Result from Foreign Dictionaries (2 entries found)
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Backwater \Back"wa`ter\, n. [Back, a. or adv. + -water. ]
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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
n 1: 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"
2: a place or condition in which no development or progress is
occurring; "the country is an economic backwater"
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