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tailwater

Line breaks: tail|water
Pronunciation: /ˈteɪlwɔːtə
 
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Definition of tailwater in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The water in a mill race below the wheel, or in a canal below a lock: the pewter calm of the tailwater [count noun]: trout thrive in the dam’s tailwaters
More example sentences
  • From 9pm, on January 2, to 9am, on January 4, the headwater at Boulters had risen ten inches, and the tailwater by 17 ins - this represented the peak at Boulters.
  • While a lower section of the river might be covered with ice, the tailwater remains fishable all year.
  • If the tailwater is fairly constant, you can set a fixed tailwater elevation for each pond.

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