cam

1
[ kam ]
/ kæm /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), cammed, cam·ming.

to provide (a machine part or mechanism) with a cam or cams.

Nearby words

  1. calyx,
  2. calzaghe,
  3. calzone,
  4. calèche,
  5. caló,
  6. cam follower,
  7. cam plant,
  8. cam ranh,
  9. cam ranh bay,
  10. cam wheel

Origin of cam

1
< Dutch or Low German kam, kamm. See comb1

cam

2
[ kam ]
/ kæm /

noun

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 cam

2
First recorded in 1975–80; shortening of camera1

Cam

[ kam ]
/ kæm /

noun

a river in E England flowing NE by Cambridge, into the Ouse River. 40 miles (64 km) long.
Also called Granta.

CAM

[ kam ]
/ kæm /

noun

computer-aided manufacturing.

Origin of CAM

First recorded in 1965–70

Cam.

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British Dictionary definitions for cam

cam

/ (kæm) /

noun

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

Word Origin for cam

C18: from Dutch kam comb

Cam

/ (kæm) /

noun

a river in E England, in Cambridgeshire, flowing through Cambridge to the River Ouse. Length: about 64 km (40 miles)

CAM

abbreviation for

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
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