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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-bawr-ding, ‐bohr‐, wot-er‐]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌbɔr dɪŋ, ‐ˌboʊr‐, ˈwɒt ər‐/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-bawr-ding, ‐bohr‐, wot-er‐]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌbɔr dɪŋ, ‐ˌboʊr‐, ˈwɒt ər‐/

Definitions of waterboarding word

  • noun waterboarding a harsh interrogation technique in which water is poured onto the face and head of the immobilized victim so as to induce a fear of drowning. 1
  • noun waterboarding An interrogation technique simulating the experience of drowning, in which a person is strapped, face up, to a board that slopes downward at the head, while large quantities of water are poured over the face into the breathing passages. 1
  • noun waterboarding a form of torture in which the victim is immobilized and has water poured on his or her face, producing a severe gag reflex, to simulate drowning 0
  • noun waterboarding A torture technique in which the victim is immobilized, has towels or rags wrapped over their face, and has water poured onto them, causing them to experience the sensation of drowning. 0

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Origin of waterboarding

First appearance:

before 2000
One of the 1% newest English words
First recorded in 2000-05; water + board + -ing1

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waterboarding popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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