Aswan Dam [(as-wahn, as-wahn)]
Dam just south of Aswan, a city in southern Egypt, on the Nile River. One of the world’s largest dams.
Note: The United States and Britain withdrew financial aid for the dam’s construction in 1956, after which the Soviet Union took over much of the financing.
- Aswan high dam
noun a dam on the Nile forming a reservoir (Lake Nasser) extending 480 km (300 miles) from the First to the Third Cataracts: opened in 1971, it was built 6 km (4 miles) upstream from the old Aswan Dam (built in 1902 and twice raised). Height of dam: 109 m (365 ft)
filled, as by objects, organisms, etc., especially in motion; teeming (usually used predicatively): The garden was aswarm with bees; a night sky aswarm with stars. Historical Examples It was noon, and as they emerged from the dark hallway which led into the main street to the north, the sidewalks were aswarm. The Rich Little Poor […]
moving in a pattern or motion: dancers aswirl to the waltz music.
being in a swoon: the duchess aswoon on the couch in despair.