backwaters1) N-COUNT: usu with supp A backwater is a place that is isolated.
...a quiet rural backwater.2) N-COUNT: usu with supp (disapproval) If you refer to a place or institution as a backwater, you think it is not developing properly because it is isolated from ideas and events in other places and institutions.
Britain could become a political backwater with no serious influence in the world...
This agency will be relegated to the backwaters of Washington...
Quebec remained a backwater until the 1960s.
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Backwater — or Backwaters may refer to:* Backwater (Brian Eno), a song by Brian Eno * Backwater (novel), a novel by Joan Bauer * Backwater (single), a song recorded by the Meat Puppets * Backwater Reservoir, a reservoir in north west Angus, Scotland *… … Wikipedia
backwater — [bak′wôt΄ər] n. 1. water moved backward or held back by a dam, tide, etc. 2. stagnant water in a small stream or inlet 3. a place or condition regarded as stagnant, backward, etc. [a cultural backwater] adj. like a backwater; backward … English World dictionary
Backwater — Back wa ter, n. [Back, a. or adv. + water. ] 1. Water turned back in its course by an obstruction, an opposing current, or the flow of the tide, as in a sewer or river channel, or across a river bar. [1913 Webster] 2. An accumulation of water… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
backwater — late 14c., water behind a dam, from BACK (Cf. back) + WATER (Cf. water). Hence flat water without a current near a flowing river, as in a mill race (1820); figurative use of this for any flat, dull place is from 1899 … Etymology dictionary
backwater — ► NOUN 1) a part of a river not reached by the current, where the water is stagnant. 2) a place or state in which no development is taking place … English terms dictionary
backwater — n. a cultural backwater * * * [ bækˌwɔːtə] a cultural backwater … Combinatory dictionary
backwater — /bak waw teuhr, wot euhr/, n. 1. water held or forced back, as by a dam, flood, or tide. 2. a place or state of stagnant backwardness: This area of the country is a backwater that continues to resist progress. 3. an isolated, peaceful place. 4. a … Universalium
backwater — 1. noun a) The water held back by a dam or other obstruction Its a volume for those who delight in exploring the backwaters of nineteenth century opera b) A remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.… … Wiktionary
backwater — back|wa|ter [ˈbækwo:tə US wo:tər, wa: ] n 1.) a very quiet place not influenced by outside events or new ideas used to show disapproval ▪ a rural backwater 2.) a part of a river away from the main part, where the water does not move … Dictionary of contemporary English
backwater — back|wa|ter [ bæk,wɔtər ] noun singular 1. ) a place, situation, or organization in which nothing exciting or important happens, and in which people still have old fashioned ideas: The city was seen as a provincial backwater. 2. ) an area of… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English