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 One of the Bayside gardens has a watercourse that runs through the property and abuts a deep ravine that drains into Lake Michigan. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 Bring back the reed and the reef, set the ice sheet back on its frozen plinth, tuck the restless watercourse into its bed, sit the glacier down on its highland throne, put the snow cap back on the mountain peak. Simon Armitage, Scientific American, 18 Aug. 2020 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, 6 May 2020 The ancestors of Omanis built these watercourses centuries ago. Ian James, azcentral, 28 Nov. 2019 The reindeer’s migratory routes run through Arctic Scandinavia as densely as watercourses. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, 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, 28 Oct. 2019 The proposal called for the removal of 7 acres of wetlands and watercourses. Denise Coffey, courant.com, 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, 19 Aug. 2019

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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 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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