Dam - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dæm|  American pronunciation of the word dam
Brit.  |dæm|  British pronunciation of the word dam

noun

- a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea (syn: dike, dyke)
- a metric unit of length equal to ten meters (syn: decameter, decametre, dekameter, dekametre, dkm)
- female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock

verb

- obstruct with, or as if with, a dam

Examples

...ice floes were damming the river...

Once she allowed her anger to show, it could not be dammed up again.

dam the gorges of the Yangtse River

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: dam
he/she/it: dams
present participle: damming
past tense: dammed
past participle: dammed
noun
singular: dam
plural: dams
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