running water


Definition of 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 One of the key measures recommended to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to wash your hands frequently, but that advice is impossible to follow for those without running water. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump to accept GOP nomination in North Carolina," 29 July 2020 Multi-generational homes and a lack of running water in homes have often been pointed to as possible reasons for the spread of COVID-19. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Navajo Nation leaders approve first expenditures of $714 million in federal COVID-19 aid," 10 July 2020 The city launched a water restart program during the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure residents had running water. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit water sues over port authority's $1.1M unpaid bill, but keeps water on," 9 July 2020 Many families on the Navajo Nation don’t have running water, so constant hand-washing is challenging. Ashley M. Biggers, SELF, "A Day in the Life of a Doctor Fighting Coronavirus on the Navajo Nation," 7 July 2020 The nation has a history of pollution from uranium mining and uneven access to running water, which can make things like hand-washing difficult in some households. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Black birders step into the spotlight, while oil scores more aid," 5 June 2020 And while all produce should be thoroughly washed under running water before eating, adding a mild soap solution can also be used if desired. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "As states open up, should you sanitize your mail and packages? Here's your COVID-19 home delivery guide," 1 June 2020 More than half of its residents live in slums with no running water, often just feet from some of the city's most expensive high-rises. Rhea Mogul, CNN, "One of India's richest minority groups enjoys some of Mumbai's best rents. Here's why," 4 July 2020 There's no electricity on, there's no running water. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Casey Kasem's wife, children accused each other of "killing" radio icon," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of running water

1856, in the meaning defined above

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2 Aug 2020

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“Running water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of running water

: water that comes into a building through pipes

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