from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden overflow of a stream resulting from a heavy rain or a thaw.
- n. A stream of fresh water that empties into a body of salt water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flood resulting from heavy rain or a spring thaw.
- n. A small stream, especially one flowing into the sea.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stream of fresh water.
- n. A flood or overflowing of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow; a sudden inundation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small stream of fresh water; a brook.
- n. A flood or overflowing of a river, by reason of heavy rains or melted snow; an inundation, especially one of a comparatively moderate extent: same as fresh, n., 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
From Old French freschete, a diminutive of fres ("fresh") via its feminine form fresche. (Wiktionary)