- dekameter; dekameters.
- a barrier to obstruct the flow of water, especially one of earth, masonry, etc., built across a stream or river.
- a body of water confined by a dam.
- any barrier resembling a dam.
- to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam.
- to stop up; block up.
Origin of dam1
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- a female parent (used especially of four-footed domestic animals).
Origin of dam2
- (Carl Pe·ter) Hen·rik [kahrl pee-ter hen-rik; Danish kahrl pey-tuh r hen-rik] /kɑrl ˈpi tɛr ˈhɛn rɪk; Danish kɑrl ˈpeɪ tər ˈhɛn rɪk/, 1895–1976, Danish biochemist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1943.
Examples from the Web for dam
A dam now in place on the Thai side of the line prevents the railway from being reconstructed in its entirety, he explains.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
When the family was fine, or when a cruel employee at the dam was behind the flood, God was left out of the explanation.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
For example, he added, many highly valuable Western hostages are held in an ISIS prison beneath a dam near Raqqa.Obama Is Just 'Tickling' ISIS, Syrian Rebels Say
August 25, 2014
The Arizona senator described a provision inserted into the debt deal appropriating $2 billion for a Kentucky dam as "disgusting."McCain Trashes Part of Debt Deal
October 17, 2013
The ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk on Dam Square should be a model of stately splendor.Dutch Coronation Celebrations Clouded After Boston Marathon Bombing
Nadette De Visser
April 29, 2013
Then they tore out the dam, rinsed the screen and spread it over a rock to dry.Her Father's Daughter
As in a trance, he saw more than the dam; he saw what it symbolized.Raiders Invisible
Desmond Winter Hall
The women they shot as readily as they would the dam of the wolf or the bear.King Philip</p>
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
I wish Kenelm or some other dam' fool was here instead of me.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
He said give you his Regards and tell you you was a dam lukky Man.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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
- a reservoir of water created by such a barrier
- something that resembles or functions as a dam
- (tr often foll by up) to obstruct or restrict by or as if by a dam
- the female parent of an animal, esp of domestic livestock
- (Carl Peter) Henrik (ˈhɛnrəɡ). 1895–1976, Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K (1934): Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1943
Word Origin and History for dam
"water barrier," early 14c., probably from Old Norse dammr or Middle Dutch dam, both from Proto-Germanic *dammaz (cf. Old Frisian damm, German Damm), of unknown origin.
"animal mother," c.1300, variant of dame (q.v.), also originally used, like that word, for "lady, mother;" but meanings diverged into separate spellings by 16c.
late 15c., from dam (n.1). Related: Dammed; damming.
- A barrier against the passage of liquid or loose material, especially a rubber sheet used in dentistry to isolate one or more teeth from the rest of the mouth.
- Danish biochemist. He shared a 1943 Nobel Prize for the discovery of vitamin K.
Idioms and Phrases with dam
see water over the dam.