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wing dam

a jetty for diverting the current of a stream.
Also called spur, spur dike.
Origin of wing dam
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Some danger from freezing was also encountered the next season, when the last part of the wing dam was being constructed.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • “Right here is where, before long, we are going to build a wing dam to strengthen the main one,” explained the engineer.

  • They also built piers and a wing dam just above the present location of the bridge.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • It's the easiest way to reach the wing dam that Sanderson built at the canyon inlet to turn the current against the right bank.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • While I was down at the wing dam a man passed me, coming from the direction of the great house.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde

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