noun Date: 1889 a passage for surplus water to run over or around an obstruction (as a dam)

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  • Spillway — Spill way , n. A sluiceway or passage for superfluous water in a reservoir, to prevent too great pressure on the dam. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spillway — 1889, from SPILL (Cf. spill) + WAY (Cf. way) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spillway — ☆ spillway [spil′wā΄ ] n. [ SPILL1 + WAY] a passageway or channel to carry off excess water, as around a dam …   English World dictionary

  • Spillway — Chute spillway of Llyn Brianne dam in Wales A spillway is a structure used to provide the controlled release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically being the river that was dammed. In the UK they may be known as overflow… …   Wikipedia

  • spillway — /spil way /, n. a passageway through which surplus water escapes from a reservoir, lake, or the like. [1885 90; SPILL1 + WAY1] * * * ▪ engineering  passage for surplus water over or around a dam when the reservoir itself is full. Spillways are… …   Universalium

  • spillway — vandens nuleidimas statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Vandens išleidimas iš vandens telkinio per užtvanką (ar slenkstį, sienelę) vandens srovės tėkmėje. atitikmenys: angl. overfall; spillway; weir vok. Überfall, m; Überlauf, m; …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • spillway — passage for overflow of surplus water, e.g. from a dam …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • spillway — noun A path designed to take away overflow safely …   Wiktionary

  • spillway — A groove or channel through which food may pass from the occlusal surfaces of teeth during the masticatory process. SYN: sluiceway. * * * spill·way (spilґwa) embrasure …   Medical dictionary

  • spillway —    A device that allows for the escape of excess water [16] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

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