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Potable  n.  A potable liquid; a beverage. "Useful in potables."

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"Potable" Quotes from Famous Books

... advocates of the new philosophy. But the primary purpose of this novel is artistic, not polemical. The book was not written to depreciate anybody's valued delusions, but to make a study of human nature under certain modern conditions. In one age men cure diseases by potable gold and strengthen their faith by a belief in witches, in another they substitute animal magnetism and adventism. Within the memory of those of us who are not yet old, the religious fervor of millenarianism and the imitation science of curative mesmerism ...
— The Faith Doctor - A Story of New York • Edward Eggleston

... water drooling from the tubes between their lips. But these are the exceptional fountains; there are few sculptured or architectural designs which the showering or spouting water does not retrieve from error; and in Rome the water (deliciously potable) is so abundant that it has force to do almost anything for beauty, even where, as in the Fontana Paolina, it is merely a torrent tumbling over a facade. It is lavished everywhere; in the Piazza Navona alone there are ...
— Roman Holidays and Others • W. D. Howells

... day intelligent men find themselves surrounded by oceans of what is quaintly called "reading matter." Most of it is turgid, lumpy, fuzzy in texture, squalid in intellect. The rewards of the literary world—that is, the tangible, potable, spendable rewards—go mostly to the cheapjack and the mountebank. And yet here was a man who in every paragraph spoke to the keenest intellectual sense—who, ten times a page, enchanted the reader with the surprising and delicious pang given by the critically ...
— Pipefuls • Christopher Morley

... that time. An eagle, snatching a javelin from one of the guard, carried it aloft, and from thence let it fall into the sea. The water of the sea that washed the castle walls was for a whole day sweet and potable, as many that tasted it experienced. Pigs were farrowed perfect in all their other parts, but without ears. This the diviners declared to portend revolt and rebellion, for that the subjects would no longer give ear to the commands of their superiors. They expounded the sweetness ...
— Plutarch's Lives • A.H. Clough

... stride. Ahead of him and around him the swallows circleted over the water-meads or swooped their breasts close to the current of Mere. Beside him strode his shadow, and lengthened as the sun westered in a haze of potable gold. In the haze swam evening odours of mints, grasses, herbs of grace and virtue named in old pharmacopoeias as most medicinal for man, ...
— Brother Copas • Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

... preference to low, wet land, and by rotating pastures or rotation of the stock on a given pasture. Horses may be alternated with cattle, sheep, or hogs to advantage, so far as parasites are concerned. Another feature, always of importance, is the provision of a pure, potable drinking water. ...
— Special Report on Diseases of the Horse • United States Department of Agriculture

... weaving, by Athena's shuttle; an armor, forged in divine fire by Vulcanian force—a gold to be mined in the sun's red heart, where he sets over the Delphian cliffs;—deep-pictured tissue, impenetrable armor, potable gold!—the three great Angels of Conduct, Toil, and Thought, still calling to us, and waiting at the posts of our doors, to lead us, with their winged power, and guide us, with their unerring eyes, by the path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye has not seen! ...
— Harvard Classics Volume 28 - Essays English and American • Various

... marshes, pools? . . . . . . ruisseaux, des mares? Are there any places near / Y a-t-il des endroits pres d'ici here for watering horses? . pour abreuver les chevaux? Is the water good? . . . . . L'eau est-elle bonne? Is this water drinkable? . . Est-ce de l'eau potable? Are there watering troughs? . Y a-t-il des abreuvoirs? Where is there good grass for / Ou y a-t-il de bonne herbe pour animals? . . . . . . . . . les animaux? Can we buy provisions? . . . Peut-on acheter des vivres? Is there a field where ...
— Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry • War Department

... public shelter you are going to does not contain emergency supplies, you should take with you all the above items, plus as much potable liquids (water, fruit and vegetable juices, etc.) and ready-to-eat food as you can ...
— In Time Of Emergency - A Citizen's Handbook On Nuclear Attack, Natural Disasters (1968) • Department of Defense

... in the place was, even in winter, quite moderate compared with that of the rest of the range. There was, in the center of the crater, a small pond or lake, of which the somewhat lukewarm water was quite potable. ...
— Louisiana Lou • William West Winter

... hand, for broiling a chop or steak which had been bought by the customer himself at a neighbouring butcher's. For this service, the small sum of a penny was charged, the profit to the house probably arising from the sale of potable refreshments. ...
— Dickens' London • Francis Miltoun

... derived from plants owe their popularity to the stimulant effects they produce. In coffee, tea, cocoa, and mate, the stimulant principle is identical with cafein, the active principle of coffee; in liquors it is a powerful narcotic alcohol; non-potable substances, tobacco, opium, etc., owe their popularity also ...
— Commercial Geography - A Book for High Schools, Commercial Courses, and Business Colleges • Jacques W. Redway

... cheek-by-jowl with two stately Italian barques—now Italian-owned, but originally built in Glasgow for traffic around the Horn—and so followed the curve of the harbour out to the Channel, where sea and sky met in a yellow flood of potable gold. To the left the river-gorge wound inland, hiding its waters, around overlapping bluffs studded with farmsteads and (as the eye threaded its way into details) peopled here and there with small ...
— Hocken and Hunken • A. T. Quiller-Couch

Words linked to "Potable" :   nutrient, alcoholic drink, drink, potion, cyder, oenomel, cocoa, hydromel, ginger beer, milk, mate, wish-wash, beverage, tea-like drink, liquid, hot chocolate, fruit crush, intoxicant, cooler, fruit drink, food, ade, refresher, drinking water, tea, near beer, alcoholic beverage, inebriant, cider

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