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spillway

[ spil-wey ]
/ ˈspɪlˌweɪ /
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noun

a passageway through which surplus water escapes from a reservoir, lake, or the like.

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Origin of spillway

First recorded in 1885–90; spill1 + way1
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British Dictionary definitions for spillway

spillway
/ (ˈspɪlˌweɪ) /

noun

a channel that carries away surplus water, as from a damAlso called: wasteweir, spill
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