from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A navigable body of water, such as a river, channel, or canal.
  • n. A channel at the edge of a ship's deck to drain away water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A body of water, such as a river, channel or canal, that can be navigated by boats or ships.
  • n. A conduit or watercourse, such as on the deck of a ship, to drain water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Same as water course.
  • n. Heavy plank or timber extending fore and aft the whole length of a vessel's deck at the line of junction with the sides, forming a channel to the scuppers, which are cut through it. In iron vessels the waterway is variously constructed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A channel or passage of water; a water-route; specifically, that part of a river, arm of the sea, or the like through which vessels enter or depart; the fairway.
  • n. In ship-building, a name given to the thick planks at the outside of the deck, worked over the ends of the beams, and fitting against the inside of the top-timbers, to which, as well as to the ends of the beams, they are bolted, thus forming an important binding.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a navigable body of water
  • n. a conduit through which water flows


water + way (Wiktionary)


  • Situated at the big bay end of the waterway is the beach house where the television program, McHale's Navy, was filmed.

    Tenacatita: hidden jewel

  • • Navigability determines whether a waterway is public or private.

    Wisconsin's Wet Feet Law

  • • A waterway is navigable if it has a bed and banks and it is possible to float a canoe or other small craft at sometime of the year — even if only during spring floods.

    Wisconsin's Wet Feet Law

  • • A waterway is navigable if it has a bed and banks and it is possible to fl oat a canoe or other small craft at sometime of the year — even if only during spring floods.

    Wisconsin's Wet Feet Law

  • In the state that I live in a waterway is public domain as long as it is considered a non-meandering waterway.

    On Stream Rights In Utah

  • It looks like if this passes in Utah then those landowners should have to buy property the waterway is on and the water that flows onto the property.

    On Stream Rights In Utah

  • It was realized that, should Americans invade again, Canada would be hard pressed to bring men and materiel through the rough country should Americans block access to the main waterway, the St. Lawrence River.

    PhotoHunter: Lock(s) « Mudpuddle

  • It is part of a waterway from the Mississippi in to Oklahoma.

    PhotoHunter: Lock(s) « Mudpuddle

  • Land on the Ketchikan side of the waterway is however, a finite resource.

    Think Progress » Sen. Stevens doesn’t have to retire.

  • The underground waterway is the largest in the world and sports five 32m diameter, 65m deep concrete containment silos which are connected by 64 kilometers of tunnel sitting 50 meters beneath the surface.

    Boing Boing: November 21, 2004 - November 27, 2004 Archives


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  • from South Carolina, yes. I am going fishing next month down there, assuming no hurricanes, which can be a big assumption this time of year, but yes, the fishing is great, the seafood cooking even better. You should try shrimp & grits, an old Charleston recipe. In Charleston, recipes are referred to as "receipts." In fact the most famous (IMHO) cookbook in the world was published by the Junior League of Charleston in 1950. Called "Charleston Receipts," it is a delightful compilation of Lowbountry, South Carolina, treats for palate and tummy. It has lovely art work from masters now deceased and the style of the book is delightfully ancient and old-school. Whether you are a gourmet or a gourmand, you will be pleased. Reading the local patois spelled out in the book is a treat, too. I might add that the nice thing about Charlestonians is that their taste is not just in their mouths.

    August 19, 2008

  • Logos, let me guess: you're from Charleston? ;-)

    August 19, 2008

  • On the East Coast we have the Intracoastal Waterway. It runs from Maine to Florida, I believe. Running along Charleston, SC, the most beautiful American city extant, it is a great place to troll and fish, and to crab and go oystering. People use it to avoid the rough seas of the Atlantic.

    August 19, 2008

  • Mmmm, water.

    August 19, 2008