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  • v. Present participle of gam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A jamming or clogging.


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  • As soon as we came near enough, "gamming" commenced, for all of us were anxious to know how each other had fared.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • We had heard many glowing accounts from visitors, when "gamming," of the delights of this well-known port of call for whalers, and under our new commander we had little doubt that we should be allowed considerable liberty during our stay.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • Prosaic and uneventful to the last degree was our passage, the only incident worth recording being our "gamming" of the PASSAMAQUODDY, of Martha's Vineyard, South Sea whaler; eighteen months out, with one thousand barrels of sperm oil on board.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • It is not about what anybody downloads or not, if you pay for 2 or 4 MB PER SECOND that is what you should get, no matter if it is documents, gamming, music or video.

    Comcast: We Need to Play Internet Traffic Cop - Bits Blog -

  • Previously I mentioned Adventure gamming supplies AGS What a great store that was.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • Knowing Bloat, perhaps that's what it is, young lady gamming well-set-up young man, several poses-more wholesome than anything this war's ever photographed ... life, at least ....

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • Amidships and for'ard, gamming with the boat's crew, the deck was crowded with blacks of both sexes.

    Chapter 11

  • And as for a tiller, the whale-boat never admits of any such effeminacy; and therefore as in gamming a complete boat's crew must leave the ship, and hence as the boat steerer or harpooneer is of the number, that subordinate is the steersman upon the occasion, and the captain, having no place to sit in, is pulled off to his visit all standing like a pine tree.

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

  • He replied that 'Moby Dick' was responsible for his three years of life before the mast when a lad, and added that while 'gamming' on board another vessel he had once fallen in with a member of the boat's crew which rescued Melville from his friendly imprisonment among the Typees.


  • [2] This visiting between the crews of ships at sea is called, among whalemen, ` ` gamming. ''

    Two Years Before the Mast


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  • "We strolled across the frozen sea to visit the other ships, the nearest of which was two miles away. Visiting is called gamming by whalers. We learned the gossip of the fleet, who had taken the first whale...."

    --Walter Noble Burns, A Year with a Whaler, 99

    April 28, 2008

  • "The common eider is called 'gammy bird' in Newfoundland for its habit of gathering in flocks for sociable quacking sessions. The name is related to the days of sail, when two ships falling in with each other at sea would back their yards and shout the news. The ship to windward would back her main yards and the one to leeward her foreyards for close maneuvering. This was gamming." --E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

    December 30, 2007