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the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal

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Forecasters are warning anyone living near waterways in the Carolinas to seek higher ground, and that means trouble for some of the poorest communities in eastern North Carolina and South Carolina. Fox News, "Florence poses a new threat for rural, struggling towns," 12 Sep. 2018 The contaminants reached to Newark Bay and other waterways, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has designated the area a Superfund site. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "Agent Orange’s Other Legacy—a $12 Billion Cleanup and a Fight Over Who Pays," 3 Dec. 2018 Two B-52s flew over the strategic waterway claimed by China earlier this week in what the Pentagon called a routine mission. Fox News, "China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as 'provocative'," 27 Sep. 2018 Key roads and bridges were also damaged, and debris blocked the Newport News Channel and other waterways. Jeff Martin, The Seattle Times, "In simulation, Category 4 hurricane devastated East Coast," 11 Sep. 2018 Almost the whole of Florida is alligator habitat, and the state is smothered with housing developments rimming the shores of tens of thousands of lakes, ponds, river, canals and other waterways gators call home. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Wildlife is wild, so admire from afar," 13 June 2018 Aside from the Patapsco River, there are four other smaller waterways running through and around the Ellicott. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "'It's even worse': Ellicott City, still recovering from 2016 flood, hammered again," 28 May 2018 This plastic is extremely common, with over a million bottles sold per year, so learning how to break it down would go a long way toward making our oceans and other waterways a little less polluted. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Accidentally Find Enzyme to Break Down Plastic," 17 Apr. 2018 According to Hitzroth, those rules have in part help stem the spread of invasive species into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Volunteers, officials, consultants share strategies for healthy lakes," 15 Apr. 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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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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