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  Dictionary Definition of dam

Dam
noun Carl Henrik, Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K; Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1943 (with Edward Doisy).
dam [1]
noun
1. a barrier to obstruct the flow of water, especially one of earth, masonry, etc., built across a stream: When the Dragon went to sleep the foreigners built a big dam to hold back the waters -- DORIS NORMAN, 1965.
2. a body of water confined by such a barrier.
3. any barrier resembling a dam.
4. an artificial pond made by building walls of earth either excavated or conveyed to the site; tank: He swam in the river and the dams whenever he could and rode the one horse they had kept -- JEAN BEDFORD, 1986.
-- verb (t) ( dammed, damming )
5. to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam.
6. to stop up; block up.
[ME, c. G Damm ]