• WordNet 3.6
    • n freshet the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Freshet A flood or overflowing of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow; a sudden inundation. "Cracked the sky, as ice in rivers
      When the freshet is at highest."
    • Freshet A stream of fresh water.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n freshet A small stream of fresh water; a brook.
    • n freshet A flood or overflowing of a river, by reason of heavy rains or melted snow; an inundation, especially one of a comparatively moderate extent: same as fresh, n., 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Freshet a pool or stream of fresh water: the sudden overflow of a river from rain or melted snow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fresche, flood + -et,. See Fresh (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fersc; cf. Dut. versch, Ger. frisch.


In literature:

New hopes, as upon a great freshet of content, came to him to give him comfort.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
Farmers and mill men eyed the scene with some apprehension, and talked of freshet.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Wait till the whiskers get on the rails, lad, and a freshet or two strikes 999.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
Snowslides moved on hundreds of steeply pitched slopes, and fed sudden rivulets into freshet roarings.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
So, if my boy ever saw a freshet, it naturally made no impression upon him.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
They were careful to pull up the boats high and dry, and to secure them in case of any freshet.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
At that time the water, clearing after a summer freshet, was fairly low.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
Several years ago the beautiful Shenandoah valley in West Virginia was the scene of a great freshet.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Then one day a prospector went into the valley after a big freshet and came across his wrecked shanty.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
Along the bottoms there is good land, of less value than formerly because of freshets.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey

In poetry:

Bed, bank and channel, chant and chime,
And fall and freshet, as they run,
Though ignorant of tune and time,
Sing in melodious unison.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin
"Seven years now of promise fickle,
Niggard ooze, and paltry trickle,
Freshet sprinkling scanty dole,
Where the roaring flood should roll.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Seasons there are it doth not flow,
When Fancy's freshets will not come,
The springs of song seem shrunk and low,
And all my being dry and dumb.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin
Or, at the creek, leads o'er a limpid pool
Upon a bridge the stream itself has made,
With some Spring-freshet for the mighty tool
That its foundation laid.
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
Not only the lark but the robin too
(Oh, heart o' my heart, come into the wood!)
Is singing the air to gladness new
As the breaking bud
And the freshet's flood!
"Love-Call In Spring" by Cale Young Rice
The melted drifts return
And brim the forest pool,
Engreening moss and fern,
And flooding to the full
The pale Canadian violet,
that loves the rising freshet cool.
"Spring In Vermont" by Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn