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English

Etymology

From Old English wæter, from Proto-Germanic *wat-, from heteroclitic r/n-stem Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥ (genitive *wednós (of water)).

Cognates include German Wasser, Dutch water, Irish uisce, Russian вода (voda), Latin unda and Lithuanain vanduo.

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
water

Plural
s

water (s)
  1. (uncountable) A clear liquid potable by humans and animals; the chemical H2O.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Mineral water.
    Perrier is the most popular water in this restaurant.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Spa water.
    Many people visit Bath to take the waters.
  4. (alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A sea belonging to particular country.
    The boat was found in within the territorial waters.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any body of water, such as a river or a lake.
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.Psalms 23:2
  8. (colloquial) Urine.
  9. (UK, in plural) amniotic fluid.
    Before the child is born, the pregnant woman’s waters break.
  10. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Amniotic fluid.
    Before the child is born, the pregnant woman’s water breaks.
  11. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A complex or difficult situation.
    To fish in troubled waters.
    To stir the waters.
  12. Awkward position or circumstance; trouble.
    To get into deep water.
    To be in hot water over ill-chosen words.
  13. (countable) A serving of water.
I would like to order a water

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Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to water

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to water (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).
    Sally watered the roses.
  2. (transitive) To provide (animals) with water.
    I need to go water the cattle.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To urinate.
  4. (intransitive) (Of eyes) to fill with tears due to irritation, pain etc.
    Chopping onions makes my eyes water.

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Derived terms


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

water n. (plural waters, diminutive watertje, diminutive plural watertjes)

  1. water
    Het water kookte. — The water boiled.

Derived terms

Verb

water

  1. (intransitive) First-person singular present tense of wateren.

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /vatɛr/

Noun

water m. (plural water)

  1. toilet

Limburgish

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *wat-, from heteroclitic r/n-stem Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥ (genitive *wednós (“‘of water’”)).

Noun

water n

  1. water
  2. body of water

Inflection

Inflection
Root singular Root plural² Diminutive singular² Diminutive plural²
Nominative water watere waeterke waeterkes
Genitive waters watere waeterkes waeterkes
Locative wateves watevese waeterke waeterkes
Dative¹ watevem  ?  ?  ?
Accusative¹ water watere  ?  ?
  • Dative and accusative are nowadays obsolete, use nominative instead.
  • Plural and diminutive only used for the meaning body of water.

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