Wa·ter v. t. [imp. & p. p. Watered p. pr. & vb. n. Watering.]
1. To wet or supply with water; to moisten; to overflow with water; to irrigate; as, to water land; to water flowers.
With tears watering the ground. --Milton.
Men whose lives gilded on like rivers that water the woodlands. --Longfellow.
2. To supply with water for drink; to cause or allow to drink; as, to water cattle and horses.
3. To wet and calender, as cloth, so as to impart to it a lustrous appearance in wavy lines; to diversify with wavelike lines; as, to water silk. Cf. Water, n., 6.
4. To add water to (anything), thereby extending the quantity or bulk while reducing the strength or quality; to extend; to dilute; to weaken.
To water stock, to increase the capital stock of a company by issuing new stock, thus diminishing the value of the individual shares. Cf. Water, n., 7. [Brokers' Cant]
Wa·ter·ing, a. & n. from Water, v.
Watering call Mil., a sound of trumpet or bugle summoning cavalry soldiers to assemble for the purpose of watering their horses.
Watering cart, a sprinkling cart. See Water.
Watering place. (a) A place where water may be obtained, as for a ship, for cattle, etc. (b) A place where there are springs of medicinal water, or a place by the sea, or by some large body of water, to which people resort for bathing, recreation, boating, etc.
Watering pot. (a) A kind of bucket fitted with a rose, or perforated nozzle, -- used for watering flowers, paths, etc. (b) Zool. Any one of several species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Aspergillum, or Brechites. The valves are small, and consolidated with the capacious calcareous tube which incases the entire animal. The tube is closed at the anterior end by a convex disk perforated by numerous pores, or tubules, and resembling the rose of a watering pot.
Watering trough, a trough from which cattle, horses, and other animals drink.
n 1: shedding tears [syn: lacrimation, lachrymation, tearing]
2: wetting with water; "the lawn needs a great deal of