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underwater (comparative more underwater, superlative most underwater)

  1. (not comparable) beneath the surface of the water, or of or pertaining to the region beneath the water surface
  2. (nautical) beneath the water line of a vessel
  3. (figuratively) Under water.
  4. (finance) having negative equity; owing more on an asset than its market value
    We've been underwater on our mortgage ever since the housing crash.
    • 2013 May 13, Matthew MacCaull as Matt Bronstein, “Underwater”, Bates Motel episode 9, A&E:
      You're underwater. The best thing you can do is just walk away. Let the bank take it back.



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underwater (plural underwaters)

  1. underlying water or body of water, for example in an aquifer or the deep ocean
  2. (fishing) A type of lure which lies beneath the water surface.
    • 1923, Sheridan R. Jones, Bait Casting: The Short Rod and How to Use It[1], page 57:
      Practically all wobbling underwaters will take fish aplenty in the hands of a man who really knows how to put them through their stints.


underwater (third-person singular simple present underwaters, present participle underwatering, simple past and past participle underwatered)

  1. (agriculture, horticulture) to water or irrigate insufficiently


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