head·​wa·​ter | \ ˈhed-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce headwater (audio) , -ˌwä-\

Definition of headwater

: the source of a stream usually used in plural

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head, headstream, source

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Examples of headwater in a Sentence

the first exploration of the Missouri River from its mouth to its headwaters was made by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the early 1800s

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Cleveland Metroparks will host two tours that day for the public to view some of the changes that have been made to the 155 acres that impact the headwaters of Euclid Creek. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland.com, "So much to do, it boggles the mind: Sun Messages," 2 Sep. 2019 Hundreds of organizations collaborated on the Xtinguish TorchFest, which carried a torch from the headwaters of the river in rural Geauga County to the industrial Flats of downtown Cleveland. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "Two songs to commemorate Cuyahoga River’s 50 years reborn," 12 Aug. 2019 The open-pit mine would be built about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, straddling salmon-producing headwaters of the valuable fishery. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "CNN: Dunleavy-Trump meeting led EPA to withdraw proposed Pebble restriction," 10 Aug. 2019 The Tennessee Hollow trail will circle the new lagoon, allowing hikers to go from the headwaters at El Polin Spring through wet meadows, past a brackish marsh to the bay shore. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "On the edge of SF’s Presidio, restoring a watershed will benefit nature and humans," 5 Aug. 2019 From those headwaters flow a river of basketball talent. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Canada Becomes a Basketball Factory," 8 June 2019 Now, about 340,000 acres of the valley along the Methow River’s headwaters are closed to mining for 20 years. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "10 places that will be protected by Congress’s new public lands bill," 27 Feb. 2019 This admission free event overlooks the picturesque Susquehanna River and headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. Rachel Steffan, baltimoresun.com, "Something for everyone at Havre de Grace Art Show this weekend," 14 Aug. 2019 The commission bought up property along the river valley and created a landscaped autoroute leading to the headwaters in Westchester County. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of headwater

1612, in the meaning defined above

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