- a metric unit of mass or weight equal to 15.432 grains; one thousandth of a kilogram. Abbreviation: g
Origin of gram1
- (in the East Indies) the chickpea used as a food for people and cattle.
- any of several other beans, as the mung bean, Vigna radiata (green gram or golden gram), or the urd, V. mungo (black gram).
Origin of gram2
- (in the Volsunga Saga) the sword of Sigmund, broken by Odin, repaired by Regin, and used again by Sigurd in killing Fafnir.
Origin of Gram
- a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “something written,” “drawing” (epigram; diagram); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (oscillogram).
Origin of -gram1
- a combining form of gram1: kilogram.
- a combining form extracted from telegram, used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “message, bulletin”: culturegram; electiongram; prophecy-gram.
Examples from the Web for gram
The European formula for Fireball has even less: under one gram per kilogram of propylene glycol.Europeans Recall Fireball Whiskey Over a Sweetener Also Used in Antifreeze
October 28, 2014
Wax can cost a hundred dollars a gram, while buds are as cheap as $20 these days.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
Food business groups argue that a gram of sugar, natural or added, is a gram of sugar—so why distinguish it?Guess Who Doesn’t Want You to Know How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food
July 19, 2014
He was, he said, amazed that “a fraction of a gram of sugar had rendered [him] unconscious.”The Week in Death: Alexander Shulgrin, Who Synthesized the Drug Ecstasy
June 7, 2014
Botulinum is the most deadly poison in the world: one gram spread evenly can kill one million people.How Bin Laden Escaped in 2001—The lessons of Tora Bora
December 15, 2013
All I know is that an elephant was an animal about the size of one of your Gram megatheres.
No mention of the incident was made in any of the reports sent back to Gram.
You think we don't have plenty of Neobarbarian material here on Gram?
Boake Valkanhayn would command her on the voyage to and from Gram.
A hundred and twenty-five days to Gram, and a hundred and twenty-five days back.
- a metric unit of mass equal to one thousandth of a kilogram. It is equivalent to 15.432 grains or 0.002 205 poundsSymbol: g
- any of several leguminous plants, such as the beans Phaseolus mungo (black gram or urd) and P. aureus (green gram), whose seeds are used as food in India
- the seed of any of these plants
- (in India) a village
- indicating a drawing or something written or recordedhexagram; telegram
Word Origin and History for gram
metric unit of weight," 1797, from French gramme (18c.), from Late Latin gramma "small weight," from Greek gramma "small weight," originally "letter of the alphabet," from stem of graphein "to draw, write" (see -graphy). Adopted into English about two years before it was established in France as a unit in the metric system by law of 19 frimaire, year VIII (1799).
suffix from telegram (1852), first abstracted 1979 (in Gorillagram, a proprietary name in U.S.), and put to wide use in forming new words, such as stripagram (1981). The construction violates Greek grammar, as an adverb could not properly form part of a compound noun.
- A metric unit of mass equal to 15.432 grains, one thousandth (10-3) of a kilogram, or 0.035 ounce.
- Danish physician who developed (1884) Gram's stain as a method of distinguishing types of bacteria.
- Something written or drawn; a record:cardiogram.
- A unit of mass in the metric system, equal to 0.001 kilogram or 0.035 ounce. See Table at measurement.
- Danish bacteriologist who in 1884 developed a method of staining bacteria, called Gram's stain or Gram's dye, that is used to identify and classify bacteria, often from samples of infected body fluids. The classification, called gram-negative or gram-positive, can be useful in the initial selection of antibiotics to treat the infection.