Definition of headwater
: the source of a stream —usually used in plural
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
Recent Examples of headwater from the Web
After flowing from its headwaters in Haddam and Killingworth, the river empties into the marshes of Long Island Sound.
Coghlan reports that invasive salmon and interference with the headwaters of rivers running through the region also threaten the area.
The tract is surrounded by Important Bird Areas designated by the National Audubon Society and contains the headwaters of a creek and tributary streams.
Folks bring their water jars and containers to the sparkling headwaters of the Sacramento River, which are in the town of Shasta at the base of the mountain.
The Gorge of Bhagirathi, one of the sacred headwaters of the Ganges, in the Indian Himalayas, where the river flows from an ice tunnel beneath the Gangatori Glacier into a deep gorge.
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