wa·​ter·​way | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌwā How to pronounce waterway (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterway

1 : a way or channel for water
2 : a navigable body of water

Examples of waterway in a Sentence

the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal
Recent Examples on the Web Such a move would likely inflame tensions with Washington, which has been anxious to deny China control of the strategically important waterway. Time, 10 May 2022 The South Baltimore waterway has 11 miles of shoreline, but river views are largely obscured. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 2 May 2022 Kurc, who wears his hair in a low bun, spends his days tracking the wall’s environmental damage, from waterway pollution to disruptions of migration patterns. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2022 While the Suez Canal and the Panama Canal have some unifying features, there are also key differences between the Egyptian waterway and the South American channel. Francesca Street, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Both were abandoned in 1855, and when the waterway closed for public health purposes in 1871, it was quickly filled in. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2022 Once the road reached the river, loggers would use the waterway to penetrate the rain forest and fell mahogany, cedar and other trees. Carolina Schneider Comandulli, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2022 When prospector Joe McGahy was discovered dead in a stream northwest of Wiseman, the waterway became known as Deadman Creek. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Apr. 2022 The waterway needed cleaning up, but Buffalo Bayou Partnership was working on that. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of waterway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Waterway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterway. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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wa·​ter·​way | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌwā How to pronounce waterway (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of waterway

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

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