Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Dam
    Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A construction of wood, stone 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 well-settled usage, it is often applied to designate the pond of water created by this obstruction. Burnham v. Kemp-ton, 44 N. H. 89; Colwell v. Water Power Co., 19 N. J. Eq. 248; Mining Co., v. Hancock, 101 Cal. 42, 31 Pal12