Definition of faucet in English:



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

    • ‘Once in the bathroom, I turned on the water, allowing the steamy drops to flow freely from the faucet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Install aerators in faucets and low flow showerheads.’
    • ‘Showerheads and lavatory faucets with flow rates of 1.0 to 1.5 gallons per minute are also gaining acceptance as functional designs improve.’
    • ‘Many renovated and new restrooms are including automatic sensors to control faucets and toilets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A tower box conceals faucets and pipes and connects them to plumbing outlets.’
    • ‘Fix leaky faucets and pipes and fill in any holes their dripping may have caused.’
    • ‘Both faucets contain a replaceable filter cartridge that's conveniently located right in the faucet head and can be changed without any tools.’
    • ‘The facilities also will include automated toilet flush valves, faucets and lighting controls to improve operating cost efficiency.’
    • ‘The simple commercial faucet eliminates the need to carry heavy water-filled pots from sink to stove.’
    • ‘Before working on any faucet turn the water off and open the lines to drain into the sink.’
    • ‘Water left in the hoses can freeze and expand, causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break.’
    • ‘Because the water is constantly heated in the tank, energy can be wasted even when no faucet is on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cut tiles to fit around pipes and faucets after all the field tiles are laid.’
    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 liquor from a container): from Old French fausset, from Provençal falset, from falsar to bore The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.