Origin of faucet
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for faucet
The Iranian threat, of course, is real, but its immediacy gets turned on and off by the Prime Minister like a faucet.
To think a rusty pipe and one faucet in my kitchen would ever be a luxury!Across the Fruited Plain|Florence Crannell Means
Billy followed, watched his companion screw the hose to the faucet, and turn the water on.Miss Minerva and William Green Hill|Frances Boyd Calhoun
He opened the faucet and inhaled the fragrant stream of gas.
Each mass returns to the shelf and begins another circuit of faucet, counter and table.Europe After 8:15|H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
The bottle should be set in a pan of water which is constantly renewed by the small stream running from the faucet.Mechanical Devices in the Home|Edith Louise Allen
Word Origin for faucet
c.1400, from Old French fausset (14c.) "breach, spigot, stopper, peg (of a barrel)," of unknown origin; perhaps diminutive of Latin faux, fauces "upper part of the throat, pharynx, gullet." Barnhart and others suggest the Old French word is from fausser "to damage, break into," from Late Latin falsare (see false).
Spigot and faucet was the name of an old type of tap for a barrel or cask, consisting of a hollow, tapering tube, which was driven at the narrow end into a barrel, and a screw into the tube which regulated the flow of the liquid. Properly, it seems, the spigot was the tube, the faucet the screw, but the senses have merged or reversed over time. Faucet is now the common word in American English for the whole apparatus.