- a unit of apothecaries' weight, equal to 60 grains, or 1/8 (0.125) ounce (3.89 grams).
- 1/16 (0.0625) ounce, avoirdupois weight (27.34 grains; 1.77 grams). Abbreviation: dr., dr
- fluid dram.
- a small drink of liquor.
- a small quantity of anything.
- Archaic. to drink drams; tipple.
- Archaic. to ply with drink.
Origin of dram
Examples from the Web for dramming
He had been dramming at intervals since breakfast, and he no longer approached the bar with hesitancy.The Lash
Olin L. Lyman
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- one sixteenth of an ounce (avoirdupois). 1 dram is equivalent to 0.0018 kilogram
- Also called: drachm, drachma US one eighth of an apothecaries' ounce; 60 grains. 1 dram is equivalent to 0.0039 kilogram
- a small amount of an alcoholic drink, esp a spirit; tot
- the standard monetary unit of Armenia, divided into 100 lumas
Word Origin and History for dramming
mid-15c., "small weight of apothecary's measure," a phonetic spelling, from Anglo-Latin dragma, Old French drame, from Late Latin dragma, from Latin drachma "drachma," from Greek drakhma "measure of weight," also, "silver coin," literally "handful" (of six obols, the least valuable coins in ancient Athens), akin to drassesthai "to grasp." The fluid dram is one-eighth of a fluid ounce, hence "a small drink of liquor" (1713); Hence dram shop (1725), where liquor was sold by the shot.
- A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 116 of an ounce or 27.34 grains (1.77 grams).drachm
- A unit of apothecary weight equal to 18 of an ounce or 60 grains (3.89 grams).