gravity dam


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. gravitropism,
  2. gravity,
  3. gravity assist,
  4. gravity cell,
  5. gravity clock,
  6. gravity escapement,
  7. gravity fault,
  8. gravity feed,
  9. gravity hinge,
  10. gravity meter

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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