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[waw-ter-kawrs, -kohrs, wot-er-]
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  1. a stream of water, as a river or brook.
  2. the bed of a stream that flows only seasonally.
  3. a natural channel conveying water.
  4. a channel or canal made for the conveyance of water.
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Origin of watercourse

First recorded in 1500–10; water + course
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Related Words for watercourse

gully, creek, stream, sluice, canal, estuary, aqueduct, brook, channel, flume, conduit, gutter, culvert, inlet, chute, drain, gullet, trench, ravine, river

Examples from the Web for watercourse

Historical Examples of watercourse

  • The banks of the watercourse were steep, the bottom was sandy.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

    Thomas Mitchell

  • Away from the watercourse the grasses grew shorter and more slender.

  • He tore towards the watercourse in an agony lest he should be too late.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens

  • So far, however, the lads had remained on their side of the watercourse.

  • I fired and stepped back, falling, as I did so, into the watercourse.

British Dictionary definitions for watercourse


  1. a stream, river, or canal
  2. the channel, bed, or route along which this flows
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