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Definition of the noun potable

What does potable mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: potables

  1. any liquid suitable for drinking
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonyms of potable: beverage / drink / drinkable
    • more generic words: food / nutrient = any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue; liquid = a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
    • more specific terms:
      • milk = a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
      • wish-wash = any thin watery drink
      • potion = a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage
      • alcoholic beverage / alcoholic drink / intoxicant / inebriant / alcohol = a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
      • hydromel = honey diluted in water
      • oenomel = wine mixed with honey
      • near beer = drink that resembles beer but with less than 1/2 percent alcohol
      • ginger beer = carbonated slightly alcoholic drink flavored with fermented ginger
      • mixer = club soda or fruit juice used to mix with alcohol
      • cooler = an iced drink especially white wine and fruit juice
      • refresher = a drink that refreshes
      • smoothie = a thick smooth drink consisting of fresh fruit pureed with ice cream or yoghurt or milk
      • fizz = an effervescent beverage
      • cider / cyder = a beverage made from juice pressed from apples
      • drinking chocolate / hot chocolate / chocolate / cocoa = a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar
      • fruit crush / fruit juice = drink produced by squeezing or crushing fruit
      • fruit drink / ade = a sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice
      • mate = South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
      • soft drink = nonalcoholic beverage
      • coffee / java = a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
      • tea = a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water
      • tea-like drink = a beverage that resembles tea but is not made from tea leaves
      • drinking water = water suitable for drinking

Definition of the adjective potable

What does potable mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. suitable for drinking

Alternative definition of the adjective potable


  1. Good for drinking without fear of poisoning or disease.

Definition of the adjective potable for high school students

    suitable for drinking
    • example: During sea voyages it is essential that ships carry a supply of potable water because salty ocean water makes anyone who drinks it sick.

The adjective potable is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for potable

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Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Potable, adj. Pota'tiob, a. t. PoTheeb, PoTbook, Pot'lid, Pot'sheed, Pot'tage, Pot" tek. . drinkable : potation, •erb 6t for boiling Fr. and Belg. pot, in all the senses; Islandic and Dan. potte ; Goth. poll. A vessel in which meat is boiled ; any vessel to ...

Google previewThe Water Encyclopedia, Second Edition (1990)

by Frits van der Leeden

Direct potable reuse TF, MP Lime, ...

Google previewAnnotated Dictionary of Construction Safety and Health (1999)

by Charles D. Reese, James Vernon Eidson

Potable water container with disposable cups POWDER-ACTUATED GUNS ( 1926.302) Powder-actuated tools operate like a loaded gun and should be treated with the same respect and precautions. Only assigned, qualified operators shall ...

Google previewThe Water Encyclopedia, Third Edition (2007)

Hydrologic Data and Internet Resources by Pedro Fierro, Jr., Evan K. Nyer

than sea water Potable water Transportation of fresher water: distillation can be used but at great expense TDS 2 Sea water High-pressure boller feed water By steam turbine Distillation followed by ion exchange TDS, CaCC, SOZ4;COZ3, ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (2006)

by Rehva,

pisaran erotin droppeliminator с drinking water drikkevand Trinkwasser n agua potable f eau f ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Society (2015)

by Sarah E. Boslaugh

Poor people also lack access to proper housing, education, medical care, potable water, and other basic needs. For example, based on enrollment data from 2005, over 70 million children of primary school age in developing countries were ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

POTABLE. Polage ; formed with F. suffix -age (L. □atieum), from F. pot, of Celtic origin. pottle. (F. - C.) M. E. foul. - O. F. potel, a small pot, small measure; dimin. of Y.pot, a pot (above). potwalloper. (C. and E.) Lit. ' one who boils a pot;' hence a ...

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of English Etymology (1993)

by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat

POTABLE. pelage ; formed with F. suffix -age (L. -fiticum}, from F. pot, of Celtic origin. pottle. (F. - C.) M. E.fot'1- - P- F. /0Ar/, a small pot, small measure ; dimin. of V.fot, a pot (above). pot walloper. '(C. ami E.) Lit. ' one who boils a pot ; ' hence a ...

Google previewThe Water Dictionary (2010)

A Comprehensive Reference of Water Terminology by Nancy E. McTigue, James M. Symons

potable Safely drinkable.

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Scrabble value of P3O1T1A1B3L1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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