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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Synonyms for faucet


cock, gate, spigot, stopcock, tap, valve

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Examples of faucet in a Sentence

don't forget to turn off the faucet

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One of my favorites is a skier Klennert crafted using old car bumpers for the skis, a milk-can lid for the hat and water-faucet handles for the ears. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 No one wants to spend hours doing the dishes or washing vegetables, but the right sink and faucet combination can make your time spent there fly by. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Sinks," 11 Feb. 2019 Erika Balza, who says her faucet gushed muddy brown water smelling like manure, drinks bottled water. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 After only a couple days in the house, Contessa received a call at work from her oldest son Princeton, 13, who had just returned from school to find no water flowing from the faucets. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "Misfortune befalls the Korpers, 2 weeks after moving into their new home: A Greater Cleveland," 14 Mar. 2018 Day cares with problems must take bad taps offline and provide children clean water, either from safe faucets or by serving bottled water. Brad Schmidt, OregonLive.com, "Oregon day cares must test water for lead by September," 22 Feb. 2018 Then there's the Mystery Shack, where water runs from faucets unconnected to pipes and visitors tilt this way and that making their way across the old miner's house. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 14 things to do in Pinal County," 18 Feb. 2015 The sleek design of this faucet is something that cannot be matched. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "This Faucet May Be the Chicest One We've Ever Seen," 1 Feb. 2019 Venezuela’s meltdown has been accelerating under President Nicolas Maduro’s rule, prompting masses of people to abandon the nation in frustration at shortages of food and medicine, street violence, rampant blackouts — and now sputtering faucets. Washington Post, "Venezuela’s wealthy beat water crisis drilling private wells," 26 June 2018

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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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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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