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


a river, canal, or other body of water serving as a route or way of travel or transport.
Shipbuilding. (in a steel or iron vessel) a depressed gutter at the edge of the deck inside the bulwarks, used especially when the decking is wooden.
a channel for vessels, as a fairway in a harbor.

Origin of waterway

before 950; Middle English; Old English wæterweg. See water, way1
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Historical Examples of waterway

  • They may be "The waterway is not clear," or "Small junks should anchor here."

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • Injuring any road, rail, or waterway, or means of communication.

    The Message

    Alec John Dawson

  • We get a waterway for large ships to within fifty miles of Damascus.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume II

    Demetrius Charles Boulger

  • They halted on the bridge and looked over the balustrade, up the waterway.

    The Mercenary

    W. J. Eccott

  • Now that the monks had the waterway and could get at their forests, they pushed the industry.

    The Book of Coniston

    William Gershom Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for waterway



a river, canal, or other navigable channel used as a means of travel or transport
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Word Origin and History for waterway

Old English wæterweg; see water (n.1) + way.

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