waterway

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the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal

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The shallow inland ocean had a series of connected waterways, and the particular one in the Dakotas was likely to be freshwater rather than salt water, or a sort of brackish mix in between. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Shark Species Was Found in the Mud of Sue the T. Rex," 21 Jan. 2019 The waterways of Oak Ridge run with mercury left over from Y-12’s production of hydrogen bomb fuel in the 1950s and ’60s. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 Used as exfoliators in such personal care products as face washes and shower gels, these tiny plastic spheres often end up in waterways and oceans, with the potential to pass toxins to fish and humans. Bailey Bischoff, The Christian Science Monitor, "How the world made macro strides in curbing microbeads," 18 Apr. 2018 Harrington is an expert who got the idea after being called in to help clean up after the Gold King Mine blowout in southern Colorado, which unleashed toxic sludge into waterways. Alicia Acuna, Fox News, "Colorado town hopes to strike gold by converting abandoned mine into fresh water reservoir," 3 July 2018 Unlike plastic bags that are used in trash cans and ultimately contained in landfills, single use carry-out bags often end up blowing around streets, clogging storm drains and making their way into waterways. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "N.J. poised to impose 5-cent fee on plastic bags, so why aren't environmentalists happy?," 22 June 2018 More than a third of sewage treatment plants were unable to function after the hurricane, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, resulting in raw sewage flowing into waterways residents used for drinking and bathing. Scientific American, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back to Normal," 14 June 2018 Our streets are stained with oil that runs off into the waterways. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Bike Share Can Save Our Cities—If We Let It," 13 June 2018 More than a third of sewage treatment plants were unable to function after the hurricane, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, resulting in raw sewage flowing into waterways residents used for drinking and bathing. Time, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Is Slowly Returning To Normal. But Many Are Being Left Behind," 12 June 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 , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of waterway

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

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