Definition of mill dam in English:

mill dam


  • A dam built across a stream to raise the level of the water so that it will turn the wheel of a watermill.

    • ‘The drama in Luddenden, Calderdale, followed a night of torrential rain which had left a mill dam dangerously overflowing when debris partially blocked a culvert.’
    • ‘I feel sorry for the village children with no family car to take them swimming and I am glad we no longer have a mill dam.’
    • ‘Local woodland and mill dams would be preserved by a management company financed by an annual charge on the eventual householders.’