[hed-waw-terz, -wot-erz]

plural noun

Sometimes headwater. the upper tributaries of a river.

Origin of headwaters

1525–35; head + waters, plural of water
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  • Will look up data for coming exploration of Amazon headwaters.

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis

  • I mean to do all a man can to make the headwaters of the Theton River.

    The Heart of Unaga

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The city lay on the headwaters of the river under the great mountains.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan

  • Already he had a great trade on the lakes, and to the headwaters of the Mississippi.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

  • At the headwaters of Huckleberry Creek in the northeastern part of the Park.

British Dictionary definitions for headwaters


pl n

the tributary streams of a river in the area in which it rises; headstreams
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Word Origin and History for headwaters

1530s; see head (n.) + water (n.).

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