Definition of Headwaters
1. Noun. The source of a river, the set of streams that feed into the river's beginning. ¹
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Definition of Headwaters
1. headwater [n] - See also: headwater
Medical Definition of Headwaters
1. Headwaters means non-tidal rivers, streams, and their lakes and impoundments, including adjacent wetlands, that are part of a surface tributary system to an interstate or navigable water of the U.S. Upstream of the point on the river or stream at which the average annual flow is less than five cubic feet per second. The Corps of Engineers may estimate this point from available data by using the mean annual area precipitation, area drainage basin maps, and the average runoff coefficient, or by similar means. For streams that are dry for long periods of the year, the Corps may establish the point where headwaters begin as that point on the stream where a flow of five cubic feet per second is equaled or exceeded 50% of the time. (09 Oct 1997)
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Literary usage of Headwaters
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Illustrated South America: A Chicago Publisher's Travels and Investigations by William Dickson Boyce (1912)
"headwaters OF THE AMAZON. A MANUFACTURER of witticisms has said that a woman ... Thus our party took the trail toward the headwaters of the Amazon with some ..."
2. A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements Until by Louis Houck (1908)
"CHAPTER VI Gulf claimed as a "Spanish Inland Sea"—Discovery of Mississippi made from headwaters to Sea—Indefatigable French Explorers of Canada— Rumors of ..."
3. Annual Report by Geological Survey of Canada (1906)
"... and currents of these waters, and also of the ice laden currents of Baffin bay and Davis strait. COUNTRY AROUND THE headwaters OF THE SEVERN RIVER. ..."
4. Contributions to Kentucky Geology: An Indexed Collection of All the Shorter by Willard Rouse Jillson (1920)
"The Migration of the headwaters Divide of Right Middle Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky.* The headwaters divides of many streams rising in the foothills of the ..."
5. Through the Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt (1914)
"CHAPTER IV THE headwaters OF THE PARAGUAY AT Corumba our entire party, and all their belongings, came aboard our good little river boat, ..."