low water

water at its lowest level, as in a river.


low-water, adjective
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low water
1.  another name for low tide
2.  the state of any stretch of water at its lowest level
3.  a situation of difficulty or point of least success, excellence, etc

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Example sentences
Some of the many kinds of animals which live on the beach between high and low
  water mark seem to be rarely preserved.
There is not water enough in the creek at ordinary stages to run a coffee mill,
  and at low water there is none running whatever.
But artificially low water prices cause particular problems in developing
In addition, the current low water levels are making it harder for the gators
  to feed regularly and maintain their body weights.
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