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

Examples of cold-water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Add enough cold water to cover the beans by 2 inches. Janelle Bitker,, "Recipe: Mourad’s Corona Beans With Tomato Sauce & Feta," 26 Dec. 2019 Place potatoes and parsnips in a large saucepan, add enough cold water to cover, and bring to a boil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Parsnip and Potato Mash," 10 Dec. 2019 Put into a large pot and add cold water to cover by 1 inch. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Hawaiian flavors inspire Thanksgiving sides with tropical flair to spare," 21 Nov. 2019 To large pot, add potatoes and enough cold water to cover; bring to a boil. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes," 29 Oct. 2019 Customers who didn’t use any water during the advisory should run cold water taps for 10 minutes prior to use. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Boil-water advisory lifted in the District and Arlington County, officials confirm," 10 Nov. 2019 Water stations handed out sponges dipped in ice-cold water. Steven Mufson, The Denver Post, "Facing unbearable heat, Qatar has begun to air condition the outdoors," 20 Oct. 2019 As the theory goes, colder water temperatures increase cell size and life span, which results in a bigger body size. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "The deeper this purple octopus lives, the bumpier its skin," 8 Oct. 2019 With that cold water spigot turned down, a surge of warm water that travels north from the tropics is increasingly encroaching on the Gulf of Maine, the basin of the Atlantic whose southern boundary is marked by the Cape., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019

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1942, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined above

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“Cold-water.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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