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noun
  1. a barrier to obstruct the flow of water, especially one of earth, masonry, etc., built across a stream or river.
  2. a body of water confined by a dam.
  3. any barrier resembling a dam.
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verb (used with object), dammed, dam·ming.
  1. to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam.
  2. to stop up; block up.
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Origin of dam1

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, dam; akin to Old English for-demman to stop up, block

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5. impede, clog, check, choke.
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Examples from the Web for damming

Historical Examples

  • Yes, gentlemen, I stand for locking and damming the Kentucky river!

    Shawn of Skarrow

    James Tandy Ellis

  • Ofttimes he drew his sleeve across his face, but there was no damming that trickle.

    Peter and Wendy

    James Matthew Barrie

  • Beaver commonly fill their ponds by damming a brook or a river.

  • In 48 many cases they are due to the damming up of a stream.

    The Story of the Hills

    H. N. Hutchinson

  • Then, damming up the old channel, he let the stream run into the new.

    Gods and Heroes

    R. E. Francillon


British Dictionary definitions for damming

dam1

noun
  1. 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
  2. a reservoir of water created by such a barrier
  3. something that resembles or functions as a dam
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verb dams, damming or dammed
  1. (tr often foll by up) to obstruct or restrict by or as if by a dam
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Word Origin

C12: probably from Middle Low German; compare Old Icelandic damma to block up

dam2

noun
  1. the female parent of an animal, esp of domestic livestock
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Word Origin

C13: variant of dame

dam3

interjection, adverb, adjective
  1. (often used in combination) a variant spelling of damn (def. 1), damn (def. 2), damn (def. 3), damn (def. 4) damfool; dammit
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dam4

symbol for
  1. decametre(s)
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Dam

noun
  1. (Carl Peter) Henrik (ˈhɛnrəɡ). 1895–1976, Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K (1934): Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1943
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Word Origin and History for damming

dam

v.

late 15c., from dam (n.1). Related: Dammed; damming.

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dam

n.1

"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.

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dam

n.2

"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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

damming in Medicine

dam

(dăm)
n.
  1. 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.
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Dam

(dăm, däm)(Carl Peter) Henrik 1895-1976
  1. Danish biochemist. He shared a 1943 Nobel Prize for the discovery of vitamin K.
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Idioms and Phrases with damming

dam

see water over the dam.

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