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

cold water

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: 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
Electric heat cable, designed to keep cold-water pipes from freezing, might seem to be a better solution. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 Share [Findings] Depression in humans is correlated with higher body temperature, and cold-water swimming mitigates menopause symptoms. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 The last few years have seen dozens of studies citing the benefits of cold-water swimming for longevity. Tamar Adler, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2024 Among other things, schools are required to have cooling zones with cold-water immersion tubs that can reduce core body temperatures in case of heat illness and are to ensure that students are drinking enough electrolytes. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 But the tradition is modernizing: in the past three years, small hotels with a focus on cold-water immersion have cropped up around the country. Michelle Tchea, Travel + Leisure, 20 Jan. 2024 Bottom trawling can destroy habitats, churn up sediment and damage cold-water coral reefs. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Jan. 2024 Those outfits helped spice up many of the before-and-after group photos people were taking. Veterans of cold-water swims on the East Coast or in the Midwest often ridicule similar events in warmer climates because Atlantic Ocean plungers brave water temperatures in the 40s — or even the 30s. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2024 The Russian navy’s militarized cetaceans include warm-water bottlenose dolphins and cold-water belugas. David Axe, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023
The ocean giants live in all oceans except the Arctic, NOAA says, and migrate seasonally between summers in cold waters and winters near the equator. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 12 Apr. 2024 Plungers braved cold temperatures, cold water and high winds to raise over $180,000 from the Aurora plunge, part of statewide events to try and meet a goal of $726,000 to provide funding for Special Olympics Colorado. Andy Cross, The Denver Post, 6 Apr. 2024 They can be worked slowly and kept in the strike zone; crappie may still be sensitive to cold water and not willing to move too far or fast to chase a lure. Don Wirth, Field & Stream, 4 Apr. 2024 Divers have to navigate currents, limited visibility, cold water and lethally sharp debris. USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 This affordable and portable ice bath is simply designed to enjoy cold water therapy anywhere. Variety Staff, Variety, 28 Mar. 2024 Carrier’s unit sent air through coils filled with cold water, and cooled the air while removing moisture from the room. Sabrina Weiss, WIRED, 20 Mar. 2024 Take one egg out, run it under cold water, peel and check it. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 29 Mar. 2024 For years, Hollywood stars such as Jason Momoa and Chris Hemsworth and award-winning artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have plunged into ice cold water in the name of wellness. Variety Staff, Variety, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1942, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cold-water was in 1808

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“Cold-water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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