Definition for water

noun as in pure liquid hydrogen and oxygen

Strongest matches

drink, rain

Strong matches

aqua, H2O, rainwater, saliva, tears

Weak matches

Adam's ale, aqua pura

verb as in dampen; put water in

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Example Sentences

The soil is also very dry, which counterintuitively makes it harder for water to infiltrate.

What’s more, the wetlands would prevent some of that water from moving inland, so flood levels around those homes would rise higher.

The EPA’s loan will cover almost half the project costs, said Lindsay Leahy, Oceanside’s principal water engineer.

As water freezes at 0 °C, I need a way to chill water to cooler than that.

The Memphis Sands Aquifer, a crucial water supply for Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana, is already overdrawn by hundreds of millions of gallons a day.

Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.

When cities started adding chlorine to their water supplies, in the early 1900s, it set off public outcry.

Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.

Placed in drinking water, fluoride can serve people who otherwise have poor access to dental care.

In secret, before the referendum, the council went ahead and fluoridated the water anyway.

Urbanity ushers in water that needs no apology, and gives a zest to the worst vintage.

The two women had no intention of bathing; they had just strolled down to the beach for a walk and to be alone and near the water.

Mrs. Woodbury paints in oils and water-colors; the latter are genre scenes, and among them are several Dutch subjects.

But there was a breeze blowing, a choppy, stiff wind that whipped the water into froth.

She threw out her arms as if swimming when she walked, beating the tall grass as one strikes out in the water.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for water?

Few things are as common as water, but it doesn’t have many direct synonyms. However, there are several terms that can be used instead of water in certain situations.

Because water molecules consist of a combination of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, it’s chemical symbol is H2O, and it’s sometimes referred to this way. Although this sounds more technical, it’s usually used to be humorous, as in I could go for some cold H2O right now.

Sometimes, people refer to water informally with its equivalent word in Spanish, agua.

An old-fashioned slang term for water is Adam’s ale (a joke on the notion that water was the only thing that the Biblical Adam had to drink).

The Latin phrase aqua pura means and is sometimes used to refer to pure water.

Water is sometimes informally referred to as wet stuff. This can refer to water as a drink or to rainwater.

Water that comes out of the faucet (the tap) is called tap water.

Water is often distinguished between freshwater and salt water.

Other specific types of water include seawater (and ocean water), ground water, bathwater, and wastewater.

The verb water, as in water the plants, doesn’t have many direct synonyms, but you could use different words depending on how much water is needed, like sprinkle or dampen for a little or soak or saturate for a lot. On a larger scale, such as in the context of farming, you could use the word irrigate.

To water down something is to add water to it to dilute or thin it. This term is also commonly used in a figurative way, and dilute is also a good synonym for this sense.

What is a synonym for body of water?

Body of water is a general term for things like oceans, seas, and lakes. It’s not usually used for smaller things like ponds. The term the water can often be used to refer to a body of water in a general way, as in I just love being on the water or We’d have to fly over the water to get there. 

Informally, such a body of water might be called the drink—especially when someone or something falls in.

On this page you'll find 69 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to water, such as: drink, rain, aqua, h2o, rainwater, and saliva.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.