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noun \ˈdam\

Definition of dam

  1. zoology :  the female parent of an animal and especially of a domestic animal the foal's dam

Origin and Etymology of dam

Middle English dam, dame lady, dam — more at dame


First Known Use: 13th century


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dam

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Definition of dam

  1. 1 :  a body of water confined by a barrier

  2. 2a :  a barrier preventing the flow of water or of loose solid materials (such as soil or snow) a beaver dam an ice dam; especially, civil engineering :  a barrier built across a watercourse for impounding (see impound 2) waterb :  a barrier to check the flow of liquid, gas, or air

Origin and Etymology of dam

Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English fordemman to stop up


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms


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dam

verb

Definition of dam

dammed

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damming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide or restrain with a barrier that prevents the flow of water :  to provide or restrain with a dam (see 2dam 2a) dam a river

  3. 2 :  to stop up :  block damming up their emotions

Examples of dam in a sentence

  1. ice floes were damming the river

Origin and Etymology of dam

see 2dam


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms


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dam

abbreviation

Definition of dam

  1. dekameter


Dam

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biographical name \ˈdam, ˈdäm\

Definition of Dam

  1. (Carl Peter) Henrik 1895–1976 Danish biochemist



DAM Defined for English Language Learners


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dam

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Definition of dam for English Language Learners

  • : to build a dam across (a river or stream)


DAM Defined for Kids

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dam

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noun \ˈdam\

Definition of dam for Students

  1. :  the female parent of a domestic animal (as a dog or horse)


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dam

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noun

Definition of dam for Students

  1. :  a barrier (as across a stream) to hold back a flow of water


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dam

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verb

Definition of dam for Students

dammed

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damming

  1. :  to hold back or block with or as if with a dam Leaves dammed the drains.


Medical Dictionary

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dam

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noun \ˈdam\

Medical Definition of dam

  1. :  a female parent—used especially of a domestic animal


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dam

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Medical Definition of dam


dam

abbreviation

Medical Definition of dam

  1. dekameter



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