Meaning of DAM in English


I. ˈdam noun

Etymology: Middle English dam, dame lady, dam — more at dame

Date: 13th century

: the female parent of an animal and especially of a domestic animal

II. 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


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

III. transitive verb

( dammed ; dam·ming )

Date: 15th century

1. : to provide or restrain with a dam

dam a river

2. : to stop up : block

damming up their emotions

IV. abbreviation


Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.