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From Middle English watirly, from Old English wæterlīċ (aquatic), equivalent to water +‎ -ly.


waterly (comparative more waterly, superlative most waterly)

  1. Of or relating to water; aquatic.
    • 1981, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Technical papers of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping:
      Firstly, a set of waterly elements which may not be able to assimilate to a simple thickness line. These objects have some certain width, for example, lakes, swamps, ponds, and so on.
    • 2007, Geir Hasle, Knut-Andreas Lie, Ewald Quak, Geometric Modelling, Numerical Simulation, and Optimization:
      Bottom or land boundaries constitute wall boundaries for waterly flow, while for air flow similar wall boundaries are represented by land/ground and sea surface.
  2. Resembling water; waterlike; liquid; watery.
    • 1954, Gunma Daigaku Igakubu, Gunma journal of medical sciences:
      From the beginning of October the stool became waterly, and severe diarrhea occurred at the intervals of 30 minutes to 1 hour.