Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A slender grooved lead bar used to hold together the panes in stained glass or latticework windows.
  • v. Past tense of come.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grooved strip of lead used to hold panes of glass together.
  • v. Simple past of come.
  • v. Simple past of cum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of come.
  • n. A slender rod of cast lead, with or without grooves, used, in casements and stained-glass windows, to hold together the panes or pieces of glass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit of come.
  • n. A comb.
  • n. A ridge.
  • n. The batch or amount of lead necessary to make sash-bars for 100 square feet of glazing; also, this amount cast into small rods or bars 12 or 14 inches long, and ready for drawing.
  • n. Hence The prepared sash-bar itself, having a section like an I, more or less rounded at each end, and called in technical language glaziers' turned lead or window-lead.

Etymologies

Possibly dialectal kame, ridge; see kame.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Scots came ("comb"), caim ("comb"), and Middle English camet ("silver"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • When Theodore Roosevelt first came into my life, he “came to help.

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  • Wych Hazel turned for one more look at the road, drew a deep sigh that was half patient and half impatient; and then slowly pulling off cap and gloves came forward to the corner room, chanting softly to herself as she came—

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  • But when the new Logician, who was the new Magician, came, with 'the part operative' of his speculation; with his 'New Machine,' with the rod of his new definition, with the staff of _his_ genera and species, -- when the right name was found for it, it heard, it heard afar, it heard in its heaven and _came_.

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  • Hitherto the ship had been kept in her first position by backing and filling the mizen-topsail, but now she came to, and eventually _came round_: but

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  • Some people say the term came from Adbusters, the non-profit "culture-jamming" magazine that initiates activist campaigns.

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  • The term came home, however, in the sixteenth century.

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  • A grooved strip of lead or (rarely) another metal, generally with an H-shaped cross section, used to join separate parts of glass windows.

    November 8, 2007