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fresh water

noun
1.
water that does not contain a large amount of salt.
2.
inland water, as ponds, lakes, or streams, that is not salt.
Origin of fresh water
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English

freshwater

or fresh-water

[fresh-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈfrɛʃˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
adjective
1.
of or living in water that is fresh or not salt:
freshwater fish.
2.
accustomed to fresh water only, and not to the sea:
a freshwater sailor.
3.
small, provincial, or little known:
a freshwater college.
4.
Obsolete. untrained or of little experience.
Origin
1520-30; fresh + water
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  • Anchor was cast at Umata, where a supply of fresh water was easily found, and the climate much milder than at Agagna.

  • Bill Swett was in her, and we then met for the first time on fresh water.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We navigated the most powerful river in Peru, and it seemed to us that we were in a sea of fresh water.

  • Won't you stop for a bite and fresh water with friends of the cause?

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • It's plain to be seen that they ain't got any fresh water there, or they wouldn't use salt.

  • Rinse the onions, sprinkle some salt over them, and put them into fresh water.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for fresh water

freshwater

/ˈfrɛʃˌwɔːtə/
noun (modifier)
1.
of, relating to, or living in fresh water
2.
(esp of a sailor who has not sailed on the sea) unskilled or inexperienced
3.
(US) small and little known: a freshwater school
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Word Origin and History for fresh water

freshwater

adj.

also fresh water, 1520s, from fresh (adj.1) + water (n.1).

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fresh water in Science
freshwater
  (frěsh'wô'tər)   
Consisting of or living in water that is not salty.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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