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spigot

If you want to splash in a giant puddle, just leave the spigot open in your backyard. A spigot is a faucet, a device to turn water on and off. If you leave a spigot open, the water will keep flowing.

In the U.S., most of us call an indoor valve (in the kitchen or bathroom) a faucet, and the outdoor one a spigot. In other English-speaking places, a spigot is a plug inserted in a cask, or one end of a pipe. It's not uncommon for this word to be pronounced “spicket,” with some dictionaries including that as an acceptable way to say it.

Definitions of spigot
  1. noun
    a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir
    synonyms: faucet
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    types:
    mixing faucet
    single faucet for separate hot and cold water pipes
    cock, stopcock, turncock
    faucet consisting of a rotating device for regulating flow of a liquid
    hydrant, tap, water faucet, water tap
    a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
    type of:
    regulator
    any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
  2. noun
    a plug for a bunghole in a cask
    synonyms: tap
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    type of:
    plug, stopper, stopple
    blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
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