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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The cam lever goes to C. The side levers position themselves - they're not under the knitter's control.
▪ When knitting double jacquard, the cam lever is set to the jacquard or slip position.
▪ For simpler work, the depth is adjusted merely by setting the cam lever.
▪ For that row, the main carriage has to be set as for stocking stitch, that is with cam lever on 0.
▪ I said I always imagined the pattern starting at the N1 cam and spreading out to the point cams.
▪ It starts pattern knitting at the first point cam.
▪ Every time the carriage passes across the needlebed, it reads the position of the N1 cam and the point cams.
▪ Put Magic cams on to the carriage and place the point cams where you wish the motif to go.
▪ The exact position doesn't matter as long as the N1 cam lies between the point cams.
▪ So the pattern will start at the right point cam with stitch number 18 of the pattern.
▪ The N1 cam was then outside the point cams.
▪ This is easily done if the point cams are not placed exactly in the 24 stitch placings.
▪ The carriage has no means, at that point, of knowing that you have moved the point cam.
▪ So I move the left point cam to the right.
▪ At what age cam children cope with these conventions?
▪ Every time the carriage passes across the needlebed, it reads the position of the N1 cam and the point cams.
▪ I passed out and when I cam to I was lying like I was hung on a cross.
▪ Kelly jumped, whilst Beeney cam to punch, unfortunately Kelly just got there first and the ball fell into the goal.
▪ Position the point cams to indicate the position of the motif.
▪ So the end needle selection cams on punchcard machines should be put out of work.
▪ The exact position doesn't matter as long as the N1 cam lies between the point cams.
▪ Three fifty with single overhead cam.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cam \Cam\ (k[a^]m), n. [Dan. kam comb, ridge; or cf. W., Gael., and Ir., cam bent. See 1st Comb.]

  1. (Med.)

    1. 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.

    2. A curved wedge, movable about an axis, used for forcing or clamping two pieces together.

    3. 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.

      Note: Cams are much used in machinery involving complicated, and irregular movements, as in the sewing machine, pin machine, etc.

  2. A ridge or mound of earth. [Prow. Eng.]

    Cam wheel (Mach.), a wheel with one or more projections (cams) or depressions upon its periphery or upon its face; one which is set or shaped eccentrically, so that its revolutions impart a varied, reciprocating, or intermittent motion.


Cam \Cam\, a. [See Kam.] Crooked. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a projecting part of a rotating machinery," 1777, from Dutch cam "cog of a wheel," originally "comb;" cognate of English comb (n.). This might have combined with English camber "having a slight arch;" or the whole thing could be from camber.


abbreviation of camera, by 1990.


n. 1 (acronym of complementary medicine complementary and alternative medicine English) 2 (context real estate English) (acronym of common area maintenance English) 3 (acronym of computer-aided manufacturing English) n. (abbreviation of Campeche lang=en dot=), a state of Mexico.


A cam is a rotating or sliding piece in a mechanical linkage used especially in transforming rotary motion into linear motion or vice versa. It is often a part of a rotating wheel (e.g. an eccentric wheel) or shaft (e.g. a cylinder with an irregular shape) that strikes a lever at one or more points on its circular path. The cam can be a simple tooth, as is used to deliver pulses of power to a steam hammer, for example, or an eccentric disc or other shape that produces a smooth reciprocating (back and forth) motion in the follower, which is a lever making contact with the cam.

Cam (bootleg)

A cam (camrip or camming, deriving from camcorder) is a bootleg recording of a film. Unlike the more common DVD rip or screener recording methods which involve the duplication of officially distributed media, cam versions are original clandestine recordings made in movie theaters.

Cam (disambiguation)

A cam is a mechanical linkage which translates motion.

Cam or CAM may also refer to:

CAM (record company)

CAM Jazz is an Italian jazz record label founded in 2000.

CAM's Grammy Award nominations include What Now? by Kenny Wheeler (Best Jazz Instrumental Album), Viva by Diego Urcola (Best Latin Jazz Album), 1000 Kilometers by Oregon (Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition), and Martial Solal Live at the Village Vanguard by Martial Solal (Best Improvised Jazz Solo). In 2008, CAM added three other Italian labels: Black Saint, Soul Note, and DDQ (Dischi Della Quercia).

Cam (name)

Cam is both a given name and a surname, often a shorthand for Cameron. Notable people with the name include:

Given name:

  • Cam (singer), born Camaron Ochs, American singer
  • Cam Archer (born 1982), American filmmaker, writer, and photographer
  • Cam Cairncross (born 1972), former Australian Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Cam Cameron (born 1961), former NFL head coach
  • Cam Gigandet (born 1982), American actor
  • Cam Janssen (born 1984), American-born professional ice hockey player
  • Cam McCaffrey (born 1983), Canadian former professional ice hockey player
  • Cam Neely (born 1965), former Canadian-born professional ice hockey player
  • Cam Newton (born 1989), American football player
  • Cam Ward (born 1984), Canadian-born professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Cam Woolley (born 1957), Canadian television journalist and former police officer


  • Helen Cam (1885-1968), English historian
  • Sandra Cam (born 1972), Belgian freestyle swimmer
Cam (singer)

Cam (born Camaron Marvel Ochs; November 19, 1984) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Her music incorporates elements taken from contemporary pop music. She began her career as a songwriter, composing material for several artists including Miley Cyrus. In 2010 she released her debut studio album on an independent record label.

Signing with Sony Music Entertainment, she released her debut major label EP in March 2015, Welcome to Cam Country. The album's second track " Burning House" was played on the Bobby Bones Show and attracted significant attention and became her breakout hit single. She launched her second studio album, Untamed in December 2015 on the success of the song. "Burning House" has since received widespread acclaim, including a nomination from the Grammy Awards.

Usage examples of "cam".

Springs, alembics, coils of copper tubing, buckled sheets of metal, gear systems both rack-and-pinion and epicyclic, pendulums, levers, cams, cranks, differentials, bearings, pulleys, assorted tools, and stone jars containing alkahest and corrosive substances crowded every horizontal surface.

Made of carbon fiber, aluminium or composite resin, with cams that worked like gears at the end of the bow to give the bow cable more power, these modern versions of the longbow would have had Robin Hood creaming his Lincoln green.

Francis Pucci cam and browght Chrisan Franken with him, who, he sayd, had now recanted his wycked boke against Christ, wherof I was glad.

Talbot or that lerned man, his own writing in my boke, very unduely as he cam by it.

Edmond Hilton cam from Prage with nine Hungarian horses bowght toward our jornay.

Francys Blunt, brother to the late Lord Mountjoy, unkle to the Lord Mowntjoy living, and to Sir Charles of the court, cam to be acquaynted to me, he having byn a travayle at Constantinople.

Hallowein last bypast, at twelff houris at even or thairby, thow, the said Thomas Leyis, accompaneit with umquhil Janett Wischert, Isobel Coker, Isobel Monteithe, Kathren Mitchell, relict of umquhil Charles Dun, litster, sorceraris and witches, with ane gryt number of ither witches, cam to the mercat and fish cross of Aberdene, under the conduct and gyding of the dewill, present with you all in company, playing before you on his kynd of instruments.

March 6th, Barnabas Saul cam this day agayn abowt one of the clok and went to London the same afternone.

Talbot cam abowt 3 of the clok afternone, with whom I had some wordes of unkendnes: we parted frendely: he sayd that the Lord Morley had the Lord Mountegle his bokes.

June 15th, abowt 5 of the clok cam the Polonian Prince Lord Albert Lasky down from Bissham, where he had lodged the night before, being returned from Oxford whither he had gon of purpose to see the universityes, wher he was very honorably used and enterteyned.

I cam to her at three quarters of the clok afternone, and she sayd she wold send me something to kepe Christmas with.

Thomas Griffith my cosen from Llanbeder cam to see me, and lay all night with me, and allso Mr.

Cam hesitated, searching for a descriptor, but the ones that Came to mind--dark, edgy, unsettling--were not helpful.

April 14th, Winifrede Goose, wife of goodman Goose of Tuddington, dowghter of Harry Wyse, eviley tempted, cam to me with her sister.

Ay, I could set your freend over if he cam here round about eleven--maybe, a wee thing later.