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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRESHET

And, John, I did not tell them anything except that the freshet had swept me away.

At that time the water, clearing after a summer freshet, was fairly low.

During my return down the river, it was in a freshet, and we went headlong.

"You might have to wait till next spring for a freshet," he said cheerfully.

The roar of the freshet awoke Nan in her bed before daybreak.

It may be imagined how piety intensifies in a freshet, or in a heavy gale of wind!

Logs, planks, and the other flotsam of a freshet moved on in the van of the flood.

Just now the spring freshet had subsided, which meant that the river was clear of ice.

Some wanted a freshet, some wanted a drizzle, and some wanted a fog.

So, if my boy ever saw a freshet, it naturally made no impression upon him.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "stream flowing into the sea," from fresh (adj.1) in a now obsolete sense of "flood, stream of fresh water" (1530s). Old English had fersceta in the same sense. Meaning "flood caused by rain or melting snow" is from 1650s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FRESHET

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nounsudden rainfall
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