high-wa·​ter | \ˈhī-ˌwȯ-tər, -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

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The fire occurred in an area of Maple Valley without hydrants, so a series of fire engines with high water capacity pumped water from their tanks into the main engine battling the flames, refilling at the closest hydrant. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Maple Valley home destroyed in early-morning fire," 21 Oct. 2018 The plastic pressure reducer or pressure regulator inside the hose coupling protects the hose from splitting under high water pressure. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Install a Drip Irrigation System in Your Garden," 17 July 2018 What had been waist-high water surged to chest level in a vicious torrent where Kaew was standing, about a half-mile inside the cave’s mouth. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 Isaac Babcock Yankeetown has chosen a different — and unprecedented — approach, focusing instead on the natural environment as an economic engine and natural protector against higher water and more extreme weather. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 Drivers who encounter high water on roads should not attempt to pass through it, officials urge. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Flash flood warning issued for southeast Harris County," 3 July 2018 But recent studies have shown a link between higher water temperatures and reduced production of walleyes, a cool-water fish. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 Come hell or high water, Kevin is determined to learn the truth about Jack's time in the war. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Episode Recaps," 31 Oct. 2018 And although officials say the group has been found, there are still challenges for the rescuers to get the boys and their coach out, since high water levels and perilous passageways are still between the two parties. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "How did 12 boys and their coach survive in a Thai cave for more than a week? Experts weigh in," 2 July 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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