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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Backwater  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  backwater 
  n  :  any  backward  region  that  is  isolated  from  the  world  and 
  resists  progress 




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