- The definition of groundwater, or ground water, is water located beneath the surface of the earth.
The water that your well draws from under the ground is an example of groundwater.
groundwater definition by Webster's New World
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water found underground in porous rock strata and soils, as in a spring
also written ground water
groundwater - Cultural Definition
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Water that seeps through the soil or rocks underground.
- Groundwater is a source of drinking and spring water for many communities.
- Groundwater can be contaminated by chemical pollutants. (See water pollution.)
groundwater - Science Definition
Water that collects or flows beneath the Earth's surface, filling the porous spaces in soil, sediment, and rocks. Groundwater originates from rain and from melting snow and ice and is the source of water for aquifers, springs, and wells. The upper surface of groundwater is the water table .