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backwater

Noun

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 any backward region that is isolated from the world and resists progress

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Noun

  1. The water held back by a dam or other obstruction
  2. a remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.
    It's fun exploring the backwaters of Wiktionary and seeing what messes we find when we get there.
  3. A rowing stroke in which the oar is pushed forward to stop the boat; see back water

Verb

  1. To row or paddle a backwater stroke.
  2. To vacillate on a long-held position.

Extensive Definition

Backwater or Backwaters may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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