Definition of water power in English:

water power


  • Power that is derived from the weight or motion of water, used as a force to drive machinery.

    • ‘This is the estate of the First Lord Armstrong and it features the first house to be lit by electricity generated by water power as well as around 900 acres of grounds with 40 miles of drives.’
    • ‘The benefits of water power plus plentiful labor and building materials would have been obvious to any industrious resident with the requisite funds.’
    • ‘When people started coming, they would say, ‘It's lovely, but why aren't you using the water power?’’
    • ‘Large-scale water power and dam construction has brought big changes.’
    • ‘It was easier to devise machines to spin cotton than wool, and the desire to build cotton mills with powered machinery often entailed a move into remote upland districts to obtain water power, which caused problems in recruiting labour.’
    • ‘Capitalism existed before the Industrial Revolution, but its development was hampered by technologies limited to water power and a lack of surplus labor.’
    • ‘While Worcester had 7500 residents in 1840, its industrial development was hindered by lack of water power.’
    • ‘Personally, I would like to see an organic cafe powered by solar energy and water power.’
    • ‘New Lanark was dependent on water power rather than steam and was filled with workers who had to be literally imported into the area.’
    • ‘During the early nineteenth century steam engines gradually replaced water power as the favored source of power for manufacturing, and by 1899 steam engines were producing over eight million horsepower of energy for industrial uses.’
    • ‘Soon after cotton yarn was first spun by water power in 1790 at Slater Mill on the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, cotton mills began to spring up along the banks of rivers throughout Rhode Island.’
    • ‘There are other ways of conserving our energy, such as water power, and nuclear power stations, which the Government seem to be closing down.’
    • ‘Before this many factories depended on water power and were therefore sited in the countryside near swiftly flowing streams, where transport was difficult; moreover, production was always dependent upon the weather.’
    • ‘Steam engines were used first for pumping water from mines, and then in providing mechanical power for textile mills - hitherto driven by water power.’
    • ‘The Abbey covered a greater area right down to the river, possibly including the site of Martin's Distillery as all European monasteries of that era used water power for grinding corn and wheat.’
    • ‘Some industrial developments, for example, coal-mining and some manufacturing using water power, occurred in places where there was no previous settlement.’
    • ‘For example, if the United States financed projects in Indonesia to generate electricity from water power, it could record the emissions avoided in Indonesia as its contribution to lowering carbon levels.’
    • ‘Later, before the use of steam power, wind was used to power grain mills, oil presses, irrigation and drainage pumps in areas such as Holland, where climate or geography prevented the use of water power.’
    • ‘The city's first electricity was produced by water power from the power station, which is now the Mill pub, and gas was piped from the Gas Works in the St Paul's area of the city.’
    • ‘His idea was to use wind power and water power to operate pumps.’
    energy, electrical power, nuclear power, solar power, steam power
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water power

/ˈwɔdər ˌpaʊ(ə)r/