water strider

wa·ter stride
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er strahyd]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər straɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er strahyd]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər straɪd/

Definitions of water strider words

  • noun water strider any of several aquatic bugs of the family Gerridae, having long, slender legs fringed with hairs, enabling the insects to dart about on the surface of the water. 1
  • noun water strider any of an insect-eating family (Gerridae) of usually slender-bodied hemipteran insects, having long legs with which they glide swiftly on the surface film of calm waters, esp. of ponds and streams 0

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Origin of water strider

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
First recorded in 1885-90

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water strider popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 55% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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