American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A natural or artificial channel through which water flows.
- n. A stream or river.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stream of water; a river or brook.
- n. A channel or canal made for the conveyance of water, or serving for conveyance by water.
- n. In law, a stream of water, usually flowing in a definite channel having a bed and sides or banks, and usually discharging itself into some other stream or body of water. Bigelow. The condition of being occasionally dry does not deprive it of the character of a watercourse; but occasional flows of water caused by unusual rains, or melting of snow, and following a channel which is usually dry, do not constitute a watercourse. The owner of a watercourse has, within certain limits, a right to have it flow substantially unimpaired by the owners above and below. A grant of a watercourse may mean a grant of the easement or the right to the running of water; the channel which contains the water, the pipe, or drain; or the land over which the water flows. George Jessel, Master of the Rolls.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Shipbuilding) One of the holes in floor or other plates to permit water to flow through.
- A stream of water; a river or brook.
- A natural channel for water; also, a canal for the conveyance of water, especially in draining lands.
- (Law) A running stream of water having a bed and banks; the easement one may have in the flowing of such a stream in its accustomed course. A water course may be sometimes
- n. natural or artificial channel through which water flows
- n. a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
- n. a conduit through which water flows
- From water + course. (Wiktionary)
“This watercourse is the most contaminated in the country, its waters receives industrial waste from the numerous factories along the riverside, especially tanneries.”
“Each square metre of this totally unremarkable watercourse, is worthy of its own treatise; each unit area deserves its own magnus opus from a fluid dynamicist.”
“Spanning the watercourse was a beautiful multiarched aqueduct bridge built in the Carthaginian style, but sadly it was horribly broken in the middle.”
“Many a dry watercourse, that is now but a slight depression, could be utilised as a channel for conducting the flood waters to the back country.”
“The bank of a watercourse, which is the best of clues, affords the worst of paths, and is quite unfit to be followed at night.”
“UP on the high veld our rivers are apt to be strings of pools linked by muddy trickles -- the most stagnant kind of watercourse you would look for in a day's journey.”
“On leaving this we dug a hole and let the remainder of the water into it, in the hope of its longer continuance, and halted after a long journey in a valley in which there was a kind of watercourse with plenty of water, our latitude being 28 degrees 21 minutes 39 seconds.”
“watercourse' overlooked by us, up which the enemy may make his way.”
“GOL, a ford is a shallow place in a watercourse that people can walk through.”
“The Liffey flowed adjacently, by the steeples of Christchurch and Adam-and-Eve's, a dirty, eddying watercourse serenaded by the seagulls and the calls of the barge-men through its mizzle and stench.”
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