spill·​way | \ ˈspil-ˌwā How to pronounce spillway (audio) \

Definition of spillway

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

Examples of spillway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the first measures to create that marvel was the 1923 installation of a dam and spillway where a new road connecting Chicago Heights with Western Avenue bridged Thorn Creek over a particularly deep ravine. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 10 Apr. 2022 This section of the Pearl River has over 100 miles of shoreline, providing both recreation and drinking water for residents thanks to the dam and spillway that create the reservoir. Outside Online, 7 Mar. 2022 Additional deterioration led to the closure of the spillway’s observation deck last year. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 Sewer district officials note TRC proposals that call for addressing the ODNR safety compliance issues, increasing the active storage by lowering the primary spillway elevation and maintaining the historic water surface footprint of Horseshoe Lake. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 Plan to meet at the western end of Lower Shaker Lake on the bridge over the spillway. cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 Work at the Lake Bistineau spillway fishing pier will begin Oct. 25 and is expected to take 90 days, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2021 Work proposed by Georgia Power at the dam includes upgrading four turbines; refurbishing generators; and replacing control room panels and spillway gates, the notice says. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 5 Dec. 2021 There was the 2017 failure of a spillway at the Oroville Dam that led to mass evacuations; the 2018 Camp fire in nearby Paradise; the drought that forced the shutdown of a major hydroelectric power plant at Lake Oroville in August. Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spillway

1889, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2022

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“Spillway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spillway. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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