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Definition of open water in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A stretch of water which is not enclosed by land, ice, or other barriers: most Antarctic birds fly to open water north of the ice
More example sentences
  • It is a mile long and the problem with any stretch of open water like this is that it is dangerous to swim there.
  • The Royal Navy classifies the stretch of open water - widely regarded one of the most dangerous in the world - as ‘un-navigable’.
  • At night the ship just steams away towards the bright lights of Florida and just when you think it is going to run aground on the beach you realise that you have gone between the hotels and are in a large stretch of open water.
1.1Canadian The melting of ice on rivers and lakes in spring.
Example sentences
  • Pussywillows, bicycles and open water mean that spring has officially arrived in Dawson.
  • It was open water by mid-Sunday at the Klondike River Bridge across the Dempster Highway, 40 km south of Dawson.
  • Doig said around the Cape Mercy area there's open water with active ice movement, and unpredictable weather.

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