1Supply water to (land or crops) to help growth, typically by means of channels.
- While rainfall registers about 50 inches per year, growers often have to irrigate their crops during extended drought periods.
- Growers are responsible only for irrigating the crop, making it an attractive alternative for farms with adequate irrigation water.
- Rebecca uses a sprinkler system to irrigate her crops.
water, bring water to;
spray, soak, deluge, flood, inundate;
1.1(Of a river or stream) supply (land) with water.
- It has a small cultivable area to be irrigated by these rivers.
- The waters in these three rivers irrigate the plains of Punjab, which produce most of the wheat and paddy that Indians eat and, if any left, export.
- The river irrigates the site and enables crops to be transported for trade.
2 Medicine Wash out (an organ or wound) with a continuous flow of water or medication.
- For 8 days, the wound was irrigated with normal saline using a 35-cc syringe and a 19-gauge needle.
- The surgeon copiously irrigates the wound with sterile saline solution and checks for leaks or bleeding.
- The surgeon thoroughly irrigated the wound with antibiotic irrigation.
- Example sentences
- Land has been classified according to 6 land-use capability groups, of which classes 1 through 3 are efficiently irrigable.
- Mine-tailing has reportedly damaged 40,000 hectares of irrigable farmland.
- This canal will nurture 2,135 acres of irrigable land and create another 300 acres of irrigable land.
- Example sentences
- Last year, 125,000 megalitres of water, about 60,000 Olympic swimming pools, was kept back from irrigators to keep the river healthy.
- I guess I'm not heartened by irrigators suggesting - quite appropriately - that they will now change their practices so that they'll reduce their impact.
- Because it's the Queensland Government's job to regulate its irrigators, there's the perception of state self-interest in this.
Early 17th century: from Latin irrigat- 'moistened', from the verb irrigare, from in- 'into' + rigare 'moisten, wet'.
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