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gravity dam

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noun
  1. a dam resisting the pressure of impounded water through its own weight.
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Origin of gravity dam

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for gravity dam

gravity dam

noun
  1. a dam whose weight alone is great enough to prevent it from tipping over
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