- n. engineering A type of water-tight enclosure used to create a dry foundation for building bridges and other structures over water.
“He stood full six feet in height, with noble shoulders, and a chest like a coffer-dam.”
“For instance, in Maryland, a coffer-dam, excavated to a depth of 30 ft. in silt and water, had the bottom shoved in 2 ft., in spite of the fact that the waling pieces were 5 ft. apart vertically at the top and 3 ft. at the bottom, and were braced with 12 by 12-in. timbers, every 7 ft. horizontally.”
“Throughout all the story Dalton had been sitting atop of the coffer-dam, hands with flat palms pressing down, and feet hanging, with heels drumming against the coffer-dam sides.”
“He liked to lie flat on the coffer-dam to read, with a row of tin letter-files under his head for a rest, the electric bulb and its shade so adjusted as to throw all the light on the page of his book.”
“The wall includes an outer wall built as a coffer-dam, a brick wall, a coat of cement, and a wall proper, a little over a yard thick.”
“And that happened to be in the middle of the stream opposite the trestle on the masonry of the middle pier, now two feet above the coffer-dam.”
“In the middle of the stream stood a coffer-dam in course of building, and near it another that had collapsed.”
“However, the difficulty is being got over by the construction of a coffer-dam -- at a cost of £30,000.”
“Anyhow, at time of writing the coffer-dam is being constructed.”
“The company possesses a strip of land extending two miles along the shore; and in excavating the tunnel a coffer-dam was made with the extracted rock, to keep the river from flooding the works.”
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