cam

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

A cam

Recorded since the 16th century, from Dutch kam (cog of a wheel; originally, comb) (cognate with English comb, and preserved in modern Dutch compounds such as kamrad, kamwiel (cog wheel))

Noun[edit]

cam (plural cams)

  1. A turning or sliding piece which imparts motion to a rod, lever or block brought into sliding or rolling contact with it.
  2. A curved wedge, movable about an axis, used for forcing or clamping two pieces together.
  3. (Britain, dialect) A ridge or mound of earth.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)
  4. (rock climbing) A camming device, a spring-loaded device for effecting a temporary belay in a rock crevice.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Clipping of camera, from the first part of Latin camera obscura (dark chamber), itself from Ancient Greek καμάρα (kamára, vaulted chamber), from Proto-Indo-European *kam- (to arch)

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Noun[edit]

cam (plural cams)

  1. (informal) Camera.
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Verb[edit]

cam (third-person singular simple present cams, present participle camming, simple past and past participle cammed)

  1. To go on webcam with someone.

Etymology 3[edit]

Adverb[edit]

cam (comparative more cam, superlative most cam)

  1. Alternative form of kam

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Acholi[edit]

Noun[edit]

cam

  1. food

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cam, a shortening of camera.

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Noun[edit]

cam f (plural cams)

  1. cam (device for filming)

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cam m (uncountable)

  1. (military, nautical) contre-amiral (rear admiral (RAdm))

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (contre-amiral): CAm

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish camm, from Proto-Celtic *kambos.

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Adjective[edit]

cam (genitive singular masculine caim, genitive singular feminine caime, plural cama, comparative caime)

  1. crooked

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cam cham gcam
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Kurdish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to Persian ‌جام (jam).

Noun[edit]

cam f

  1. glass

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Rafsi[edit]

cam (or alternate rafsi cai )

  1. rafsi of carmi (intense/bright/saturated/brilliant).

Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish camm, from Proto-Celtic *kambos.

Adjective[edit]

cam (plural cammey)

  1. crooked
  2. deformed
  3. deceitful
  4. (of wood) knotty

Verb[edit]

cam (verbal noun cammey, past participle cammit)

  1. bow, distort, hook (as finger), crank (of object)

Mutation[edit]

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cam cham gam
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Old Irish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cam

  1. Alternative spelling of camm

Declension[edit]

o/ā-stem
Singular Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative cam cam cam
Vocative caim*
cam**
Accusative cam caim
Genitive caim caime caim
Dative cam caim cam
Plural Masculine Feminine/neuter
Nominative caim cama
Vocative camu
cama
Accusative camu
cama
Genitive cam
Dative camaib
Notes *modifying a noun whose vocative is different from its nominative

**modifying a noun whose vocative is identical to its nominative
† not when substantivized

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
cam cham cam
pronounced with /ɡ(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quam, or more likely from camai, from Latin quam magis.

Adverb[edit]

cam

  1. approximately, a little
  2. rather
    Lacul ăsta e cam murdar.
    This lake is rather dirty.

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish camm, from Proto-Celtic *kambos.

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Adjective[edit]

cam

  1. crooked, askew

Declension[edit]

First declension; forms of the positive degree:

Case Masculine singular Feminine singular Plural
Nominative cam cham cama
Vocative chaim chaim cama
Genitive chaim chaim/caime cam
Dative cham chaim cama

Comparative/superlative: caime


Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Persian جام (jâm).

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Noun[edit]

cam (definite accusative camı, plural camlar)

  1. glass

Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from (“orange”).

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Noun[edit]

cam

  1. ([quả / trái] cam) The fruit orange

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Adjective[edit]

cam

  1. made of oranges
  2. ([màu] cam) of the colour orange

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