- noun a construction built to block a river in order to channel the flow of water into a hydroelectric power station or to regulate the water supply to an irrigation scheme
- noun the female parent of an animal, usually a domestic animal
- The barrier built into the trapway of a toilet that controls the water level in the toilet bowl.
Origin & History of “dam”
, appropriately enough
for a word
related to the human control
of water-courses, seems to have
been borrowed from middle
. It appears to have been a fairly widespread west
Germanic word, subsequently borrowed into north
Germanic, but its ultimate source
is not known.