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 As mountain meltwater begins to subside and summer irrigation demand ramps up, the warm surface layer will both expand and drop closer to those portals. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2022 It was discovered about a decade ago that this meltwater was providing iron-rich water to the polynya. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 7 May 2022 Columbia University glaciologist Alexandra Boghosian spent two years studying a meltwater river on Greenland’s Petermann Ice Shelf. Theo Nicitopoulos, Scientific American, 21 Mar. 2022 In the worst-case scenario, meltwater from glaciers and ice caps could release potentially dangerous pathogens into the environment. David Bressan, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The river, almost free of ice but soon to swell with meltwater from winter’s snow still in the mountains of Canada and Alaska, once again had its level visible to people far from Eagle, on the USGS website. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 Increasing temperatures from climate change could cause more of these rivers to run for longer periods with more meltwater and cut too deep. Theo Nicitopoulos, Scientific American, 21 Mar. 2022 Seasons on the Salmon have their own temperaments, starting with the gushing log flume of late spring meltwater, to the scenic pace of depleted water levels come fall. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 5 July 2022 During river breakup at Eagle, rising meltwater lifted a sheet of ice that had been in place most of the winter. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of meltwater

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Meltwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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