AskDefine | Define millpond

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millpond n : a pond formed by damming a stream to provide a head of water to turn a mill wheel

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  1. A pond or reservoir produced by damming a river or stream in order to provide a steady source of water for a millrace

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A mill pond is any body of water associated with a water-powered mill. Mill ponds were often created through the construction of a mill dam across a waterway. In many places, the common proper name Mill Pond name has remained even though the mill has long since gone.
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