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tap water

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  1. water, obtained directly from a faucet or tap, that has not been purified, distilled, or otherwise treated.

Origin of tap water

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for tap water

Historical Examples

  • Our own experiments have been made both with distilled water and tap-water with the advantage in favor of the latter.

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    Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

  • The cell is usually filled with tap-water, and a period of rest after making up, generally speaking, improves the sensitiveness.

  • Thus, a shallow tin vessel, such as the lid of a biscuit box, may be levelled and filled with tap-water through a rubber hose.

British Dictionary definitions for tap water

tap water

  1. water drawn off through taps from pipes in a house, as distinguished from distilled water, mineral water, etc
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