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the Erie Canal was superseded by a much larger waterway, the New York State Barge Canal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 Countless other chemical companies also have facilities along the waterway. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Science and steely nerves spared Houston from a nightmare hurricane evacuation," 1 Sep. 2020 High winds left an out-of-service oil rig blocking navigation on the Calcasieu Ship Channel, an important waterway that serves the Port of Lake Charles. Tyler Bridges, NOLA.com, "Why Louisiana delegation believes Congress will authorize Hurricane Laura disaster aid," 28 Aug. 2020 In Texas, the border is the Rio Grande, and building a stable wall close to a waterway requires some extra considerations. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Privately Built Border Wall Will Fail, Engineering Report Shows," 3 Sep. 2020 Stilwell kept the focus on economic and political disputes with China, identifying Washington as a partner with countries suffering from the construction of Chinese dams on the Mekong River, a major Southeast Asian waterway that originates in China. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘There’s a choice’: US warns Southeast Asia not to get steamrolled by China," 3 Sep. 2020 The countries have recently stepped up military actions in the narrow waterway. Nectar Gan, CNN, "US sanctions 24 Chinese companies over South China Sea island building," 27 Aug. 2020 The locks are spaced roughly 10 miles apart along the 100-mile waterway. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Exploring Jesse Owens State Park: Ohio’s newest preserve features the Big Muskie Bucket plus fishing, hunting, camping," 20 Aug. 2020 By removing the tapeworms from the fish, scientists can tell which chemicals have been contaminating the waterway over time. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Should We Conserve Parasites? Apparently, Yes," 13 Aug. 2020 Limestone Branch in Loudoun County, just north of Leesburg, rose more than 9.5 feet, making the waterway reach 10.15 feet. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Nine rescued amid flash-flooding as creek rises 9½ feet in Loudoun County," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of waterway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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20 Sep 2020

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“Waterway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterway. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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