running water


: water distributed through pipes and fixtures
a cabin with hot and cold running water

Examples of running water in a Sentence

a cabin with hot and cold running water
Recent Examples on the Web The actors must also project their lines above the bang of pots and pans ricocheting off of stainless steel, the sizzling of cooking food or the whoosh of running water. Jill Wendholt Silva, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 If pipes freeze solid, residents lose access to running water completely and the pressure buildup can cause pipes to burst, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 24 Jan. 2024 Also, cooking rice like pasta (in lots of water) reduces the amount of arsenic present, and scrubbing all fruits and vegetables under running water can remove some surface metals. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 23 Jan. 2024 Over 85% of the population has been displaced and many are living in tents with communal toilet facilities and limited access to running water. Anna Gordon, Time, 13 Dec. 2023 But many renters and homeowners still do not have running water due to frozen or burst pipes — and more cold weather is on its way. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 17 Jan. 2024 This Casa Grande story starts with the desperation of American agriculture in the 1930s, when farmed land turned into the Dust Bowl and when migrant farmers roamed the Southwest, camping on dirt floors without running water or electricity, as John Steinbeck depicted in Grapes of Wrath. Amity Shlaes, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 Tens of thousands of homes lacked running water or power. Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Jan. 2024 There was no running water, but the heat and electricity worked fine. Kamila Hrabchuk, Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of running water was in 1856

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“Running water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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