Pronunciation: (bak'wô"tur, -wot"ur),[key] —n. 1. water held or forced back, as by a dam, flood, or tide.
2. a place or state of stagnant backwardness: This area of the country is a backwater that continues to resist progress. 3. an isolated, peaceful place.
4. a stroke executed by pushing a paddle forward, causing a canoe to move backward.