back·flow | \ˈbak-ˌflō \

Definition of backflow 

: a flowing back or returning especially toward a source

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The city plans to build a new pumping station to prevent backflow from storm drains, which sends water into the streets. Talia Richman,, "Annapolis Boat Show will 'rise above' after flooding during last year's event," 7 July 2018 Keep in mind that some kits don’t pressure regulators, timers, backflow preventers, and line filters. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Use Soaker Hoses To Install A Drip Irrigation System In Your Garden," 7 Mar. 2017 Its closed system uses a thin rubber backflow protector as a membrane to shield the tubing and pumping mechanism from possible milk-splashing, which could threaten the milk’s sterility. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Which Breast Pump Is Right For Me?," 8 Apr. 2018 The backflow also temporarily created the tallest waterfall recorded in the state of Louisiana, at 150 to 164 feet, depending on the source. Kelly Kazek |,, "Where does Alabama's Golly Hole rank among country's largest sinkholes?," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of backflow

1878, in the meaning defined above

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