Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dam constructed across a stream to raise the water level so that the overflow will have sufficient power to turn a mill wheel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dam constructed across a river or stream in order to create a millpond.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dam or mound to obstruct a water course, and raise the water to a height sufficient to turn a mill wheel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dam designed to check the flow of a stream and cause the water to rise until a sufficient head has been obtained to furnish the power necessary for turning a mill-wheel.
  • n. A mill-pond.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dam to make a millpond to provide power for a water mill

Etymologies

mill +‎ dam (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Near the milldam was the millpond, deep and full of fish; a little mill with a thatched roof was working away with

    The Chorus Girl and Other Stories

  • Maybe the water waltzing over the milldam and a hearty meal of pork chops glazed with an apple bourbon sauce were exactly what I needed to take my mind off my mother.

    Sea Escape

  • Kennaquhair, or because it agrees with scenes of the Monastery in the circumstances of the drawbridge, the milldam, and other points of resemblance, that therefore an accurate or perfect local similitude is to be found in all the particulars of the picture.

    The Monastery

  • With all the bridges over the River Main blown out, Anderson confiscated an abandoned wooden boat and he and the intelligence officer, both seasoned fishermen, rowed across to Schweinfurt, battling a heavy current that threatened to carry the party of four over a milldam.

    Masters of the Air

  • The 'six hundred and twenty thousand tons of water each minute' nearly ceased to flow, and dwindled away into the appearance of a mere milldam.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

  • A picket of 50 men in fort Putnam, 25 in fort Box, a sergt. & 12 men at the milldam from the 9th, 11th, 12th Regts.

    The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn

  • But at that they had made good time through their chase and within a very few minutes the last bend of the river showed them the milldam.

    Boy Scouts of the Air on Lost Island

  • Almost due west of that was the milldam, which was about the only place they could hope to be able to cross Plum Run -- and Watertown lay on the other side.

    Boy Scouts of the Air on Lost Island

  • There has been no rain since the first of May, and how the jolly old miller will laugh till the tears fill his eyes when he sees the water rise in the milldam. '

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 The Guide

  • Compared to the machine of 1939 its effective horsepower is as Niagara Hydro to the Kleinberg milldam of my boyhood, which used to turn the wheels only when Ben Hogben remembered to pull the stop-log.

    Blinds Up In Britain

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