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Shasta Dam, on the Sacramento River, near Redding, California

dam 1

 (dăm)
n.
1.
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.
2. 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.
tr.v. dammed, dam·ming, dams
1. To hold back or confine by means of a dam.
2. To close up; obstruct: He tried to dam his grief.

[Middle English.]

dam′mer n.

dam 2

 (dăm)
n.
1. A female parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal such as a horse.
2. Archaic A mother.

[Middle English dam, dame, lady, mother; see dame.]

dam 3

abbr.
decameter

dam

(dæm)
n
1. (Civil Engineering) a barrier of concrete, earth, etc, built across a river to create a body of water for a hydroelectric power station, domestic water supply, etc
2. (Civil Engineering) a reservoir of water created by such a barrier
3. something that resembles or functions as a dam
vb, dams, damming or dammed
(often foll by: up) to obstruct or restrict by or as if by a dam
[C12: probably from Middle Low German; compare Old Icelandic damma to block up]

dam

(dæm)
n
(Breeds) the female parent of an animal, esp of domestic livestock
[C13: variant of dame]

dam

(dæm)
interj, adv, adj
(often used in combination) a variant spelling of damn1, damn2, damn3, damn4: damfool; dammit.

dam

symbol for
(Units) decametre(s)

Dam

(Danish dam)
n
(Biography) (Carl Peter) Henrik (ˈhɛnrəɡ). 1895–1976, Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K (1934): Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1943

dam1

(dæm)

n., v. dammed, dam•ming. n.
1. a barrier to obstruct the flow of water, esp. one of earth, masonry, etc., built across a stream or river.
2. a body of water confined by a dam.
3. any barrier resembling a dam.
v.t.
4. to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam.
5. to stop up; block up.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dam; akin to Old English for-demman to stop up, block]

dam2

(dæm)

n.
a female parent (used esp. of four-footed domestic animals).
[1250–1300; Middle English; variant of dame]

dam

dekameter.

dam


Past participle: dammed
Gerund: damming

Imperative
dam
dam
Present
I dam
you dam
he/she/it dams
we dam
you dam
they dam
Preterite
I dammed
you dammed
he/she/it dammed
we dammed
you dammed
they dammed
Present Continuous
I am damming
you are damming
he/she/it is damming
we are damming
you are damming
they are damming
Present Perfect
I have dammed
you have dammed
he/she/it has dammed
we have dammed
you have dammed
they have dammed
Past Continuous
I was damming
you were damming
he/she/it was damming
we were damming
you were damming
they were damming
Past Perfect
I had dammed
you had dammed
he/she/it had dammed
we had dammed
you had dammed
they had dammed
Future
I will dam
you will dam
he/she/it will dam
we will dam
you will dam
they will dam
Future Perfect
I will have dammed
you will have dammed
he/she/it will have dammed
we will have dammed
you will have dammed
they will have dammed
Future Continuous
I will be damming
you will be damming
he/she/it will be damming
we will be damming
you will be damming
they will be damming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been damming
you have been damming
he/she/it has been damming
we have been damming
you have been damming
they have been damming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been damming
you will have been damming
he/she/it will have been damming
we will have been damming
you will have been damming
they will have been damming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been damming
you had been damming
he/she/it had been damming
we had been damming
you had been damming
they had been damming
Conditional
I would dam
you would dam
he/she/it would dam
we would dam
you would dam
they would dam
Past Conditional
I would have dammed
you would have dammed
he/she/it would have dammed
we would have dammed
you would have dammed
they would have dammed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dam - a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement
milldam - dam to make a millpond to provide power for a water mill
weir - a low dam built across a stream to raise its level or divert its flow
2.dam - a metric unit of length equal to ten meters
metric linear unit - a linear unit of distance in metric terms
m, meter, metre - the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
hectometer, hectometre, hm - a metric unit of length equal to 100 meters
3.dam - female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock
female - an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
Verb1.dam - obstruct with, or as if with, a dam; "dam the gorges of the Yangtse River"
obturate, occlude, close up, impede, obstruct, jam, block - block passage through; "obstruct the path"

dam

noun
1. barrier, wall, barrage, obstruction, embankment, hindrance They went ahead with plans to build a dam across the river.
verb
1. block up, block, hold in, restrict, check, confine, choke, hold back, barricade, obstruct The reservoir was formed by damming the River Blith.

dam

verb
To stop or prevent passage of:
Idiom: be in the way of.
Translations
سَدسَدّماء السَّديَحجِز بواسِطة سَد
přehradahrázpřehraditpřehradní jezero
dæmningdigeopdæmme
tamm
pato
branagatnasip
gátgátat emel
stíflauppistöîulón
ダム
užtvenktas vanduoužtvenkti
aizdambējuma ūdensaizdambētaizsprostotaizsprostsdambis
priehradné jazero
jez
branagatnasip
damm
เขื่อน
barajbaraj/bent yapmakbendset
đập ngăn nước

dam

1 [dæm]
A. N (= wall) → dique m, presa f; (= reservoir) → presa f, embalse m
B. VT (also dam up) → poner un dique a, represar (fig) → reprimir, contener
dam up VT + ADV = dam B

dam

3 [dæm] N (Zool) → madre f

dam

[ˈdæm]
nbarrage m
vt [+ river] → endiguer

dam

1
n (lit, fig)Damm m; (= reservoir)Stausee m
vt (also dam up)
river, lake(auf)stauen; valleyeindämmen
(fig) flow of wordseindämmen; feelingsaufstauen

dam

2
n (= mother)Muttertier nt

dam

[dæm]
1. n (wall) → diga, sbarramento; (reservoir) → bacino artificiale
2. vt (also dam up) (river) → sbarrare con una diga; (lake) → costruire una diga su (fig) → arginare, frenare

dam

(dӕm) noun
1. a bank or wall of earth, concrete etc to keep back water. A new dam was being built at the mouth of the valley.
2. the water kept back.
verbpast tense, past participle dammed – (sometimes with up) –
to hold back by means of a dam. The river has been dammed up.

dam

سَدّ přehrada dæmning Damm φράγμα dique, embalse pato barrage brana diga ダム dam demning tama represa плотина damm เขื่อน baraj đập ngăn nước 水坝

dam

n. acción de detener, estancar, tapar.
References in classic literature ?
it is the comely offspring of a faithful dam, and would willingly injure naught.
The city government was in their hands and the railroads were in league with them, and honest business was driven to the wall; and so Hinds had put all his savings into Chicago real estate, and set out singlehanded to dam the river of graft.
You remember the beaver which a naturalist tells us "busied himself as earnestly in constructing a dam in a room up three pair of stairs in London as if he had been laying his foundation in a lake in Upper Canada.
To any one understanding the architecture of the edifice, the Persian's action would seem to indicate that Erik's mysterious house had been built in the double case, formed of a thick wall constructed as an embankment or dam, then of a brick wall, a tremendous layer of cement and another wall several yards in thickness.
Before many minutes had passed a pack of them poured, like a pent-up dam when liberated, through the wide entrance into the courtyard.
Sometimes a great herd of buffaloes, massing together in the distance, seemed like a moveable dam.
The city was sleeping; some customs officials were taking the air; and the water kept pouring through the holes of the dam with a deafening roar.
There is no help for it; your best chance will be to get by her as fast as ever you can, for if you dawdle about her rock while you are putting on your armour, she may catch you with a second cast of her six heads, and snap up another half dozen of your men; so drive your ship past her at full speed, and roar out lustily to Crataiis who is Scylla's dam, bad luck to her; she will then stop her from making a second raid upon you.
He had not proceeded far when he came to a beaver pond, and caught a glimpse of one of its painstaking inhabitants busily at work upon the dam.
probably essentially dam the widest river in the world.
It's as if a dam had burst," said the Cossack hopelessly.
The trail led straight to a small dam where was the intake for the pipe that watered the vegetable garden.