The difference between backwater and lake
is that "backwater" is the water held back by a dam or other obstruction and "lake" is a small stream of running water; a channel for water; a drain.
- The water held back by a dam or other obstruction
- (idiomatic) A remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.
- A rowing stroke in which the oar is pushed forward to stop the boat; see back water
- (small, backwards place): jerkwater town, one-horse town, Podunk
- remote place
- It’s a volume for those who delight in exploring the backwaters of nineteenth-century opera.
- Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
- To row or paddle a backwater stroke.
- (idiomatic) To vacillate on a long-held position.
- (now chiefly dialectal) A small stream of running water; a channel for water; a drain.
- A large, landlocked stretch of water.
- A large amount of liquid; as, a wine lake.
- (obsolete) A pit, or ditch
- Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days’ cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.
- So you punched out a window for ventilation. Was that before or after you noticed you were standing in a lake of gasoline?