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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This new luxury development along the banks of the Blue River provides easy access to fishing, white water rafting, skiing, hiking and the new Silverthorne downtown. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Live in the heart of Silverthorne along the banks of the Blue River at the new River West development," 27 June 2019 Kayaks and white water canoes are permitted, however, kayakers are strongly encouraged to exercise caution and wear personal protection equipment including a life jacket. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Tubing banned on Saint Vrain River in Boulder County, swift waters cause safety concerns," 21 June 2019 Travelers also come here for the mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, white water rafting and cross-country and downhill skiing. Shivani Vora, Washington Post, "They’re both stunning. But one of these sites in Chile is less crowded and more affordable.," 6 June 2019 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

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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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