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waterway

[waw-ter-wey, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌweɪ, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun
1.
a river, canal, or other body of water serving as a route or way of travel or transport.
2.
Shipbuilding. (in a steel or iron vessel) a depressed gutter at the edge of the deck inside the bulwarks, used especially when the decking is wooden.
3.
a channel for vessels, as a fairway in a harbor.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English wæterweg. See water, way1
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waterway

/ˈwɔːtəˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a river, canal, or other navigable channel used as a means of travel or transport
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Word Origin and History for water-way river

waterway

n.

Old English wæterweg; see water (n.1) + way.

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