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the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal

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Coastal engineers in Louisiana (currently facing Tropical Storm Barry) are working on ways to reestablish natural waterways that deposit sediment so islands and other buffers aren’t swept away. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Essential Arts: Fiery missives for Peter Zumthor and the architects of the Miracle Mile," 13 July 2019 That includes preparing to close the floodgates that stay open till the last minute as major oil companies that operate on nearby waterways shut down. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A Louisiana mayor fears torrential rain, not a tidal surge, will overwhelm his city's drainage pumping system," 12 July 2019 By October the group was referred to as the Grand Junction Task Group, a reference to the future crossing of the Monon and Midland trace pedestrian trails and local waterways. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Westfield mayor pushed for Grand Junction Plaza project. His two sons profited from the deal.," 11 July 2019 The incident is the latest near the Strait of Hormuz, which is a strategic waterway off Iran's coast and which separates the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. NBC News, "Iranian boats approached British tanker near Strait of Hormuz, officials say," 11 July 2019 Bridges are in good condition (just 6.2% in poor conditions) and its location alongside key waterways like the Ohio River and Lake Michigan earned it big points as well. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky and Indiana have the best infrastructure in the US — at least according to CNBC," 11 July 2019 The exhibit focused on water and its effects on society and also had a local component that showcased Baltimore County’s mill history along with a special lecture series focused on local waterways. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, "Young Cockeysville singer and octogenarian historian honored," 9 July 2019 Then Sunitha Pangala, a British postdoc researcher, spent two months traveling the Amazon’s waterways strapping gas-measuring equipment to thousands of trees. Fred Pearce, WIRED, "Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane," 9 July 2019 Vasi is at least the 17th person to die or go missing in a Colorado waterway this spring. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Man who died in Dinosaur National Monument rafting accident identified," 7 July 2019

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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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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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