back-water

Water backed up by an obstruction in a stream.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • back water — To row or turn the paddle wheels backwards • • • Main Entry: ↑back * * * reverse the action of the oars while rowing, causing a boat to slow down or stop …   Useful english dictionary

  • back water — reverse the action of the oars to slow down or stop a boat. → back …   English new terms dictionary

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  • To back water — Back Back (b[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Backed} (b[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Backing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To get upon the back of; to mount. [1913 Webster] I will back him [a horse] straight. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To place or seat upon the back …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • back — back1 [bak] n. [ME bak < OE baec; akin to ON bak, OHG bahho] 1. the part of the body opposite to the front; in humans and many other animals, the part to the rear or top reaching from the nape of the neck to the end of the spine 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • back|wa|ter — «BAK WT uhr, WOT », noun, verb. –n. 1. a stretch of water held, pushed, or thrown back. 2. Figurative. a) a backward place: »The village was a backwater of civilization. b) a sluggish, stagnant condition or situation: »His job had drifted into a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • back-pad|dle — «BAK PAD uhl», intransitive verb, dled, dling. to back water. See under water. (Cf. ↑water) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Back — (b[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Backed} (b[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Backing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To get upon the back of; to mount. [1913 Webster] I will back him [a horse] straight. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To place or seat upon the back. [R.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • back — I. /bæk / (say bak) noun 1. the hinder part of the human body, extending from the neck to the end of the spine. 2. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back. 3. the rear portion of any part or organ of the body: the back of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • back — back1 backless, adj. /bak/, n. 1. the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine. 2. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back. 3. the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of …   Universalium

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