[waw-ter-hed, wot-er-]


the source of a river or stream.
a body of water dammed up for irrigation, to supply a garden, etc.

Origin of waterhead

First recorded in 1560–70; water + head
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for waterhead

Historical Examples of waterhead

  • Perhaps all the boats are engaged—and Billy Balmer is at the Waterhead.

  • The famous road engineer in our day, Macadam, born at Waterhead, was descended from this ancient family.

  • The wind is singing a wild tune to-night—cannot be colder on our own heaths—and the waves dash like our Waterhead.

    Hortus Inclusus

    John Ruskin

  • Looking back, Yewdale Crag stands finely over the waterhead; Brantwood is opposite.

    The Book of Coniston

    William Gershom Collingwood

  • Our old Waterhead Inn, where I was so happy playing in the boats, exists no more.

    The Life of John Ruskin

    W. G. Collingwood