[fresh-it] /ˈfrɛʃ ɪt/

a freshwater stream flowing into the sea.
a sudden rise in the level of a stream, or a flood, caused by heavy rains or the rapid melting of snow and ice.
the sudden overflowing of a river caused by heavy rain or melting snow
a stream of fresh water emptying into the sea

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.


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