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.
verb (used with object), dammed, dam·ming.
to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam.
to stop up; block up.
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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Historical Examples of damming
Yes, gentlemen, I stand for locking and damming the Kentucky river!
Ofttimes he drew his sleeve across his face, but there was no damming that trickle.
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.
Then, damming up the old channel, he let the stream run into the new.
British Dictionary definitions for damming
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
verb dams, damming or dammed
(tr often foll by up) to obstruct or restrict by or as if by a dam
Word Origin for dam
C12: probably from Middle Low German; compare Old Icelandic damma to block up
the female parent of an animal, esp of domestic livestock
Word Origin for dam
C13: variant of dame
interjection, adverb, adjective
(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
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.
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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.
[dăm, däm](Carl Peter) Henrik 1895-1976
Danish biochemist. He shared a 1943 Nobel Prize for the discovery of vitamin K.
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