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tap water

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • tap water is generally cool enough, unless stored in heated cisterns.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • Stain briefly with Ehrlich's hæmatoxylin (until nuclei are faint blue after washing with tap water).

  • Pouring some tap water into the cup, and filling it about one third full, he began to stir it round and round with a thermometer.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

    Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
  • tap water will do, but I would suggest distilled water for making the sensitizing solution of bichromate of potassium.

    Photogravure Henry R. Blaney
  • It is both possible and practical for a farmer to have his own tap water under pressure on the same plan as the city.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
British Dictionary definitions for tap water

tap water

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