• WordNet 3.6
    • adj potable suitable for drinking
    • n potable any liquid suitable for drinking "may I take your beverage order?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Water that is safe to drink is referred to as POTABLE
    • a Potable Fit to be drunk; drinkable. "Water fresh and potable ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • potable Drinkable; suitable for drinking.
    • potable Hence Liquid; flowing.
    • n potable Anything that is drinkable; a drink.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Potable pō′ta-bl that may be drunk: liquid
    • n Potable something drinkable
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. potabilis, fr. potare, to drink; akin to Gr. po`tos a drinking, po`sis a drink, Skr. , to drink, OIr. ibim, I drink. Cf. Poison Bib Imbibe


In literature:

POTABLE, n. Suitable for drinking.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
Est-ce de l'eau potable?
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
Different potable waters have unequal solvent powers on this metal.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
Another feature, always of importance, is the provision of a pure, potable drinking water.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
At the time of my visit there was but scanty water in the canyon and that not potable except for stock.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
Now did he, or did he not, believe in potable gold?
"The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851" by Various
A pond, the water of which is potable.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
There was, in the center of the crater, a small pond or lake, of which the somewhat lukewarm water was quite potable.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
For this service, the small sum of a penny was charged, the profit to the house probably arising from the sale of potable refreshments.
"Dickens' London" by Francis Miltoun
Brantome suspected her of being a magician, of using potable gold.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus

In news:

Finally, there's a vampire movie worthy of the title The Hunger —even if it arrives under the more potable name Thirst.
Quest Water works to deliver clean, potable water to rural communities in Angola .
I'm sharing here some work that helps especially poor and isolated peoples to maintain sanitation while conserving limited potable water.
An interview with the CEO of the company that has helped develop a system that makes potable all types of contaminated, undrinkable water, including seawater.
This standard establishes a practice for classifying Water Management into three major systems, potable water, wastewater, and stormwater.
Quest Water works to deliver clean, potable water to rural communities in Angola.
Hopefully this will provide a reliable supply of potable water to Pritchard at reasonable rates.
In Europe, the actual fragrance oils are considered to be the effective deterrent to potability .
And organizers took steps to give runners greater confidence in the potability of the water.
"Methane in water does not impair the odor, taste or color, nor does it affect in any way the potability of the water.".
Moving water can quickly sweep your vehicle away.+ Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.+ Test drinking water for potability .
Thomas Monroe describes upping the alcohol in a wine as akin to salting food: It can make the wine taste really good or launch it out of potability .
"That means we could supply 400 to 500 residents with water," said Sorrells, who cautioned that the water from the well still must be tested for potability .
We're working to commercialize a system for testing water for potability .
In the US, purple pipes are used to distinguish reclaimed water from potable water.

In science:

Water supplies: The mine has both potable and industrial water supplies.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
The potable water system is fed from several storage tanks located in Lead and meets all federal Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. A majority of the supply is fed through a 4” pipeline that extends from the surface to the 5000 ft level in the Ross shaft.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
This system will satisfy NUSEL potable water needs and will require minimal updating.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake