Meaning of DAM in English


dam 1

/dam/ , n. , v. , dammed, damming .


1. a barrier to obstruct the flow of water, esp. one of earth, masonry, etc., built across a stream or river.

2. a body of water confined by a dam.

3. any barrier resembling a dam.


4. to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam.

5. to stop up; block up.

[ 1275-1325; ME dam; akin to OE for-demman to stop up, block ]

Syn. 5. impede, clog, check, choke.

dam 2

/dam/ , n.

a female parent (used esp. of four-footed domestic animals).

[ 1250-1300; ME; var. of DAME ]

dekameter; dekameters.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .