deep·​wa·​ter | \ ˈdēp-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce deepwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of deepwater

: of, relating to, or characterized by water of considerable depth deepwater sailors especially : able to accommodate oceangoing vessels deepwater ports

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Recent Examples on the Web The West Auriga is a sixth generation ultra-deepwater drillship with operational history in the Gulf of Mexico. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Two northwest Houston area businesses facing massive layoffs," 21 Aug. 2020 A few years ago, Peter Coope, Buckle’s chief engineer, was working on a commercial vessel that was affixing an enormous, deepwater anchor to an oil rig off the coast of Indonesia. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 The extra barrels that refiners needed flowed from extremely high-cost, deepwater wells in such locales Russian arctic and off the Brazil's Atlantic coast. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Buccaneers of the basin: The fall of fracking—and the future of oil," 30 Apr. 2020 The depot, which includes two deepwater docks, is close to opening. Keith Schneider, New York Times, "Texas Oil Port Hit by One-Two Punch: Falling Demand and Overproduction," 28 Apr. 2020 In part, that’s because scientists knew little about the habits of many deepwater marine mammals before the spill, so have trouble detecting changes from current data. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 17 Apr. 2020 Exxon Mobil is now back in production growth mode though as the most active player in the booming Permian Basin and the leader of the next major deepwater development offshore of Guyana in South America. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Gazprom, PetroChina, EQT lead oil and gas growth worldwide," 15 Aug. 2019 The result dampened enthusiasm for a Gulf region that is facing increasing competition from domestic shale fields in West Texas and North Dakota, as well as deepwater offshore fields off the coasts of Brazil and Mexico. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Gulf oil-gas auction bids down from last summer," 21 Aug. 2019 When deepwater fish are brought rapidly to the surface, gases in their organs and tissues expand. Washington Post, "Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill," 13 Dec. 2019

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1795, in the meaning defined above

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“Deepwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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