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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
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.
British Dictionary definitions for damming
dam1 (dæm)
 
n
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
 
vb (often foll by up) , dams, damming, dammed
4.  to obstruct or restrict by or as if by a dam
 
[C12: probably from Middle Low German; compare Old Icelandic damma to block up]

dam2 (dæm)
 
n
the female parent of an animal, esp of domestic livestock
 
[C13: variant of dame]

dam3 (dæm)
 
interj, —adv, —adj
(often used in combination) damn damn damn a variant spelling of damn : damfool; dammit

dam4
 
symbol for
decametre(s)

Dam (Danish dam)
 
n
(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 damming
dam
"water barrier," early 14c., probably from O.N. dammr or M.Du. dam, both from P.Gmc. *dammaz, of unknown origin.
dam
"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.
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damming 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 damming

dam

decameter

DAM

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