Definition of DAM in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DAM

A construction of wood, stone, reinforced concrete or other materials, made across a stream for the purpose of penning back the waters. This word is used in two different senses. It properly means the work or structure, raised to obstruct the flow of the water in a river; but, by a wellsettled usage, it is often applied to designate the pond of water created by this obstruction. Burnham v. Kempton, 44 N.H. 89; Colwell v. Water Power Co., 19 N.J.Eq. 248; Mining Co. v. Hancock, 101 Cal. 42, 31 P. 112; State ex rel. Priegel v. Northern States Power Co., 242 Wis. 345, 8 N.W. 2d 350, 352.

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