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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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