Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cut made through the side of a canal, reservoir, etc., for carrying off surplus water.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An overfall, or weir, for the escape, or overflow, of superfluous water from a canal, reservoir, pond, or the like.
- n. a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction
“A dam 2,400 feet long and 80 feet in height, with tunnels, wasteweir, and accessory works would be required at Mountain View.”
“The situation is such that an ample wasteweir may be built at a low-side dam on the solid rock of Hook Mountain remote from the dam, and outlets may be had by tunneling the same ridge.”
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