414. Water


See also 36. BATHING ; 107. DAMPNESS ; 234. LAKES ; 345. RAIN ; 356. RIVERS ; 360. SEA ; 375. SNOW .

antlophobia
an abnormal fear of floods.
aquiculture
hydroponics. — aquicultural , adj.
atmology
the science dealing with the behavior of water vapor. — atmologist , n. atmologic, atmological , adj.
balneotherapy
the treatment of illness or disease by bathing.
bletonism
the skill or talent of water divining.
dehydration
1. the process of dehydrating or removing the water from a substance.
2. the state of being dehydrated.
deliquescence
the property of a substance to attract and absorb moisture, especially from the air. Cf. efflorescence . — deliquescent , adj.
dowsing
a form of divination involving a rod or wand, especially the art of finding underground supplies of water, ores, etc. Also called rhabdomancy .
efflorescence
the property of a substance to yield up water through evaporation. Cf. deliquescence . See also 329. PROCESSES . — efflorescent , adj.
fluviology
the science of watercourses, especially rivers. — fluviologist , n.
hydragogy
Obsolete. the moving of water by an artificval channel.
hydriatrics
hydropathy.
hydrodipsomania
an abnormal love of drinking water.
hydrography
1. the study, description, and mapping of oceans, lakes, and rivers, especially with reference to their use for navigational purposes.
2. those parts of the map, collectively, that represent surface waters. — hydrographer , n. hydrographic, hydrographical , adj.
hydrology
the science that studies the occurrence, circulation, distribution, and properties of the waters of the earth and its atmosphere. — hydrologist , n. hydrologie, hydrological , adj.
hydromancy
a form of divination involving observations of water or of other liquids.
hydromania
an excessive love of water.
hydropathy
the “water cure,” first developed in Germany in 1825. Also called hydriatrics . — hydropathist , n. hydropathic , adj.
hydrophily
Botany . the capacity of a plant to be pollinated through the agency of water. — hydrophilous , adj.
hydrophobia
an abnormal fear of water.
hydroscope
a device for viewing things below the surface of a body of water.
hydrotherapy
the treatment of disorders by the use of water externally, especially in the form of exercises in a pool, etc. — hydrotherapist , n. hydrotherapeutic , adj.
hydrotropism
growth or movement in response to water as a stimulus. — hydrotropic , adj.
hygrology
the branch of physics that studies atmospheric humidity.
hygrophobia
1. hydrophobia
2. an abnormal fear of water.
lecanomancy
a form of divination involving the examination of water in a basin.
lecanoscopy
a form of self-hypnotism involving staring at water in a basin.
limnology
the scientific study of bodies of fresh water, as lakes or rivers, with reference to their physical, geographical, and biological features. — limnologist , n. limnologic, limnological , adj.
orohydrography
the branch of hydrography that studies the drainage phenomena of mountains. — orohydrographic , adj.
rheotaxis
the tendency of some plants to respond to a current of water by growing with it ( positive rheotaxis ) or against it ( negative rheotaxis ).
rheotropism
the tendency of certain living things to move in response to the mechanical stimulus of a current of water.
sympesiometer, sympiezometer
an instrument for measuring the pressure exerted by currents of water. See also 226. INSTRUMENTS .
turbidimeter
an instrument for measuring the turbidity of water or other fluids. — turbidimetric , adj.
turbidimetry
the measurement of the turbidity of water or other fluids, as with a turbidimeter. — turbidimetric , adj.

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