freshet
noun Date: 1596 1. archaic stream 1 2. a. a great rise or overflowing of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow b. a swelling quantity ; influx <
summer brings a freshet of tourists
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(in a river from rains or melting snow)


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  • Freshet — Fresh et, n. [OE. fresche flood + et. See {Fresh}, a.] 1. A stream of fresh water. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. A flood or overflowing of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow; a sudden inundation. [1913 Webster] Cracked the sky, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • freshet — 1590s, stream flowing into the sea, from FRESH (Cf. fresh) (1) in a now obsolete sense of flood, stream of fresh water (1530s). O.E. had fersceta in the same sense. Meaning flood caused by rain or melting snow is from 1650s …   Etymology dictionary

  • freshet — [fresh′it] n. [see FRESH1 & ET] 1. a stream or rush of fresh water flowing into the sea ☆ 2. a sudden overflowing of a stream because of melting snow or heavy rain …   English World dictionary

  • freshet — noun /ˈfɹɛʃɪt/ a) A resulting from heavy rain or a spring thaw. Whereas heavy rain often causes a , a spring thaw event is generally a more incremental process, depending upon local climate and . The term freshet is most commonly used to describe …   Wiktionary

  • Freshet — A freshet can refer to one of two things:* A flood resulting from heavy rain or a spring thaw. Whereas heavy rain often causes a flash flood, a spring thaw event is generally a more incremental process, depending upon local climate and topography …   Wikipedia

  • freshet — 1) stream 2) a great rise or overflowing of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow 3) an area of fresh water at or near the mouth of a stream entering the sea …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • freshet — /fresh it/, n. 1. a freshwater stream flowing into the sea. 2. a sudden rise in the level of a stream, or a flood, caused by heavy rains or the rapid melting of snow and ice. [1590 1600; FRESH (n.) + ET] Syn. 2. See flood. * * * …   Universalium

  • freshet — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. overflow, deluge, surge; see flood 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An abundant, usually overwhelming flow or fall, as of a river or rain: alluvion, cataclysm, cataract, deluge, downpour, flood, inundation, Niagara,… …   English dictionary for students

  • freshet — fresh·et || freʃɪt n. stream that flows into the sea; sudden rise in the water level of a river as a result of floods or heavy rains …   English contemporary dictionary

  • freshet — [ frɛʃɪt] noun the flood of a river from heavy rain or melted snow. ↘a rush of fresh water flowing into the sea. Origin C16: prob. from OFr. freschete, dimin. of freis fresh …   English new terms dictionary

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