fau·​cet | \ ˈfȯ-sət How to pronounce faucet (audio) , ˈfä- \

Definition of faucet

: a fixture for drawing or regulating the flow of liquid especially from a pipe

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Examples of faucet in a Sentence

don't forget to turn off the faucet
Recent Examples on the Web Utilities will also be required to allow four liters of water to flow from a faucet before testing, to ensure that the level of contamination reflects what is coming from service lines, rather than pipes inside a house. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal lead-pipe rule overhauled for first time in decades," 23 Dec. 2020 The coronavirus has brought greater attention to the fact that many Hopi people can’t simply turn on a faucet to wash their hands. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "'We need water to survive': Hopi Tribe pushes for solutions in long struggle for water," 14 Dec. 2020 With the water shut off, remove the handles (or handle, on a single-lever model) from the faucet. New York Times, "Do It Yourself Home Repairs," 5 Dec. 2020 Run cold water for two minutes, then switch the faucet to hot until the water runs warm. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "America's newest water safety challenge is something you've never heard of," 16 Dec. 2020 Brexit trade talks have become that leaky faucet, that slow leak in your front tire, that pebble in your shoe. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "COVID vaccines are coming—but it might be too late for the housing market," 14 Dec. 2020 At another well in the flatlands near Second Mesa, Lucion Koinva hooked a hose to a faucet and water began to pour into a tank on his truck. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "'We need water to survive': Hopi Tribe pushes for solutions in long struggle for water," 14 Dec. 2020 Powered by either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, the U by Moen faucet responds to voice commands to deliver specific quantities and temps of the wet stuff. Popular Science, "The 8 most helpful new home products of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 This faucet has four methods of control—manual, app, hands-free, or voice—and can customize water temperature and volume. Adrienne So, Wired, "The Best Black Friday Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of faucet

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faucet

Middle English, bung, faucet, from Middle French fausset bung, perhaps from fausser to damage, from Late Latin falsare to falsify, from Latin falsus false

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The first known use of faucet was in the 15th century

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9 Jan 2021

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“Faucet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faucet. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of faucet

US : a device that is used to control the flow of water from a pipe


fau·​cet | \ ˈfȯ-sət How to pronounce faucet (audio) \

Kids Definition of faucet

: a fixture for controlling the flow of a liquid (as from a pipe or cask)

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