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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

damdæm(n.; v.)dammed, dam•ming.

  1. (n.)a barrier to obstruct the flow of water, esp. one of earth, masonry, etc., built across a stream or river.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  2. a body of water confined by a dam.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  3. any barrier resembling a dam.

  4. (v.t.)to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  5. to stop up; block up.

Origin of dam:

1275–1325; ME < MD, MLG dam; akin to OE for-demman to stop up, block


  1. a female parent (used esp. of four-footed domestic animals).

    Category: Animal Husbandry

Origin of dam:

1250–1300; ME; var. of dame


  1. dekameter.

    Category: Weights and Measures

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dam, dike, dyke(noun)

    a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea

  2. decameter, dekameter, decametre, dekametre, dam, dkm(noun)

    a metric unit of length equal to ten meters

  3. dam(verb)

    female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock

  4. dam, dam up(verb)

    obstruct with, or as if with, a dam

    "dam the gorges of the Yangtse River"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dam(noun)æm

    a structure to block the flow of a river

  2. dam(verb)æm

    to build a dam

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dam(noun)

    a female parent; -- used of beasts, especially of quadrupeds; sometimes applied in contempt to a human mother

  2. Dam(noun)

    a kind or crowned piece in the game of draughts

  3. Dam(noun)

    a barrier to prevent the flow of a liquid; esp., a bank of earth, or wall of any kind, as of masonry or wood, built across a water course, to confine and keep back flowing water

  4. Dam(noun)

    a firebrick wall, or a stone, which forms the front of the hearth of a blast furnace

  5. Dam(verb)

    to obstruct or restrain the flow of, by a dam; to confine by constructing a dam, as a stream of water; -- generally used with in or up

  6. Dam(verb)

    to shut up; to stop up; to close; to restrain


  1. Dam

    A dam is a barrier that impounds water or underground streams. Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water, while other structures such as floodgates or levees are used to manage or prevent water flow into specific land regions. Hydropower and pumped-storage hydroelectricity are often used in conjunction with dams to generate electricity. A dam can also be used to collect water or for storage of water which can be evenly distributed between locations.

Anagrams of DAM

  1. Adm.

  2. AMD

  3. DMA

  4. Mad

Translations for DAM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a bank or wall of earth, concrete etc to keep back water

A new dam was being built at the mouth of the valley.

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