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fresh′ wa′ter


n.
1. water lacking a large amount of salt.
2. inland water, as ponds, lakes, or streams, that is not salt.
[before 900]

fresh′wa`ter

or fresh′-wa`ter,



adj.
1. of or living in water that is fresh or not salt: freshwater fish.
2. accustomed only to fresh water: a freshwater sailor.
3. small, provincial, or little known.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fresh water - water that is not salty
H2O, water - binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
rainwater, rain - drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds
condensate - a product of condensation
brine, saltwater, seawater - water containing salts; "the water in the ocean is all saltwater"
References in classic literature ?
And it is in fresh water that we find seven genera of Ganoid fishes, remnants of a once preponderant order: and in fresh water we find some of the most anomalous forms now known in the world, as the Ornithorhynchus and Lepidosiren, which, like fossils, connect to a certain extent orders now widely separated in the natural scale.
Toward midnight the wind and sea abated, so that shortly after dawn I determined to make inshore in an attempt to effect a landing, for we were sadly in need of fresh water and food.
No signs of habitation were visible, but that the land might easily support human life was evidenced by the abundant bird and animal life of which the watchers on the Fuwalda's deck caught occasional glimpses, as well as by the shimmer of a little river which emptied into the harbor, insuring fresh water in plenitude.
This theory assumes that the Great Lakes were the deep pools of one immense body of fresh water, which lay too low to be drained by the irruption that laid bare the land.
He said that was true; so he brought a large basket of rusk or biscuit, and three jars of fresh water, into the boat.
As we watched the face of the waters and searched the cliff's high face, Olson suggested that the fresh water might come from a submarine geyser.
Jerry kept us very clean, and gave us as much change of food as he could, and always plenty of it; and not only that, but he always gave us plenty of clean fresh water, which he allowed to stand by us both night and day, except of course when we came in warm.
thinner--than the atmosphere of the surrounding country, a plane drops a little on entering the rarefied area, precisely as a ship sinks a little in fresh water.
Still more delightful were the moments when they reached the stream where the rows ended, and the old man rubbed his scythe with the wet, thick grass, rinsed its blade in the fresh water of the stream, ladled out a little in a tin dipper, and offered Levin a drink.
I have no doubt many interesting facts, in relation to marine and fresh water animals, might be observed in this chain of lagoons, which skirt the coast of Brazil.
In reality the column of water would be shorter, as we are speaking of sea water, the density of which is greater than that of fresh water.
And there was nothing to eat when she became hungry--as she was sure to do before long--and no fresh water to drink and no dry clothes to put on.