• Female parent, mother, generally regarding breeding of animals (correlative to sire).
  • (South Africa, Australia) A reservoir.
  • (dentistry) A device to prevent a tooth from getting wet, consisting of a rubber sheet held with a band.
  • (India) An obsolete Indian copper coin, equal to a fortieth of a rupee.
  • A kind of crowned piece in the game of draughts.
  • A structure placed across a flowing body of water to stop the flow.

    "A dam is often an essential source of water to farmers of hilly country."

  • A firebrick wall, or a stone, which forms the front of the hearth of a blast furnace.


  • To block the flow of water.

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