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[mil-dam] /ˈmɪlˌdæm/
a dam built in a stream to furnish a head of water for turning a mill wheel.
Origin of milldam
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at mill1, dam1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In this is the milldam Fall, a ledge about fourteen feet high, over which the waters make a uniform flow all across the ravine.

  • Night found the army encamped on the east bank of Pine creek, above the site of the old Brier milldam.

    The Land of the Miamis Elmore Barce
  • Say, Jack, isn't that the name of the man who took the old Grimes farm up at the milldam?

    The Banner Boy Scouts George A. Warren
British Dictionary definitions for milldam


a dam built in a stream to raise the water level sufficiently for it to turn a millwheel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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