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dam

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(Entry 1 of 2)

a bank of earth constructed to control water
  • the river backed up behind the dam until it formed a new lake

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dam

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1 to prevent passage through by filling with something
  • ice floes were damming the river

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2 to close up so that no empty spaces remain
  • dam up the pipes

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The first known use of dam was in the 13th century

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“Dam.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/dam. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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