- 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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Examples from the Web for dammed
In the main working; but the water is dammed up; we can never pass.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
But democracy is the rising tide; it may be dammed or delayed, but cannot be stopped.Another Sheaf
The dammed streams made a chain of lakes set in the green meadows.Tales Of Hearsay
As a final measure they dammed up the springs and drained the lake.The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters
Charles Henry Lerrigo
It made her mad and she say, "I'll be dammed if I don't go."Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
- 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 dammed
late 15c., from dam (n.1). Related: Dammed; damming.
"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.
- 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 dammed
see water over the dam.