Dead water

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(Naut.) the eddy water closing in under a ship's stern when sailing.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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I shot past the head at a ripping rate, the current was so swift, and then I got into the dead water and landed on the side towards the Illinois shore.
In the dead water, just inside its mouth, lay a tangled mass of tree trunks.
His iron claw made a circle of dead water round him, from which they fled like affrighted fishes.
Ex- treme patience and extreme care would see me through the region of broken land, of faint airs, and of dead water to where I would feel at last my command swing on the great swell and list over to the great breath of regular winds, that would give her the feeling of a large, more intense life.
I am, however, afraid that most of us are fated to flounder for ever in the dead water of a pool whose shores are arid indeed.
The 51-year-old ate two beachworms, a dead water spider, a goat eye, a fermented duck egg and a bull's penis in last night's bush tucker trial and spoke of a road adventure with husband Scott.
Other animals discovered were three dead water monitors weighing 3kg combined, and one live turtle weighing 0.5kg in the sacks.
And he added that trials would take place to see if dead water hyacinths could still remove toxic pollution, thereby removing the climate barrier.
The VWA alkaline water filter uses the patented and proprietary Total-Microorganism Pi to restore dead water into living water.
Pure water can be obtained by using a reverse osmosis filter, the gold standard of home water treatment, but for Singh, the goal is not pristine water, per se."You're going to get 99 percent of the bad stuff out," he said."But now you have dead water." He said"real water" should expire after a few months.
In the mid-1930s, he wrote and published his trilogy about Chengdu society during the Qing collapse--Ripples on Dead Water [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Sishui weilan), Before the Tempest [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Baofengyuqian), and The Great Wave.
"They won't be in slack water or dead water either.