Meaning of DAM in English

DAM

1. n. & v.

--n.

1. a barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its level, forming a reservoir or preventing flooding.

2 a barrier constructed in a stream by a beaver.

3 anything functioning as a dam does.

4 a causeway.

--v.tr. (dammed, damming)

1. furnish or confine with a dam.

2 (often foll. by up) block up; hold back; obstruct.

Etymology: ME f. MLG, MDu. 2. n. the female parent of an animal, esp. a four-footed one.

Etymology: ME: var. of DAME

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.