[ mil-dam ]
/ ˈmɪlˌdæm /


a dam built in a stream to furnish a head of water for turning a mill wheel.

Origin of milldam

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at mill1, dam1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for milldam

  • Say, Jack, isn't that the name of the man who took the old Grimes farm up at the milldam?

    The Banner Boy Scouts|George A. Warren
  • In this is the Milldam Fall, a ledge about fourteen feet high, over which the waters make a uniform flow all across the ravine.

  • Night found the army encamped on the east bank of Pine creek, above the site of the old Brier milldam.

British Dictionary definitions for milldam

/ (ˈmɪlˌdæm) /


a dam built in a stream to raise the water level sufficiently for it to turn a millwheel
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