[ kam ]
/ kæm /


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

< Dutch or Low German kam, kamm. See comb1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for camming


/ (kæm) /


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


/ (kæm) /


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


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 camming
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