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white water

noun
1.
frothy water, as in whitecaps and rapids.
2.
light-colored seawater over a shoal, sandy bottom, etc.
Origin of white water
1580-1590
1580-90

whitewater

or white-water

[hwahyt-waw-ter, -wot-er, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər, ˈwaɪt-/
adjective
1.
of or moving over or through rapids:
whitewater rafting down the Colorado River.
Origin
1900-05; from white water
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  • “You Shuswaps are white-water dogs, all right,” said Uncle Dick.

  • But through it all, she was running along like a hound, with the white-water racing aft and the wake abroiling.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • There were many huge bateaux swung upon trucks that had hauled them around the white-water.

  • Below the dam the jam crew was finding plenty to do in keeping them moving in the white-water and the shallows.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for white-water

white water

noun
1.
a stretch of water with a broken foamy surface, as in rapids
2.
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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