Before the dam crumbled, OpenAI’s employees were threatening to quit en masse and follow Altman and Brockman to Microsoft, which was apparently waiting with open arms.—David Meyer, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 The Eel River is on track to become California’s longest free-flowing waterway, as Pacific Gas & Electric formalizes a plan to tear down two dams to clear the way for salmon passage.—Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 At the same time, the warmer water flowing through the dam and downstream made the Grand Canyon more hospitable to bass.—WIRED, 4 Nov. 2023 The evaluations include assessing the dams for seismic vulnerabilities, structural deficiencies and flood risk — how many people’s lives would be in jeopardy in the event of a partial or complete dam failure.—David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Oct. 2023 But then in June the Kakhovka dam was destroyed, the entire region was flooded and military operations were largely halted as the front line was reshaped overnight.—Marc Santora, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 When Neil passed, there was an outpouring, like a dam burst.—Rob Tannenbaum, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Somehow, trees uprooted by the storm piled up like a dam behind their home, parting the floodwaters around them.—Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 Upriver nearby is a dam blocking a potential water escape in that direction.—Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 27 Oct. 2023
Similarly, farmers in the lush Willamette Valley are far less dependent on water stored in reservoirs than their counterparts in the high desert of eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho, where current farming practices would be impossible without the irrigation that dams and reservoirs supply.—Tony Schick, ProPublica, 31 Oct. 2023 Helper • After a century of getting dammed, diverted, moved out of its channel and, in some places, tapped completely dry, a big section of the Price River now flows free.—Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Aug. 2023 There, the Little Colorado was dammed to create a 1,500-acre irrigation reservoir.—Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2023 The area was made a state park after members of the pioneering McArthur family grew concerned that Pacific Gas & Electric would try to dam the Pit River for hydroelectric power and destroy the falls.—Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2023 Retreating glaciers around the world have created unstable lakes that are dammed by ice or sediment.—Anna Canny, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Aug. 2023 While Turkey and Iran dammed rivers, Iraq’s population almost quadrupled — from about 11.6 million in 1975 to more than 44 million today.—Alissa J. Rubin Bryan Denton, New York Times, 29 July 2023 Others warn of the impending doom facing farms, power generators and major cities in the West that have sprung up since the Colorado River was first dammed, diverted and officially divvied out among states a century ago.—Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2023 To accommodate the growing population of Amsterdam and the surrounding area, it was decided to dam and drain the shallow Zuiderzee bay.—Lea Lane, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 See More
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Noun (1) and Verb
Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English fordemman to stop up