Definition of aquatic in US English:



  • 1Relating to water.

    • ‘The camp facilities have classrooms for teaching music, art, drama, aquatic study, etc.’
    • ‘Work is continuing on the Clodiagh river to improve the aquatic environment by reducing pollution and preventing the river bed from drying up in summer.’
    • ‘Up close, looking at a typical Tomaselli is like looking through water into an artificial aquatic world.’
    • ‘Early morning swimmers, those in the club for competition, water polo, canoe polo, underwater hockey, and mere sun lovers all find what they want at the town's aquatic centre.’
    • ‘The general consensus seems to be that this particular aquatic adventure is too water logged for its own good.’
    • ‘The second phase includes an aquatic center with water slides, and a third phase includes an auditorium that can be converted into an indoor soccer facility.’
    • ‘They rise out of the water like aquatic chook pens.’
    • ‘For more than a decade, Lismore City Council has been testing the waters for a new aquatic facility for the city.’
    • ‘The riverfront can be an aquatic center, complete with speedboats for water skiing.’
    • ‘Yes, I'd read the brochures describing the sun-drenched charms, magnificent reefs and warm summer seas of Malta and it seemed like the perfect setting for my aquatic adventure.’
    • ‘The second part of the plan is meant to set up standards to ensure that enough water always remains in rivers to support the aquatic environment.’
    • ‘I'm not surprised about the $10 million cost of the aquatic facility at the Memorial Baths site.’
    • ‘An aquatic centre, due for completion in 2006, will provide two 50-metre pools and other facilities, whether or not the London Olympics bid succeeds.’
    • ‘So, imagine my surprise when I turned my masked face into the water and had a thriving aquatic housing project revealed to me in all its glory.’
    • ‘It causes major environmental problems in freshwater aquatic habitats.’
    • ‘And you can add the other stories about the aquatic divers who will reach the Convention Center under water.’
    • ‘Besides the amusing circus and aquatic performances, visitors can have their pictures taken with a well-dressed bear or a large, semi-comatose tiger.’
    • ‘Both land and water dwellers believe in river spirits, and aquatic masquerades reflect a shared ethos.’
    • ‘I mean this is a great sport for the Olympics, they've got these wonderful aquatic centres built for every Olympics, you'd love to be in one of those, wouldn't you?’
    • ‘Even the water park, which will be part of an Olympic-size aquatic centre, will have a Christian theme, with laser shows depicting Bible stories such as Jonah and the whale and David and Goliath.’
    1. 1.1 (of a plant or animal) growing or living in or near water.
      ‘the bay could support aquatic life’
      • ‘These lakes supported a fairly diverse aquatic fauna and were flanked by streamside terrestrial plant and animal communities.’
      • ‘They also forage in shallow water for aquatic invertebrates and catch insects on foliage or near the surface of water.’
      • ‘These and numerous other aquatic creatures and plants comprise a composite underwater stream ecosystem of the southeastern United States.’
      • ‘In place of managed turf to the water's edge, plant aquatic vegetation along out-of-play shorelines.’
      • ‘As a result, the quality of the lake's water has deteriorated and its vast reserves of aquatic life are rapidly shrinking.’
      • ‘Research shows that the wetland is home to at least 202 species of plants and 56 aquatic animals, including endangered frogs and turtles.’
      • ‘Pinnipeds are aquatic mammals with all flour limbs modified into flippers.’
      • ‘In summer, aquatic insects, other aquatic invertebrates, and some plant material are eaten.’
      • ‘They prefer waters with a hard bottom of clay or gravel with clear waters and usually in or near aquatic vegetation.’
      • ‘Part six examines phenology of particular life forms including aquatic plants and animals, insects, birds, and large mammals.’
      • ‘The Indo-Pacific is the most abundant oceanic region for aquatic life and Sipadan seems to be home for most of them.’
      • ‘More than half the creeks and rivers in central California have pesticides at levels deadly to aquatic life’
      • ‘The committee were quite annoyed this year with the fact that, after all the work carried out to improve the environment of the river to allow aquatic life to survive.’
      • ‘Frogs, crabs, molluscs, aquatic insects, and larvae are some of the items included in their diets.’
      • ‘From there, the polluted water flowed west, devastating aquatic life in the Tisa River.’
      • ‘Plankton are eaten by small fish and other animal organisms such as aquatic insects and their larvae, which in turn are eaten by larger fish.’
      • ‘A platypus feeds primarily on aquatic crustaceans, insect larvae, and some plants.’
      • ‘They typically eat insects and floating vegetable matter but their diet also includes zooplankton, aquatic insect larvae, and worms.’
      • ‘The bill is packed with tens of thousands of electrical sensors operating to detect tiny electrical pulses that give away the movement of the animal's aquatic prey.’
      • ‘Adequate flow in our rivers is necessary for the maintenance of aquatic life, to prevent saline water intrusion and to protect riparian rights.’


  • 1An aquatic plant or animal, especially one suitable for a pond or aquarium.

    • ‘Pot up aquatics the way you would any plant, adding about a teaspoon of 5-10-5 granular fertilizer to the soil in each pot before planting.’
    • ‘Because Texas, unlike Florida, does not have a government agency charged with combating noxious aquatics, it's hard to figure how much money is annually spent in the effort.’
    • ‘All dead and yellowing growth should be cleared from marginal plants and water lilies, and submerged aquatics that are getting out of hand should be thinned out.’
    • ‘The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's inland fisheries division has the state's only crew (four people) whose full-time job is fighting harmful aquatics.’
    • ‘Nymphoides species are true aquatics, usually rooted in the substrate of shallow waters but also occasionally found free-floating as small vegetative propagules with a few leaves subtended by bundles of tuberous roots.’
    • ‘All of the above aquatic plants grow with roots submerged and tops floating on the water, but some aquatics actually float, roots and all, like little boats.’
    • ‘The distribution of these aquatics may therefore be influenced by some water chemistry or substrate characteristic typical of Lafonian waterbodies but not found elsewhere on East Falkland.’
    • ‘Invasive aquatics also can have serious negative effects on wildlife. Waterfowl depend greatly on seeds and roots of aquatic vegetation such as pondweeds, wild celery, najas, sagittaria and other native plants.’
    • ‘The species range from tropical tree ferns with leaves measured in yards, to small free-floating aquatics with leaves less than a sixteenth of an inch long.’
    • ‘Or use the cauldron as a water garden and grow horsetail, a water lily or other aquatics.’
    • ‘Since the explosion of invasive aquatics in Texas waters during the past decade, conscientious boaters have taken pains to remove any plants trapped on their boat or trailer.’
    • ‘The wetland area, created on land owned by Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association, will provide a home for a wide range of wildlife including native trees and shrubs, wildflower-rich grassland and native aquatics.’
    • ‘As well as cage and aviary birds the shop also sells small mammals and aquatics.’
    • ‘But staff of agencies such as TPWD are collecting information on the distribution and impact of alien aquatics.’
    • ‘Most aquatics grow best when planted in wide, shallow containers that you submerge in the pond.’
    • ‘Modern lycophytes are low-growing understory plants, epiphytes, and submerged aquatics - they are not a significant fraction of the modern vegetation.’
  • 2aquaticsSports played in or on water.

    • ‘‘We want to replace the current ramshackle building with one of the same size, with about ten per cent of the space used for aquatics,’ he said.’
    • ‘Most favored activities are cycling on a stationary bicycle, brisk walking, swimming, and water aquatics.’
    • ‘Twenty-two major sports, including aquatics, cycling, figure skating, golf, martial arts, soccer, track and field, and wrestling will be included.’
    • ‘Schools also reported having poor resources to implement most areas of the curriculum, which covers athletics, dance, gymnastics, games, adventure activities and aquatics.’
    • ‘The athletes will be competing in aquatics and athletics.’
    • ‘The aquatics venue was moved to the Williamsburg waterfront to allow for swimming and diving to be held in separate arenas within the same complex to meet a new requirement by FINA, the international governing body for aquatics.’
    • ‘The club is marketing its aquatics program to members who don't normally participate in aquatics.’
    • ‘Possible competitions will include aquatics, basketball, bocce, cycling, equestrian sports, gymnastics, power lifting, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.’
    • ‘Participants will ‘test drive’ products and services, including indoor aquatics, sports and fitness, grounds maintenance, and much more.’
    • ‘If your club already has a spa and you aren't tying it directly into other club classes, personal training or aquatics, you are missing a sizeable opportunity for revenue.’
    • ‘The three vice presidents holding office in this year's NAASU administration have contributed nothing to develop the sport of aquatics.’
    • ‘Many international sports federations have weighed in, including the fencing, air sports, hockey, motorcycling, aquatics, skiing, rowing and archery federations, to name a few.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that a cap may be introduced on the number of sports, and that more core sports could be added to the five - athletics, aquatics, lawn bowls, rugby sevens and netball - currently on the programme.’
    • ‘She is competing in aquatics in the Special Olympics in Dublin this week.’
    • ‘Among the sports the athletes will play are athletics, aquatics, tennis, five-a-side football, volleyball and bocce.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in addition to the more popular sports, the St Lucia Olympic team are planning to get involved in other sports like basketball, cricket and aquatics.’
    • ‘They would also appreciate assistance from anyone with a knowledge of the following sports - aquatics, athletics, cycling, table tennis, basketball, football, unified football and judo.’
    • ‘The games have had disciplines like cycling, aquatics, golf, tennis, soccer, wrestling, martial arts and figure skating.’
    • ‘The delegates will participate in the following sporting activities, athletics, aquatics, bocce, tennis, football, 5 aside and volleyball.’
    • ‘For instance, aquatics is comprised of four disciplines including diving, swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘watery, rainy’): from Old French aquatique or Latin aquaticus, from aqua ‘water’.