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high-wa·​ter ˈhī-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce high-water (audio)
: unusually short
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high water

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: a high stage of the water in a river or lake

Examples of high-water in a Sentence

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This weekend’s European elections could set a new high-water mark for modern far-right influence. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 June 2024 Hike through old-growth forests to three of the camp locations south of the Klamath River, which have limited accessibility in winter months due to high-water levels on Redwood Creek. Jill K. Robinson, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Mar. 2023
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Word History

First Known Use


1856, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high-water was in the 15th century

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“High-water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-water. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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