Backwater meaning

băk'wô'tər, -wŏt'ər
The definition of backwater is a body of water that is held back by an obstruction such as a dam or tide.

A lagoon that was formed when a sand bar interrupted the return flow to the ocean is an example of backwater.

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A place or situation regarded as isolated, stagnant, or backward.
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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.
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Water held or pushed back by or as if by a dam or current.
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A body of water thus formed.
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Water moved backward or held back by a dam, tide, etc.
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Stagnant water in a small stream or inlet.
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A place or condition regarded as stagnant, backward, etc.

A cultural backwater.

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Like a backwater; backward.
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The water held back by a dam or other obstruction.
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(idiomatic) A remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.
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A rowing stroke in which the oar is pushed forward to stop the boat; see back water.
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To row or paddle a backwater stroke.
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(idiomatic) To vacillate on a long-held position.
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