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WATER. That liquid substance of which the sea, the rivers, and creeks are composed.
     2. A pool of water, or a stream or water course, is considered as part of the land, hence a pool of twenty acres, would pass by the grant of twenty acres of land, without mentioning the water. 2 Bl. Com. 18; 2 N. H. Rep. 255; 1, Wend. R. 255; 5 Paige, R. 141; 2 N. H. Rep. 371; 2 Brownl. 142; 5 Cowen, R. 216; 5 Conn. R. 497; 1 Wend. R. 237. A mere grant of water passes only a fishery. Co. Lit. 4 b.
     3. Like land, water is distinguishable into different parts, as the sea, (q.v.) rivers, (q.v.) docks, (q.v.) canals, (q.v.) ponds, q v.) and sewers, (q.v.) and to these may be added at water course. (q.v.) Vide 4 Mason, R. 397 River; Water course.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It would be a backward step if the UK government were to water down the scope of this Act.
The Lib Dem AM said: "Any plans to water down the Freedom of Information Act would badly affect our ability to not only hold the UK Government to account, but also the Welsh Government.
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Cast iron railings were built so residents could peer below and see the elaborate engineering network of valves, sluice gates, chambers and pumps, and the way that Roman Aqueduct modeled system used gravity to pull water down hill, and along the sloped wall below.
1 primary defeated several candidates for the Kansas State Board of Education who wanted to water down the teaching of evolution, returning the board to moderate hands.
He was ahead of his time in appreciating that you did not need to water down what yon believed in order to find unity.
Although you personally may choose to water down your curses (heck!
Tony Blair's authority took a surprise battering when Labour rebels voted with the opposition to water down the bill outlawing incitement to religious hatred.
CSPI will continue to oppose anyone and every-one who tries to deceive consumers, market junk foods and unsafe additives, or water down or turn back food-safety protections.
But politically speaking, Congress can't vote to "water down" or "ease up" on Sarbox.