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backwater

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noun back·wa·ter \-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Simple Definition of backwater

  • : a part of a river where the water moves slowly because it is away from the main part of the river

  • : a quiet place (such as a town or village) where there is little activity, excitement, progress, etc.

Full Definition of backwater

  1. 1 a :  water backed up in its course by an obstruction, an opposing current, or the tide b :  a body of water (as an inlet or tributary) that is out of the main current of a larger body

  2. 2 a :  an isolated or backward place or condition b :  an unpopular or unimportant field (as of study or business)

Examples of backwater

  1. The once sleepy backwater is now a thriving city.

  2. <a distant backwater that didn't even have electricity at that time>



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