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

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The blocky, low-slung structure lacks not just space but also running water for the roughly 1,400 children who show up for the two daily sessions from late June through early August to learn ocean safety. Hillary Davis,, "Newport Junior Lifeguards focus on funding a new $3.25-million headquarters to replace beach trailer," 6 Apr. 2018 Yet these explanations matter little to many of those who have been living without electricity for nearly six months, and have gone without running water for much of that time. Sam Petulla, CNN, "'We are the forgotten people': It's been almost six months since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Ricans are still dying," 15 Mar. 2018 Meyer rewired the brick house, ran water lines and started brewing. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Daily Southtown, "Retired engineer bringing his brews from milk shed to main drag in New Lenox," 13 June 2018 A month after Maria, roughly 1 million of the 3.3 million American citizens here remained without running water service. Sam Petulla, CNN, "'We are the forgotten people': It's been almost six months since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Ricans are still dying," 15 Mar. 2018 Health officials recommend thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables under running water (and scrubbing firm produce like melons and cucumbers with a clean produce brush) before eating or cutting them. Amanda Macmillan,, "What Is Cyclospora? Parasite Linked to Del Monte Vegetables Has Sickened More Than 200," 10 July 2018 The death toll has climbed to 109, with 79 people missing and three in critical condition, while more than 267,000 homes were without running water, according to public broadcaster NHK. Mayumi Negishi, WSJ, "Japan Flooding, Mudslides Kill More Than a Hundred People," 9 July 2018 Residents of ger districts lack access to running water, while jobs for rural migrants are few and poorly paid — a watchman, a cook, a driver perhaps. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 Like many other Bedouin encampments, residents of Khan al-Ahmar live in corrugated shacks or tents, often without electricity or running water, and raise livestock. Tia Goldenberg, Fox News, "UN concerned over expected demolition of West Bank village," 4 July 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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: water that comes into a building through pipes

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