cammed

cam

[kam]
noun
1.
Machinery. a disk or cylinder having an irregular form such that its motion, usually rotary, gives to a part or parts in contact with it a specific rocking or reciprocating motion.
2.
Automotive Slang. camshaft.
verb (used with object), cammed, camming.
3.
to provide (a machine part or mechanism) with a cam or cams.

Origin:
< Dutch or Low German kam, kamm. See comb1

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cam (kæm)
 
n
a slider or roller attached to a rotating shaft to give a particular type of reciprocating motion to a part in contact with its profile
 
[C18: from Dutch kam comb]

Cam (kæm)
 
n
a river in E England, in Cambridgeshire, flowing through Cambridge to the River Ouse. Length: about 64 km (40 miles)

CAM
 
abbreviation for
1.  complementary and alternative medicine
2.  computer-aided manufacture
3.  botany crassulacean acid metabolism: a form of photosynthesis, first described in crassulaceous plants, in which carbon dioxide is taken up only at night
4.  Cameroon (international car registration)

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cam
1777, from Du. cam "cog of a wheel," originally "comb;" cognate of English comb (q.v.). This might have combined with English camber "having a slight arch;" or the whole thing could be from camber.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
CAM
  1. Camelopardalis (constellation)

  2. Cameroon (international vehicle ID)

  3. computer-aided manufacturing

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