waw-ter-lawg, -log, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg, ˈwɒt ər-/
verb (used with object), waterlogged, waterlogging.
1.
to cause (a boat, ship, etc.) to become uncontrollable as a result of flooding.
2.
to soak, fill, or saturate with water so as to make soggy or useless.
verb (used without object), waterlogged, waterlogging.
3.
to become saturated with water.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; apparently back formation from waterlogged
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Examples from the web for waterlog
  • For instance, the constant and reliable irrigation a dam provides can waterlog the ground.
  • Water only when the surface feels dry to the touch, so you don't waterlog your seedlings.
Word Origin and History for waterlog
v.

1779, from water (n.1) + log (n.); the notion is of "reduce to a log-like condition."

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