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Definition of Dam

Dam

  1. A female parent; -- used of beasts, especially of quadrupeds; sometimes applied in contempt to a human mother.
  2. A kind or crowned piece in the game of draughts.
  3. 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.
  4. A firebrick wall, or a stone, which forms the front of the hearth of a blast furnace.
  5. 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.
  6. To shut up; to stop up; to close; to restrain.

Dam Quotations

One may as well dam for water tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man.
John Muir

We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today.
Henry Ford

We can't put up a protectionist dam on our own against the neo-liberal world market either. However, we can try, together with our European partners, to maintain the social character of Europe as much as possible.
Johan Huizinga

You might as well try and dam Niagara Falls with toothpicks as to stop the reform wave sweeping our land.
Billy Sunday

The Egyptian Nile, though it does have its own particular hazards, is subject to none of what I find in Rhode Island. Since the Aswan High Dam was built in 1973, the Nile has become something of a grand canal. It is wide, flat, slow, and so calm it verges on the geriatric.
Rosemary Mahoney
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Dam Translations

dam in French is barrage
dam in German is Damm, stauen
dam in Italian is diga
dam in Norwegian is demning
dam in Portuguese is represa
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