Definition of polywater in English:

polywater

Pronunciation /ˈpälēwôdər/ /ˈpɑliwɔdər/

noun

historical
  • A supposed polymeric form of water having properties markedly different from ordinary water and reputedly discovered in fine capillary tubes. These properties were later found to be the result of impurities.

    ‘As I read his descriptions of polywater and ‘remembering water,’ I wondered aloud, ‘Why aren't these New Age folks grateful for the genuinely wondrous properties of water without which we would not be alive today?’’
    • ‘Good scientists, however, do not carry faith too far and, like Boris Deryagin, the discoverer of polywater, sometimes have to admit error or abandon a cherished theory.’
    • ‘The reason I gave last week for the error that created the false scientific ‘discovery’ known as ‘polywater’ - the inadvertent presence of detergents on lab glassware - turns out to be somewhat more complicated than that.’
    • ‘N-rays, polywater, and cold fusion each have their own comprehensive chapters.’
    • ‘In both polywater and N-rays, science nicely corrected itself, as it was designed to do.’

Origin

1960s from poly- + water.