[ tahl-veg, -veyk ]

  1. a line, as drawn on a map, connecting the lowest points of a valley.

  2. Chiefly International Law. the middle of the main navigable channel of a waterway that serves as a boundary line between states.

Origin of thalweg

1860–65; <German, equivalent to Thal, now obsolete spelling of Tal valley (cognate with dale) + Wegway1

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How to use thalweg in a sentence

  • The thalweg has been frequently confirmed as the accepted boundary where no conventions to the contrary existed.

    International Law | George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker

British Dictionary definitions for thalweg



/ (ˈtɑːlvɛɡ) /

noungeography rare
  1. the longitudinal outline of a riverbed from source to mouth

  2. the line of steepest descent from any point on the land surface

Origin of thalweg

C19: from German, from Thal valley + Weg way, path

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Scientific definitions for thalweg


[ tälvĕg′ ]

  1. The line defining the lowest points along the length of a river bed or valley, whether underwater or not.

  2. A subterranean stream following a course similar to that of an overlying surficial stream.

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