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floodway

[ fluhd-wey ]
/ ˈflʌdˌweɪ /
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noun

the channel and adjacent shore areas under water during a flood, especially as determined for a flood of a given height.

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Origin of floodway

First recorded in 1885–90; flood + way1
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Scientific definitions for floodway

floodway
[ flŭdwā′ ]

A channel for an overflow of water caused by flooding.
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