white water

variants: or whitewater \ ˈ(h)wīt-​ˌwȯ-​tər How to pronounce white water (audio) , -​ˌwä-​ \

Definition of white water

: turbulent, frothy water (as in breakers, rapids, or falls) … it's New England's toughest stretch of … white water, a maze of boulders and narrow channels.— Michael D. Burke … he chased whitewater in some of North America's most remote corners …— Mark Bechtel When seized by white water, the idea is to swim for the bottom (if you can tell which way that is), pray to stay relaxed and conserve your air …— Kenny Moore white water rafting a whitewater outfitter white-water paddlers

Examples of white water in a Sentence

The canoe got caught in white water.
Recent Examples on the Web There is barely any type; the logo, the only discernible graphic, is a large white water drop shape. New York Times, "Are You Cleaning Enough? Celebrities Want to Help.," 24 Mar. 2021 There's terrific food and drinks, a fun firepit for s'mores and campfire tales, and a concierge to book excursions into the park for hiking, fishing, white water rafting, and Jeep tours. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, "Plan Your Best Vacation Ever," 9 Mar. 2021 Founder Mark Paigen was a white water rafting and fly-fishing guide in Colorado. Outdoor Life, "Best rain boots for women: Keep your feet dry in soggy conditions," 25 Jan. 2021 In summer, opportunities for white water rafting, hiking, and dips in local hot springs abound. Carly Helfand, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Stunning Boutique Hotels You Can Now Book Using IHG Rewards Points," 23 Dec. 2020 Boiled down, the issue was whether a white water expert or a Hispanic businessman should represent the South Side on the board. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: Toyota had a problem — a total lack of Latino suppliers for its San Antonio truck plant. Enter Henry Cisneros.," 27 Nov. 2020 This stunning composition of a northern jacana peering into a white water lily earned Vayun Tiwari the top prize in the youth category. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Birds Dive, Splash and Play in These Prize-Winning Photos," 15 July 2020 The mill sits hard on the banks of the Wisconsin River, white water churning at its feet and white plumes billowing overhead from its tallest stack, about 28 stories up. Peter Kendall, Washington Post, "A warning from Wisconsin," 30 July 2020 My husband, a white water kayaker, encouraged me to try kayaking with him by renting a two person kayak and heading out on the Poudre River in Colorado. The Washington Post, "Talk about Travel," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of white water

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“White water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20water. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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