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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At least 21 people have died or gone missing in Colorado waterways this year as heavy snowmelt has brought rapid currents and high water levels. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Body of teen girl swept away in Roaring Fork River found," 1 Aug. 2019 Cheryl Nenn, of Milwaukee Riverkeeper, said that high water levels in Lake Michigan have combined with a wet spring to raise the Milwaukee River. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee River flooding downtown forces some RiverWalk restaurants to close," 10 June 2019 Venice's historical acqua alta (high water) events can inundate parts of the lagoon later in the fall, but festival participants have been hit with early previews caused by sudden rainstorms that have sent them scrambling for higher ground. Sharon Swart, The Hollywood Reporter, "Soggy in Venice: How Stylists Navigate the Rainy Weather," 23 Aug. 2019 Detroit's canal district on the far east side deployed sandbags to keep high water out of houses there. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Tiki boats could be start of untapped business opportunity on Detroit River," 22 Aug. 2019 Plus, high water volume foods are almost always more nutrient-dense, like unsweetened dairy products (Greek yogurt, milk) or produce (especially melons, carrots, zucchini, and tomatoes). Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Weight Watchers' New Kurbo App for Kids," 17 Aug. 2019 New Mexico was the only state in the nation under extremely high water stress. Dan Elliott, The Denver Post, "Colorado farms turn to technology amid water warnings in Southwest U.S.," 13 Aug. 2019 New Mexico was the only state in the nation under extremely high water stress. Dan Elliott, USA TODAY, "Farmers are using drones to help save an endangered US river," 13 Aug. 2019 Despite that, Cancelo is expected to play a prominent role in Manchester this season - with Pep Guardiola moving heaven and high water to land his man. SI.com, "João Cancelo: 5 Reasons Why Manchester City's New Full-Back Is the Perfect Etihad Addition," 11 Aug. 2019

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1856, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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