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waterhead

[waw-ter-hed, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌhɛd, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun
1.
the source of a river or stream.
2.
a body of water dammed up for irrigation, to supply a garden, etc.
Origin of waterhead
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; water + head
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  • Perhaps all the boats are engaged—and Billy Balmer is at the waterhead.

  • The famous road engineer in our day, Macadam, born at waterhead, was descended from this ancient family.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • The wind is singing a wild tune to-night—cannot be colder on our own heaths—and the waves dash like our waterhead.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • Looking back, Yewdale Crag stands finely over the waterhead; Brantwood is opposite.

    The Book of Coniston William Gershom Collingwood
  • Our old waterhead Inn, where I was so happy playing in the boats, exists no more.

    The Life of John Ruskin

    W. G. Collingwood

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