Definition of faucet in US English:



North American
  • A device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container can be controlled; a tap.

    • ‘It was constructed of green marble, and water spouted from golden faucets fashioned after leopard heads.’
    • ‘Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period.’
    • ‘To slow pipes from freezing, turn both hot and cold water faucets to a trickle; the continuous water flow will delay freezing.’
    • ‘In this case, shut the water to the entire house, and plan on changing out the stop valves as well as the faucet.’
    • ‘Many renovated and new restrooms are including automatic sensors to control faucets and toilets.’
    • ‘The facilities also will include automated toilet flush valves, faucets and lighting controls to improve operating cost efficiency.’
    • ‘A tower box conceals faucets and pipes and connects them to plumbing outlets.’
    • ‘You should plug and caulk holes or penetrations for faucets, pipes, electric outlets, and wiring.’
    • ‘Sometimes chunks of this corrosion can break away and get lodged in valves or faucets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both faucets contain a replaceable filter cartridge that's conveniently located right in the faucet head and can be changed without any tools.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The simple commercial faucet eliminates the need to carry heavy water-filled pots from sink to stove.’
    • ‘Also, the tap on the tank where the treated water is stored flows more slowly than the tap on your regular faucet.’
    • ‘Battery or hardwired systems are the most common; however, innovations range from solar-powered faucets to faucets that generate their own electricity.’
    • ‘Cut tiles to fit around pipes and faucets after all the field tiles are laid.’
    • ‘Install aerators in faucets and low flow showerheads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some flush valves and faucets make it easier to replace key wear components.’
    • ‘Pull it out of the wall and take it with you to your plumbing supply store or hardware and get the same length faucet.’
    • ‘Before working on any faucet turn the water off and open the lines to drain into the sink.’
    • ‘Once in the bathroom, I turned on the water, allowing the steamy drops to flow freely from the faucet.’
    • ‘Fix leaky faucets and pipes and fill in any holes their dripping may have caused.’
    • ‘You can buy a small, round sink and a tall faucet at any plumbing supply store.’
    • ‘Showerheads and lavatory faucets with flow rates of 1.0 to 1.5 gallons per minute are also gaining acceptance as functional designs improve.’
    • ‘Because the water is constantly heated in the tank, energy can be wasted even when no faucet is 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.’
    • ‘This is also the time to shut off outdoor faucets and install freeze-proof faucet covers as needed.’
    • ‘This case-control study examined 18 randomly selected sensor-operated faucets and 18 handle-operated faucets.’
    • ‘The hole patterns of your old faucet should match the pattern of the new faucet.’
    • ‘Aren't the faucets sold in hardware stores the same faucets plumbers supply?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is bottled better than what's on tap in our faucets?’
    • ‘These particles can get stuck in the mechanical workings of the faucet and restrict the flow.’
    • ‘Outside, turn the hose faucet and the gate valve for the sprinkler system on.’
    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.