Machinery. a disk or cylinder having an irregular form such that its motion, usually rotary, gives to a part or parts in contact with it a specific rocking or reciprocating motion.
Automotive Slang. camshaft.
to provide (a machine part or mechanism) with a cam or cams.
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a camera, especially one that records video (often used in combination, as in digital cam; traffic cam; webcam): She's a professional photographer who uses state-of-the-art cams.
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a river in E England flowing NE by Cambridge, into the Ouse River. 40 miles (64 km) long.
- Also called Granta.
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How to use cam in a sentence
You might have suspected it when you saw Mitch and cam get married.
The next set of results from the Subaru Hyper-Suprime-cam will extend the SPLASH survey in important ways.
And that is where a body cam would no doubt have made all the difference.If Ferguson P.D. Is Too Broke to Buy Body Cameras, Let’s Do It For Them | Michael Daly | August 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Same-sex marriage is legalized in California, meaning that Mitch and cam (Eric Stonestreet) can get married.Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Personal Stories Behind His 'Modern Family' Marriage Arc | Jesse Tyler Ferguson | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A former student named cam Miller attended the hearing in person and offered the last statement.The First Modern School Shooter Feels Responsible for the Rest | Michael Daly | May 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Oh, my puir lamb, you're wet to the skin, an' fair done; for God knows its an' awfu' mess you hae cam' hame in.The Underworld | James C. Welsh
Mony's the time I hae ettled to send ye a screed, but there was aye something that cam' i' the gait.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland | Kate Douglas Wiggin
If a person speaks of Cambridge, one's mind immediately flies to the English university city on the banks of the river cam.Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill
Your ain cloak was thin enough when ye cam here, though ye have lined it gay and weel.The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
She didnae stand there lang; she began to move again an' cam' slowly towards Mr. Soulis whaur he stood under the saughs.Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4) | Various
British Dictionary definitions for cam (1 of 4)
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
British Dictionary definitions for Cam (2 of 4)
a river in E England, in Cambridgeshire, flowing through Cambridge to the River Ouse. Length: about 64 km (40 miles)
British Dictionary definitions for CAM (3 of 4)
complementary and alternative medicine
botany crassulacean acid metabolism: a form of photosynthesis, first described in crassulaceous plants, in which carbon dioxide is taken up only at night
Cameroon (international car registration)
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