American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An eccentric or multiply curved wheel mounted on a rotating shaft, used to produce variable or reciprocating motion in another engaged or contacted part.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A comb.
- n. A ridge, hedge, or long earthen mound.
- n. In machinery, a device for converting a regular rotary motion into an irregular, fast and slow, intermittent rotary or reciprocating motion. It properly includes the cam-wheel, plain or geared, the cam-shaft, the heart-wheel, the wiper, the wiper-wheel, and the eccentric. The simplest form is that of a heart-shaped, lobe-shaped, or otherwise eccentric wheel, which imparts motion to another wheel either by means of gearing or by rolling contact. Instead of following the irregular face of the cam-wheel, the friction-wheel may travel in a curved race or guiding path on the side of a cam-disk, as in the cam-wheel of a harvester. In another form of cam the face of the wheel is cut into gears or into projecting teeth that may engage another gear, or an arm or a pinion upon a shaft, to give a quickly changing rising and falling motion. Such cams are also called wiper-wheels, and are used to operate stamps and tilt-hammers. The heart-wheel accomplishes the same object, but In a less abrupt manner, while eccentric cams of various shapes may impart a slow thrust and quick return, as in many machine-tools. The wiper, a cam-shaped arm, is very generally used to operate the valves of beam-engines. The cam in some of its forms appears in a great variety of machines, wherever an irregular speed or motion or a rapid reciprocating motion is required, as in the harvester, printing-press, sewing-machine, etc. A cam-shaft is a shaft having tumblers or wipers. The heart-wheel is a heart-shaped cam. (See eccentric.) Cams for determining motion for cutting and tracing, as in certain machines, are called shaper-plates.
- Crooked; bent or bending.
- n. A turning or sliding piece which imparts motion to a rod, lever or block brought into sliding or rolling contact with it.
- n. rock climbing A camming device, a spring-loaded device for effecting a temporary belay in a rock crevice.
- n. informal camera
- v. To go on webcam with someone
- adv. Alternative form of kam.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A turning or sliding piece which, by the shape of its periphery or face, or a groove in its surface, imparts variable or intermittent motion to, or receives such motion from, a rod, lever, or block brought into sliding or rolling contact with it.
- n. A curved wedge, movable about an axis, used for forcing or clamping two pieces together.
- n. A projecting part of a wheel or other moving piece so shaped as to give alternate or variable motion to another piece against which it acts.
- n. Prow. Eng. A ridge or mound of earth.
- adj. obsolete Crooked.
- n. a river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse River
- n. a rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion
- From camera, from the first part of Latin camera obscura ("dark chamber"), itself from Ancient Greek καμάρα (kamara, "vaulted chamber"), from Proto-Indo-European *kam- (“to arch”) (Wiktionary)
- Dutch kam, cog, comb; see gembh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Unfortunately my cam is a couple hours away and I have not been able to check it in almost a month.”
“Thu 10/22/09 9: 50 AM totally agree. mitch may be the messenger but cam is the diplomat.”
“Even a relatively small chunck of rock (say in the 10 meter size range) travelling at 20000 to 50000 km/second has an huge amount of kinetic energy that cam translates into many kilotons/megatons of damage.”
“A Gorrilla or Yeti costume in front of the trail-cam is a good one though we've yet to follow through.”
“Like Nate said, not knowing what you are going to get on a trail cam is what makes one exciting to have.”
“Yes | No | Report from fliphuntr14 wrote 5 weeks 4 days ago yeah someone else knows the trail cam is there and just happened to find a great use for last years halloween costume .. you don't throw something like that away.”
“My current cam is admittedly "last-gen," but it runs on regular AA cells.”
“They are more forgiving on the shoulder and draw smother than other twin cam bows.”
“The sound on this live cam is so good, I even hear insects buzzing.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘cam’.
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These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
Words created by removing the end of a longer or original word. See also Fun with Aphesis.
Didactic and likely fallible tracking of secretive nomadic language Zincali gypsy.
3 letter words, not the girl band.
boggle and speed scrabble would not be half as fun without them.
Just what it says. Archery rocks.
short, sweet, epic, catchy, sassy, sexy & sizzling.
( personal list, randomness )
New verbs for the internet age. No physical activity required.
Looking for tweets for cam.