Definitions for backwaterˈbækˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

back•wa•terˈbækˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər(n.)

  1. water held back, as by a dam, flood, or tide.

    Category: Hydraulogy

  2. a place of stagnant backwardness.

Origin of backwater:

1350–1400

Princeton's WordNet

  1. backwater(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"

  2. backwater(noun)

    a place or condition in which no development or progress is occurring

    "the country is an economic backwater"

Wiktionary

  1. backwater(Noun)

    The water held back by a dam or other obstruction

  2. backwater(Noun)

    A remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.

  3. backwater(Noun)

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

  4. backwater(Verb)

    To row or paddle a backwater stroke.

  5. backwater(Verb)

    To vacillate on a long-held position.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backwater(noun)

    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

  2. Backwater(noun)

    an accumulation of water overflowing the low lands, caused by an obstruction

  3. Backwater(noun)

    water thrown back by the turning of a waterwheel, or by the paddle wheels of a steamer

Freebase

  1. Backwater

    "Backwater" is a song recorded by the Meat Puppets. It was released as the first single from the group's album Too High to Die. The single was released in three versions: one promo CDS and two singles. It is the Meat Puppets most successful single. The highest position in the US was #47 in Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard Album Rock Charts. The 3 track single features a cover of the Feederz.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

backwater(noun)

a stretch of river not in the main stream.

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