- Machinery. a disk or cylinder having an irregular form such that its motion, usually rotary, gives to a part or parts in contact with it a specific rocking or reciprocating motion.
- Automotive Slang. camshaft.
verb (used with object), cammed, cam·ming.
- to provide (a machine part or mechanism) with a cam or cams.
- a slider or roller attached to a rotating shaft to give a particular type of reciprocating motion to a part in contact with its profile
- a river in E England, in Cambridgeshire, flowing through Cambridge to the River Ouse. Length: about 64 km (40 miles)
- complementary and alternative medicine
- computer-aided manufacture
- botany crassulacean acid metabolism: a form of photosynthesis, first described in crassulaceous plants, in which carbon dioxide is taken up only at night
- Cameroon (international car registration)
abbreviation of camera, by 1990.
“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.