AskDefine | Define milldam

Dictionary Definition

milldam n : dam to make a millpond to provide power for a water mill

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English

Noun

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

Extensive Definition

A milldam is a dam constructed on a waterway to create a mill pond.
Water passing through a dam's spillway is used to turn a water wheel and provide energy to the many varieties of watermill. By raising the water level so that the overflow has farther to fall, a milldam increases the potential energy that a mill can harness and use for various tasks.

Examples

Listed are here are some of the innumerable examples of historic milldams and millponds (or place names taken from them) throughout the English-speaking world.
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