cam

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1cam

noun \ˈkam\

Definition of CAM

:  a rotating or sliding piece (as an eccentric wheel or a cylinder with an irregular shape) in a mechanical linkage used especially in transforming rotary motion into linear motion or vice versa

Origin of CAM

perhaps from French came, from German Kamm, literally, comb, from Old High German kamb
First Known Use: 1777

2cam

noun

Definition of CAM

:  camera; especially :  video camera

First Known Use of CAM

1977

CAM

abbreviation

Definition of CAM

1
computer-aided manufacturing
2
complementary and alternative medicine

Cam

geographical name \ˈkam\

Definition of CAM

river 40 miles (64 kilometers) E cen England in Cambridgeshire flowing into the Ouse

cam

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Machine component that either rotates or reciprocates (moves back and forth) to create a prescribed motion in a contacting element (the follower). Since the shape of the contacting surface of the cam is determined by the prescribed motion and the profile of the follower, cams take various forms. Cam-follower mechanisms are particularly useful when a simple motion of one part of a machine is to be converted to a more complicated prescribed motion of another part, one that must be accurately timed with respect to the simple motion and may include periods of rest (dwells). Cams are essential elements in automatic machine tools, printing machines, sewing machines, and textile machinery.

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