tail·​wa·​ter | \ ˈtāl-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce tailwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of tailwater

1 : water below a dam or waterpower development
2 : excess surface water draining especially from a field under cultivation

Examples of tailwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brantley's farm began to have issues back in 2000 with a few pumps running dry in the alluvial aquifer, and his family got to work building reservoirs and tailwater recovery systems. Ashton Eley, Arkansas Online, 21 June 2021 But the project would have been costly, especially considering the fact that most of the Klamath Project’s tailwater ends up in the sump and would have to be diverted. Herald And News, oregonlive, 15 June 2021 But 168 miles of cold tailwater trout streams were created in their place. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2020 Matt takes Eddie fishing on his driftboat on the Watauga River, a big, brawling tailwater that flows through eastern Tennessee. Field & Stream, 14 Aug. 2020 Thousands of catchable-sized rainbows are stocked each month in the cold tailwaters exiting from this dam in a project financed by Alabama Power and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Frank Sargeant, al, 4 Dec. 2019 At Pickwick, Captain Brian Barton reports continuing good action on catfish, white bass and some big smallmouth in the tailwaters, with the cats taking drifted skipjack, the white bass and smallmouth caught on jigs and small swimbaits. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Nov. 2019 One of the benefits to this particular southern Colorado tailwater is the ease and accessibility of two major highways bringing you right to Pueblo’s stretch of the Arkansas. Patricia Cameron, The Know, 22 June 2019 There is also a creek, a blue-ribbon tailwater trout stream and large reservoirs for boating and fishing. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of tailwater

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tailwater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailwater. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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