melt·​wa·​ter | \ ˈmelt-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce meltwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of meltwater

: water derived from the melting of ice and snow

Examples of meltwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to dwindling snowpack, which provides most of the river's water supply, experts say dry, thirsty soils across the basin are soaking up meltwater, meaning that less makes it into the river system. Pedram Javaheri And Drew Kann, CNN, 27 May 2021 More meltwater runs off the mountains sooner, wreaking havoc with the ability to store proper amounts in reservoirs for use during the dry summer. New York Times, 19 May 2021 More rain and more meltwater will raise river levels, leading to more flooding and erosion, says Hege Hisdal, director of hydrology at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, 18 May 2021 And instead of flowing into rivers, much of the meltwater has seeped into parched soil or simply evaporated. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Taken together, that meltwater running down rivers and into oceans represents about one-fifth of the observed rise in sea levels over the past 20 years. Eric Niiler, Wired, 28 Apr. 2021 At the same time, during the summer months, meltwater from inland areas can flow all the way to the base of glaciers that end in the sea and pour into the fjords. Author: Chris Mooney, Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Jan. 2021 In February, 31 people were killed and 165 went missing when a chunk of a Himalayan glacier broke off, releasing an explosive burst of meltwater and debris. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, 18 Mar. 2021 Interactions where shrinking glaciers contact growing meltwater lakes can accelerate ice loss. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of meltwater

1923, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2021

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“Meltwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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