water gap



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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Examples from the Web for water gap

Historical Examples of water gap

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

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for water gap

water gap


a deep valley in a ridge, containing a stream
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water gap in Science

water gap

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