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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fresh water, freshwaternoun

    water that is not salty


  1. freshwaternoun

    A body of fresh water

  2. freshwateradjective

    Living in fresh water.

  3. freshwateradjective

    Unskilled as seaman.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Freshwater

    used as an adjective. Raw; unskilled; unacquainted. A low term borrowed from the sailors, who stigmatise those who come first to sea as freshwater men or novices.

    Etymology: A compound word of fresh and water,

    The nobility, as freshwater soldiers which had never seen but some light skirmishes, in their vain bravery made light account of the Turks. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.


  1. freshwater

    Fresh water or freshwater is any naturally occurring liquid or frozen water containing low concentrations of dissolved salts and other total dissolved solids. Although the term specifically excludes seawater and brackish water, it does include non-salty mineral-rich waters such as chalybeate springs. Fresh water may encompass frozen and meltwater in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, snowfields and icebergs, natural precipitations such as rainfall, snowfall, hail/sleet and graupel, and surface runoffs that form inland bodies of water such as wetlands, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, as well as groundwater contained in aquifers, subterranean rivers and lakes. Fresh water is the water resource that is of the most and immediate use to humans. Water is critical to the survival of all living organisms. Many organisms can thrive on salt water, but the great majority of higher plants and most insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds need fresh water to survive. Fresh water is not always potable water, that is, water safe to drink by humans. Much of the earth's fresh water (on the surface and groundwater) is to a substantial degree unsuitable for human consumption without some treatment. Fresh water can easily become polluted by human activities or due to naturally occurring processes, such as erosion. Fresh water makes up less than 3% of the world's water resources, and just 1% of that is readily available. Just 3% of it is extracted for human consumption. Agriculture uses roughly two thirds of all fresh water abstracted from the environment.Fresh water is a renewable and variable, but finite natural resource. Fresh water is replenished through the process of the water cycle, in which water from seas, lakes, forests, land, rivers and reservoirs evaporates, forms clouds, and returns inland as precipitation. Locally, however, if more fresh water is consumed through human activities than is naturally restored, this may result in reduced fresh water availability (or water scarcity) from surface and underground sources and can cause serious damage to surrounding and associated environments. Water pollution also reduces the availability of fresh water.


  1. freshwater

    Freshwater is water that has very low salinity, usually less than 1.05%. It is naturally occurring water found on the earth's surface in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, bogs, ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams, as well as beneath the Earth's surface as groundwater and in aquifers. It is distinguished from saltwater or seawater, which has a high salt content. Freshwater is crucial for all forms of life and is used extensively by humans for drinking, agriculture, and sanitation.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Freshwater is ranked #23500 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Freshwater surname appeared 1,081 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Freshwater.

    83.8% or 906 total occurrences were White.
    11.3% or 123 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 24 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of freshwater in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of freshwater in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of freshwater in a Sentence

  1. John Kihia:

    Naivasha is a big center because it's a freshwater lake and it is not very far from Nairobi, which makes transport easy, people have been growing flowers there for a long time so there is a skilled labor force in place.

  2. Saeed Alhassan Alkhazraji:

    We have to accept the fact that seawater should be a key player in providing freshwater, but we need to have a solution that will minimize CO2 emissions and eliminate brine altogether.

  3. Catherine Bradshaw:

    Rain ultimately flows back to sea, and because it is freshwater rather than saltwater, it is less dense than the seawater it is draining into, this means it can form a cap at the surface rather than sinking and circulating.

  4. David Andrews:

    Consuming even a single (locally caught freshwater) fish per year can measurably and significantly change the levels of PFOS in your blood.

  5. Eddie Webb:

    I could see if this was a freshwater canal and there were alligators around or stuff like that, but that is really ridiculous to bring a gun out here while you’re fishing.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    A abrupt
    B disjointed
    C witless
    D tight

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