waterway

noun
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

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the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal

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Zoning regulations prohibit advertising on waterways throughout most of the city, including along residential and commercial zones and in view of highways and bridges, according to city officials. ... Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Sues to Stop Digital Billboards From Cruising Rivers," 27 Mar. 2019 Sturgeon for 40 years hunted moose along the Nation River, a waterway within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in northeast Alaska. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska moose-hunter can ‘rev up’ his hovercraft, court rules," 27 Mar. 2019 That the world’s waterways are overwhelmed with plastic debris that breaks down into microscopic beads, killing off sea and avian life at a terrifying rate. Steve Friess, SELF, "Why Environmentalist Lizzie Carr Is Paddleboarding 170 Miles Down the Hudson River," 7 Sep. 2018 The utter thrill of seeing this interconnected waterway; the amphitheater-like structure, with the sprinkler in the middle, which then fed into a channel, letting the water flow down to a geometric wading pool. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 The chemicals seep into soils, waterways, sediments and groundwater; some are incinerated, generating air pollution. Michael Casey, The Seattle Times, "EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks," 12 Feb. 2019 Muddy and shallow, the revered waterway runs south from the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea through Jordan, Israel, Syria, and Palestine. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Family Flew in Special Water for Prince Louis's Christening Today," 10 July 2018 The waterway also functioned as a dividing line between white and Latino settlements. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A new riverfront park aims to build bridges, not barriers, for immigrants," 7 May 2018 Those waterways formed natural highways for a village nestled among the hills at the northeastern tip of Appalachia. Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg.com, "America’s Last-Ditch Climate Strategy of Retreat Isn’t Going So Well," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of waterway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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waterway

noun

English Language Learners Definition of waterway

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

waterway

noun
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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