What does backwater mean?

Definitions for backwaterˈbækˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər

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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"


  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


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backwater in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backwater in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tony Perkins:

    Their contempt for Catholicism is palpable. they believe that people who want to live by their faith are backwater people.

  2. Tony Perkins:

    They believe that people who want to live by their faith are backwater people, hillary and her team hold evangelicals in disdain.

  3. Robin Rnnlund:

    The preliminary results of our investigation are important as they give clear evidence that western Thessaly was no backwater, but a rich and vibrant society within the ancient world.

  4. Barbara Ehrenreich:

    In sci-fi convention, life-forms that hadn't developed space travel were mere prehistory -- horse-shoe crabs of the cosmic scene -- and something of the humiliation of being stuck on a provincial planet in a galactic backwater has stayed with me ever since.

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