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 (hĕd′wô′tər, -wŏt′ər)
n. often headwaters
The water from which a river rises; a source.
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pl n
1. (Physical Geography) the tributary streams of a river in the area in which it rises; headstreams
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(ˈhɛdˌwɔ tərz, -ˌwɒt ərz)

the upper tributaries of a river.
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[ˈhedˌwɔːtəz] NPLcabecera fsing (de un río)
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References in classic literature ?
Our grand master is still to be named; for like royal kings of old times, we find the headwaters of our fraternity in nothing short of the great gods themselves.
One of these branches rises in the west-southwest, near the headwaters of the Arkansas.
Mugambi, the ebon Hercules, who had shared the dangers and vicissitudes of his beloved Bwana, from Jungle Island, almost to the headwaters of the Ugambi, was the first to note the bold approach of the sinister caravan.
They told of how, armed only with a huge whip, he had been a match and more than a match for the best warriors of the tribe, and the news that they started spread rapidly down the river from one long-house to another until it reached the broad stream into which the smaller river flowed, and then it travelled up and down to the headwaters above and the ocean far below in the remarkable manner that news travels in the wild places of the world.
It was at this juncture that John Starhurst proclaimed that he would carry the Gospel from coast to coast of the Great Land, and that he would begin by penetrating the mountain fastnesses of the headwaters of the Rewa River.
He wished, he said, to ask Professor Challenger whether the results to which he had alluded in his remarks had been obtained during a journey to the headwaters of the Amazon made by him two years before.
All the same, some day I'm going to go over the Andes to the headwaters of the Amazon, all through the rubber country, an' canoe down the Amazon thousands of miles to its mouth where it's that wide you can't see one bank from the other an' where you can scoop up perfectly fresh water out of the ocean a hundred miles from land."
Headwaters Economics of Bozeman, Montana, recently concluded that, "As a group, formerly timber-dependent counties are not doing better or worse than the rest of the West." They also noted, "We found no statistically significant differences between timber and non-timber counties according to five measures of socioeconomic performance."
EDP Renewables, through its fully-owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America, announces that it has secured a 139 megawatt 15-year power purchase agreement with Facebook for the energy produced from its Headwaters II Wind Farm in Randolph County, Indiana.
As an award-winning singer/songwriter, international performer, multi-instrumentalist, vegetable farmer and promoter of the Davis Dyslexia Association, Roman brings it all back to his physical location." - Headwaters Inspired Project website
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