One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dam built across a stream to raise the level of the water so that it will turn the wheel of a water mill.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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