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

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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 The History Saddle River and Upper Saddle River are named for the watercourse that runs through the towns. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Quiet and Neat as a Pin," 20 June 2018 Researchers hope to grow the moss in streams and other watercourses with high levels of arsenic. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Moss Naturally Clears Arsenic From Water," 22 Apr. 2018 To spend much time along the route of any watercourse is to recognize the variety of objects either stuck along the banks, bobbing in a backwater, or flowing with the current. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Half a dozen dockless bikes found in Rock Creek on Saturday," 18 Apr. 2018 He was involved in the Inland Wetlands Act of 1972, which put regulations in place regarding activities that affected Connecticut wetlands and watercourses. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Mr. Conservation: John Hibbard Worked For Decades To Preserve Connecticut’s Farmland, Parks, Forests," 29 Mar. 2018 Follow the watercourse from the inland valleys all the way out to Jenner, where the river spills into the Pacific, for a crash course in wine country’s allure. Sunset, "How to Boat Camp the Russian River," 22 Jan. 2018 This pollutes watercourses and fills lakes with algal blooms, despite new requirements to fence streams off from livestock. The Economist, "BanyanWill New Zealand remain a green and pleasant land?," 21 Sep. 2017 The Town of East Hartford treats major watercourses and wetlands in town that are prime breeding areas for mosquitoes. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of watercourse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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