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spillway

[spil-wey]
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noun
  1. a passageway through which surplus water escapes from a reservoir, lake, or the like.
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Origin of spillway

First recorded in 1885–90; spill1 + way1
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Examples from the Web for spillway

Historical Examples

  • You know its location: a mile, perhaps, from Gatun Dam and the spillway.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall

  • It also serves as a spillway over which the surplus water escapes.

    Electricity for the farm

    Frederick Irving Anderson

  • It could only race and swirl along one channel, and that was the spillway of memories.

    The Tyranny of Weakness

    Charles Neville Buck

  • Here they could erect their spillway for the control of the water in the lake above.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin

  • The first stop was at the concrete work on the spillway dam at Miraflores.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin


British Dictionary definitions for spillway

spillway

noun
  1. a channel that carries away surplus water, as from a damAlso called: wasteweir, spill
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Word Origin and History for spillway

n.

1889, from spill + way.

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