white water


Definition of white water

: frothy water (as in breakers, rapids, or falls)

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Other Words from white water

white-water \ ˈhwīt-​ˌwȯ-​tər How to pronounce white-water (audio) , ˈwīt-​ , -​ˌwä-​ \ adjective

Examples of white water in a Sentence

The canoe got caught in white water.

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Since 1901, this drive has sent logs swirling down the 65-mile stretch of white water between Priest Lake and the Pend Oreille River. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 One sore spot is Central Maine Power’s plan to stretch wires across the Kennebec River, a popular white water rafting site. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "In Need of Electricity, Massachusetts Looks to the North—Again," 6 July 2018 Prize will also include a one day white water rafting trip for 4 including lunch, beverages afterward and continental breakfast each day. Denisa Protani, baltimoresun.com, "White Water Rafting Adventure Vacation in West Virginia for Four with River Expeditions!," 11 June 2018 There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world. Julian Harrison, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Africa," 5 Oct. 2016 Imagine zip lining through the Amazon, white water rafting, or Galapagos Island hopping. Kimberly Garrison, Philly.com, "Fun ways to entice your kids to exercise | Kimberly Garrison," 16 May 2018 Sheer walls, no white water and crackerjack guides. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "An Insiders’ Guide to the National Parks," 12 Apr. 2018 However, there were reportedly some frightful moments for Princess Diana when the boys convinced her to go white water rafting. Brie Schwartz, Redbook, "Princess Diana and Her Boys Considered Kurt Russell's Home a Sanctuary," 19 Jan. 2016 The Arlington team routinely practices pulling swimmers from the white water below Great Falls and drivers from submerged vehicles, all the worst-case role-play from rivers, lakes and floods. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "‘Extremely dangerous’: For rescuers, icy Potomac presents an opportunity — and hazards," 6 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of white water

1587, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white water was in 1587

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English Language Learners Definition of white water

: water in part of a river that looks white because it is moving very fast over rocks

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an act or instance of returning to life

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