- 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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Examples from the Web for damming
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.The Spell of the Rockies
Enos A. Mills
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
- 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
- the female parent of an animal, esp of domestic livestock
- (Carl Peter) Henrik (ˈhɛnrəɡ). 1895–1976, Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K (1934): Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1943
Word Origin and History for damming
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.
Dam(dăm, däm)(Carl Peter) Henrik 1895-1976
- Danish biochemist. He shared a 1943 Nobel Prize for the discovery of vitamin K.
Idioms and Phrases with damming
see water over the dam.