There are 3 definitions of dam in English:

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1A barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its level, forming a reservoir used to generate electricity or as a water supply: the dam burst after torrential rain [in names]: the Hoover Dam
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  • The dam raised the water level by 54 feet and created a three-mile-long reservoir holding around 9,000 million gallons.
  • By raising the dam, water levels would reach a point where they would flood many of the beach-front properties that sit close to the lake shore.
  • He'll test them on Nile crocodiles in South Africa, which are imperiled because changes to a local dam will raise water levels and swamp nesting beaches.
Synonyms
barrage, barrier, wall, embankment, levee, barricade, obstruction, hindrance, blockage
1.1A barrier of branches in a stream, constructed by a beaver to provide a deep pool and a lodge.
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  • The trees are used to build lodges and large dams that provide their aquatic habitat.
  • Beaver dams usually stand no more than ten feet (three meters) tall and integrate a series of steps into the slope.
  • Photos from 40 years ago show a common practice of clearing vegetation and beaver dams from streams to help the water run more freely for irrigation.
1.2chiefly South African An artificial pond or reservoir where rain or spring water is collected for storage: the dam was full of water
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  • Spring rain left dams full as bellies after chips for tea.
  • At present rain water is being collected in large storage dams and reticulated to the end consumer via a network of pipes, pumps and treatment plant to ensure drinking water quality.
  • When the rains began, the dams were full to the brim.
2 (also dental dam) A rubber sheet used to keep saliva from the teeth during dental operations, or as a prophylactic device during cunnilingus and anilingus.
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  • Participants were asked if they used condoms, rubber dams, or rubber gloves during the encounter, and answers to this question were coded as yes, no, or no sex.

verb (dams, damming, dammed)

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1Build a dam across (a river or lake): the river was dammed to form Lake Powell
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  • Lake Nasser was formed by damming the River Nile.
  • In the Soviet era, the Vakhsh River was dammed for irrigation and electric power, and factories were built along its banks.
  • This is a reservoir of approximately 800 acres formed by damming the River Wolf.
Synonyms
block (up), obstruct, choke, clog (up), bung up, close
technical occlude
1.1Hold back or obstruct (something): the closed lock gates dammed up the canal
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  • If you picture it as water, you can feel where it flows and where it is dammed up or blocked.
  • In valleys, the pollution is effectively dammed up.
  • The flood was dammed, the trickle diminished to a drop here and there as though someone had put a bend in the hose-pipe - which, I suppose, in computer terms, they had.

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch; related to Dutch dam and German Damm, also to Old English fordemman 'close up'.

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The female parent of an animal, especially a domestic mammal.
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  • However, the present study indicates Longhorns have a significant advantage in calving ease over Red Poll sires for dams calving at 2 yr of age.
  • The greatest effect of scours was on young inbred dams; mature outcross dams had a lower incidence of scours.
  • Their incorporation into these pedigree herds as suckler dams or resale as in calf cows offers a very lucrative second-hand value.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a human mother): alteration of dame.

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