from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden overflow of a stream resulting from a heavy rain or a thaw.
- n. A stream of fresh water that empties into a body of salt water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flood resulting from heavy rain or a spring thaw.
- n. A small stream, especially one flowing into the sea.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stream of fresh water.
- n. A flood or overflowing of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow; a sudden inundation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small stream of fresh water; a brook.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
It was evident that, what in the language of the country is called a freshet was commencing.
There was nothing the matter with the director's plans on this occasion; every detail of the "freshet" had been made ready for with exactness and with prodigious regard to detail.
She had picked up a peavey one of the timbermen had left on this bank and was using is as a staff as she watched the "freshet" start.
So when some professional friends of his called him up, one day, after a feast of reason and a regular "freshet" of soul which had lasted two or three hours, he read them these verses.
'freshet' is coming down from the up country to visit us.
"By the 'freshet' bein 'over I judged he meant the tide bein' out.
The "freshet" above, an archaic term today, usually referred to a river overflow from a spring thaw accompanied by heavy rains, although, as in this case, it was sometimes used to refer to flood conditions at any time of year.
Much as one might want to avoid an annual freshet of legalism, it is very hard to argue that there is not.
Yet the freshet rose higher than that, and swept the bridge away.
There was a freshet on the river, the flood tide from the bay had been beaten back into a strong ebb, and the lusty west wind died down with the sun.