gravity dam


noun

a dam resisting the pressure of impounded water through its own weight.

Origin of gravity dam

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

gravity dam

noun

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

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