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navigable water

noun

any body of water that can be used by the public, esp. for commercial transportation

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  • "Pekin is not on navigable water, and we cannot go there in the ship," said he.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • A chart is a map of an ocean, bay, sound or other navigable water.

    Lectures in Navigation Ernest Gallaudet Draper
  • Altogether there are 1,100 miles of navigable water in this section.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • At first ice formed an obstacle, but on the 31st/20th July it broke up, and the navigable water became clear.

  • Every sheet of navigable water draws you with a marvellous attraction, fills you with an indescribable longing.

    Human Intercourse Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • Above the cascades, there stretch fresh reaches of navigable water, providing many paths into the far interior.

    South America and the War F. A. Kirkpatrick
  • The Kongo has a long stretch of navigable water, but is interrupted by rapids below Stanley Pool.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • My headquarters is at the head of navigable water about a hundred miles north of the Straits.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • It has no improvements thereon, but lies on navigable water, abounding in fish and oysters.

  • This completed, a short stretch of navigable water brought40 them to Isangila, 52 miles from Vivi.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd

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