2. A liquid solution; especially, in water.
3. A light bluish green to light greenish blue; also, greenish blue, turquoise, cobalt blue, and peacock blue.
Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
A reference to an aqueduct that was used to supply water to the city of Rome. During the Republic, aqueducts, and the water supplied, were cared for by water companies hired under contract by the censors.
This abbreviation (aq.) is used with several adjectives that have applications for medical or pharmaceutical instructions:
- aq. astr. (aqua astricta), frozen water
- aq. bull. (aqua bulliens), boiling water
- aq. com. (aqua communis), common water
- aq. dest. (aqua destillata), distilled water
- aq. ferv. (aqua fervens), hot water
- aq. frig. (aqua frigida), cold water
- aq. mar. (aqua marina), sea water
- aq. pluv. (aqua pluvialis), rain water
- aq. pur. (aqua pura), pure water
- aq. tep. (aqua tepida), tepid water
The same glass of water you drink today could have also been drunk by Marie Antoinette or Cleopatra or Julius Caesar. In fact, no new water has been created since the beginning of time; 72% of the earth's surface has always been covered by water, and it is continually recycling itself through evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.
2. Another term for nitrohydrochloric acid.
Called "royal water" because of its power to dissolve gold.
Aqua regia is used for testing metals and dissolving platinum and gold.
A Latin idiom: "Stagnant water can poison you." "Silent dogs can bite." Some Romans believed that taciturn (uncommunicative) adversaries were more dangerous than the ones who made a lot of noise.