There are 2 definitions of cam in English:

cam1

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noun

1A projection on a rotating part in machinery, designed to make sliding contact with another part while rotating and 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.
1.1A 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.
2 informal A camera.
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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.

Origin

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

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There are 2 definitions of cam in English:

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abbreviation

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

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