Definition of cold-water 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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Definition of cold water (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Lots of fish near shallow structure despite cold water upwellings. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 6," 5 July 2018 Drivers put bags of ice in their suits and splashed cold water on their faces during pit stops, according to the Associated Press. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Heat wave prompts warnings, bakes nation ahead of July 4 holiday," 1 July 2018 Durham pointed out that within 24 hours of inmates flooding their toilers a leaky cold water pipe caused water flow into the LMPD Headquarter building. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Inmates flooded police chief's office with sewage, city official says," 11 June 2018 Cook for 10 minutes exactly, then transfer the eggs to a bowl of very cold water. Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Spanish tuna salad with tomatoes, eggs, olives, and onions will become your summer standby," 9 July 2018 Add 1 cup of cold water and continue to whisk for 1 minute. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 Posen Mayor Frank Podbielniak provided bottles of cold water to drivers and temperatures starting reaching near 90 degrees. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Drivin' the Dixie showcases historic Southland highway: 'There’s a romance to it'," 16 June 2018 In my book, the promise of cold water all weekend is enough to balance out the size and weight drawbacks. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Yeti's Silo 6G Reinvents the Water Cooler," 5 July 2018 While hiking, drink frequently — cold water is best. J. Harry Jones,, "Popular trails closed due to heat concerns," 5 July 2018

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1808, in the meaning defined above

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