cam

1 of 3

noun (1)

1
: a rotating or sliding piece (such 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
2
: camshaft
an engine with a single overhead cam

cam

2 of 3

noun (2)

: camera
especially : video camera

CAM

3 of 3

abbreviation

1
computer-aided manufacturing
2
complementary and alternative medicine

Examples of cam in a Sentence

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Noun
Body cam footage from one of the Columbus officers, released hours after the shooting, shows the man was armed with two knives and moving toward another man. John Diedrich, Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2024 The deputy pursued the Vespa, driven by 41-year-old Isaac M. Barber, in a 15-minute slow speed chase captured on dash cam footage. Andrea Klick, Kansas City Star, 11 July 2024 Camden was captured on video in the crowd, and, about 20 minutes after rioters initially breached the Capitol, Camden was seen on open-source and police body cam footage approaching a bike rack barricade separating Capitol police from the rioters, according to the government's statement of facts. Ron Wood, arkansasonline.com, 2 July 2024 Police also plan to release the full body cam footage from the officers involved. Casey Pritchard, USA TODAY, 29 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for cam 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

perhaps from French came, from German Kamm, literally, comb, from Old High German kamb

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cam was in 1777

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Cite this Entry

“Cam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cam. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cam

1 of 2 noun
: a device by which circular motion may be transformed into stop-and-start or back-and-forth motion

cam

2 of 2 noun
Etymology

Noun

perhaps from French came "cam," from German Kamm, literally, "comb"

Medical Definition

CAM

abbreviation
1
2
complementary and alternative medicine
According to a 2002 survey by the National Center for Health Statistics, 36 percent of adults in the United States used some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including naturopathy, relaxation techniques, chiropractic, yoga, massage, and diets.In-Sung Yoo, The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware)

Geographical Definition

Cam

geographical name

river 40 miles (64 kilometers) long in Cambridgeshire, east central England, flowing into the Ouse River

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