[flash-bawrd, -bohrd]

noun Civil Engineering.

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

First recorded in 1760–70; flash + board
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Examples from the Web for flashboard

Historical Examples of flashboard

  • 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



a board or boarding that is placed along the top of a dam to increase its height and capacityAlso called: stop log, stop plank
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