watercourse


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watercourse

1. a stream, river, or canal
2. the channel, bed, or route along which this flows

watercourse

[′wȯd·ər‚kȯrs]
(hydrology)
A stream of water.
A natural channel through which water may run or does run.
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Our progress along the steep watercourse was necessarily slow, and by noon we had not advanced more than a mile.
The valley was now before us; but instead of being conducted into its smiling bosom by the gradual descent of the deep watercourse we had thus far pursued, all our labours now appeared to have been rendered futile by its abrupt termination.
We followed the same watercourse as on the previous day, till it dwindled away, and we were then compelled to crawl blindly among the trees.
It was heavy, this vapour, heavier than the densest smoke, so that, after the first tumultuous uprush and outflow of its impact, it sank down through the air and poured over the ground in a manner rather liquid than gaseous, abandoning the hills, and streaming into the valleys and ditches and watercourses even as I have heard the carbonic-acid gas that pours from volcanic clefts is wont to do.
These industrious animals abounded in all the mountain streams and watercourses, wherever there were willows for their subsistence.
The mountains on either side were high, rough and barren, very black and gloomy in the shadow of the clouds, but all silver-laced with little watercourses where the sun shone upon them.
It isn't for men to make channels for God's Spirit, as they make channels for the watercourses, and say, 'Flow here, but flow not there.
In some great districts the Church owns all the property--lands, watercourses, woods, mills and factories.
For several days Tarzan traversed a country rich in game and watercourses.
Perhaps you understand the compass, and lay down the watercourses and mountains of the wilderness on paper, in order that they who follow may find places by their given names?
The doctor and the commandant looked everywhere about them; Gondrin's soldier's coat lay there beside a heap of black mud, and his wheelbarrow, spade, and pickaxe were visible, but there was no sign of the man himself along the various pebbly watercourses, for the wayward mountain streams had hollowed out channels that were almost overgrown with low bushes.
He loved to run down dry watercourses, and to creep and spy upon the bird life in the woods.