waterpower

noun
wa·​ter·​pow·​er | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce waterpower (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterpower

1 : the power of water employed to move machinery
2 : 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 Flour mills are built, using the falls’ power, until electricity replaces its waterpower. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Literary pick of the week: Remarkable story flows from ‘My Mighty Journey’," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of waterpower

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Waterpower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterpower. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of waterpower

: the power that comes from moving water and that is used to run machinery or make electricity

waterpower

noun
wa·​ter·​pow·​er | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌpau̇-ər How to pronounce waterpower (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of waterpower

: the power of moving water used to run machinery

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