Water-repellent definition

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That slows the penetration of water (but is not waterproof)
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The definition of water repellent is something that, when exposed to liquid, reacts with the liquid to cause it to move away instead of to be penetrated or soaked in.

An example of water repellent is a spray that you can put on wood to keep it from soaking in water and beginning to rot or warp.

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Resistant to penetration by water but not entirely waterproof.
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Alternative spelling of water repellent.
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(textiles, chemistry) A chemical used to make fabric water-repellent.
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That repels water but is not thoroughly waterproof.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
water-repellent
Plural:
water-repellents