dead water
1) unmoving water in a water body
2) the eddy water behind the stern of a boat

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • Dead water — is the nautical term for a strange phenomenon which can occur when a layer of fresh or brackish water rests on top of denser salt water, without the two layers mixing. A ship powered by direct thrust under the waterline (such as a propeller),… …   Wikipedia

  • Dead water — Dead Dead (d[e^]d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. de[ a]d; akin to OS. d[=o]d, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dau[eth]r, Sw. & Dan. d[ o]d, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning to die. See {Die}, and cf. {Death}.] 1. Deprived of life;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dead-water — deadˈ waˈter noun 1. Still water 2. Eddy water closing in behind a ship s stern • • • Main Entry: ↑dead …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead water — noun 1. : standing or still water 2. : slack water, neap tide 3. : the mass of eddying water formed along a ship s sides in her progress through the water …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead water — /dɛd ˈwɔtə/ (say ded wawtuh) noun water which impedes the movement of a ship, comprising a layer of fresh or brackish water, as from a rapidly melting glacier, on top of a denser layer of salt water; the ship s propeller creates turbulence… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dead water — 1. water eddying beside a moving hull, esp. directly astern. 2. a part of a stream where there is a slack current. [1555 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • dead water — noun The eddying water under a slow moving ships counter …   Wiktionary

  • dead water —    Standing, stagnant water [16] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • dead water — eddy water that closes in under a ship s stern when sailing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dead water — noun still water without any current …   English new terms dictionary

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