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water (n.1)

古英语 wæter ,来自于原日耳曼语 *watr- (也是古撒克逊语 watar 、古弗里斯兰语 wetir 、荷兰语 water 、古高德语 wazzar 、德语 Wasser 、古北欧语 vatn 、哥特语 wato "水"的来源),来自于PIE *wod-or ,是根 *wed- (1)"水;湿"的后缀形式。

形象意义上的to keep (one's) head above water 是从1742年开始记录的。 Water cooler 是从1846年开始记录的; water polo 是从1884年开始记录的; water torture 是从1928年开始记录的。语言学家认为,PIE有两个水的词根: *ap-*wed- 。第一个词(保留在梵文 apah 以及 Punjabjulep )是"有生命的",指水是一种有生命的力量;后者指水是一种无生命的物质。 fire (n.)可能也是如此。

Origin and meaning of water

water (v.)

古英语 wæterian "润泽、灌溉、供水;引(牛)入水;"出自 water (n.1)。意思是"稀释",从14世纪末有记载;现在通常为 water down (1850)。To make water "尿"的记载来自15世纪初 相关: Watered ; watering

Origin and meaning of water

water (n.2)

衡量钻石质量的标准,17世纪,来自 water (n.1),也许是阿拉伯语 ma' "水"的翻译,也用于"光泽、辉煌"的意思。

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Definitions of water from WordNet
1
water (n.)
binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent;
Synonyms: ho
water (n.)
the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean);
they invaded our territorial waters
they were sitting by the water's edge
Synonyms: body of water
water (n.)
once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles);
water (n.)
a facility that provides a source of water;
first you have to cut off the water
the town debated the purification of the water supply
Synonyms: water system / water supply
water (n.)
liquid excretory product;
the child had to make water
Synonyms: urine / piss / pee / piddle / weewee
water (n.)
a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants;
he asked for a drink of water
2
water (v.)
supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams;
Synonyms: irrigate
water (v.)
provide with water;
We watered the buffalo
water (v.)
secrete or form water, as tears or saliva;
His eyes watered
My mouth watered at the prospect of a good dinner
water (v.)
fill with tears;
His eyes were watering
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