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dam

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of dam

  1. a bank of earth constructed to control water <the river backed up behind the dam until it formed a new lake> Synonyms dike, embankment, head, levee Related Words breakwater, jetty, seawall; breastwork, bulwark, earthwork, rampart; canal, channel, ditch, gutter, trough; lock; barricade, barrier, block; floodgate, sluice; barrage, milldam, stank [British], weir




dam

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of dam

  1. 1 to prevent passage through by filling with something <ice floes were damming the river> Synonyms block, choke, clot, congest, clog, gum (up), jam, obstruct, occlude, plug (up), stop (up), stuffRelated Words bung, cork, spile, stopper, stopple; fill, gridlock, pack; fur, silt; flood, glut, inundate, overwhelm, swampNear Antonyms excavate, hollow (out), scoop (out); empty, lightenAntonyms clear, free, open (up), unblock, unclog, unplug, unstop

  2. 2 to close up so that no empty spaces remain <dam up the pipes> Synonyms block, bung, fill, pack, plug, stop, stuffRelated Words choke, clog, close (off), clot, congest, jam, obstruct, occlude; caulk, chink, seal; repack, restuffNear Antonyms excavate, hollow (out), scoop (out), shovel




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