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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waw-ter-ing, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tər ɪŋ, ˈwɒt ər-/
    • /ˈwɔː.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-ing, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tər ɪŋ, ˈwɒt ər-/

Definitions of watering word

  • noun watering a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H 2 O, freezing at 32°F or 0°C and boiling at 212°F or 100°C, that in a more or less impure state constitutes rain, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.: it contains 11.188 percent hydrogen and 88.812 percent oxygen, by weight. 1
  • noun watering a special form or variety of this liquid, as rain. 1
  • noun watering Often, waters. this liquid in an impure state as obtained from a mineral spring: Last year we went to Marienbad for the waters. 1
  • noun watering the liquid content of a river, inlet, etc., with reference to its relative height, especially as dependent on tide: a difference of 20 feet between high and low water. 1
  • noun watering the surface of a stream, river, lake, ocean, etc.: above, below, or on the water. 1
  • noun watering waters. flowing water, or water moving in waves: The river's mighty waters. the sea or seas bordering a particular country or continent or located in a particular part of the world: We left San Diego and sailed south for Mexican waters. 1

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Origin of watering

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English wæterung. See water, -ing1, -ing2

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Parts of speech for Watering


watering popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% 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".

watering usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for watering

noun watering

  • dilution — the act of diluting or the state of being diluted.
  • thinning — having relatively little extent from one surface or side to the opposite; not thick: thin ice.

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