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  • To push on the oars when rowing a boat in order to stop it.
  • To reverse a previous opinion or stance


  • The water held back by a dam or other obstruction
  • A place that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.
  • A rowing stroke in which the oar is pushed forward to stop the boat; see back water
  • To row or paddle a backwater stroke.
  • To vaccillate on a long-held position.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Back"wa`ter (&?;), n. [Back, a. or adv. + -water.] 1. Water turned back in its course by an obstruction, an opposing current, or the flow of the tide, as in a sewer or river channel, or across a river bar.

2. An accumulation of water overflowing the low lands, caused by an obstruction.

3. Water thrown back by the turning of a waterwheel, or by the paddle wheels of a steamer.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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