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the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal
Recent Examples on the Web Authorities in multiple states reported deaths in crashes on icy roads , including two people whose vehicle slid off a road and overturned in a waterway in Kentucky on Sunday, state police said. Bryan Anderson, Star Tribune, "Millions endure record cold without power; at least 20 dead," 16 Feb. 2021 Congress ratified the compact in 1958 to promote the development of the waterway and its economic and trade potential. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Ivey to chair 4-state Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Authority this year," 4 Jan. 2021 That means public waters laws apply to protect fish and the waterway ecology, and to control chemicals and sediments. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Creek or a ditch? The fight over Limbo Creek could change the fate of hundreds of Minnesota waterways," 7 Nov. 2020 The National Water Trails System, a separate entity that launched under the National Park Service in 2012, also spearheads waterway restoration and conservation across the country. Stephanie Vermillion, National Geographic, "See New England’s vibrant fall foliage on an epic canoe trail," 1 Oct. 2020 Then on June 1, Trump signed an executive order curtailing the rights of states, tribes and the public to object to possible waterway pollution from energy projects, an order that could negate the need for the very permit Oregon is withholding. Lee Van Der Voo, ProPublica, "It’s His Land. Now a Canadian Company Gets to Take It.," 1 Oct. 2011 Only the first of a half-dozen segments has been completed to transform the drab ditch into the San Pedro Creek Culture Park, a waterway lined with walking paths, benches and murals. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Where S.A. could see lower speed limits," 14 Jan. 2021 Like many of North Florida’s rivers, the waterway eventually joins the Gulf. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Trailahassee: Bike, hike, paddle and drive North Florida’s hundreds of trails," 2 Dec. 2020 People shared rumors that bodies were dumped in the waterway, which some sardonically referred to as Venice. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Getting ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Out of One of America’s Dirtiest Waterways," 19 Nov. 2020

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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 1 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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