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CAM

abbr.
1. complementary and alternative medicine
2. computer-aided manufacturing

cam

(kăm)
n.
1. A wheel that has a projecting part and is mounted on a rotating shaft to produce variable or reciprocating motion in another part.
2. Any of various similar devices having a rotating part of variable radius that interacts with another part to exert a variable force or resistance.

[Dutch kam, cog, comb; see gembh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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cam

(kæm)
n
(Mechanical Engineering) a slider or roller attached to a rotating shaft to give a particular type of reciprocating motion to a part in contact with its profile
[C18: from Dutch kam comb]

Cam

(kæm)
n
(Placename) a river in E England, in Cambridgeshire, flowing through Cambridge to the River Ouse. Length: about 64 km (40 miles)

CAM

abbreviation for
1. (Complementary Medicine) complementary and alternative medicine
2. (Computer Science) computer-aided manufacture
3. (Botany) botany crassulacean acid metabolism: a form of photosynthesis, first described in crassulaceous plants, in which carbon dioxide is taken up only at night
4. (Automotive Engineering) Cameroon (international car registration)
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cam

(kæm)

n.
a disk or cylinder having an irregular form such that its motion, usu. rotary, gives a rocking or reciprocating motion to any contiguous part.
[< Dutch or Low German kam, kamm. See comb]

Cam

(kæm)

n.
a river in E England flowing NE by Cambridge, into the Ouse River. 40 mi. (64 km) long. Also called Granta.

CAM

(kæm)

n.
computer-aided manufacturing.
[1965–70]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cam - a river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse RiverCam - a river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse River
England - a division of the United Kingdom
2.cam - a rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion
distributor cam - the cam inside the distributor that rotates to contact spark plug terminals in the correct order
rotating mechanism - a mechanism that rotates
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Translations

CAM

[kæm] N ABBR =computer-aided manufactureFAO f

cam

1 [kæm] Nleva f
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CAM

[ˈkæm] n abbr (=computer-aided manufacturing) → FAO f
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CAM

abbr of computer-aided manufactureCAM

cam

1
nNocken m
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CAM

[kæm] n abbr =computer-aided manufacturingfabbricazione f assistita dall'elaboratore

cam

[kæm] n (Tech) → camma, eccentrico
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References in classic literature ?
"My certie!" he said, "it's weel ye cam' when ye did.
"I wasna in the way when ye cam' here, or I suld ha' made bauld to ask ye the question which I maun e'en ask noo.
Ye'll remember that ye cam' here alane, and that the hottle has its ain gude name to keep up." Having once more vindicated "the hottle," she made the long-desired move to the door, and left the room.
There's ane o' them has drawn bridle at the hottle, and he's speerin' after the leddy that cam' here alane.
And then Colin Campbell cam' in again, and had the upper-hand before the Barons of Exchequer.
Miss Winifred, who had been looking at her brother all the while and crying heartily, which was her way of rejoicing, smiled through her tears and said, "You must set me the example, Cam: you must marry now."
No thrill of pleasure seemed to have warmed his heart in after days when he looked back upon the young years spent beside the Cam.
When he cam back, he showed Bertie a stick of dynamite attached to a fish hook.
'Nothing cam comfort me for my loss,' he said one day when I came across him out in the fields.
A draghound will follow aniseed from here to John o'Groat's, and our friend, Armstrong, would have to drive through the Cam before he would shake Pompey off his trail.
AR offers hybrid cams on all three of its bows: the AR 31, 34 and 37.These bows are now available with either the original Ram Cam single-cam or the new Ram & 1/2 hybrid cam.
He is one of hundreds of researchers at dozens of medical schools studying these previously untested techniques, collectively referred to as "complementary and alternative medicine" or "CAM"--everything from meditation, acupuncture, and herbalism to radical procedures like chelation, colonics, and leech therapy.