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water +‎ worn


waterworn (comparative more waterworn, superlative most waterworn)

  1. Worn or smoothed by the action of water.
    waterworn stones
    • 1845, Charles Darwin, Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World, 2nd edition, London: John Murray, Chapter 9, pp. 196-197,[1]
      In many parts of the island the bottoms of the valleys are covered in an extraordinary manner by myriads of great loose angular fragments of the quartz rock, forming “streams of stones.” [] The blocks are not waterworn, their angles being only a little blunted []
    • 1861, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Elsie Venner, Boston: Ticknor & Fields, Volume 1, Chapter 13, p. 236,[2]
      The cliffs were water-worn, as if they had been gnawed for thousands of years by hungry waves.
    • 1952, Neville Shute, The Far Country, London: Heinemann, Chapter Eight,[3]
      They ate in silence, sitting on the grass in the shade of the big tree where Billy Slim’s father had kept his hotel, where the naughty girls came to work as barmaids, where the bedrooms worked day and night and where small bags of water-worn gold once passed across the bar in payment for drinks and other recreations.
    • 2010, Téa Obreht, “Blue Water Djinn” in The New Yorker, 2 August, 2010,[4]
      He has seen their lights around the ship at night, the green glow of their underwater torches, and he imagines them hovering in the water-worn doorways, their mouths red with the flesh of men, their wrists braceleted in seaweed, singing, weaving moonbeams into their hair.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for waterworn in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)