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water power

or waterpower

the power of water used, or capable of being used, to drive machinery, turbines, etc.
a waterfall or descent in a watercourse capable of being so used.
a water right possessed by a mill.
Origin of water power
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then began a vigorous fight against the position of the Service by the water-power interests.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • Its only rival was water-power—and water-power is not everywhere.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • If, now, energy from the water-power is to be transmitted over a distance of many miles, a new set of costs is to be met.

  • water-power companies and mill-owners are never careless of their interests.

    Farm drainage Henry Flagg French
  • The scope of the Federal jurisdiction is of first importance, because the water-power problem is, in the main, a National one.

  • There were plans for working the waggons along the line by water-power.

  • This energy, if derived from water-power, is all added to our assets instead of being lost.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • Dams should be built to take advantage of every opportunity for water-power.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • Steam-power soon became the chief reliance for sawing, but water-power will be largely used when the railroads penetrate inland.

    A Report on Washington Territory William Henry Ruffner
  • Undoubtedly the water-power will be largely employed for flouring-mills.

    The Seat of Empire Charles Carleton Coffin
British Dictionary definitions for water-power

water power

the power latent in a dynamic or static head of water as used to drive machinery, esp for generating electricity
a source of such power, such as a drop in the level of a river, etc
the right to the use of water for such a purpose, as possessed by a water mill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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