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the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal

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Each house is just minutes from places to launch a boat or Jet Ski in the miles of beautiful Delta waterways throughout Discovery Bay. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Shared experience builds community," 30 Aug. 2019 When Henry Hudson landed in the 1600s in what is modern-day New York City, the waterways around the area were covered in oyster reefs. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Eat Oysters in New York City to Help Clean Up the City’s Waterways," 20 July 2019 But in the past five decades, the waterway has been cleaned up and revitalized. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga50, and other things to do Saturday, June 22," 22 June 2019 The busier waterway is not designed for ships of that size. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Tight squeeze: Supersized crude carrier calls on Texas City port," 22 June 2018 There was just one problem: Under Louisiana state law, any waterways that are accessible by boat are supposed to be public property, argued Carpenter—even what was previously unnavigable swampland. Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg.com, "The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change," 25 Apr. 2018 For decades, most coastal waterways were treated as public, regardless of ownership. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Lawmakers reject effort to make Louisiana coastal waters public," 18 Apr. 2018 In the Bay Area, major waterways such as the Russian River and Napa River are expected to swell but not overrun their banks, according to the California Nevada River Forecast Center. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Big storm raising flooding fears across Northern California," 4 Apr. 2018 The Strait of Hormuz, where war is most likely to break out, envelops the Emirati coastline and the UAE depends on the waterway for the trade on which its economy has soared. Washington Post, "The UAE’s ambitions backfire as it finds itself on the front line of U.S.-Iran tensions," 12 Aug. 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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