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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun dam:


Dam is sometimes a misspelling of jam.

The word dam is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun dam

What does dam mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dams

  1. a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of dam: dike / dyke
    • more generic word: barrier = a structure or object that impedes free movement
    • more specific words:
      • milldam = dam to make a millpond to provide power for a water mill
      • weir = a low dam built across a stream to raise its level or divert its flow
    • instances:
      • Aswan High Dam / High Dam = one of the world's largest dams on the Nile River in southern Egypt
      • Glen Canyon Dam = a large dam built in 1964 on the Colorado River in Arizona
      • Hoover Dam = a large dam built in 1933 on the Colorado River in Nevada
  2. a metric unit of length equal to ten meters
  3. female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic word: female = an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes

Alternative definition of the noun dam


  1. Structure placed across a flowing body of water to stop the flow.
  2. [dentistry] A device to prevent a tooth from getting wet, consisting of a rubber sheet held with a band.
  3. Mother, generally regarding breeding of animals (compare sire).

Specialised definition of the noun dam

Glossary of sports / dog racing

the mother of a greyhound (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

the mother of a foal (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb dam

What does dam mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: dammed, damming

  1. obstruct with, or as if with, a dam

Alternative definition of the verb dam


  1. To block the flow of water.


  1. DAM is a Palestinian hip-hop group. Based in Lod, Israel, DAM was founded in 1999 by brothers Tamer and Suhell Nafar and their friend Mahmoud Jreri. Their songs are largely about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and poverty. The group's name is the Arabic verb for "to last forever/eternity" and the Hebrew word for "blood", but can also be an acronym for "Da Arabian MCs." The Arabic word for "blood" is spelled similarly, but without an alif.
  2. Dam a.k.a. Dãm: Dam are an English extreme metal band from London, formed in 1997. The band's music, heavily influenced by early-1990s death metal, can be characterised as a fusion of death metal, black metal, and thrash metal, with some hints of progressive rock and heavy metal. The band describe their style as extreme metal.
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There are other groups with in their name, like Dam Native and Fullerton Dam.


"Dam" a.k.a. "Dåm" is a musical album of Berit Opheim, Sondre Bratland, Oslo kammerkor.

  • released in (20 years ago)


"Dam" is a painting, printmaking (metal, oil paint) by Robert Rauschenberg, completed in (56 years ago).

  • media: metal, oil paint
  • genre: Abstract art


Dam is a fictional character from the 1914 film De besejrede Pebersvende.


  1. DAM is a record label.
  2. Dam is a record label.


Dam a.k.a. Damascus International Airport is a public airport located in Damascus, the capital of Syria. Officially opened in the mid-1970s, DAM is Syria's busiest international airport. In 2010, an estimated 5.5 million passengers used the airport, an increase of more than 50% since 2004.


  1. Dam: A dam is a barrier that impounds water or underground streams. The reservoirs created by dams not only suppress floods but provide water for various needs to include irrigation, human consumption, industrial use, aquaculture and navigability. Hydropower is often used in conjunction with dams to generate electricity. A dam can also be used to collect water or for storage of water which can be evenly distributed between locations. Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water, while other structures such as floodgates or levees are used to manage or prevent water flow into specific land regions.
    • also known as 水坝
  2. Dam: A Dam was a small Indian copper coin. The coin was first introduced by Sher Shah Suri during his rule of India between 1540 and 1545, along with Mohur, the gold coin and Rupiya the silver coin Later on, the Mughal Emperors standardised the coin along with other silver and gold coins in order to consolidate the monetary system across India.
  3. Dam a.k.a. Dam methylase, an abbreviation for Deoxyadenosine methylase, is an enzyme that adds a methyl group to the adenine of the sequence 5'-GATC-3' in newly synthesized DNA. Immediately after DNA synthesis, the daughter strand remains unmethylated for a short time.
  4. dam is a gene.
  5. Dam a.k.a. Ndam Language: Ndam, also known as Dam and Ndamm, is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in the southwestern Chadian prefectures of Tandjilé and Lai. Most of the speakers generally practice traditional religions, Islam, or Christianity. There are two dialects of Ndam—northern and southern, respectively—Ndam Dik, and Ndam-Ndam.
  6. DAM in the context of chemotherapy is an acronym that means a chemotherapy regimen most often used as an induction regimen in acute myelogenous leukemia, usually for those who are refractory to the standard "7+3" induction regimen or who has relapsed. But this regimen also can be used as primary, first-line induction therapy.
  7. Dam a.k.a. Damakawa language: Damakawa is a moribund Benue–Congo language of northwest Nigeria. There are no longer any speakers of the language, although the oldest people can remember a few words. Approximately 80 or so words and phrases were collected, with difficulty, in April 2008.
  8. DAM is a record label.
  9. dam is a genomic locus.
  10. Dam is a website.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dam

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Google preview21st Century Homestead: Sustainable Agriculture II: Farming and Natural Resources

by Marlon Henkel

Parker Dam is a constantangle arch dam.

Google previewBasic Civil Engineering (2010)

by Gopi

A saddle dam is an auxiliary dam constructed to confine the reservoir created by a primary dam either to permit a higher...

Conversely, a wing dam is a structure that only partly restricts a waterway, creating a faster channel that resists the ...

Google previewPublic Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, 1950, Volume 6 (1965)

by Truman, Harry S.

Kortes Dam is a product of a different philosophy about resources, and a different kind of government. High up in a mountain canyon on the North Platte River, this dam is a new source of wealth and strength for the people of the West. This is ...

Google previewPRO 32: International Conference on Advances in Concrete and Structures - ICACS 2003 (Volume 1) (2003)

by Ying-shu Yuan, Surendra P. Shah, Heng-lin Lü

Introduction LianYun-Harbor west dam is an important part of the second stage of MiaoLing Harbor...

LianYun-Harbor-west dam is the longest sea-protection project in China, and its engineering quantity is also the highest. LianYun-Harbor ...

Google previewCase Studies in Operations Research (2014)

Applications of Optimal Decision Making by Katta G. Murty

Chapter 7 Designing Earth Dams Optimally G. S. R. Murthy, Katta G. Murty and G. Raghupathy 1 Introduction A dam is a barrier that impounds water or underground streams. Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water, while ...

Google previewRock Mechanics: Achievements and Ambitions (2011)

by Meifeng Cai

Tailings dam is an important manufacturing facility for metal mines and metalloid mines. At the same time, they are the major hazardous sources. According to the study of public nuisance evaluation group in Clark University in USA (Li 1996), ...

Google previewThe Prospect for Reservoirs in the 21st Century (1998)

Proceedings of the Tenth Conference of the BDS Held at the University of Wales, Bangor on 9-12 September 1998 by British Dam Society. Conference, P. Tedd

INTRODUCTION The Enguri High Arch Dam is a double curvature arch dam with gravity blocks at both abutments. The height of the...

Google previewField Measurements in Geomechanics (2003)

Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium, Oslo, Norway, 23-26 September 2003 by F. Myrvoll

BACKGROUND Katse dam is a 1 85 m high double curvature concrete arch...

Google previewAdvanced Dam Engineering for Design, Construction, and Rehabilitation (2012)

by R.B. Jansen

SCHRADER Civil Engineer and Concrete Specialist Walla Walla, Washington INTRODUCTION A gravity dam is an essentially solid concrete structure that resists ...

Google previewInstitutional Constraints to Small Farmer Development in Southern Africa (2011)

by Ajuruchukwu Obi

Infrastructure The Kat Dam is the main bulk water infrastructure in the Kat River Valley. It supplies...

Google previewThe Michigan Technic (1909)

The earth dam is the common type of construction. It is natural that it should be the...

Google previewDictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia (2014)

by Joseph Liow, Michael Leifer

Situated on the lower stretches of the Mekong River in northern Laos, the Xayaburi Dam is a proposed US$3.5 billion, 1,285-megawatt hydropower project whose construction is spearheaded by Thailand's second largest construction ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Thailand (2013)

by Gerald W. Fry, Gayla S. Nieminen, Harold E. Smith

PAK MUN DAM. A controversial dam built in Ubon province in the Northeast by the Electrical Generating Authority of Thailand in 1994 with $240 million of World Bank funding. The dam is located 5.5 km west of the confluence of the Mekong ...

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Quotes about Dam

Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies. (Romare Beardon)
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Scrabble value of D2A1M3

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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