fore·​bay | \ ˈfȯr-ˌbā How to pronounce forebay (audio) \

Definition of forebay

: a reservoir or canal from which water is taken to run equipment (such as a waterwheel or turbine)

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Recent Examples on the Web Water flows from the Delta through a series of gates into the shallow, 2-mile-wide forebay as a staging area for the pumps. Denis Cuff, The Mercury News, "Bay Area storm: Erosion hits key reservoir near Byron," 15 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of forebay

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“Forebay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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