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 \ ˈ(h)wīt-​ˌwȯ-​tər How to pronounce white-water (audio) , -​ˌwä-​ \ adjective

Examples of white water in a Sentence

The canoe got caught in white water.
Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, Esken and Walter-Borjans must now navigate political white water. Washington Post, "Olaf Scholz Could Be the First Casualty of Germany’s Crisis," 3 Dec. 2019 Other activities include white water rafting down the Ganges River and visiting ashrams to learn more about the Hindu religion. National Geographic, "On the rise: 20 trending destinations for 2020," 29 Jan. 2020 The white water drops 272 feet, creating a rainbow with the mist below if the sun is shining just right. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "First time in Montreal? Here are 5 things you should do," 21 Aug. 2019 Much of the Rio Branco on either side of Turedjam no longer resembled a river; mining had turned it into a spreading mass of craters, filled with toxic lime-white water. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 On the Cuyahoga, paddling experiences vary from calm and scenic in the upper river near Hiram to challenging white water in the gorge of Cuyahoga Falls to the industrial shipping channel in Cleveland. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Cuyahoga River to be officially designated Ohio water trail," 2 Oct. 2019 Lorraine loved the outdoors, especially canoeing, cross-country skiing, white water rafting and mountain climbing. courant.com, "Lorraine F. Toropilo," 19 Sep. 2019 The Irish surfer and filmmaker Kevin Smith, perched on a narrow promontory over the ocean, pointed at a spray of white water some 500 feet below at the northern end of the cliffs. New York Times, "Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way," 12 Aug. 2019 Ron and Ann enjoyed square/round dancing, playing cards with family and friends, tending to his garden, traveling, camping, fishing, white water rafting, and spending time at his condo in Florida. courant.com, "Ronald H. Pomeroy," 22 July 2019

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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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22 Mar 2020

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“White water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20water. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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