water power

or wa·ter·pow·er

  1. the power of water used, or capable of being used, to drive machinery, turbines, etc.
  2. a waterfall or descent in a watercourse capable of being so used.
  3. a water right possessed by a mill.

Origin of water power

First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for water power

Historical Examples of water power

  • Water-power was used, and the work of manufacture began at once.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • There were plans for working the waggons along the line by water-power.

  • I will take a trip to the Falls first; I 'd like to show you that water-power.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • Dams should be built to take advantage of every opportunity for water-power.

    Checking the Waste

    Mary Huston Gregory

  • Gas and oil will also be saved by the greater use of water-power.

    Checking the Waste

    Mary Huston Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for water power

water power

  1. the power latent in a dynamic or static head of water as used to drive machinery, esp for generating electricity
  2. a source of such power, such as a drop in the level of a river, etc
  3. the right to the use of water for such a purpose, as possessed by a water mill
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