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tap water

noun
1.
water, obtained directly from a faucet or tap, that has not been purified, distilled, or otherwise treated.
Origin of tap water
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • tap water will do, but I would suggest distilled water for making the sensitizing solution of bichromate of potassium.

    Photogravure Henry R. Blaney
  • Stain briefly with Ehrlich's hæmatoxylin (until nuclei are faint blue after washing with tap water).

  • tap water is generally cool enough, unless stored in heated cisterns.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • It is both possible and practical for a farmer to have his own tap water under pressure on the same plan as the city.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • Pouring some tap water into the cup, and filling it about one third full, he began to stir it round and round with a thermometer.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for tap water

tap water

noun
1.
water drawn off through taps from pipes in a house, as distinguished from distilled water, mineral water, etc
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