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[hed-waw-terz, -wot-erz] /ˈhɛdˌwɔ tərz, -ˌwɒt ərz/
plural noun
Sometimes, headwater. the upper tributaries of a river.
Origin of headwaters
1525-35; head + waters, plural of water Unabridged
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  • Glacier's water can be considered the headwaters of the entire continent.
  • The headwaters are unimpaired, with the exception of a number of reservoirs.
  • Reaching the headwaters, the soldiers disembarked and marched either along the river or on the canyon rim overlooking it.
  • Determine whether your watershed is a headwaters watershed or whether other watersheds are present upstream of your watershed.
  • National and regional spatial coverages are known to underestimate the extent of headwaters.
British Dictionary definitions for headwaters


plural noun
the tributary streams of a river in the area in which it rises; headstreams
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Word Origin and History for headwaters

1530s; see head (n.) + water (n.).

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