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
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Historical Examples of water gap
The river flowed through a river-gate, a water-gap in the mountains.The Forgotten Planet
a deep valley in a ridge, containing a stream
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A transverse cleft in a mountain ridge through which a stream flows.
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