One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of a boat or its passengers: confined to or staying on the water; unable to reach the shore. Later also of a vehicle, mode of transport, etc.: that operates or is designed to be used (only) on the water; waterborne.
2Confined or detained by water, especially floodwater.
3Of clay, gravel, etc.: having the particles or grains bound by water; especially designating roads (typically of crushed stone or macadam) compacted by watering and rolling, without a bitumen or tar-based binder.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From water + bound.
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