wa·​ter·​way ˈwȯ-tər-ˌwā How to pronounce waterway (audio)
: a way or channel for water
: 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the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal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 Transiting the Suez Canal from Asia next year, for instance, will be 15% costlier, the waterway’s authority said in mid-October without explanation. Brendan Murray, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2023 If a strong El Niño develops this winter, NASA scientists said cities along the western coast could see an increase in the frequency of high-tide flooding that can turn roads into waterways and inundate low-lying structures. Denise Chow, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 In other good news for supporters of free-flowing, unimpeded waterways, Politico notes that the first of four dams being dismantled along the Klamath River, in the California-Oregon border region, has now come down. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Algae growing on their backs helps them camouflage when dangling motionless in the water or lying on the muddy bottom of a waterway ready to ambush an unsuspecting victim. Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 1 Nov. 2023 On Friday, as police divers searched nearby waterways and men in tactical gear swarmed neighboring communities in search of a killer, Maillet opened his store six miles outside of Lewiston, in Sabattus. Robert Klemko, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2023 The search is focused on the northern shore of the waterway. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 26 Oct. 2023 Renting an easy-to-drive Duffy Boat and navigating the local waterways at 5 mph is also a great way to spend a day. Nina Ruggiero, Travel + Leisure, 25 Oct. 2023 Some 158 riverside villages in the same region have been left stranded as waterways linking them to bigger towns have dried up, said Edivilson Braga, coordinator of the local civil defense service. Manuela Andreoni, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of waterway was in the 14th century

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“Waterway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterway. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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wa·​ter·​way ˈwȯt-ər-ˌwā How to pronounce waterway (audio)
: a channel for water
: a body of water through which ships can travel

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