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Meaning of BACKWATER

Pronunciation:  'bak`wotur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  any backward region that is isolated from the world and resists progress
 

BACKWATER is a 9 letter word that starts with B.

 

 See Also: region

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Back"wa`ter\, n. [Back, a. or adv. + -ward. ]
1. Water turned back in its course by an obstruction, an
   opposing current, or the flow of the tide, as in a sewer
   or river channel, or across a river bar.

2. An accumulation of water overflowing the low lands, caused
   by an obstruction.

3. Water thrown back by the turning of a waterwheel, or by
   the paddle wheels of a steamer.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. Water backed-up or retarded in its course as compared with its normal or natural condition of flow.
  2. Ponding of a stream above an unnatural constriction; the incremental depth caused thereby.
 
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