Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a drag.
  • n. A plug of soft wood driven tightly into a hole at the joint of a scarf, the expansion of which, when immersed, prevents water from working up through the scarf and behind the bottom planking.

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Examples

  • Instead, all the dams and blockages and moats and stop-water gaps that were slapdashed together by the desperate engineers were dragged down, overwhelmed, and obliterated by the sheer force of the Colorado.

    I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen

  • "In large lakes and rivers, the beavers make no dams; they have water enough without putting themselves to that trouble; but in small creeks they dam up, and make a better stop-water than is done by the millers.

    Lady Mary and her Nurse

  • [Illustration: BEAVERS MAKING A DAM] "In large lakes and rivers the beavers make no dams, they have water enough without putting themselves to that trouble; but in small creeks they dam up, and make a better stop-water than is done by the millers.

    In the Forest Or, pictures of life and scenery in the woods of Canada

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