high-wa·​ter | \ ˈhī-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce high-water (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of high-water

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: unusually short high-water pants

high water


Definition of high water (Entry 2 of 2)

: a high stage of the water in a river or lake also : high tide sense 1

Examples of high-water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Officials were preparing for search-and-rescue missions with high water vehicles, boats and aircraft. Bryn Stole And Andrea Gallo | Staff Writers, NOLA.com, "As Hurricane Delta menaces region scarred by Laura, residents weigh difficult choices," 9 Oct. 2020 Oklahoma’s total defense ranking of 38th in 2019 is the high water mark so far under Riley after finishing 67th and 114th in his first two seasons. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Putting the entire Big Ten Conference on upset watch for 2020: College football Monday Madness," 28 Sep. 2020 According to Department of Education data, total student debt ballooned to nearly $1.6 trillion in 2019, a high water mark by any metric. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, "Are states investing less in universities? New study finds college investment steady," 25 Sep. 2020 Those surges moderated though as the pandemic lingered o and investor enthusiasm waned in recent weeks as many believed the company may have already reached its high water mark for the COVID-19 bump. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "General Mills' profit soars 23%, reflecting America's stay-at-home lifestyle," 23 Sep. 2020 League City authorities was keeping an eye on swollen Clear Creek Tuesday, warning that high water could rise more later in the day when more rain is expected from Tropical Storm Beta. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "League City authorities expect more rain, concerned about Clear Creek," 22 Sep. 2020 Florida's National Guard has activated 175 members to prepare for search and rescue operations, with 30 foot high water vehicles on standby for use if needed, according to a tweet from the Division of Emergency Management. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Hurricane Sally strengthens to Category 2 as it nears landfall, bringing life-threatening flooding," 16 Sep. 2020 The gains by Bezos, 56, and Musk represent just the latest high water mark for wealth accumulation in a topsy-turvy year defined by both surging markets and catastrophic human and economic loss. Devon Pendleton, Bloomberg.com, "Musk Wealth Tops $100 Billion as Bezos Worth Twice as Much," 27 Aug. 2020 The city of Venice was protected by its flood barrier system and remained unscathed by high water damage after suffering heavy storms in August, the BBC reported. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "France, Italy battered by heavy floods brought by Storm Alex; at least 8 missing, 2 dead," 4 Oct. 2020

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1856, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“High-water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-water. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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