The Glen Canyon dam in Arizona.
- The definition of a dam is something that holds back water, or the body of water that is being held.
- An example of a dam is rubber sheet put around a tooth to keep it dry during a dental procedure.
- An example of a dam is the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River in Nevada.
- Dam is defined as to create a barrier to hold back liquid.
An example of dam is building a rock wall across a stream.
- a barrier built to hold back flowing water
- the water thus kept back
- any barrier like a dam, as a rubber sheet used in dentistry to keep a tooth dry
Origin of damMiddle English from Germanic base seen in MLowG, Middle Dutch dam, Old Norse dammr, Middle High German tam, Gothic faur-dammjan, to stop up from Indo-European base an unverified form dh?-, to set, put in place from source do, Classical Latin facere
transitive verbdammed, dam′ming
- to build a dam in
- to keep back or confine by or as by a dam: usually with up
- the female parent of any four-legged, esp. domestic, animal
- Archaic a mother
Origin of damME, variant, variety of dame, dame
- a. A barrier constructed across a waterway to control the flow or raise the level of water.b. A body of water controlled by such a barrier.
- A barrier against the passage of liquid or loose material, as a rubber sheet used in dentistry to isolate one or more teeth from the rest of the mouth.
transitive verbdammed, dam·ming, dams
- To hold back or confine by means of a dam.
- To close up; obstruct: He tried to dam his grief.
Origin of damMiddle English
Shasta Dam, on the Sacramento River, near Redding, California
- A female parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal such as a horse.
- Archaic A mother.
Origin of damMiddle English dam, dame lady, mother ; see dame .
- A structure placed across a flowing body of water to stop the flow.
- A dam is often an essential source of water to farmers of hilly country.
- (dentistry) A device to prevent a tooth from getting wet, consisting of a rubber sheet held with a band.
- (South Africa) A reservoir.
- A firebrick wall, or a stone, which forms the front of the hearth of a blast furnace.
(third-person singular simple present dams, present participle damming, simple past and past participle dammed)
- To block the flow of water.
From Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dam, from Proto-Germanic *dammaz.
Variant of dame.
dam - Computer Definition
(Digital Asset Management) Keeping track of the digital assets of an organization. Companies have come to own a huge amount of digitally created material that needs to be stored, cataloged and easily retrieved. See DAMS.