Definition of vadose in English:


Line breaks: va¦dose
Pronunciation: /ˈveɪdəʊs


  • Relating to or denoting underground water above the water table. Compare with phreatic.
    More example sentences
    • Follow this through a duck, into a drier section, and then immediately through a further low wet section that emerges into a very fine vadose canyon.
    • This soon rejoins the main passage, and before long the floor breaks through the porcellaneous band, and the passage develops into a somewhat more pleasant vadose trench.
    • The unit contains abundant evidence of subaerial exposure, including caliche crusts, desiccation cracks and vadose cements.


late 19th century: from Latin vadosus, from vadum 'shallow expanse of water'.

More definitions of vadose

Definition of vadose in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw