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[dam] /dæm/
noun
1.
a barrier to obstruct the flow of water, especially 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.
verb (used with object), dammed, damming.
4.
to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam.
5.
to stop up; block up.
Origin of dam1
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, dam; akin to Old English for-demman to stop up, block
Synonyms
5. impede, clog, check, choke.
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Examples from the Web for dammed
Historical Examples
  • When he dammed water in his mountains he dammed it by the hundreds of millions of gallons.

  • But democracy is the rising tide; it may be dammed or delayed, but cannot be stopped.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • Another flow of tears seemed imminent, but Tripp hurled himself into the crevasse and dammed it.

    Options O. Henry
  • This stream was dammed, so that the Mormon converts might be baptized by immersion.

  • Streams entering the Chagres in its lower reaches would be dammed back or diverted—a considerable, but not momentous, undertaking.

  • She was full of maternal love, dammed up by distance and absence.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • They dammed the stream to protect their communities from their enemies, and flowed large sections of territory.

    Shaggycoat Clarence Hawkes
  • Alas, alas, and I thought myself a torrent that could never be dammed!

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • In the main working; but the water is dammed up; we can never pass.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • At its west end it discovers some old arches, now dammed up.

British Dictionary definitions for dammed

dam1

/dæm/
noun
1.
a barrier of concrete, earth, etc, built across a river to create a body of water for a hydroelectric power station, domestic water supply, etc
2.
a reservoir of water created by such a barrier
3.
something that resembles or functions as a dam
verb dams, damming, dammed
4.
(transitive) often foll by up. to obstruct or restrict by or as if by a dam
Word Origin
C12: probably from Middle Low German; compare Old Icelandic damma to block up

dam2

/dæm/
noun
1.
the female parent of an animal, esp of domestic livestock
Word Origin
C13: variant of dame

dam3

/dæm/
interjection, adverb, adjective
1.
(often used in combination) a variant spelling of damn (sense 1), damn (sense 2), damn (sense 3), damn (sense 4) damfool, dammit

dam4

symbol
1.
decametre(s)

Dam

/Danish dam/
noun
1.
(Carl Peter) Henrik (ˈhɛnrəɡ). 1895–1976, Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K (1934): Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1943
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Word Origin and History for dammed

dam

n.

"water barrier," early 14c., probably from Old Norse dammr or Middle Dutch dam, both from Proto-Germanic *dammaz (cf. Old Frisian damm, German Damm), of unknown origin.

"animal mother," c.1300, variant of dame (q.v.), also originally used, like that word, for "lady, mother;" but meanings diverged into separate spellings by 16c.

v.

late 15c., from dam (n.1). Related: Dammed; damming.

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dammed in Medicine

dam (dām)
n.
A barrier against the passage of liquid or loose material, especially a rubber sheet used in dentistry to isolate one or more teeth from the rest of the mouth.

Dam (dām, däm), (Carl Peter) Henrik. 1895-1976.

Danish biochemist. He shared a 1943 Nobel Prize for the discovery of vitamin K.

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Related Abbreviations for dammed

dam

decameter

DAM

1.
diacetylmonoxime
2.
divorced Asian male
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Idioms and Phrases with dammed
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