tap water


Definition of tap water

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

Examples of tap water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the plan, the system will supply water to 869 homes in the areas of First Mesa and Second Mesa, including 778 households that have tap water contaminated with arsenic. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "'We need water to survive': Hopi Tribe pushes for solutions in long struggle for water," 14 Dec. 2020 Fill the keg with clean, cold tap water and lock the lid into place. New York Times, "Make A DIY Seltzerator," 12 Dec. 2020 Consider if tap water is safe to drink 99.8% of the time. baltimoresun.com, "Letters: It’s not the time to reopen Howard County schools for in-person learning | READER COMMENTARY," 11 Nov. 2020 For eggs, place the eggs, still in their shells, in a bowl and cover them with hot tap water. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "How to make the best cookies for the holidays," 7 Dec. 2020 Without a thermometer on hand, getting spot-on tap water for your kitchen adventures—110 degrees to bloom yeast, or 65 to water a particularly picky potted herb, for example—is a game of guesswork. Popular Science, "The 8 most helpful new home products of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 For eggs, place the eggs, still in their shells, in a bowl and cover them with hot tap water. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, "How to make the best cookies for the holidays," 2 Dec. 2020 Rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes under running tap water. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Four vegetable-centric recipes for the Thanksgiving table," 18 Nov. 2020 Check the setting on your water heater, and consider running hot tap water before starting the dishwasher, although this wastes water. Washington Post, "The dishwasher leaves my drinking glasses cloudy. What can I do?," 16 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Dec 2020

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“Tap water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20water. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tap water

: water that comes through pipes from the public water system

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