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freshet

1. the sudden overflowing of a river caused by heavy rain or melting snow
2. a stream of fresh water emptying into the sea

Freshet

 

a comparatively short and aperiodic rise in the water level of a river occurring as a result of the rapid melting of snow in a thaw, the melting of glaciers, abundant rainfall, or the release of water from reservoirs. Unlike seasonal high water, a freshet may occur at any time of the year. If a freshet occurs because of a rapid increase in the discharge of water in a certain segment of a river, it rapidly spreads downstream at up to 5 km/hr in rivers on level ground and 45 km/hr in mountain rivers. The height of such a freshet usually decreases downstream, but its duration increases. A large freshet may cause a flood.

freshet

[′fresh·ət]
(hydrology)
The annual spring rise of streams in cold climates as a result of melting snow.
A flood resulting from either rain or melting snow; usually applied only to small streams and to floods of minor severity.
A small fresh-water stream.
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Indeed, the valley's renowned waterfalls are in full flow, and the sheer cliffs rimming it are bright with a dozen springtime freshets brought on by the melting of a high Sierra snowpack that is twice the normal depth.
The dancers formed graceful towers of bodies, suggesting winter's ice, which dissolved into waves ebbing and flowing across the floor, or rising up and surging as springs and freshets.
Lee (1914) said that spring freshets covered the James River beds with mud and silt and sometimes destroyed all the seed on some beds.
freshets, high rainfall years, or freshwater diversions) on oysters and is analogous to the frequency of the killing floods variable used by Cake (1983).
It doubles down on the tongue, with freshets of dark plum, ripe fig and raspberry dominating.
The Kingdom of Ordinary Time also shows some new additions of tone and treatment to Howe's repertoire--humor, not previously a marked presence in Howe's poems, now pops up in freshets, as in the beginning of "Reading Ovid":
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