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)

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 Beyond the central lawn rises the Mount, a 30-foot hill down which cascades a dramatic watercourse. Robin Soslow, Chron, 18 Mar. 2022 The most famous travelers on this watercourse were Lewis and Clark, who went upstream on their way west in 1805, with Clark returning the next year when Lewis, his fellow captain, took a different route. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 Walking behind her on a little bridge over a watercourse, Sohel had been free to look at her neck, her shoulders, and the blue ribbon in her black hair. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of watercourse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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