open water

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open water (usually uncountable, plural open waters)

  1. An expanse of an ocean, sea, or large lake which is distant from shore and devoid of nearby islands or other obstructions.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, ch. 13:
      Gaining the more open water, the bracing breeze waxed fresh; the little Moss tossed the quick foam from her bows, as a young colt his snortings.
  2. In a river, pond, or other small body of water, an area of surface unobstructed by aquatic vegetation, boulders, and the like, adequate for navigation or swimming.
    • 1916, Joseph A. Altsheler, The Hunters of the Hills, ch. 1:
      Willet sent the canoe through the open water between the tall reeds.
  3. (chiefly Canada) An area of an ocean, sea, lake, or river which is not covered by ice.

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