Definition of waterhole in US English:



  • A depression in which water collects, especially one from which animals regularly drink.

    • ‘Along the Gulf coast there are commercial fishing camps, a large prawning fleet, based in Karumba, and a steady trickle of recreational fishermen to the river estuaries and waterholes.’
    • ‘Do they have to put special signs up early in the morning or late in the evening because that is when animals tend to go to the waterholes?’
    • ‘Common partially articulated remains of small to medium-sized tetrapods possibly represent animals drawn to the waterhole during drought when surface water was scarce elsewhere.’
    • ‘Many precious waterholes, lagoons, creeks, and rivers were named after them.’
    • ‘The Chichghat valley is a dense natural forest with ponds and waterholes, grasslands and meadows.’
    • ‘They would carry a block of ochre to the nearest waterhole or spring, mix ochre and water into a paste and shape it again into a block, with a slight hollow at the bottom.’
    • ‘But consider that humans are far from the swiftest creatures around, and much hunting by our ancestors may have consisted of setting traps, waiting at waterholes and so on rather than tracking animals over meandering paths.’
    • ‘Or, a cottonwood grove could shade a permanent spring, even though the waterhole was likely trampled by thousands of buffalo hooves.’
    • ‘The best time to travel is over the dry months of March to October, when it is easier to see animals at waterholes.’
    • ‘Swala, deep in the bush, overlooks a waterhole and so attracts many animals.’
    • ‘The upper Murrumbidgee River became a chain of waterholes: by year's end reservoirs fell to levels not known for many years.’
    • ‘However, seasonally flowing rivers with perennial waterholes are also characteristic of more humid parts of Australia.’
    • ‘Throughout the deserts it was only dependably found at some waterholes and at various springs associated with oases.’
    • ‘Baboons drink out of the waterholes in the spring where the Richardsons had set up their camp.’
    • ‘This often takes hours because of the distances across the property, but the muddy and drying waterholes are a danger point for animals, because they get bogged in the mud.’
    • ‘And they never come to waterholes in the dark, ever.’
    • ‘The Waterhole is an exhibition that teaches young children about the importance of waterholes to Australian native animals.’
    • ‘Much of their journey was spent struggling with sheer physical discomfort while camping alone for extended periods at remote desert waterholes.’
    • ‘October is described as the month of madness when tempers are short and everything is just in short supply - water is down in the waterholes, pans and rivers.’
    • ‘Aboriginal people have countless names for rivers, waterholes and hills.’