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definition of the word water

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
next poor present #259: water stood large within

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 Lithuanian vanduo.

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countable and uncountable; waters

water (countable and uncountable; plural waters)

  1. (uncountable) A clear liquid potable by humans and animals; the chemical H2O.
  2. (sometimes countable) Mineral water.
    Perrier is the most popular water in this restaurant.
  3. (countable, often in plural) Spa water.
    Many people visit Bath to take the waters.
  4. (alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
  5. (India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  6. (in plural) A sea belonging to particular country.
    The boat was found in within the territorial waters.
  7. (in plural) 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, in singular) Amniotic fluid.
    Before the child is born, the pregnant woman’s water breaks.
  11. (in plural) 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
  1. Tap water, or well/pump water, as opposed to bottled water.
    Do not drink the water.

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