What does dam mean?

Definitions for damdæm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dam.

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"

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

  7. Origin: [OE. dame mistress, lady; also, mother, dam. See Dame.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dam

    dam, n. an embankment to restrain water: the water thus confined.—v.t. to keep back water by a bank:—pr.p. dam′ming; pa.p. dammed. [Teut.; Dut. dam, Ger. damm, &c.]

  2. Dam

    dam, n. a mother, applied to quadrupeds. [A form of dame.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dam

    A type of man-made multipurpose structure and system created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and computer systems to control, direct and transport the movement of water and in a number of designs to collect and store water or to generate a form of power according to the design.

    There are a wide variety of dams across the world which have been designed to perfection and are an amazing sight to the human eye.

Suggested Resources

  1. DAM

    What does DAM stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the DAM acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Anagrams for dam »

  1. Adm.

  2. AMD

  3. DMA

  4. Mad


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dam in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Whitey Ford:

    I used enough mud to build a dam.

  2. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn:

    The launch of this new dam will be commenced soon.

  3. Geraldo Abreu:

    We now understand that this type of dam needs to be treated carefully.

  4. Michael Greenstone:

    I think the dam will break at some point, the arc of history bends towards truth.

  5. Andrea Barrio:

    Our breasts normally drain fluid, like water flowing through a river, a tumor can almost be like a dam.

Images & Illustrations of dam

  1. damdamdam

Translations for dam

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for dam »


Find a translation for the dam definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these dam definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"dam." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 22 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/dam>.

Are we missing a good definition for dam? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for dam:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.