water gap

  1. a transverse gap in a mountain ridge, cut by and giving passage to a stream or river.

Origin of water gap

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60

Words Nearby water gap

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How to use water gap in a sentence

  • The river flowed through a river-gate, a water-gap in the mountains.

    The Forgotten Planet | Murray Leinster
  • The old man won't let me go to the water gap till I can answer those damn questions.

    Rough-Hewn | Dorothy Canfield
  • There is a similar aperture, some miles north-east, called the water gap.

  • Travel east along Pine Mountain or travel west, and you find no other water gap within a hundred miles.

  • Nothing in Alleghany lands compares with this tremendous water-gap.

    The Conquest | Eva Emery Dye

British Dictionary definitions for water gap

water gap

  1. a deep valley in a ridge, containing a stream

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Scientific definitions for water gap

water gap

  1. A transverse cleft in a mountain ridge through which a stream flows.

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