|Are objects that are submerged in water wet, while
they are still in the water, or do they become
wet, when once they reach and break through the
surface of the water?|
|Question Date: 2018-08-12|
The dictionary definition of “wet” is a
description of the state of an object that is
either covered or saturated with water. To be
covered with water, the object has to be made of a
material that allows water molecules to stay on
its surface; to become saturated with water,
an object must be made of a material that allows
water to enter its pores. For instance, we humans
get wet in the rain because water droplets stay on
our skin, and a cloth towel gets wet because it
absorbs water. A (supposedly) waterproof raincoat
may not become wet because it will neither be
covered by water nor saturated by it (provided
that the raincoat is of high enough quality). A
simpler way to state this is that an object
only becomes wet if it allows water molecules to
stay on or in itself, so simply submerging an
object in water may not lead to wetness. In other
words, a drop of oil that is being placed into
water will not become wet because oil repels water
and will not allow water molecules to stay on or
in it. Therefore, we see that the submerged object
must retain water AFTER being taken out to qualify
for the proper definition of wetness.
The definition of wet (from Merriam Webster) is
being “covered or saturated with water or
another liquid”. This seems like any object
that is covered in a liquid would be wet.
If we submerge an object in water, we put the
object totally underwater. In order to do this we
must necessarily cover the object in water. Thus,
while the object is underwater, the object would
Hope this helps!
If objects are wet when they come up out of the
water, then they are wet when they're under water.
Some objects repel water - they're
hydrophobic. They probably have a little
water in their cracks, if they have them, and on
dirty spots on them. Again, they probably are
just as wet - or dry - in the water as when they
come out of the water.
The word "wet" usually means "covered in water",
so yes, they are wet while under water.
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