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to | gam |

As nouns the difference between to and gam

is that to is thaw, weather conditions that make snow and ice melt while gam is (slang) a person's leg, especially an attractive woman's leg or gam can be (collective noun used to refer to) a group of whales, or rarely also of porpoises; a pod or gam can be .

As a verb gam is

(nautical) to make a social visit on another ship at sea.



Alternative forms

* (dialectal) ter * (contraction) t' * (abbreviation)


  • I want to leave.
    He asked me what to do.
    I don’t know how to say it.
    I have places to''' go and people '''to see.
  • * 1711 , :
  • To' err is human, ' to forgive divine.
  • * , Scene 1:
  • To be, or not to be: that is the question: /
  • * 2010 July, , headline [http://web.archive.org/web/20100705003703/http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gfMucgz8wUGUNUNXRyIyqzY6lWwQD9GM98N83]:
  • Odds are, BP to get new CEO this year
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=April 10 , author=Alistair Magowan , title=Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=To' that end, the home supporters were in good voice ' to begin with, but it was Newcastle who started the game in the ascendancy, with Barton putting a diving header over the top from Jose Enrique's cross.}}
  • "Did you visit the museum?" "I wanted to , but it was closed."
    If he hasn't read it yet, he ought to .

    Derived terms

    * going to / gonna * got to / gotta * have to / hafta * ought to / oughta * supposed to / supposta * used to / usta * want to / wanna * fixing to / finna


    (English prepositions)
  • In the direction of, and arriving at.
  • We are walking to the shop.
  • * 2013 September 28, , " London Is Special, but Not That Special," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
  • Driven by a perceived political need to adopt a hard-line stance, Mr. Cameron’s coalition government has imposed myriad new restrictions, the aim of which is to reduce net migration to Britain to below 100,000.
  • He devoted himself to education.
    They drank to his health.
  • That is something to do.
  • His face was beaten to a pulp.
  • similar to''' ...'', ''relevant '''to''' ...'', ''pertinent '''to''' ...'', ''I was nice '''to''' him'', ''he was cruel '''to''' her'', ''I am used '''to walking.
  • (arithmetic)
  • one to one = 1:1
    ten to one = 10:1.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=April 22 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Liverpool 0-1 West Brom , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=In total, the Reds had 28 shots to their opponent's nine, and 15 corners to the Baggies' three.}}
  • (arithmetic) .
  • Three squared or three to the second power is nine.
    Three to the power of two is nine.
    Three to the second is nine.
  • I gave the book to him.
  • (time) Preceding.
  • ten to''' ten'' = 9:50; ''We're going to leave at ten '''to (the hour).
  • (Canada, UK, Newfoundland, West Midlands) at
  • Stay where you're to and I'll come find you, b'y.

    See also

    * at


  • Toward a closed, touching or engaging position.
  • Please push the door to .
  • * 1913 ,
  • He went in his room, pushed the door to , without fastening the latch.
  • (nautical) Into the wind.
  • Synonyms

    * closed, shut


    * open, ajar

    See also

    * come to * heave to * lean-to * set-to * to and fro * (English Citations of "to")


    * Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans, "Spatial particles of orientation", in The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning and Cognition , Cambridge University Press, 2003, 0-521-81430 8





    Etymology 1

    From (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • (slang) A person's leg, especially an attractive woman's leg.
  • * 2010 , Home Swell Home: Designing Your Dream Pad (ISBN 0743446356), page 19:
  • Make the salesclerk blush by flashing some gam and asking him to mix a bucket in your flesh tone.
  • * 2012 September 10, (Ariel Levy), "The Space In Between", in The New Yorker :
  • The women's-liberation movement of the late sixties and the seventies – the so-called second wave of feminism – introduced Americans to the notion that their mothers and sisters and daughters ought not to be "objectified": that there was something wrong with reducing female people to boobs, gams , and beaver.


    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • (Collective noun used to refer to) a group of whales, or rarely also of porpoises; a pod.
  • * 1862 , Henry Theodore Cheever, The Whalemen's Adventures in the Southern Ocean , Darton & Hodge, page 116:
  • Upon getting into a "gam " of whales, this boat, together with that of one of the mates, pulled for a single whale that was seen at a distance from the others, and succeeded in getting square up to their victim unperceived.
  • * 1985 , Dennis Kyte, To the Heart of a Bear: The Last Elegant Bear (ISBN 067154781X):
  • Breakfast was interrupted as a gam of porpoises surrounded the Argyle , swaying in the foam and singing in gurgles and beeps.
  • * 2010 , Jack White, Mastery of Self Promotion (ISBN 0557339510), page 119:
  • Christmas day in 1998, we lived on the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Grove, California and watched a gam of whales breaching in the deep ultramarine water.
  • * (seemoreCites)
  • (by extension) A social gathering of whalers (whaling ships).
  • * 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale , Harper and Brothers, chapter 53:
  • But what is a Gam'? You might wear out your index-finger running up and down the columns of dictionaries, and never find the word, Dr. Johnson never attained to that erudition; Noah Webster’s ark does not hold it. Nevertheless, this same expressive word has now for many years been in constant use among some fifteen thousand true born Yankees. Certainly, it needs a definition, and should be incorporated into the Lexicon. With that view, let me learnedly define it. ' Gam . NOUN—A social meeting of two (or more) Whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats’ crews, the two captains remaining, for the time, on board of one ship, and the two chief mates on the other.
  • * 1916 , Harry B. Turner, Nantucket's Early Telegraph Service'', in the ''Proceedings of the Nantucket Historical Association , page 50:
  • There is still that yearning for news from Nantucket that there was when the whale-ships stopped for a gam out in the far-distant Pacific Ocean
  • * 1997 , Gillies Ross, ?Margaret Penny, This Distant and Unsurveyed Country (ISBN 0773516743), page 14:
  • If time was available, whaling prospects poor, and the weather gentle, a gam might last all day and include tea and dinner.
  • * 2007 , Tom Chaffin, Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah (ISBN 0374707006), page 230:
  • Twice each year, the Russian Navy sent out such ships to provision Russian whalers in the Sea of Okhotsk. In sailing toward the supposed Russian ship, the Abigail ’s captain, Ebenezer Nye, was hoping for a gam with the ship's officers


  • (nautical) To make a social visit on another ship at sea.
  • * 2008 , Eric Jay Dolin, Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America (ISBN 0393066665), page 436:
  • Although most whalemen looked forward to gamming and enjoyed these ocean-borne gatherings, there were at least a few whalemen who either grew weary of them, or just weary of gamming so often with the same ships over and over.
  • * 2011 , Paul Schneider, The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod (ISBN 0805067345), page 255:
  • This was early in the summer of 1820, after nearly a year at sea, and they had gammed the whaling ship Aurora, which had on board not only plenty of letters but some newspapers as well.
  • * 2014 , James Revell Carr, Hawaiian Music in Motion (ISBN 0252096525), page 181:
  • In chapter 2 we saw how gamming whalers sang songs that tied them to their homelands while emphasizing the transient, cosmopolitan nature of their work,

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (rfv-sense) .
  • * 1992 , Kenneth Darwin, Familia 1992: Ulster Geneological Review: Number 8 (ISBN 0901905569):
  • At some stage some gam of an official decided that Guihen should be translated to the English name Wynne.




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