Definition of waterway in US English:



  • 1A river, canal, or other route for travel by water.

    ‘the canal was a very successful commercial waterway’
    • ‘Others traveled further north along the Mississippi waterway.’
    • ‘Houses in the settlement are accessed by boats which travel on the waterways and canals within the community.’
    • ‘Together they came up with the canal idea as the Leeds-Liverpool waterway runs through the village.’
    • ‘Restorers of the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal want to expand their knowledge of the waterway's social history.’
    • ‘The waterway was extended when the Monklands Canal was joined to the Port Dundas basin in 1793, and the Union Canal at Camelon in 1822.’
    • ‘He became my much valued travel companion, and together we explored the waterways to evangelise.’
    • ‘Hundreds of tonnes of soil were also removed to make a 300-metre road along the river bank, reducing the width of the waterway to just two metres at places.’
    • ‘Manchester is already getting a new waterway linking the Ashton and Rochdale canals when the Cardroom estate is transformed into New Islington.’
    • ‘Several of the country's largest waterways, including the Yellow River, run dry before reaching the sea.’
    • ‘Locally the sluices and waterways from the flood plain to the river are in several cases clogged up.’
    • ‘Some US forces were north of the Euphrates River, but most were stuck south of the waterway as engineers tried to build a pontoon bridge there.’
    • ‘The town is near the Delaware and Hudson Canal, a commercial waterway that connected the two rivers.’
    • ‘Finland's 60,000 lakes are linked by short rivers, sounds, or canals to form busy waterways.’
    • ‘The canal boom revived the idea of a waterway between Manchester and Sowerby Bridge.’
    • ‘Somehow I would have thought that cycling would be an activity that would fit in easily with the ambience of the canals and waterways.’
    • ‘Three thousand fish have been released into the River Tame in Stockport to restore life to a waterway devastated by a major pollution incident earlier this year.’
    • ‘The new waterway would connect the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes with the Great Ouse River in Bedford.’
    • ‘It aims to expand uses of ancient waterways, to increase trade, travel and communication lines.’
    • ‘The code will supply unrestricted access to the country's inland waterways, including all rivers, canals and lochs.’
    • ‘The northern waterways were closed, the rivers and lakes being slowly choked by the encroaching winter ice.’
  • 2A thick plank or angle iron at the outer edge of the deck of a vessel, which joins the vessel's side to its deck and directs water overboard via the scuppers.