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tram1

[tram] /træm/
noun
1.
British. a streetcar.
2.
3.
Also called tramcar
[tram-kahr] /ˈtræmˌkɑr/ (Show IPA)
. a truck or car on rails for carrying loads in a mine.
4.
the vehicle or cage of an overhead carrier.
verb (used with or without object), trammed, tramming.
5.
to convey or travel by tram.
Origin of tram1
1490-1500
1490-1500 for an earlier sense; 1820-30 for def 2; orig. shafts of a barrow or cart, rails for carts (in mines); perhaps < Middle Dutch trame beam
Related forms
tramless, adjective

tram2

[tram] /træm/
noun
1.
trammel (def 3).
verb (used with object), trammed, tramming.
2.
Machinery. to adjust (something) correctly.
Origin
First recorded in 1880-85; short for trammel

tram3

[tram] /træm/
noun
1.
silk that has been slightly or loosely twisted, used weftwise in weaving silk fabrics.
Compare organzine.
Origin
1300-50 for an earlier sense; 1670-80 for current sense; Middle English tram(m)e machination, contrivance < Old French traime weft, cunning contrivance < Latin trāma warp
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Examples from the Web for tram
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  • She waved her hand to him as the tram drove off, and he waved his in reply.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • There was the tram line, if m'sieur did not care to take a fiacre.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • I'll get it before we start home and I can be reading it over all the time on the tram.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Afterwards I took the tram to Posilipo and came home by boat.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The tram was already gliding away at some distance down the road.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • I meant to go to the village, and walk up and take the tram.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • I waited for a second tram, but that was still more crowded.

British Dictionary definitions for tram

tram1

/træm/
noun
1.
Also called tramcar. an electrically driven public transport vehicle that runs on rails let into the surface of the road, power usually being taken from an overhead wire US and Canadian names streetcar, trolley car
2.
a small vehicle on rails for carrying loads in a mine; tub
Derived Forms
tramless, adjective
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: shaft of a cart): probably from Low German traam beam; compare Old Norse thrömr, Middle Dutch traem beam, tooth of a rake

tram2

/træm/
noun
1.
(machinery) a fine adjustment that ensures correct function or alignment
verb trams, tramming, trammed
2.
(transitive) to adjust (a mechanism) to a fine degree of accuracy
Word Origin
C19: short for trammel

tram3

/træm/
noun
1.
(in weaving) a weft yarn of two or more twisted strands of silk
Word Origin
C17: from French trame, from Latin trāma; related to Latin trāns across, trāmes footpath
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Word Origin and History for tram
n.

c.1500, "beam or shaft of a barrow or sledge," also "a barrow or truck body" (1510s), Scottish, originally in reference to the iron trucks used in coal mines, probably from Middle Flemish tram "beam, handle of a barrow, bar, rung," a North Sea Germanic word of unknown origin. The sense of "track for a barrow, tramway" is first recorded 1826; that of "streetcar" is first recorded 1860. Tram-car is attested from 1873.

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