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white water

frothy water, as in whitecaps and rapids.
light-colored seawater over a shoal, sandy bottom, etc.
Origin of white water


or white-water

[hwahyt-waw-ter, -wot-er, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər, ˈwaɪt-/
of or moving over or through rapids:
whitewater rafting down the Colorado River.
1900-05; from white water Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On their return they said that the passage might be made, and in a few moments the canoe was darting over the white water.

    Jack the Young Canoeman George Bird Grinnell
  • From Dunaff to Malin the coast was one long waste of white water.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • There was a moment's confusion as they were swept along in the white water.

    With Wolfe in Canada G. A. Henty
  • There was a lift of our loggish bows, a blinding crash of white water about us.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • Far ahead, as the vessel lifted on the waves, could be seen a gleam of white water.

    For Name and Fame G. A. Henty
  • She also sat alone in the stern, also staring down at the white water.

  • The girl frowned as the Fuor d'Italia roared by in a swirl of white water.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • The shell in a very few seconds was in the midst of white water.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for white water

white water

a stretch of water with a broken foamy surface, as in rapids
light-coloured sea water, esp over shoals or shallows
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for white water

white trash

noun phrase

(often poor white trash) PECKERWOOD, redneck (1855+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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