Definition Of dam


a 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

a barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its level, the resulting reservoir being used in the generation of electricity or as a water supply.

The dam raised the water level by 54 feet and created a three-mile-long reservoir holding around 9,000 million gallons.

a rubber sheet used to keep saliva from the teeth during dental operations, or as a prophylactic device during cunnilingus and anilingus.

build a dam across (a river or lake).

Lake Nasser was formed by damming the River Nile.


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Example Of dam

  • A lake at Oakford Park, a pleasure resort near Pittsburgh, was flooded by a violent rainstorm and burst the dam , causing a wall of water to sweep down Bush Creek valley.

  • A plan was announced to dam the Whanganui River, an action that would submerge several cemeteries and sacred sites.

  • An Indian Supreme Court judgement finally gave the project the go-ahead, allowing the height of the dam to be raised to a level that would finally allow water to flow down the irrigation canals.

  • Beaver dams usually stand no more than ten feet (three meters) tall and integrate a series of steps into the slope.

  • By enclosing poetic invention - that, like witchcraft, might transform heroes into swine - James attempted to dam Scottish culture.

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