waterless

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English waterles, waterlees, from Old English wæterlēas (waterless), from Proto-Germanic *watōrlausaz, equivalent to water +‎ -less. Cognate with Saterland Frisian woaterloos (waterless), West Frisian wetterleas (waterless), Dutch waterloos (waterless), German wasserlos (waterless), Swedish vattenlös (waterless), Icelandic vatnslaus (waterless).

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waterless (not comparable)

  1. Dry, arid, lacking water.
    The waterless desert can kill in many ways but dehydration is often fastest.
    • 1946 January and February, “The Why and The Wherefore: Condensing Locomotives”, in Railway Magazine, page 62:
      Also the Russian lines over which these locomotives run pass through long stretches of waterless country, where the only alternative to hauling additional water-tank wagons is to conserve the water supply by condensing.
  2. Not requiring water.
    How does a waterless urinal have a drain trap?

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