wa·​ter·​front | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfrənt , ˈwä-\

Definition of waterfront

: land, land with buildings, or a section of a town fronting or abutting on a body of water

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But instead of a sprawling, architectural mess like a McMansion, this contemporary design from David Quillin Architecture Berlin uses glass, steel, and concrete to create an intriguing waterfront home. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern glass and steel house asks $3.6M," 5 Nov. 2018 Stephanie Thompson and Bryan Neale love their waterfront home on Geist Reservoir. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: Treehouse on the water can be yours for $835,000," 15 June 2018 About Texas Land & Lakes Texas Land & Lakes has made its mark and its reputation by creating premium waterfront land for sale in Texas. Houston Chronicle, "Waterfront buying opportunity features access to Gulf of Mexico," 10 June 2018 Frequent adjustments of water levels reduce fish and bird populations, erode waterfront land and cause dust storms when reservoir bottoms are exposed. The Economist, "An expiring treaty will test the health of Canadian-American relations," 31 May 2018 Recently, after Prioleau trained students on how to use Nordic Star's fire hoses and rescue a mannequin simulating an unconscious person, Armstrong piloted the yacht to Barto's waterfront home and blew the horn. Daniel Langhorne, latimes.com, "Orange Coast College students use 92-foot yacht as floating classroom," 25 May 2018 Although almost every inch of the lake's shore is surrounded by private property, the city does own some waterfront land, including Millenium Plaza Park, which includes steps leading into the water. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Supreme Court ponders: Must the public be allowed access to Oswego Lake?," 4 May 2018 Those hazards were of particular concern along the waterfront level of the viaduct because so many pedestrians walk there. Vianna Davila, The Seattle Times, "As the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down, so does a longtime shelter for Seattle’s homeless," 13 Jan. 2019 With its unobstructed waterfront location, these are probably operating at about the best capacity factor that's possible in New York City. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of waterfront

1766, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of waterfront

: the land or the part of a town next to the water of an ocean, lake, etc.


wa·​ter·​front | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfrənt , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of waterfront

: land that borders on a body of water

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