Dam definition

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The female parent of any four-legged, esp. domestic, animal.
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(archaic) A mother.
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To close up; obstruct.

He tried to dam his grief.

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Dam is defined as to create a barrier to hold back liquid.

An example of dam is building a rock wall across a stream.

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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.

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A body of water controlled by such a barrier.
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A female parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal such as a horse.
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(archaic) A mother.
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To keep back or confine by or as by a dam.
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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.

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(dentistry) A device to prevent a tooth from getting wet, consisting of a rubber sheet held with a band.
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(South Africa) A reservoir.
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A firebrick wall, or a stone, which forms the front of the hearth of a blast furnace.
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To block the flow of water.
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Female parent, mother, generally regarding breeding of animals (correlative to sire).
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A kind of crowned piece in the game of draughts.
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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.
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A barrier constructed across a waterway to control the flow or raise the level of water.
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To hold back or confine by means of a dam.
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Decameter.
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A barrier built to hold back flowing water.
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The water thus kept back.
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Any barrier like a dam, as a rubber sheet used in dentistry to keep a tooth dry.
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To build a dam in.
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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.
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A female parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal such as a horse.
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(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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dam
Plural:
DAMS

Origin of dam

  • Middle English dam, dame lady, mother dame

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dam, from Proto-Germanic *dammaz.

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant of dame.

    From Wiktionary