Main definitions of dam in English

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dam1

Pronunciation /dam/ /dæm/

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noun

  • 1A barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its level, forming a reservoir used to generate electricity or as a water supply.

    ‘the dam burst after torrential rain’
    • ‘the Hoover Dam’
    barrage, barrier, wall, embankment, levee, barricade, obstruction, hindrance, blockage
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    1. 1.1A barrier of branches in a stream, constructed by a beaver to provide a deep pool and a lodge.
  • 2

    (also dental dam)
    A rubber sheet used to keep saliva from the teeth during dental operations, or as a prophylactic device during cunnilingus and anilingus.

transitive verbdams, damming, dammed

[with object]
  • 1Build a dam across (a river or lake)

    • ‘the river was dammed to form Lake Powell’
    block, block up, obstruct, choke, clog, clog up, bung up, close
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    1. 1.1Hold back or obstruct (something)
      ‘the closed lock gates dammed up the canal’
      • ‘discussion was in full flow and refused to be dammed’

Origin

Middle English from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch; related to Dutch dam and German Damm, also to Old English fordemman ‘close up’.

Main definitions of dam in English

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dam2

Pronunciation /dam/ /dæm/

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noun

  • The female parent of an animal, especially a domestic mammal.

    ‘However, the present study indicates Longhorns have a significant advantage in calving ease over Red Poll sires for dams calving at 2 yr of age.’
    • ‘The greatest effect of scours was on young inbred dams; mature outcross dams had a lower incidence of scours.’
    • ‘Their incorporation into these pedigree herds as suckler dams or resale as in calf cows offers a very lucrative second-hand value.’
    • ‘Weaning BW is influenced by the growth potential of the sire and dam, the milk production of the dam, and the feed resources.’
    • ‘Puppies can resemble the sire, the dam, or a combination of the parents or even a remote ancestor.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a human mother): alteration of dame.

Main definitions of dam in English

: dam1dam2dam3

dam3

Pronunciation /dam/ /dæm/

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abbreviation

  • Decameter(s).

Pronunciation

dam

/dam/ /dæm/