wa·ter·way | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌwā, ˈwä-\

Definition of waterway 

1 : a way or channel for water

2 : a navigable body of water

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Examples of waterway in a Sentence

the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal

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The program's goal is to clean up waterways and prevent sewer overflows into thousands of homes throughout the county. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Judge scolds city and county on sewer fight: 'What the heck is going on?'," 13 June 2018 Damming, diversion, pollution, and overpumping have long degraded the state of America’s rivers, reducing clean rushing waterways into canals with as much wildness as a pet store. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "‘Like Floating Through a Library’: An Interview with Nick Paumgarten," 7 May 2018 The case centers on whether the state, which allows hovercraft on waterways, has authority over the Nation River or whether the National Park Service oversees that particular stretch. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. Supreme Court agrees to reconsider case of Alaska moose hunter and his hovercraft," 18 June 2018 Body parts were dumped in waterways, in woods, in oil drums -- even kept at his mother's house. Chris Cuomo, CNN, "Chris Cuomo: What I learned about evil from America's notorious criminals," 14 June 2018 Most do not end up in waterways, much less 250+ million per day. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "NBC News' source for a fishy statistic about plastic straws is research by a 9-year-old boy," 22 Apr. 2018 Building the long-dreamed-about Thames Tunnel, said to be the world’s first tunnel under a major waterway, was a challenge few had the engineering chops to deliver. John Lee, latimes.com, "Underground London well beyond the Tube holds secrets and delights," 25 Mar. 2018 The ruling invalidated China's historical claims to virtually the entire waterway, but Beijing refused to acknowledge it or join the arbitration proceedings held by a tribunal in The Hague under the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. Fox News, "Duterte pressed to assert 2016 arbitration victory vs China," 12 July 2018 It was seen as a warning to the world that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway for about one-third of global seaborne oil trade—a threat made before by Iran’s military, but not by this president. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Facing Threats at Home and Abroad, Iran’s President Takes a Harder Line," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of waterway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of waterway

: a canal, river, etc., that is deep and wide enough for boats and ships to travel through


wa·ter·way | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌwā, ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of waterway

: a channel or a body of water by which ships can travel

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