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Meaning of CAM

Pronunciation:  kam

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion

CAM is a 3 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: distributor cam, rotating mechanism



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cam\ (k[a^]m), n. [Dan. kam comb, ridge; or cf. W., Gael.,
    and Ir., cam bent. See 1st {Comb}.]
    1. (Med.)
       (a) A turning or sliding piece which, by the shape of its
           periphery or face, or a groove in its surface, imparts
           variable or intermittent motion to, or receives such
           motion from, a rod, lever, or block brought into
           sliding or rolling contact with it.
       (b) A curved wedge, movable about an axis, used for
           forcing or clamping two pieces together.
       (c) A projecting part of a wheel or other moving piece so
           shaped as to give alternate or variable motion to
           another piece against which it acts.
    Note: Cams are much used in machinery involving complicated,
          and irregular movements, as in the sewing machine, pin
          machine, etc.
    2. A ridge or mound of earth. [Prow. Eng.] --Wright.
    {Cam wheel} (Mach.), a wheel with one or more projections
       (cams) or depressions upon its periphery or upon its face;
       one which is set or shaped eccentrically, so that its
       revolutions impart a varied, reciprocating, or
       intermittent motion.
  2. \Cam\, a. [See {Kam}.]
    Crooked. [Obs.]
Computing Dictionary

1. content addressable memory.

2. computer aided manufacturing.