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And that is the question. 😁
If Yes, please explain why. If No, also please explain why.

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Ryo1 8 Oct 23

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Liguid H2O is wet.


Is water wet?

Here is the answer.

Ryo1 Level 8 Oct 24, 2023

From an impartial expert: Dr. Diana Glick, professor and director of the Undergraduate Studies Department of Chemistry at Georgetown University.

Glick answers the question how she thinks the scientific world would address it: β€œTechnically,” she says, β€œwater isn’t wet because water is a wetting agent.”

Glick says people can decide for themselves which definition of β€œwet” they prefer, but for scientific purposes, water is not wet.

Do dictionaries say water is wet?
According to Oxford Languages, the dictionary company which provides Google’s featured definitions of words, wet can be defined as, β€œCovered or saturated with water or another liquid.”

According to Merriam-Webster, wet is defined as, β€œconsisting of, containing, covered with or soaked with liquid (such as water).”

Depending on which definition you prefer, you might be able to defend either answer to the question, but if you trust the expert, the answer is a firm no.

To those who argue whether water can be saturated with itself, Glick says, β€œPeople would normally talk about saturation in terms of a mixture. Something is saturated with something else. If something is saturated with itself, it’s 100% that thing. Saturation becomes a moot point.”

Water’s interactions with itself are actually different from its interactions with the objects and substances it wets. β€œWater with water has a cohesive interaction,” explains Glick, β€œand if water is attracted to something else, then that’s called adhesive. This concept of wetting is actually, to a scientist, the adhesive side.”

Because water has a cohesive interaction with itself, says Glick, it doesn’t wet itself. Instead, it forms hydrogen bonds between molecules to stick together.

There you have it! And thank you all for your inputs. Cheers!


Not to be overly pragmatic here or anything, but water is wet because in its liquid state, it is. That is, wetness being a human and animal construct, if it feels that way, it must be. πŸ˜€ KISS...


Water is only wet until it is frozen. If a pregnant woman drops an ice cube tray you must take her to hospital quickly because her water has broken.


'Is water wet'? is often used as another way to say 'Isn't that obvious?' After all the conversations had here, 'water is wet' doesn't seem like an obvious fact anymore, does it? πŸ˜€

Ryo1 Level 8 Oct 24, 2023

The wetness of an object is actually not a property of the object itself, but refers to the presence (and amount) of liquid on, or absorbed by, the object, for example a wet sponge. Therefore, similar to viscosity, I classify this as a liquid material property.
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So, in this context and by the definition in the dictionary, wetness is a property that arises from the interaction between a liquid and a solid surface. In other words, when water touches a surface, we say that the surface is wet.
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Word Level 8 Oct 24, 2023

So, how about if you're not touching water, which is in contact with whatever it is, to feel its wetness? Say water infiltrates into a fabric and the fabric is dripping with water. we will instantly assume that the fabric is wet, without touching it. Is that because the perception of water + wetness is deeply embedded in our brains as an obvious fact (which now doesn't seem like an obvious fact)?


Hydrogen bonds? Ice expands too.


Wetness is a sensory description; a feeling of higher lubrication or loss of friction against the skin.


I think for something to be considered wet, the liquid that's introduced needs to change the quality of it in some appreciable way. Adding water to a piece of paper changes it drastically. A towel, a little less. If you had marble around you pool and someone splashed it with a cannonball, the water would drastically change it by lowering the coefficient of friction. Adding water to water doesn't seem to change it in any way.


No in the sense that water can only wet things but it can’t be consider wet itself. Another angle to look at this is OIL. As it also has the same ability to wet object and make them oily but can’t be referred to as wet


Not always/none of the above


It makes up over three quarters of the human body. And some people are very dry, and some are extremely wet, so could be either.


And now I have a question for you Mister Ryo. Is there water at the bottom of the ocean? Before you may answer that, please keep in mind what it is exactly I was asking there, and not what you may have perceived me to have asked.

Just curious as to how you would answer, but you don't have to answer if you don't wish to though.

That's also a tricky question. I've gotta think!


That's a yes because the definition of wet is liquid that makes something damp. Your turn, give me any possible alternative. Powdered water? Just add water? 🀣

lerlo Level 8 Oct 23, 2023

No. By definition the word "wet" simply describes what happens when a liquid and a solid come into contact with each other, in this case the saturation of the solid by the liquid. In other words, wet describes the actual state and or result(s) after an interaction, and not the object or entity itself.

What we humans would call/label as wet is merely a perception, and not so much objective fact. Scientifically speaking, wetness is defined as the ability of a liquid to adhere to (cover) something solid, and that quality is measurable.

Take for example a piece of wood and fire... if the fire comes into contact with the wood, the wood will burn. Likewise, if water comes into contact with the wood, the wood will become wet. If we are to believe water is wet, are we also to believe the fire itself is burnt?

Hope that answered your query.

My understanding is similar to yours. If 'wetness' is referred to as the interaction between a liquid and a solid object, water is not wet, but if 'wetness' is regarded as a sensation, water is wet.

Having said that, because water essentially needs to make contact with a solid surface to impart a wet feeling doesn't prove that water is dry in the first place, i.e., it can be already wet itself.


Yes. Etymological kinship.

Frozen water is ice - not water.

Gaseous water is vapor - not water.

skado Level 9 Oct 23, 2023

Well the last is sometimes called water vapor.

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