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dead water

noun
1.
water eddying beside a moving hull, especially directly astern.
2.
a part of a stream where there is a slack current.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65
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  • Side slopes and bottoms of raceways must be smooth and uniform to minimize dead water areas.

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