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

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Wash a plastic curtain on the highest water level with regular amount of detergent, and add two to three bath towels for extra cleaning agitation. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 Through thick and thin, come hell or high water, our patient, refreshingly sane neighbors to the north still like us. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "We Can All Be Thankful America Doesn’t Have Putin," 24 Nov. 2018 For foods with high water content, freeze-drying—the process of removing water content at low temperatures—may be your best option. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Freeze-Dry Food," 8 Nov. 2018 Best action is around oyster bars and at creek outflows--hit the bars on high water, the creeks on falling water. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 12 Apr. 2018 But come hell or (super bacteria-infested) high water, the Games will go on as scheduled. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything That's Gone Wrong in Rio Leading Up to the Olympics," 26 July 2016 The storm brought widespread flooding, with high water closing area expressways. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: What's the most rainfall Chicago received from a single thunderstorm?," 18 May 2018 Also, be prepared for multiple bridge lifts on I-5 at the Interstate Bridge due to continued high water levels in the Columbia River near Vancouver. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Memorial weekend driving: 5 tips for an easier trip," 25 May 2018 The recent high water levels have allowed the harbors to avoid unsafe navigation conditions and negative economic impacts on charter fishing boats and the recreational boating community. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "High Lake Erie water levels are sparing recreational harbors from dredging: Army Corps of Engineers," 10 Apr. 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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