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the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal

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Russia scrambled military helicopters during the standoff, and Russian television showed war planes circling the Kerch Strait, a narrow waterway between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, where the Ukrainian ships were headed. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia Fires on Ukrainian Military Vessel Near Crimea," 25 Nov. 2018 The new waterway could be a luxurious Venetian canal. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Canal Would Turn Qatar into an Island," 17 Sep. 2018 The sudden appearance of the mine in a relatively high traffic waterway illustrates the danger that sea mines pose, decades after a war’s end. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sea Mine Sighted, Blown Up Off Washington Coast," 29 Aug. 2018 The two men lifted the jewels from locked glass boxes and made their getaway in a speedboat waiting at a nearby waterway, Sky News reported. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Swedish crown jewels stolen from 900-year-old church by speedboat-driving thieves," 1 Aug. 2018 Cross’ home faces Banks Channel, one of two waterways separating her barrier island community from North Carolina’s mainland. Jonathan Serrie, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence: Coastal town braces for monster storm," 12 Sep. 2018 Each player had to wear diving equipment and make it through a maze of dark waterways. Eddie Pells, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bond between players and coach may have saved Thai boy's lives," 13 July 2018 One caveat: For all the tranquility that a night or two at Collective Governors Island offers, late evening is also when nightlife on the waterways comes alive with party boats. Fortune, "'Glamping' Has Officially Come to New York City," 12 July 2018 Mura says testing has turned up no indication of waterways being contaminated by whiskey spilled in the second collapse. CBS News, "Torrents of alcohol gushed into retention ponds after Kentucky distillery collapse," 6 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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