There are 2 definitions of CAM in English:


Syllabification: CAM


  • 1Computer-aided manufacturing.
  • 2Complementary and alternative medicine.

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There are 2 definitions of CAM in English:


Syllabification: cam


  • 1A projection on a rotating part in machinery, designed to make sliding contact with another part while rotating and to impart reciprocal or variable motion to it.
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    • Contact between the cams and the tappets in the valve train span the mixed and boundary regions.
    • Variable camshaft timing on both the intake and exhaust cams rotate the cams between the adjustment extremes in a stepless fashion.
    • Solid, or mechanical, lifters provide more direct contact between the cam and pushrod and accordingly can rev up to 8,000 rpm.
  • 1.1 short for camshaft.
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    • The cam made the engine too lumpy for slow moving London driving and the radiator barely coped with the extra heat.
    • The all-aluminum engines feature dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.
    • Advances in technology means that engines work more efficiently using an overhead cam.
  • 1.2 short for camera1.
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    • My wife suggested I get my camera and I took several photos, all of them very disappointing with the digital cam.
    • I must make an effort to use my digital cam to snap a shot of Woody in action to post.
    • However, it has just not been convenient to stop and use the digital cam to snap a few pictures.


late 18th century: from Dutch kam 'comb', as in kamrad 'cogwheel'.

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