backwater

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noun back·wa·ter \-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Definition of backwater

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

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

Examples of backwater in a Sentence

  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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First Known Use of backwater

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BACKWATER Defined for English Language Learners

backwater

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noun back·wa·ter \-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

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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