Definition of cold-water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having only running water without heat or utility services provided a cold-water flat

cold water


Definition of cold water (Entry 2 of 2)

: depreciation of something as being ill-advised, unwarranted, or worthless threw cold water on our hopes

Examples of cold-water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, spritz or sponge with cold water to rinse and blot until dry. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Clothes, Carpets and More," 29 Mar. 2021 Add the potatoes to a medium-sized pot and cover them with cold water. Katy Severson,, "How to make mashed potatoes," 28 Mar. 2021 Put the potatoes in a pot with cold water to cover, add ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "All hail the mighty potato! No, really," 23 Mar. 2021 In 2013, the shop was reported to be weaponizing its sprinkler system to forcibly remove people sleeping outside the store by dousing them with cold water. Madison Malone Kircher, Vulture, "How the Strand Lost Its Workers," 19 Mar. 2021 Otterbox’s Elevation growler filled with 36 ounces of ice-cold water. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Tested 30 Thermoses. None Impressed Us More Than the Otterbox Elevation.," 12 Mar. 2021 In Ayurveda, hot or warm water is preferred over ice-cold water because it is believed to hydrate our bodies and tissue more. Meggen Taylor, Forbes, "The Founder Of Luxury Ayurvedic Skin And Wellness Brand, UMA Oils, Shares Her Top Five Tips For Boosting Immunity," 1 Mar. 2021 To participate in the challenge, people dumped a bucket of ice-cold water over their heads, then challenged a friend to either do the same or donate money to the The ALS Association. Laura Ly, CNN, "Pat Quinn, the co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at 37," 22 Nov. 2020 Drizzle in 1 1/2 cups ice-cold water, stirring just until dough starts to come together. Torie Cox, Country Living, "Salted Caramel-Apple Slab Pie," 5 Oct. 2020

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1942, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined above

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“Cold-water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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