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gray water

dirty water from sinks, showers, bathtubs, washing machines, and the like, that can be recycled, as for use in flushing toilets.
Origin of gray water
1975-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There was not much wind, the sky was hazy, and on the port hand a stretch of gray water ran back to the horizon.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • Geraldine turned and looked through the woods toward the gray water.

    The Danger Mark Robert W. Chambers
  • And I looked and I looked out on the gray water till I had the cramps.

    The Mermaid Lily Dougall
  • Then, one hand on a stay rope, she stared across the gray water to the dark tongue of land.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • A second later his head showed glistening above the gray water, and he swam toward her with a slow, overhand stroke.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Into the fog the canoe shot; the gray water ran by, high as the gunwales, oily, silent.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • In stepping to the thwart his foot slipped, and those on deck saw him disappear under the gray water.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • She sat on the boat, dreamily watching the gray water rush by, dreamily ready for whatever might come.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • She was almost upon them—only a few hundred yards of gray water separated the two steamers.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Between the Crosses, a low mound rounded black against the gray water.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Contemporary definitions for gray water

waste water from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry activities, esp. as it may be recycled for toilet and outside water uses; also written graywater's 21st Century Lexicon
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