low water


: a low stage of the water in a river or lake
also : low tide

Examples of low water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The accident comes as military conflict at the Suez Canal and low water levels at the Panama Canal separately have disrupted global shipping networks in recent weeks. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 Drought, subsidence, rising seas and manmade changes to the river have led to historically low water levels in the Mississippi River and allowed saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico to creep up the river and into local water sources. Allie Weintraub, ABC News, 4 Oct. 2023 But since this is where Clear Creek (not to be confused with West Clear Creek) joins the Verde, there’s generally a good flow even in the low water days of early summer. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024 The Jim Wright palm paradise is on the tour again, along with succulents, cactuses, low water, veggie/fruit, sustainable, and entertainment gardens. Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2024 For example, in August last year, a historic drought led to exceptionally low water levels in the Panama Canal, obliging ships to carry less cargo or use lengthy alternative routes. Osvaldo Di Campli, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Recent obstacles include attacks in the Red Sea and low water levels in the Panama Canal due to droughts. Susan Galer, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The Red Sea disruption comes as far fewer vessels have been able to pass through the Panama Canal, which has been suffering from low water levels. Peter Eavis, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 The Panama Canal is experiencing low water levels due to unseasonably dry weather, which limits the number of vessels that can travel through. Arion McNicoll, theweek, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Low water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20water. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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