- water moved backward or held back by a dam, tide, etc.
- stagnant water in a small stream or inlet
- a place or condition regarded as stagnant, backward, etc.: a cultural backwater
Backwater in a tropical forest.
A lagoon that was formed when a sand bar interrupted the return flow to the ocean is an example of backwater.
- a. Water held or pushed back by or as if by a dam or current.b. A body of water thus formed.c. An inlet or side channel, as on a river, that has little or no current.
- A place or situation regarded as isolated, stagnant, or backward: “The running of family fortunes has always been a backwater—albeit a lucrative one—of the investment management business” ( Business Week )
- A rowing or paddling stroke in which the oar or paddle is pushed forward, used to check a boat's forward motion or move it backward.
(third-person singular simple present backwaters, present participle backwatering, simple past and past participle backwatered)
- To row or paddle a backwater stroke.
- (idiomatic) To vacillate on a long-held position.
- It's a backwater AOC in France but don't stick one's Gallic nose up at the region, there are good-value wines to be found and this Rosè from Mas Grand Plagniol is one of them, blended from Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault.
- Abrams Star Trek film, a nod was made to Enterprise when Scotty revealed he was assigned to the backwater station after transporting Admiral Archer's favorite beagle somewhere into the ether.
- Unfortunately for Jill, Rex' ex-cellmate hired a waitress from a backwater who bore some resemblance to Katherine and helped her to take over Katherine's life.
- Meshra-er-Rek, the chief station and trading centre of the first European visitors to the country, is on a backwater south of this lake.
- Here it broadens into Lake Ibrahim (Kioga) (in reality a vast backwater of the Nile discovered by Colonel Chaille Long in 1874), and continues navigable (save for sudd obstacles at times) right through Lake Ibrahim and thence northwards for loo m.