Origin of camDutch cam, origin, originally , comb
Origin of camDutch kam, cog, comb; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.
- complementary and alternative medicine
- computer-aided manufacturing
- A turning or sliding piece which imparts motion to a rod, lever or block brought into sliding or rolling contact with it.
- A curved wedge, movable about an axis, used for forcing or clamping two pieces together.
- (UK, dialect) A ridge or mound of earth.
- (rock climbing) A camming device, a spring-loaded device for effecting a temporary belay in a rock crevice.
Recorded since the 16th century, from Dutch kam (“cog of a wheel; originally, comb”) (cognate with English comb, and preserved in modern Dutch compounds such as kamrad, kamwiel (“cog wheel”))
- (informal) camera
(third-person singular simple present cams, present participle camming, simple past and past participle cammed)
- To go on webcam with someone
(comparative more cam, superlative most cam)
- Alternative form of kam.
cam - Computer Definition
(1) (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) The automation of manufacturing systems and techniques, including numerical control, process control, robotics and materials requirements planning (MRP). See CAD and CAD/CAM.
(3) (Content Addressable Memory) Also known as "associative storage," it is a memory chip in which each bit position can be compared. In regular dynamic RAM (DRAM) and static RAM (SRAM) chips, the contents are addressed by bit location and then transferred to the arithmetic logic unit (ALU) in the CPU for comparison. In CAM chips, the content is compared in each bit cell, allowing for very fast table lookups. Since the entire chip is compared, the data content can often be randomly stored without regard to an addressing scheme which would otherwise be required. However, CAM chips are considerably smaller in storage capacity than regular memory chips.
(5) (Customer Asset Management) In the 1990s, a term that was first coined for and later replaced with "customer relationship management (CRM). See CRM.