[ir-i-geyt] /ˈɪr ɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), irrigated, irrigating.
to supply (land) with water by artificial means, as by diverting streams, flooding, or spraying.
Medicine/Medical. to supply or wash (an orifice, wound, etc.) with a spray or a flow of some liquid.
to moisten; wet.
to supply (land) with water by means of artificial canals, ditches, etc, esp to promote the growth of food crops
(med) to bathe or wash out a bodily part, cavity, or wound
(transitive) to make fertile, fresh, or vital by or as if by watering
“supply land with water,” 1610s, from Latin irrigatus, past participle of irrigare “lead water to, refresh, irrigate, flood,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + rigare “to water, to moisten,” of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with rain. Related: Irrigated; irrigating. In Middle English it was an adjective, “watered, flooded” (mid-15c.).
irrigate ir·ri·gate (ĭr’ĭ-gāt’)
v. ir·ri·gat·ed, ir·ri·gat·ing, ir·ri·gates
To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid.
[ir-i-gey-shuh n] /ˌɪr ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the artificial application of water to land to assist in the production of crops. 2. Medicine/Medical. the flushing or washing out of anything with water or other liquid. 3. the state of being . n. “a supplying of water to land,” 1610s, from Latin irrigationem (nominative irrigatio) “a […]
[ir-i-gey-tiv] /ˈɪr ɪˌgeɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. serving for or pertaining to irrigation.
[ih-rig-yoo-uh s] /ɪˈrɪg yu əs/ adjective, Archaic. 1. well-watered, as land. /ɪˈrɪɡjʊəs/ adjective 1. (archaic or poetic) well-watered; watery
[ir-i-tuh-bil-i-tee] /ˌɪr ɪ təˈbɪl ɪ ti/ noun, plural irritabilities. 1. the quality or state of being . 2. Physiology, Biology. the ability to be excited to a characteristic action or function by the application of some stimulus: Protoplasm displays irritability by responding to heat. n. 1755, from irritable + -ity. irritability ir·ri·ta·bil·i·ty (ĭr’ĭ-tə-bĭl’ĭ-tē) n.