Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consisting of, relating to, or being in water: an aquatic environment.
  • adj. Living or growing in, on, or near the water: aquatic animals and plants.
  • adj. Taking place in or on the water: an aquatic sport.
  • n. An organism that lives in, on, or near the water.
  • n. Sports Athletic activities performed in or on the water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to water; living in or near water, taking place in water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to water; growing in water; living in, swimming in, or frequenting the margins of waters.
  • n. An aquatic animal or plant.
  • n. Sports or exercises practiced in or on the water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to water; watery.
  • Living in or frequenting water: as, aquatic animals; aquatic plants.
  • Practised on or in water: as, aquatic sports.
  • n. A plant which grows in water.
  • n. plural Sports or exercises practised on or in water, as rowing or swimming.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. operating or living or growing in water
  • n. a plant that lives in or on water
  • adj. relating to or consisting of or being in water

Etymologies

Middle English aquatique, from Old French, from Latin aquāticus, from aqua, water; see akw-ā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French aquatique ("living in water"), from Latin aquaticus ("relating to water"), from aqua ("water") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Andrea James: The most swingin 'aquatic showstopper in cinema history.

    Boing Boing

  • Areas of specialised vegetation occur on the rocky inselbergs and in aquatic habitats.

    Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire

  • "Coastal Region" (Lázaro Cárdenas): offering a great horizon of the ocean's rocky shores and sandy shoals, beaches, bays, and indigenous Náhuatl towns, excellent places to rest and engage in aquatic sports.

    Guide to alternative tourism in Michoacán

  • Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled.

    What The Hell Am I?

  • Electric fish conduct electric duets in aquatic courtship

    June 20th, 2007

  • A comprehensive review of reported sea serpent carcasses (Roesch 1997, 1998a-b, 1999) left its author wondering where all the real sea serpent carcasses were; virtually all the photographic evidence purporting to show certain aquatic cryptids can be satisfactorily explained away (Raynor 2001); and Paxton (2004) and Paxton et al. (2004) have highlighted the point that too few identities have been considered when reports of aquatic cryptids have been examined.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • Chelydra likes to skulk in aquatic vegetation, though it also floats near the water surface.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Natural freeze tolerance occurs in aquatic animals such as polar fishes and intertidal invertebrates, terrestrial amphibians and reptiles, and various polar and temperature insects.

    Archive 2004-09-01

  • Some examples of the practical applications of Zhou's research include improved naval submarine communication with land-based operations, networking of autonomous underwater vehicles for cooperative missions, coastline defense monitoring, and various scientific applications involving long-term aquatic monitoring or short-term aquatic exploration.

    UConn Advance Headlines

  • * Dam removal will reconnect upstream habitats, which will increase the number of salmon the river can support, as well as allow the downstream movement of sediment and wood, leading to long-term aquatic habitat improvements.

    YubaNet.com

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  • "Aquatic Nocturne" by Sylvia Plath. Very beautiful, not depressing.

    March 27, 2007