Definition of Backwater

1. Noun. A body of water that was created by a flood or tide or by being held or forced back by a dam. "The bayous and backwaters are breeding grounds for mosquitos"

Generic synonyms: Body Of Water, Water



2. Noun. A place or condition in which no development or progress is occurring. "The country is an economic backwater"
Generic synonyms: Region

Definition of Backwater

1. n. Water turned back in its course by an obstruction, an opposing current, or the flow of the tide, as in a sewer or river channel, or across a river bar.

Definition of Backwater

1. Noun. The water held back by a dam or other obstruction ¹

2. Noun. (idiomatic) A remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc. ¹

3. Noun. A rowing stroke in which the oar is pushed forward to stop the boat; see back water ¹

4. Verb. To row or paddle a backwater stroke. ¹

5. Verb. (idiomatic) To vacillate on a long-held position. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Backwater

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Backwater

backwardation
backwardations
backwardly
backwardness
backwardnesses
backwards
backwards compliment
backwards roll
backwards rolls
backwardsness
backwash
backwash ileitis
backwashed
backwashes
backwashing
backwater (current term)
backwatered
backwatering
backwaterish
backwaters
backweight
backweights
backwind
backwinded
backwinding
backwinds
backwood
backwoods
backwoods(a)
backwoodsman

Literary usage of Backwater

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1. Handbook of hydraulics for the solution of hydraulic problems by Horace Williams King (1918)
"CHAPTER IX SPECIAL PROBLEMS backwater Curve backwater curve is the term applied to the profile of the surface of the water in a channel above a dam or other ..."

2. Technical Reports by Miami Conservancy District (Ohio, Miami Conservancy District (Ohio) (1917)
"backwater CURVES A backwater curve may be defined as the profile of the ... For the existence of a backwater curve, except in the special cases above noted, ..."

3. The Principles and Practice of Canal and River Engineering by David Stevenson (1872)
"... scour—Comparison of river and tidal water in estuaries—backwater ; its importance for scouring ; different aspects under which backwater may be viewed, ..."

4. Biennial Report by Nebraska Roads and Irrigation Dept (1906)
"THE COMPUTATION OF backwater. OVP STOUT, PROFESSOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING. The following is proposed as a basis for the computation of backwater caused by ..."

5. In Southern India: A Visit to Some of the Chief Mission Stations in the by Maria Hay Flyter Mitchell, John Murray Mitchell (1885)
"These lagoons are connected by canals, and make a grand line of water communication known as the backwater, which is of great commercial importance to all ..."

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