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
Water backed up or retarded in its course as compared with its normal or natural condition of flow In stream gaging, a rise in stage produced by a temporary obstruction such as ice or weeds, or by the flooding of the stream below The difference between the observed stage and that indicated by the stage-discharge relation, isreported as backwater
Water in a stream which stops in its flow or runs back toward its source due to an obstruction (dam, etc)
Stagnant water in a small stream or inlet; water moved backwards or held back by a dam, tide, etc
a body of water that was created by a flood or tide or by being held or forced back by a dam; "the bayous and backwaters are breeding grounds for mosquitos"
any backward region that is isolated from the world and resists progress a body of water that was created by a flood or tide or by being held or forced back by a dam; "the bayous and backwaters are breeding grounds for mosquitos
disapproval If you refer to a place or institution as a backwater, you think it is not developing properly because it is isolated from ideas and events in other places and institutions. Britain could become a political backwater with no serious influence in the world
Shallow,slow-moving water associated with a river but outside the river's main channel
a section of water with an elevation that is increased above normal because of a condition downstream (such as a flood or an ice jam) or because of stream-width contraction beneath a bridge)
to place a culvert or use a weir such that there will always be some depth of water within the culvert
(1) A small, generally shallow body of water attached to the main channel, with little or no current of its own, or (2) A condition in subcritical flow where the water surface elevation is raised by downstream flow impediments
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