• WordNet 3.6
    • n watercourse a conduit through which water flows
    • n watercourse a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
    • n watercourse natural or artificial channel through which water flows
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Watercourse (Shipbuilding) One of the holes in floor or other plates to permit water to flow through.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n watercourse A stream of water; a river or brook.
    • n watercourse A channel or canal made for the conveyance of water, or serving for conveyance by water.
    • n watercourse In law, a stream of water, usually flowing in a definite channel having a bed and sides or banks, and usually discharging itself into some other stream or body of water. Bigelow. The condition of being occasionally dry does not deprive it of the character of a watercourse; but occasional flows of water caused by unusual rains, or melting of snow, and following a channel which is usually dry, do not constitute a watercourse. The owner of a watercourse has, within certain limits, a right to have it flow substantially unimpaired by the owners above and below. A grant of a watercourse may mean a grant of the easement or the right to the running of water; the channel which contains the water, the pipe, or drain; or the land over which the water flows. George Jessel, Master of the Rolls.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Watercourse a course or channel for water
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæter; Dut. water, Ger. wasser; Gr. hydōr, L. udus, wet, unda, a wave, Sans. udan, water.


In literature:

SPRUIT A watercourse, sometimes dry.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
Flowers that I found in no other part of the wood, before the autumn came were blooming along the little watercourse.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
The ground sloped gently down from the terrace, and beyond the Court gardens were the low-lying meadows and shining watercourses.
"A Vanished Hand" by Sarah Doudney
It was still as dark as pitch, but soon they found themselves traveling up a sunken way that was evidently a dry watercourse.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
IT seems to me that the best way to get at the heart of any boy's town is to take its different watercourses and follow them into it.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
I ever after gave those inviting-looking spots a wide birth, as I found that they were regular watercourses.
"Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, in the Peninsula, France, and the Netherlands" by Captain J. Kincaid
An old watercourse, with sheer rock walls that formed the base of the Tooth itself.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Every old watercourse and even "tow-heads" of dying bushes that they came to did but each give them another disappointment.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
The dry watercourse proved unexpectedly good riding for the fleeing railroad men.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
Having gained the watercourse, it was an easy matter for them to continue onward until they reached the vicinity of the two bungalows.
"Dave Porter At Bear Camp" by Edward Stratemeyer

In poetry:

The wild March rains had fallen fast and long
The snowy mountains of the North among,
Making each vale a watercourse, each hill
Bright with the cascade of some new-made rill.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Adversity refines the soul,
Opens the watercourse where roll
The waves of after-joy. It sweeps
The earth's defilements as it flows,
And smooths the grave for sweet repose,
Where the world-wearied pilgrim sleeps.
"Adversity salutary" by John Bowring
And then the hunter's savoury fare at tranquil eventide,
The dappled deer I shot to-day upon the green hill-side:
My feasted hounds are slumbering round beside the watercourse,
And plenty of sweet prairie-grass for thee, my noble horse,--
"Adventure" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Underground aquifers are "watercourses" as defined by state law and as a result the Indiana Supreme Court says community officials have the ability to reasonably regulate how that water is taken out and used by other local governments.
WaterCourse Foods' Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos.
Well before the current taco trend took hold, I was already smitten with WaterCourse Foods' sweet potato-and- black bean tacos.
As of Friday, June 15, 2012, 08:01 a.m. Will rare sturgeon reappear in the River Raisin — a watercourse Native Americans once called "the river of sturgeon.".