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Heavk
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Youraverageunicorn
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Is water wet?

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Heavk
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/23/2018 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (3)
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Heavk

Pro

Is water wet?
Yes, is oil oily?
Youraverageunicorn

Con

Water is not wet.

The definition of water is: "covered or saturated with water or another liquid"
Water cannot be covered with water because it is a liquid and a liquid morphs together. Sure a solid can be covered with the same solid such as a pizza can be covered with a pizza, but you can't have water on top of water and say it has some element of separation.
Debate Round No. 1
Heavk

Pro

Yes, however wetness is a physical property of water, it is not a question of saturation of covering, the nature of the question is about the physical properties water has. So if wetness isn't a property of water, then how can the presence of water make something wet? You are dry before you shower, you are wet after. The presence of water made you wet, but if wet isn't a property of water than how can you take a shower and be wet afterwards?
Youraverageunicorn

Con

Just because the presence of water makes something wet, doesn"t mean the water itself is. Something is not wet until it is touched by a liquid. Wetness is the description of the experience of being wet. Water must come in contact with a solid to then describe wetness on the solid. If being wet is described as the state of coming in contact with a liquid, the liquid itself cannot in fact be wet.
Debate Round No. 2
Heavk

Pro

Is wetness a property of water?
Wetness could also be described ask water clinging to a substance.
The nature other the water molecule is naturally homogenous, meaning it like to stick to its self.
Under this classification water would be wet because of the nature of the molecule clinging to its self, with wetness being water clinging or adhering to another substance.
Youraverageunicorn

Con

I have already provided an official definition of the word wet. The improper usage of the word "wet" that you had recently shown cannot be found. Therefore I would like to stick to my definition. Although water can cling to itself, that does not necessarily mean it's wet. Like I said, wetness is the description of the experience of being covered with water. Water is the thing covering the wet solid, meaning the water itself is making the thing wet. Therefore, the water ITSELF cannot be in the process of being wet. I rest my case.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Masterful 3 years ago
Masterful
The argument that Unicorn is making is it's not proper English to define water as wet, yet we'd call wet paint wet, we'd say "I could see the wetness of his tears" that'd be using wet to define liquid in 2 cases.

Unicorns arguments fall flat on their heads when you understand that the English language is quite
Posted by Youraverageunicorn 3 years ago
Youraverageunicorn
Sorry I meant the definition of "wet"
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Reasons for voting decision: Based on Con's definition, despite the lack of sources supporting its validity, Pro demonstrated soundly that water is indeed wet. Their winning round 3 argument, expanded, goes as follows: 1. Wet is something that is covered or saturated with water. 2. H2O molecules are water. 3. Having an aggregation of water molecules, each molecule is in contact with and covered by numerous other water molecules. 4. The water molecules give each other the property of wetness. 5. All H2O molecules in contact are wet. 6. Water, as an accumulation of the H2O molecules, is wet. Pro wins the argument points. Please stop these pointless debates.

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