Definition of waterborne in English:



  • 1Conveyed by, travelling on, or involving travel or transport on water.

    ‘troops were deployed by waterborne craft’
    • ‘In 1373 its advantageous location for waterborne trade between the Midlands and the continent led to its selection as one of the official staple ports through which foreign commerce had to be channelled.’
    • ‘After the tragedy 150 lifejackets were supplied to Greater Manchester fire crews to help them during waterborne rescues and buoyancy aids were supplied to each of the 67 pumps in the brigade.’
    • ‘They are both capable of the effective launch, control and recovery of vehicles for extended periods, however the strategy for launch and recovery for waterborne craft and for aircraft are different in the two designs.’
    • ‘The Executive has earmarked £16.4m for freight grants in 2004-05, covering freight facilities, railway track access and the forthcoming waterborne freight grant scheme.’
    • ‘With thousands of miles of navigable waterways, the state leads the nation in waterborne cargo, handling some 500 million tons a year.’
    • ‘The Choptank River, further north, boasts a fine yacht harbor and a new luxury hotel for waterborne tourists on the Bay.’
    • ‘It was on the unusual catwalk of a waterborne battlecraft that some of the finest collections of two of Italy's celebrated fashion designers were showcased in Mumbai recently.’
    • ‘We boaters spend many times more dollars on our waterborne vessels than we do on our autos yet we are woefully unprotected when it comes to poor workmanship.’
    • ‘And not content with conquering dry land, the festival will also be waterborne, with boat trips and river-related theatre.’
    • ‘Boat watching had become a favourite game for the young people after the flow of waterborne traffic toward the village had been discovered by Fitz and the twins on a climb up a slope which overlooked the water.’
    • ‘The Coast Guard provides all of our waterborne and airborne transportation to our stations from the closest Coast Guard facility.’
    • ‘And for its part, the Navy has beefed up its own waterborne security patrols and erected large rubber barriers around piers to prevent the sort of attack suffered by the USS Cole in Yemen.’
    • ‘The show kicks off in the Coromandel, where Hickey enjoys a waterborne tour of Mercury Bay and checks out the seventh most beautiful beach in the world.’
    • ‘A chain could be hung across the river between Davy Tower to the now-gone Hyngbrig Tower to protect the city from waterborne invasion.’
    • ‘The waterborne nature of Station Washington's missions is ideally suited to work in tandem with many federal and local agencies, said White.’
    • ‘Festivals almost always feature waterborne activities, ranging from athletic events like blindfolded canoe races to rituals that include offerings to water spirits.’
    • ‘Members socialized and took time out for a waterborne architectural tour of downtown Chicago and dinner at Navy Pier.’
    • ‘In return, there would be exponential returns in development opportunity along a new travel corridor to Tobago and the opportunity to create a waterborne bus service that could emphasise a comfortable, even festive journey.’
    • ‘Once waterborne it can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour, according to Gibbs Technologies, the British firm that designed it.’
    • ‘But just as the red spots on the map disappeared during the second half of the 20th century, so did waterborne travellers, as everyone took to the skies.’
    travelling, transportable, transferable, portable, movable, locomotive, manoeuvrable
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    1. 1.1(of a disease) communicated or propagated by contaminated water.
      ‘cholera and other waterborne diseases’
      • ‘Water-borne pathogens in drinking water can be deadly.’
      • ‘Snow's deduction that cholera was a waterborne disease that could be spread from person to person was remarkable in that it ran counter to this theory and predated the discovery of microbes by 30 years.’
      • ‘The risk for foodborne and waterborne infections among immunosuppressed, HIV-infected persons is magnified during travel to developing countries.’
      • ‘All of this is in addition to the threat of water-borne bacteria.’
      • ‘Californians face waterborne illnesses lurking in the surf from urban runoff, and towns have lost their drinking water due to contamination.’
      • ‘Thousands of survivors are searching for shelter, trying to protect themselves from water-borne illnesses.’
      • ‘Chlorine will always be necessary, because of its immediate effect in killing any water-borne bacteria.’
      • ‘Major efforts to improve access to drinking water across India have not been matched by proportionate declines in deaths and illnesses from waterborne diseases, which remain grossly underestimated, a new government report has said.’
      • ‘One step in preventing waterborne infections is using filters that remove bacteria.’
      • ‘In South Africa, water privatisation has led to an increase in water-borne diseases.’
      • ‘Improved water testing capacity has been introduced to check for cholera and other waterborne diseases.’
      • ‘Water-borne pathogens are not stored but destroyed by wetlands.’
      • ‘According to one official, 20 people have already died of water-borne diseases.’
      • ‘Furthermore, it is a very common cause of waterborne illness.’
      • ‘Water-borne parasites like giardia and viruses like Norwalk virus could cause similar problems.’
      • ‘Bottled water is another of the modern paradoxes of health - a product born out of our success at reducing waterborne disease.’
      • ‘Engineers believe the new technology will cut the risk of an outbreak of waterborne bacteria such as cryptosporidium.’
      • ‘Protecting patients from acquiring a waterborne infection is key to decreasing the potential for infection.’
      • ‘Cryptosporidium, a waterborne parasite that thrives in animals and is transferred through animal waste, has been found in rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs and in other types of surface water.’