: a dam built in a gorge in the form of a horizontal arch having the convex side upstream and abutting against the side walls
* * *a dam resisting the pressure of impounded water by an arch principle, esp. a dam having in plan the form of a single arch abutted by natural rock formations.
* * *arch dam,a dam in the form of an arch which is held up by horizontal thrust from the sides of a valley or gorge.
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