Meaning of DAM in English



Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English for demman to stop up

Date: 14th century

1 : a body of water confined by a barrier

2 a : a barrier preventing the flow of water or of loose solid materials (as soil or snow) especially : a barrier built across a watercourse for impounding water b : a barrier to check the flow of liquid, gas, or air

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.