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dam

noun

Definition of dam

1 a : 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) water
b : a barrier to check the flow of liquid, gas, or air
2 : a body of water confined by a barrier

Origin and Etymology of dam

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


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dam

verb

Definition of dam

dammed; damming
1 : to provide or restrain with a barrier that prevents the flow of water : to provide or restrain with a dam (see 1dam 1a)
  • dam a river
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 1dam

Other Civil Engineering Terms


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dam

noun \ ˈdam \

Definition of dam

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

Other Civil Engineering Terms


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dam

abbreviation

Definition of dam

dekameter

Dam

biographical name \ ˈdam , ˈdäm \

Definition of Dam

(Carl Peter) Henrik 1895–1976 Danish biochemist


DAM Defined for English Language Learners

dam

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

noun \ ˈdam \

Definition of dam for Students

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

2

dam

noun

Definition of dam for Students

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

3

dam

verb

Definition of dam for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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dam

noun \ ˈdam \

medical Definition of dam

: a female parent used especially of a domestic animal

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dam

noun

medical Definition of dam


dam

abbreviation

medical Definition of dam

dekameter


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