watercourse

[waw-ter-kawrs, -kohrs, wot-er-]
noun
1.
a stream of water, as a river or brook.
2.
the bed of a stream that flows only seasonally.
3.
a natural channel conveying water.
4.
a channel or canal made for the conveyance of water.

Origin:
1500–10; water + course

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watercourse (ˈwɔːtəˌkɔːs)
 
n
1.  a stream, river, or canal
2.  the channel, bed, or route along which this flows

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Example sentences
If the water is silt and sediment free, it may be discharged directly to a watercourse.
If a watercourse borders two counties then hearings are held in each county to determine navigability.
Whether a watercourse exists must be determined from the applicable facts.
It is a manmade watercourse, such as figure largely in the crane catchment.
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