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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 dam

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

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Related Words for damming

clog, obstruct, hinder, retard, slow, bar, repress, suppress, brake, choke, restrain, restrict, barricade, close, impede, confine, check

Examples from the Web for damming

Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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

dam

1
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 for dam

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

dam

2
noun
  1. the female parent of an animal, esp of domestic livestock
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Word Origin for dam

C13: variant of dame

dam

3
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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dam

4
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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