wa·​ter·​course | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce watercourse (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of watercourse

1 : a natural or artificial channel through which water flows
2 : a stream of water (such as a river, brook, or underground stream)

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Examples of watercourse in a Sentence

Pesticides are sometimes responsible for contamination of watercourses. the Erie Canal was the first watercourse to connect the Hudson River with the Great Lakes
Recent Examples on the Web Outdoor space: The property has water rights to the acequia, or community watercourse, that runs through it, supporting a lush collection of fruit trees and shrubs and a vegetable garden. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$825,000 Homes in New Jersey, New Mexico and Wyoming," 6 May 2020 The ancestors of Omanis built these watercourses centuries ago. Ian James, azcentral, "Ancient aqueducts in Oman imperiled by modern wells and climate change," 28 Nov. 2019 The reindeer’s migratory routes run through Arctic Scandinavia as densely as watercourses. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 For half a mile the whole watercourse was de-channelized, so that the spring water could bend through the park, alternating slow curves and fast runs with rippling currents. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, "The $68,000 Fish," 28 Oct. 2019 The proposal called for the removal of 7 acres of wetlands and watercourses. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Ash Landfill Application Denied Without Prejudice," 14 Oct. 2019 Wheelabrator plans to monitor 26 test plots around the landfill, the old town landfill, and nearby watercourses for pollution. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "IWC Holds Hearing On Ash Landfill Expansion," 19 Aug. 2019 Several sections of the Watercourse Ordinance state specific amounts of fines to be levied for violations of watercourse maintenance. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "County staff share guidelines for cleaning creek," 25 July 2019 The series of garden rooms includes a Red Garden just off the house's Red Gallery, the Cloister Garden, the Topiary Garden, a half-mile-long watercourse, and a theater for outdoor concerts. Melissa Biggs Bradley, House Beautiful, "William Christie on Reviving a 16th-Century French Estate," 1 Sep. 2013

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First Known Use of watercourse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Watercourse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercourse. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of watercourse

formal : a river, stream, etc.


wa·​ter·​course | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce watercourse (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of watercourse

1 : a channel in which water flows
2 : a stream of water (as a river or brook)

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