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What liquids can do

break

verb

if waves break, they reach their highest point and start to fall

burst

verb

if a river bursts its banks, water rises above its sides and spreads over the surrounding area

cast up

if the sea casts something up, the sea carries it somewhere and leaves it there

catch

verb

if the wind or a wave catches something, it gets behind or under it and suddenly blows or pushes it hard

channel

verb

to send something such as water along a passage

come in

when the tide comes in, the sea moves higher up the beach

course

verb

to flow somewhere in large amounts

crest

verb

if a wave crests, it rises up to its highest point before falling

dash

verb

if water dashes against something, it hits it violently

deepen

verb

if water deepens, or if someone deepens it, it becomes deeper

disgorge

verb

to force a large quantity of liquid, gas, or other substance out of something

drain

verb

if liquid drains from something, it flows away

drain

verb

if land or soil drains, water flows out of it so that it is not too wet

dribble

verb

if a liquid dribbles, or if you dribble it, it flows slowly in small drops

drip

verb

if a liquid drips, it falls in very small drops

drip

verb

if you drip a liquid, you make it fall in very small drops

ebb

verb

if the tide ebbs, the sea’s level on a coast gradually becomes lower. A more usual word is go out.

eddy

verb

if a current of water or air eddies, it moves against the main current in a circular pattern

empty

verb

if a river empties into a lake or into the sea, it flows into it

flood

verb

if water floods somewhere, it flows there quickly and in large amounts

flood out

if people are flooded out, their home becomes filled with water and they are forced to leave

flow

verb

if a liquid flows, it moves smoothly and continuously in one direction

flow

verb

if the tide flows, the sea comes in towards the land

glug

verb

if you glug a liquid, or if it glugs somewhere, you pour it somewhere quickly

go out

when the tide goes out, the water in the sea flows away from the land

gush

verb

if a liquid gushes, it flows quickly and in large quantities

lap

verb

if water laps something or laps against something, it moves against it gently with a soft sound

meander

verb

a river or road that meanders follows a path with a lot of turns and curves

overflow

verb

if a river or lake overflows, it floods the land next to it

percolate

verb

if a liquid or gas percolates through a substance, it gradually passes through it

pour

verb

to make a liquid or substance flow out of a container that you are holding

pump

verb

if a liquid pumps from somewhere, a lot of it comes out in quick regular movements

ripple

verb

if a liquid ripples, or if something ripples it, it moves gently in small waves

rise

verb

if a sea, lake, or other area of water rises, or if the tide rises, the amount of water in it increases and its level goes up

roll

verb

if a drop of liquid rolls, it moves across a surface without stopping

run

verb

if a liquid runs somewhere, it flows there

run

verb

if a river runs somewhere, it flows there

run

verb

if a tap runs, or if you run it, water comes out of it

run

verb

if something is running with a liquid, the liquid is flowing down it

run off

if a liquid runs off, or if you run it off, it flows away from or out of something

rush

verb

to flow somewhere very quickly

seethe

verb

if a river, sea etc seethes, it moves as if the water is boiling

silt up

to become filled with silt

siphon

verb

to move liquid from one container to another through a tube

slop

verb

if a liquid slops, or if you slop it, it moves violently inside its container, or some of it comes out of the container

slosh

verb

if a liquid sloshes, or if you slosh it, it moves violently inside its container, or some of it comes out of the container

sluice

verb

if water sluices somewhere, it flows there quickly

soak in

if a liquid soaks in, it goes into the surface or substance that it touches, so that you can no longer see it

spatter

verb

if you spatter a surface with a liquid, or if a liquid spatters onto a surface, small drops of the liquid are thrown onto the surface in a violent way

splash

verb

if a liquid splashes something, it hits it noisily

splash

verb

to put a liquid on something in a rough and noisy way

splatter

verb

if a liquid splatters somewhere, drops of it hit a surface violently

splatter

verb

to make something splatter

spout

verb

if liquid spouts from somewhere, a lot of it comes out fast and continuously

spray

verb

if you spray a liquid, or if it sprays, it is forced out of a container through a small hole into the air

squirt

verb

to make a liquid move with a lot of force

squirt

verb

if a line of liquid squirts somewhere, it moves somewhere with a lot of force

stagnate

verb

if water stagnates, it does not flow and often smells bad

stand

verb

if a liquid stands, it is still and does not flow

stir up

to make water or dust move around

stream

verb

to flow continuously

strengthen

verb

if the wind or a current strengthens, it becomes faster or more powerful

subside

verb

if the level of flood water subsides, it becomes lower

swill

verb

if a liquid swills inside a container or area, or you swill it there, it moves around

syphon

another spelling of siphon1

trickle

verb

if a liquid or a substance such as sand trickles somewhere, a small amount of it flows there slowly

tumble

verb

if water tumbles somewhere, a lot of it flows there

turn

verb

if the tide turns, it moves in the opposite direction

wash

verb

if the sea washes an object somewhere, it carries it there

wash

verb

if the sea washes an area of land, it touches it

wash away

if something such as rain or a river washes something away, it carries it away

wash up

if the sea washes something up somewhere, it carries it and leaves it there

well

verb

if a liquid wells or wells up, it comes to the surface and is about to flow out

splosh

verb

run dry

if a river runs dry, there is no water left in it

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