Definition of backwater
Examples of backwater in a Sentence
The once sleepy backwater is now a thriving city.
a distant backwater that didn't even have electricity at that time
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Now, nurseries for crab seedlings line up along a 2-acre (8,000-square-meter) stretch of backwater pools filled with the mud that crabs like to dig into.
For the ones who have long lived in the frozen backwaters of this island Earth, the new digital realm offers a comforting (if culturally threatening) umbilical cord to modernity.
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First Known Use of backwater
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Definition of backwater for English Language Learners
: 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.
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