wa·​ter·​pow·​er ˈwȯ-tər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce waterpower (audio)
: the power of water employed to move machinery
: a fall of water suitable for being used to move machinery

Examples of waterpower in a Sentence

Waterpower is a renewable source of energy.
Recent Examples on the Web No one denies that almost every man has to make a living, that trees have to be cut down, that waterpower is necessary, that sheep have to graze; no one is so foolish as to try to abolish automobiles. Justin Beal, Harper’s Magazine , 12 Dec. 2022 Its peculiar waterpower turbine — original to the building — is still on site. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Dec. 2022 Flour mills are built, using the falls’ power, until electricity replaces its waterpower. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 3 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of waterpower was in 1817

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“Waterpower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterpower. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


wa·​ter·​pow·​er ˈwȯt-ər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce waterpower (audio)
: the power of moving water used to run machinery (as for generating electricity)

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