Definitions for "Spillway"
A sluiceway or passage for superfluous water in a reservoir, to prevent too great pressure on the dam.
The channel or passageway around or over a dam through which excess water is released or "spilled" past the dam without going through the turbines. A spillway is a safety valve for a dam and, as such, must be capable of discharging major floods without damaging the dam, while maintaining the reservoir level below some predetermined maximum level.
a depression in the embankment of a pond or basin, used to pass peak discharges in excess of the design storm.