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[kam] /kæm/
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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British Dictionary definitions for camming

cam

/kæm/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch kam comb

Cam

/kæm/
noun
1.
a river in E England, in Cambridgeshire, flowing through Cambridge to the River Ouse. Length: about 64 km (40 miles)

CAM

abbreviation
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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Word Origin and History for camming

cam

n.

"a projecting part of a rotating machinery," 1777, from Dutch cam "cog of a wheel," originally "comb;" cognate of English comb (n.). This might have combined with English camber "having a slight arch;" or the whole thing could be from camber.

abbreviation of camera, by 1990.

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Related Abbreviations for camming

CAM

  1. Camelopardalis (constellation)
  2. Cameroon (international vehicle ID)
  3. computer-aided manufacturing
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