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Definition of waterboarding noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

waterboarding

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈwɔt̮ərˌbɔrdɪŋ//
 
, NAmE//ˈwɑt̮ərˌbɔrdɪŋ//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a way of trying to force someone to give you information by pouring water onto their face while making them lie on their back, so that they feel as if they are drowning He said that waterboarding should be classified as a form of torture. interrogation techniques such as waterboarding The prisoners were subjected to waterboarding.
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