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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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Examples from the Web for watercourse

Historical Examples

  • 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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