• WordNet 3.6
    • n cam a rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion
    • n Cam a river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse River
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cam (Med) A curved wedge, movable about an axis, used for forcing or clamping two pieces together.
    • Cam (Med) 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.
    • Cam A ridge or mound of earth.
    • Cam (Med) 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.
    • a Cam Crooked. "Corbe shoulder."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cam A comb.
    • n cam A ridge, hedge, or long earthen mound.
    • n cam In machinery, a device for converting a regular rotary motion into an irregular, fast and slow, intermittent rotary or reciprocating motion. It properly includes the cam-wheel, plain or geared, the cam-shaft, the heart-wheel, the wiper, the wiper-wheel, and the eccentric. The simplest form is that of a heart-shaped, lobe-shaped, or otherwise eccentric wheel, which imparts motion to another wheel either by means of gearing or by rolling contact. Instead of following the irregular face of the cam-wheel, the friction-wheel may travel in a curved race or guiding path on the side of a cam-disk, as in the cam-wheel of a harvester. In another form of cam the face of the wheel is cut into gears or into projecting teeth that may engage another gear, or an arm or a pinion upon a shaft, to give a quickly changing rising and falling motion. Such cams are also called wiper-wheels, and are used to operate stamps and tilt-hammers. The heart-wheel accomplishes the same object, but In a less abrupt manner, while eccentric cams of various shapes may impart a slow thrust and quick return, as in many machine-tools. The wiper, a cam-shaped arm, is very generally used to operate the valves of beam-engines. The cam in some of its forms appears in a great variety of machines, wherever an irregular speed or motion or a rapid reciprocating motion is required, as in the harvester, printing-press, sewing-machine, etc. A cam-shaft is a shaft having tumblers or wipers. The heart-wheel is a heart-shaped cam. (See eccentric.) Cams for determining motion for cutting and tracing, as in certain machines, are called shaper-plates.
    • cam Crooked; bent or bending.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cam kam (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.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dan. kam, comb, ridge; or cf. W., Gael., and Ir., cam, bent. See 1st Comb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. kam.


In literature:

Back of the college is the river, the Cam.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
B. Tracy Titcombe, M.A., Cam.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
Returning to the valley of the Cam, we will follow it down to the great university city of Cambridge, fifty-eight miles north of London.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
And as he cam towarde them, he askyd and sayd: is he fat, is he fat?
"Shakespeare Jest-Books;" by Unknown
Or again, he would know that the effect could be achieved by a cam.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Your letter cam' by the express, Eight shillin's carriage, naethin' less!
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
I cam to tell ye, but no word would have passed my lips if ye hadna chanced to ask me.
"Graham of Claverhouse" by Ian Maclaren
Cam., and Q.C., is likely to be made a Judge.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, February 8, 1890" by Various
The machine of Arkwright was adapted for roving by means of a revolving cam.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
However, I prefer a vise of the cam lever type.
"How to Tie Flies" by E. C. Gregg

In poetry:

Johnnie turned and left her,
Listit for the war;
In a year cam limpin
Hame wi' mony a scar.
"Ower The Hedge" by George MacDonald
As I cam in by Dunidier,
An doun by Netherha,
There was fifty thousand Hielanmen
A-marching to Harlaw.
"The Battle Of Harlaw" by Anonymous British
Sae luely, luely, cam she in
Saie luely was she gaen;
And wi' her a' my simmer days
Like they had never been.
"The Trysting Place" by William Soutar
Four and twenty ladies fair
Were playing at the chess,
And out then cam the fair Janet,
As green as onie grass.
"Tam Lin" by Andrew Lang
"O cam ye frae the Hielans, man?
And cam ye a' the wey?
Saw ye Macdonell an his men,
As they cam frae the Skee?"
"Traditionary Version" by Andrew Lang
Sadly, sadly he crossed the floor
And tirled at the pin:
Sadly went he through the door
Where sadly he cam' in.
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Check the weather and the river boats rolling along the Mississippi on our live, 'round-the-clock cam.
Users with slower connections are not advised to use Snow Cams.
If you have difficulty viewing the cam, you may need to download and install Java software.
Cranked tine arms in combination with an optimized cam track ensure maximum raking capacity and smooth treatment of the hay.
Vortex, a major enhancement to the 2013 edition of Delcam's PowerMill CAM system for high speed and five-axis machining, is designed to produce tool paths with a controlled engagement angle.
Version 8.1 of CGS North America's CAM-Tool CAD/CAM software features a Protruding Divide function that enables users to separate roughing and finishing programs based on the length of the tool protruding from the holder.
CAM Software Separates Roughing , Finishing.
The Angels have signed two of their three first-round picks, East Coweta High (Sharpsburg, Ga.) righthander Cam Bedrosian for $1.116 million and Marietta (Ga.) High outfielder Chevez Clarke for $1.089 million.
Von Miller does Cam Newton's Superman celebration after sacking him.
SA Int'l ( SAi ), Philadelphia, PA, a provider of software solutions for the professional signmaking, digital printing, proofing, and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, announced it launched
Carolina rookie Cam Newton has completed all 17 of his screen-pass attempts for 152 yards.
CAD/CAM software has been key for this shop to meet the tight lead times necessary to move into the medical market.
"This morning, Veronica Lewis filed," Town Clerk Cam Dungee said.
Pendleton's Cam Blackburn scores during the first quarter against BHP.
I thank all of you who gave Mastercam a warm reception at PMTS 2011 where we "soft" launched our new CAD/CAM software package, Swiss Expert.

In science:

As mentioned in Section 1, we plan to develop tests that are optimal at correctly specified densities, in the sense of Le Cam’s asymptotic theory of statistical experiments.
Optimal rank-based tests for homogeneity of scatter
This establishes the premise of Le Cam’s Third Lemma (Le Cam (1960); H´ajek and ˇSid´ak (1967)), the conclusion of which is that the limit law under Q of the random variable Tν is N (r, 1).
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies
We follow the mentioned above Pitman-Le Cam’s approach.
Hypotheses Testing: Poisson Versus Self-exciting
We introduce the asymptotic optimality of tests with the help of the following definition Le Cam (1956).
Hypotheses Testing: Poisson Versus Self-exciting
The asymptotic optimality of the test follows as well from the general theory (see, e.g., Le Cam (1956) or Roussas (1972)), because if we replace H1 by any simple alternative H∗ : u = u∗ , then the test ¯φT (cid:0)X T (cid:1) = χ{L(u∗ /√T ,X T )>bε} is the most powerful.
Hypotheses Testing: Poisson Versus Self-exciting