power generated by the force of running or falling water (used to drive machinery), turbine water power
n : the power to do work that is latent in a head of water
Hydropower or water power (from the , "water" ) is power derived from the energy of falling water or fast running water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes. Since ancient times, hydropower from many kinds of watermills has been used as a renewable energy source for irrigation and the operation of various mechanical devices, such as gristmills, sawmills, textile mills, trip hammers, dock cranes, domestic lifts, and ore mills. A trompe, which produces compressed air from falling water, is sometimes used to power other machinery at a distance.
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1. the power to do work that is latent in a head of water
(1a) The energy produced by running or falling water that is used for driving machinery, especially for generating electricity; (1b) A source of such energy, as a waterfall. (2) A water right owned by a mill.
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