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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-bawrn, -bohrn, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn, ˈwɒt ər-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-bawrn, -bohrn, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn, ˈwɒt ər-/

Definitions of waterborne word

  • adjective waterborne floating or moving on water; supported by water: The ship was waterborne ten months after the keel was laid. 1
  • adjective waterborne transported by ship or boat: waterborne commerce. 1
  • adjective waterborne communicated by water, especially drinking water: waterborne diseases. 1
  • noun waterborne Conveyed by, traveling on, or involving travel or transportation on water. 1
  • adjective waterborne carried by water 1
  • adjective waterborne A waterborne disease or infection is one that people can catch from infected water. 0

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Origin of waterborne

First appearance:

before 1550
One of the 31% oldest English words
First recorded in 1550-60; water + borne1

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Parts of speech for Waterborne


waterborne popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for waterborne

adjective waterborne

  • aquatic — An aquatic animal or plant lives or grows on or in water.
  • floating — being buoyed up on water or other liquid.
  • marine — of or relating to the sea; existing in or produced by the sea: marine vegetation.
  • riverine — of or relating to a river.

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