- 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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Related Words for dammedclog, obstruct, hinder, retard, slow, bar, repress, suppress, brake, choke, restrain, restrict, barricade, close, impede, confine, check
Examples from the Web for dammed
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for dam
- the female parent of an animal, esp of domestic livestock
Word Origin for dam
- (Carl Peter) Henrik (ˈhɛnrəɡ). 1895–1976, Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K (1934): Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1943
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.
see water over the dam.