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meanings of backwater


  1. The water held back by a dam or other obstruction.
  2. A rowing stroke in which the oar is pushed forward to stop the boat; see back water.
  3. A remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.


  1. To row or paddle a backwater stroke.
  2. To vacillate on a long-held position.