Dam

Definition of Dam

Pronunciation: dămd
n.1.A female parent; - used of beasts, especially of quadrupeds; sometimes applied in contempt to a human mother.
Our sire and dam, now confined to horses, are a relic of this age (13th century) . . . .Dame is used of a hen; we now make a great difference between dame and dam.
- T. L. K. Oliphant.
The dam runs lowing up and down,
Looking the way her harmless young one went.
- Shak.
2.A king or crowned piece in the game of draughts.
1.A barrier to prevent the flow of a liquid; esp., a bank of earth, or wall of any kind, as of masonry or wood, built across a water course, to confine and keep back flowing water.
2.(Metal.) A firebrick wall, or a stone, which forms the front of the hearth of a blast furnace.
Dam plate
(Blast Furnace) an iron plate in front of the dam, to strengthen it.
v. t.1.To obstruct or restrain the flow of, by a dam; to confine by constructing a dam, as a stream of water; - generally used with in or up.
[imp. & p. p. Dammed (dămd); p. pr. & vb. n. Damming.]
I'll have the current in this place dammed up.
- Shak.
A weight of earth that dams in the water.
- Mortimer.
2.To shut up; to stop up; to close; to restrain.
The strait pass was dammed
With dead men hurt behind, and cowards.
- Shak.
To dam out
to keep out by means of a dam.

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