tap water

noun

Definition of tap water

: water as it comes from a tap (as in a home)

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As hemp taps water underground, its long roots circulate air, which improves soil quality — another boon for farmers looking to rotate crops. Adam Popescu, New York Times, "There’s No Place Like Home, Especially if It’s Made of Hemp," 29 Jan. 2018 The potentially life-threatening disease is caused by Legionella bacteria, which may have festered in the city’s pipes after the improper treatment interfered with disinfectants and released bacterial nutrients into the tap water. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doc charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint crisis wins top health award," 12 Oct. 2018 Either way, pure tap water falls in the middle at 7. Jessica Wakeman, SELF, "If You Suspect Your Discharge Is Bleaching Your Underwear, You’re Probably Right," 17 Jan. 2019 And at that moment, flat, boring, New York City tap water had never seemed like a better refreshment during happy hour. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Giving Up Happy Hour Saved My Sanity and My Health," 11 Jan. 2019 Inside a Candleholder One of the easiest — and fastest! — ways to get rid of wax residue is to run steaming-hot tap water over the holder, scooping out whatever's inside with your fingers or a paper towel. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes, Carpet, and More," 24 Dec. 2018 In mountains outside the Montana capital of Helena, about 30 households can’t drink their tap water because groundwater was polluted by about 150 abandoned gold, lead and copper mines that operated from the 1870s until 1953. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites," 20 Feb. 2019 Dart recommends using daily disposable contacts or being very careful lenses and containers don’t come in contact with tap water. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "A Rare Eye Infection Is Spreading Among Contact Lens Wearers in the U.K.," 21 Sep. 2018 In Lake Erie, a major bloom in 2014 caused authorities to warn against drinking tap water in Toledo, Ohio, for more than two days, cutting off the main water source for more than 400,000 people. Tom James, chicagotribune.com, "Warming drives spread of toxic algae in U.S., researchers say," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of tap water

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tap water was in 1881

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tap water

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tap water

: water that comes through pipes from the public water system

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