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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
First recorded in 1975-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And I looked and I looked out on the gray water till I had the cramps.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall
  • Geraldine turned and looked through the woods toward the gray water.

    The Danger Mark Robert W. Chambers
  • She was almost upon them—only a few hundred yards of gray water separated the two steamers.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • 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
  • Into the fog the canoe shot; the gray water ran by, high as the gunwales, oily, silent.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • 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
  • The leading ship threw up great masses of foam like huge exploding fountains, which covered the bow with showers of gray water.

    Banzai! Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
  • Between the Crosses, a low mound rounded black against the gray water.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • 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
  • This sheet of sky was met by the salt mass of gray water, flecked here and there with white.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
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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