Definition of faucet in English:



North American
  • A tap.

    • ‘Also, the tap on the tank where the treated water is stored flows more slowly than the tap on your regular faucet.’
    • ‘A tower box conceals faucets and pipes and connects them to plumbing outlets.’
    • ‘Cut tiles to fit around pipes and faucets after all the field tiles are laid.’
    • ‘Install faucets with anti-scald devices that prevent water temperature from rising to dangerous levels, or buy pressure-balanced valves that equalize hot and cold water.’
    • ‘Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period.’
    • ‘Both faucets contain a replaceable filter cartridge that's conveniently located right in the faucet head and can be changed without any tools.’
    • ‘Aren't the faucets sold in hardware stores the same faucets plumbers supply?’
    • ‘Sometimes chunks of this corrosion can break away and get lodged in valves or faucets.’
    • ‘In this case, shut the water to the entire house, and plan on changing out the stop valves as well as the faucet.’
    • ‘Occasionally, a pregnant woman is exposed to significant amounts of lead in her drinking water if her home has lead pipes, lead solder on copper pipes or brass faucets.’
    • ‘You should plug and caulk holes or penetrations for faucets, pipes, electric outlets, and wiring.’
    • ‘To slow pipes from freezing, turn both hot and cold water faucets to a trickle; the continuous water flow will delay freezing.’
    • ‘Showerheads and lavatory faucets with flow rates of 1.0 to 1.5 gallons per minute are also gaining acceptance as functional designs improve.’
    • ‘Some flush valves and faucets make it easier to replace key wear components.’
    • ‘Is bottled better than what's on tap in our faucets?’
    • ‘Before working on any faucet turn the water off and open the lines to drain into the sink.’
    • ‘This includes not only faucets and flush valves, but also automated soap dispensers and time-release cleaning solutions that help prevent buildup caused by heavy minerals in hard water.’
    • ‘Some older houses were built without shutoff valves that connect the plumbing to their toilets or faucets.’
    • ‘Battery or hardwired systems are the most common; however, innovations range from solar-powered faucets to faucets that generate their own electricity.’
    • ‘Pull it out of the wall and take it with you to your plumbing supply store or hardware and get the same length faucet.’
    • ‘These particles can get stuck in the mechanical workings of the faucet and restrict the flow.’
    • ‘Install aerators in faucets and low flow showerheads.’
    • ‘You can buy a small, round sink and a tall faucet at any plumbing supply store.’
    • ‘Water left in the hoses can freeze and expand, causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break.’
    • ‘Cover outside faucets using a faucet insulation kit available at home centers.’
    • ‘The hole patterns of your old faucet should match the pattern of the new faucet.’
    • ‘Many renovated and new restrooms are including automatic sensors to control faucets and toilets.’
    • ‘The 2 main faucet types most commonly used are compression faucets and mixing faucets.’
    • ‘After the sink is positioned and securely in place, you can attach the faucet to the plumbing source.’
    • ‘Once in the bathroom, I turned on the water, allowing the steamy drops to flow freely from the faucet.’
    • ‘Because the water is constantly heated in the tank, energy can be wasted even when no faucet is on.’
    • ‘It was constructed of green marble, and water spouted from golden faucets fashioned after leopard heads.’
    • ‘The facilities also will include automated toilet flush valves, faucets and lighting controls to improve operating cost efficiency.’
    • ‘This case-control study examined 18 randomly selected sensor-operated faucets and 18 handle-operated faucets.’
    • ‘The simple commercial faucet eliminates the need to carry heavy water-filled pots from sink to stove.’
    • ‘This is also the time to shut off outdoor faucets and install freeze-proof faucet covers as needed.’
    • ‘Outside, turn the hose faucet and the gate valve for the sprinkler system on.’
    • ‘I could now water everything on the farm just by turning on the faucet and fiddling with a few valves from time to time.’
    • ‘Fix leaky faucets and pipes and fill in any holes their dripping may have caused.’
    • ‘As Americans look around today, we see that the grass is still green, drinkable water still flows from the faucets, and the supermarkets are still stocked with food.’
    valve, spout, stopcock, cock, spile
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Late Middle English (denoting a bung for the vent hole of a cask, or a tap for drawing liquid from a container): from Old French fausset, from Provençal falset, from falsar ‘to bore’. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.