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Definitions of cam

  1. a rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse River Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A curved wedge, movable about an axis, used for forcing or clamping two pieces together. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A ridge or mound of earth. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Crooked. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. A plece of machinery consisting of a rotating or sliding plece or projection for moving, or receiving motion from, a pin, roller, etc., moving against its edge. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Mech. A non circular rotating piece, to give motion to and fro. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A mechanical contrivance for changing a circular motion into an alternate one, or vice versa. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. In mech., a projecting part of a wheel or other moving piece, intended to produce an alternate or variable motion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. 1. content addressable memory.2. computer aided manufacturing. foldoc_fs
  13. kam, n. (mech.) a device for changing a regular rotary motion into a reciprocating motion, various forms of which are the cam-wheel and shaft, the heart-wheel, the wiper-wheel, and the eccentric. [Dut. kam.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Projecting part of wheel &c. in machinery, grooved, toothed, or otherwise adapted to convert circular into reciprocal or variable motion. [Dutch] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. (Mech.) A single tooth which either rotates continuously or oscillates, and drives a sliding or turning-piece either constantly or at intervals. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  16. [A Gael, word.] Crooked. [Cf. ] The rivers Cam; More-cambe, crooked sea, one of which the coast takes many bends. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  17. n. [Welsh] A projecting part of a wheel or moving piece, so shaped as to give an alternating or variable motion to another wheel or piece meeting it. Cabinet Dictionary

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