BACK-WATER. That water in a stream which, in consequence of some obstruction below, is detained or checked in its course, or reflows.
     2. Every riparian owner is entitled to the benefit of the water in its natural state. Whenever, therefore, the owner of land dams or impedes the water in such a manner as to back it on his neighbor above, he is liable to an action; for no one has a right to alter the level of the water, either where it enters, or where it leaves his property. 9 Co. 59; 1 B. & Ald. 258; 1 Wils. R. 178; 6 East, R. 203; 1 S. & Stu. 190.; 4 Day, R. 244; 7 Cowen, R. 266; 1 Rawle, R. 218; 5 N. R. Rep. 232; 9 Mass. R. 316; 7 Pick. R. 198; 4 Mason, R. 400; 1 Rawle, R. 27; 2 John. Ch. R. 162, 463; 1 Coxe's. R. 460. Vide, Dam; Inundation; Water-course; and 5 Ohio R. 322.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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He would always creep in-shore like some uncomfortable amphibious creature, even when the tide would have sent him fast upon his way; and I always think of him as coming after us in the dark or by the back-water, when our own two boats were breaking the sunset or the moonlight in mid-stream.
The more distant view ranged over the flat eastward country beyond, speckled with its scattered little villages; crossed and recrossed by its network of "back-waters"; and terminated abruptly by the long straight line of sea-wall which protects the defenseless coast of Essex from invasion by the sea.
Eat and be eaten was fair law along the river, and the Jackal came in for his share of plunder when the Mugger had finished a meal.) "I left that boat and went up-stream, and, when I had reached Arrah and the back-waters behind it, there were no more dead English.
13-year-old orphan, Davy David ekes out an existence on the fringes of life in the back-water town of Brownvale.
Rumney was a rural back-water in 1905 with much of the land given over to growing food for the fast expanding population of Cardiff which was soon to swallow up the area's fields for housing.
The company provides professional installation of important flood control devices such as back-water valves and sump pumps.These devices can stop sewer back-ups and get rid of the water that usually goes to the weeping tile.
Shame it was all buried on the back-water of More 4, though.
"It is unlikely that such an investment would have been made if there was the likelihood of the area being over-run by barbarians at any stage and suggests that the North-East was not some dangerous back-water."
As a parent of teenagers looking for exciting career opportunities here in Pembrokeshire, I see Bluestone as a beacon of hope against a tendency for the region to continue its slide towards the status of a picturesque third-world back-water. The location of the project, despite the Park's objections, looks very logical to a layman.
Mr Birt's decision to duck face-to-face debate emerged yesterday after the Record revealed a BBC magazine had branded Scotland a back-water where sheep grazing was big news.
Poor old Mike, dumped by the voters from the Assembly cabinet and condemned for the rest of his career to the back-waters of Welsh politics, wants us to believe it was he who came up with the idea of a Minister for the Poor.