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[teyl-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈteɪlˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
the water in a tailrace.
Origin of tailwater
1750-60; tail1 + water Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When the tailwater depth is low, culverts on mild or horizontal slopes will flow with critical depth near the outlet.
  • tailwater influenced formation of the scour hole and performance of the dissipator.
  • Individual polygon coverages were created for each reservoir and tailwater.
  • tailwater also influences the amount of energy dissipated.
  • tailwater control weirs offer an advantage over baffles in that they are located outside the culvert barrel.
  • As the tailwater level is slowly reduced, flow through the flume will increase but only up to a limiting value.
  • If the tailwater is recirculated, additional furrows should be irrigated in order to stretch limited water supplies.

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