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flashboard

[flash-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈflæʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun, Civil Engineering.
1.
a board, or one of a series of boards, as on a milldam, used to increase the depth of the impounded water.
Origin of flashboard
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70; flash + board
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  • The water poured over the flashboard with a splashing murmur at that distance, and ran down under the bridge in a rocky bed.

  • Thus meditating he drew nearer to the place where the flashboard was down and the water poured into the rocky river bed.

British Dictionary definitions for flashboard

flashboard

/ˈflæʃˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
a board or boarding that is placed along the top of a dam to increase its height and capacity Also called stop log, stop plank
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