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
Recent Examples of backwater from the Web
The city was first built on this island, separated from the mainland by a backwater channel of the Mississippi.
Membership in the E.U. has been central to the country's growth from one of the Continent's provincial backwaters to a major cultural and economic force.
His reportage in particular transformed the beast from a backwater calamity into a national affair.
Frank Kush was a fearsome coach who transformed Arizona State from a backwater football program into a powerhouse.
Frank Kush, 88, the fearsome coach who transformed Arizona State from a backwater football program into a powerhouse, has died.
Frank Kush, a Hall of Fame coach who transformed Arizona State from a football backwater into a national powerhouse in the 1960s and 1970s, died June 22.
A young Saddam, the story went, was ambitious and desperate to escape his stepfather’s abuse and a dismal future as a subsistence farmer in the dusty and violent backwater of Awja.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents helped rescue two overdue boaters who had to spend Sunday night in backwaters of the Mississippi River after their motor became disabled.
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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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