- a metric unit of mass or weight equal to 15.432 grains; one thousandth of a kilogram. Abbreviation: g
Origin of gram1
Examples from the Web for gramme
In the medicinal dose (one gramme to a litre) the taste is atrocious.Princes and Poisoners
Loaded with one gramme, it should show 1/20 of a milligramme.The A B C of Mining
Charles A. Bramble
Energy developed by one gramme, or one ounce of the following substances, when oxidised in the body.
It remained for Gramme, in France, to apply the proper remedy.The Story of Great Inventions
Elmer Ellsworth Burns
The difficulties encountered in connecting up numerous loops were overcome by Gramme, who, in 1871 invented a ring armature.Hawkins Electrical Guide, Number One
- 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
Word Origin and History for gramme
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).
- 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.
- 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.