- 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.
Origin of cam1
< Dutch or Low German kam, kamm. See comb1
- a camera, especially one that records video (often used in combination, as indigital cam; traffic cam; webcam):She's a professional photographer who uses state-of-the-art cams.
Origin of cam2
First recorded in 1975–80; shortening of camera1
- a river in E England flowing NE by Cambridge, into the Ouse River. 40 miles (64 km) long.
Also called Granta.
- computer-aided manufacturing.
Origin of CAM
First recorded in 1965–70
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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
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How monumental, though, that this wedding introduced us, for the first time as husbands, Mitch and Cam.
Then came the clamoring for what people wanted Mitch and Cam to represent, more than what they maybe actually did.
The morn's mornin' cam, an' by that time I had decided on my plan o' operautions.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
He's jist as dour as ever, and as far as man could weel be frae them he cam o'!Salted With Fire
And it's no the first time he's been owre there to see me sin' he cam hame!'Heather and Snow
Or again, he would know that the effect could be achieved by a cam.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
And as he cam towarde them, he askyd and sayd: is he fat, is he fat?Shakespeare Jest-Books;
- 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
- a river in E England, in Cambridgeshire, flowing through Cambridge to the River Ouse. Length: about 64 km (40 miles)
- complementary and alternative medicine
- computer-aided manufacture
- 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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Word Origin and History for cam
abbreviation of camera, by 1990.
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