noun, often attributive \ˈwȯ-tər\
1 a : the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent
1 b : a natural mineral water —usually used in plural
2 : a particular quantity or body of water: as a (1) plural : the water occupying or flowing in a particular bed (2) chiefly British : lake, pond b : a quantity or depth of water adequate for some purpose (as navigation) c plural (1) : a band of seawater abutting on the land of a particular sovereignty and under the control of that sovereignty (2) : the sea of a particular part of the earth d : water supply <threatened to turn off the water>
We are made of the stuff, it’s all around us, the building block of life. But we’re dumping trash into it and essentially committing slow global suicide because of it. Conservation alone can’t fix the blue gold problem, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good start.