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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bak-water, -watter, n. [ME. bakwatere (1387), e.m.E. backwater (1577).] Excess water in a mill-race. Also fig. Also attrib. with clous. 1566 Peebles B. Rec. 303.
Except alanerle … that the said millis standis on bak watter be swperflws flwdis
1598 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 175.
The prouest and baillies ordanis Alexander Merschall mylvart at the nather mylne ... to mak a bak water clous [pr. claiss] . . at the south nuik of Stevinsounes yard
1599 Edinb. B. Rec.V. 255.
That William Fiddes … sall fey and conduce four men for aucht dayes to cast the bakwater off Lyndsayes miln
1669 Lauderdale P. II. 191.
I gave him the second part to the sam tune, bot mor hom, till his eye stood bak watter as we say

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