dam

Part of speech: verb

To stop by a dam; restrain.

Part of speech: noun

A barrier to check the flow of a stream.

Part of speech: noun

A female parent; said of the lower animals.

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Usage examples "dam":

  1. All the time they were talking Annie was watching Alec's boat, which had dropped down the river, and was floating in the sunshine above the dam. - "Alec Forbes of Howglen", George MacDonald.
  2. " You know," he said, " she's a dam rotten manager." - "The White Peacock", D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence.
  3. All winter I looked forward to the day when the great gates of the dam would be raised and the pond disappear in a few hours. - "Confessions of Boyhood", John Albee.