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[fresh-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈfrɛʃˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
of or living in water that is fresh or not salt:
freshwater fish.
accustomed to fresh water only, and not to the sea:
a freshwater sailor.
small, provincial, or little known:
a freshwater college.
Obsolete. untrained or of little experience.
Also, fresh-water.
Origin of freshwater
1520-30; fresh + water Unabridged
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Examples from the web for freshwater
  • Other experts cite freshwater dangers, since fish weakened by a stressful trip.
  • The nutrient-rich excess of that process is used for breeding tilapia, a freshwater fish.
  • Thirteen million maintain freshwater aquariums in which swim a total of more than a hundred and seventy million fish.
  • Membrane-based desalination is usually considered only when freshwater supplies fail to meet demand.
  • freshwater is first funneled into the battery, which houses a positive and negative electrode.
  • freshwater fish have also returned, leading to hopes of a resuscitated fishing industry.
  • Farmers and fishers would be in immediate conflict, especially over freshwater usage.
  • Trails take you around a freshwater lagoon, a salt marsh and a maritime forest, each full of wildlife and interesting plants.
  • The freshwater pool is two feet deep and is for younger children and their parents.
  • Efficient irrigation, for instance, would reduce freshwater withdrawals almost by half.
British Dictionary definitions for freshwater


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

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

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freshwater in Science
Consisting of or living in water that is not salty.
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