waterboarding

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wa·ter·board·ing

 (wô′tər-bôr′dĭng, wŏt′ər-)
n.
1. An interrogation technique, widely considered a form of torture, in which a person is restrained, usually by being strapped to a board with the feet higher than the head, and immersed in or doused with water to the point of drowning.
2. Sports Any of various sports, such as kiteboarding, in which a person rides a waterboard.
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waterboarding

(ˈwɔːtəˌbɔːdɪŋ)
n
a form of torture in which the victim is immobilized and has water poured on his or her face, producing a severe gag reflex, to simulate drowning
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