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Meaning of DAM

Pronunciation:  dam

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock
  2. [n]  a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
  3. [n]  a metric unit of length equal to ten meters
  4. [v]  obstruct with, or as if with, a dam

DAM is a 3 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dam up, decameter, decametre, dekameter, dekametre, dike, dkm, dyke, levee
 See Also: Aswan Dam, Aswan High Dam, barrier, block, close up, female, hectometer, hectometre, High Dam, hm, Hoover Dam, impede, jam, m, meter, metre, metric linear unit, milldam, obstruct, obturate, occlude, weir



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dam\, n. [OE. dame mistress, lady; also, mother, dam. See
    1. A female parent; -- used of beasts, especially of
       quadrupeds; sometimes applied in contempt to a human
             Our sire and dam, now confined to horses, are a
             relic of this age (13th century) . . . .Dame is used
             of a hen; we now make a great difference between
             dame and dam.                         --T. L. K.
             The dam runs lowing up end down, Looking the way her
             harmless young one went.              --Shak.
    2. A kind or crowned piece in the game of draughts.
  2. \Dam\, n. [Akin to OLG., D., & Dan. dam, G. & Sw. damm,
    Icel. dammr, and AS. fordemman to stop up, Goth.
    1. A barrier to prevent the flow of a liquid; esp., a bank of
       earth, or wall of any kind, as of masonry or wood, built
       across a water course, to confine and keep back flowing
    2. (Metal.) A firebrick wall, or a stone, which forms the
       front of the hearth of a blast furnace.
    {Dam plate} (Blast Furnace), an iron plate in front of the
       dam, to strengthen it.
  3. \Dam\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dammed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To obstruct or restrain the flow of, by a dam; to confine
       by constructing a dam, as a stream of water; -- generally
       used with in or up.
             I'll have the current in this place dammed up.
             A weight of earth that dams in the water.
    2. To shut up; to stop up; to close; to restrain.
             The strait pass was dammed With dead men hurt
             behind, and cowards.                  --Shak.
    {To dam out}, to keep out by means of a dam.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a dam in your dream means repressed emotions or feelings that needs to be released. Dreaming of a bursting dam indicates that you have lost control of your anger and are overwhelmed with emotions.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A barrier constructed of earth or man-made materials to hold back the flow of a river. Dams are generally for storage or diversion. Storage dams store water; diversion dams divert water.
Thesaurus Terms
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