dam: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (dam), [key]
— n., v., dammed, dam•ming.
  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.
  1. to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam.
  2. to stop up; block up.


Pronunciation: (dam), [key]
  1. a female parent (used esp. of four-footed domestic animals).


Pronunciation: (dam, däm), [key]
  1. 1895–1976, Danish biochemist: Nobel prize for medicine 1943.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. dekameter; dekameters.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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