first water

noun

Definition of first water 

1 : the purest luster used of gems

2 : the highest grade, degree, or quality

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Cancer, the first water sign of the zodiac, is associated with the domestic realm, particularly with maternal energy. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 But to be safest, have your water tested (use the first water of the morning). Rachael Moeller Gorman, Good Housekeeping, "Is Your Tap Water Safe?," 15 Aug. 2012 Bragg, a best-selling author (All Over But the Shoutin') and previously a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is a storyteller of the first water. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "'The Best Cook': In Rick Bragg's book about Momma's table, it's all over but the eatin'," 23 Apr. 2018 Cancer, symbolized by the crab, is the first water sign of the zodiac, and Cancerian energy is just beginning to dip its toes in psychic powers and intuition. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's June 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2018 The first water sign, these celestial crustaceans are governed by the moon, and they're known for their nurturing, compassionate, and sensitive dispositions. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Worst Relationship Habit," 14 May 2018 The proposition is the first water and parks bond measure since 2006, when voters approved the $5.4 billion Prop. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Inside the $4.1 billion California measure that thinks small to fix parks, waterways," 4 May 2018 Combs said this was the first water quality violation since the company received its permit under the Clean Water Act, about 40 years ago. Mike Reicher, USA TODAY, "Jack Daniel's, other whiskey makers wrestle with water pollution rules," 29 Jan. 2018 For another couple, nearly eight months passed before receiving their first water bill. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Here's how to make $700 over Mardi Gras," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of first water

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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