Definition of Dam

1. Noun. A barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea.

Exact synonyms: Dike, Dyke
Specialized synonyms: Aswan High Dam, High Dam, Glen Canyon Dam, Hoover Dam
Generic synonyms: Barrier
Specialized synonyms: Milldam, Weir
Derivative terms: Dike, Dyke



2. Verb. Obstruct with, or as if with, a dam. "Dam the gorges of the Yangtse River"
Exact synonyms: Dam Up
Generic synonyms: Block, Close Up, Impede, Jam, Obstruct, Obturate, Occlude

3. Noun. A metric unit of length equal to ten meters.
Exact synonyms: Decameter, Decametre, Dekameter, Dekametre, Dkm
Generic synonyms: Metric Linear Unit
Terms within: M, Meter, Metre
Group relationships: Hectometer, Hectometre, Hm

4. Noun. Female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock.
Generic synonyms: Female

Definition of Dam

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

2. n. 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.

3. v. t. 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.

Definition of Dam

1. Noun. Structure placed across a flowing body of water to stop the flow. ¹

2. Noun. (dentistry) A device to prevent a tooth from getting wet, consisting of a rubber sheet held with a band. ¹

3. Verb. To block the flow of water. ¹

4. Noun. Female parent, mother, generally regarding breeding of animals (correlative to sire). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dam

1. to build a barrier to obstruct the flow of water [v DAMMED, DAMMING, DAMS]

Medical Definition of Dam

1. 1. A female parent; used of beasts, especially of quadrupeds; sometimes applied in contempt to a human mother. "Our sire and dam, now confined to horses, are a relic of this age (13th century) . . . .Dame is used of a hen; we now make a great difference between dame and dam." (T. L. K. Oliphant) "The dam runs lowing up end down, Looking the way her harmless young one went." (Shak) 2. A kind or crowned piece in the game of draughts. Origin: OE. Dame mistress, lady; also, mother, dam. See Dame. 1. A barrier to prevent the flow of a liquid; especially, 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. 2. A firebrick wall, or a stone, which forms the front of the hearth of a blast furnace. Dam plate, an iron plate in front of the dam, to strengthen it. Origin: Akin to OLG, D, & Dan. Dam, G. & Sw. Damm, Icel. Dammr, and AS. Fordemman to stop up, Goth. Faordammjan. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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