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 Heavy rains and wet springs have led to high water levels in Powderhorn Lake — and flooding for neighboring communities. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 16 Sep. 2021 During high water levels, there are two low bridges over the river that will be impassible. John Pana, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2021 Officials in Miami-Dade said residents should expect the high water levels Sept. 9-11, Oct. 5-11, Oct. 20-21, Nov. 3-9, and Dec. 2-7. Claire Colbert, CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 Dangerous conditions, including strong currents and high water levels, forced first responders to suspend their search on Saturday. NBC News, 20 July 2021 Research conducted at the reserve could help address problems that are facing Lake Michigan, like erosion, high water levels and algae. Megan Hart, Star Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 Recovery teams began scouring the Ohio River for his remains — work that has been complicated by high water levels and strong currents, Birk said. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021 There were also reports of high water in Alexandria and Arlington, along with parts of Richmond. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 Great Lakes coastal communities are wondering if their shoreline infrastructure will survive another round of record high water. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021

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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 17 Oct. 2021.

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