still water


: a part of a stream where no current is visible

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fishermen glided in punts across swathes of still water between vast reed beds, while buffalo bathed amid green vegetation. Wil Crisp, WIRED, 21 Jan. 2023 Stilt-legged birds skitter along the banks of the pond; cord grass and still water stretch to the horizon. Elizabeth Svoboda, Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2015 Acid rain, while still water, leaves a different kind of imprint on many surfaces, corroding metal and eroding limestone and marble. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2017 On relatively still water, sit-on-top kayaks are immensely popular. Doug Gantenbein, Outside Online, 22 June 2012 Surveyors measured a water level of 15.5 feet in one home on Fort Myers Beach and a still water mark of 27 inches on the second floor of another home, said Jeff Lindner, meteorologist and director of flood operations with Harris County, Texas. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2022 Indeed, for far, far too many hours, these shimmering blue idylls go tragically unused, so much still water, barely producing a splash. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 At the heart of Owens Lake, there is still water — it’s just super salty and capped by a mineral rime. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Oct. 2022 And that's a low estimate, because, as mentioned above, there was still water above the altitudes where some of the measurements stopped. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 22 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of still water was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Still water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Still·​wa·​ter ˈstil-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce Stillwater (audio)
city in north central Oklahoma population 45,688

Note: The main campus of Oklahoma State University is located in Stillwater.

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