Definition of “water” - English Dictionary

“water” in English

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waternoun

uk /ˈwɔː.tər/ us /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/

A1 [ U ] a clear liquid, without colour or taste, that falls from the sky as rain and is necessary for animal and plant life:

a bottle/drink/glass of water
hot/cold water
Can I have a drop of water in my whisky, please?
Is there enough hot water for a bath?
The human body is about 50 percent water.

A2 [ U ] an area of water, such as the sea, a lake, or a swimming pool:

The water's warm - are you coming in?
I don't like getting my head under (= in) water.
Dad, I swam a whole length of the pool under water (= with the whole head and body below the surface of the water)!

[ U ] the level of an area of water:

The river is difficult to cross during periods of high water.
waters [ plural ]

the area of sea near to and belonging to a particular country:

St Lucia depends on its clean coastal waters for its income.

the water contained in a particular lake, river, or part of the sea:

In the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, oil rigs attract fish.

UK US water the liquid that surrounds a baby inside a pregnant woman's womb:

At 3 a.m. her waters broke, and the baby was born soon after.
the waters [ plural ]

water from a spring, especially when used in the past for drinking or swimming in, in order to improve the health:

People used to come to this city to take (= drink or swim in) the waters.

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waterverb

uk /ˈwɔː.tər/ us /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/

water verb (GIVE WATER)

B2 [ T ] to pour water on to plants or the soil that they are growing in:

I've asked my neighbour to water the plants while I'm away.

[ T ] to give an animal water to drink:

The horses had been fed and watered.

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water verb (PRODUCE LIQUID)

C2 [ I ] If your mouth waters, it produces a lot of saliva, usually because you can see or smell some food that you would like to eat:

The smell of that bread is making my mouth water!

[ I ] When your eyes water, they produce tears but not because you are unhappy:

How do you stop your eyes from watering when you're cutting up onions?

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-watersuffix

uk / -wɔː.tər/ us / -wɑː.t̬ɚ/

(Definition of “water” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“water” in American English

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waternoun [ U ]

us /ˈwɔ·t̬ər, ˈwɑt̬·ər/

a clear, colorless liquid that falls from the sky as rain and is necessary for animal and plant life:

a drink/glass of water
bottled/tap water
cold/hot water
I’m boiling water to make some more coffee.

The water often refers to an area of water, such as the sea or a lake:

The water’s much warmer today – are you coming for a swim?

Waters is an area of natural water, such as a part of the sea:

waterverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈwɔ·t̬ər, ˈwɑt̬·ər/

to provide water to a plant or animal:

[ T ] I’ve asked my neighbor to water the plants while I’m away.

When your eyes water, they produce tears but not because you are unhappy:

[ I ] The icy wind made his eyes water.

If your mouth waters, it produces a lot of saliva, usually because you can see or smell food that you would like to eat:

[ I ] The smell of that bread is making my mouth water.

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(Definition of “water” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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The prevention of pollution and water deterioration has to be right as well as the ability to manage water in times of drought and flood.
In its unaltered form, the present directive could, in fact, have very unfortunate and long-term consequences for the environment and for our drinking water.
The proposal must also include more stringent criteria for establishing lesser environmental objectives and for extending deadlines in connection with heavily modified or artificial bodies of water.
We need to rethink and recognise that water is our most important asset and that our responsibility towards it goes far beyond the present generation.
The principle also concerns water charging.
I believe that we need legally binding requirements stating that the financial costs of water services are to be covered by each economic sector.
I believe that access to clean drinking water without charge is a basic human right in the developed as well as the developing world.
We have no difficulty with the "polluter pays" principle in relation to the recovery of costs on water usage at industrial, commercial and agricultural level.
However, we cannot accept amendments such as those that refer to the issue of costing water, granted that in my country a high proportion of the users are farmers.
Water is a prerequisite for human life.