to fill (something) by force with more than it can easily hold.
to force or stuff (usually followed by into, down, etc.).
to fill with or as with an excessive amount of food; overfeed.
to prepare (a person), as for an exam, by having them memorize information within a short period of time.
to acquire knowledge of (a subject) by so preparing oneself.
Archaic. to tell lies to.
to eat greedily or to excess.
to study for an examination by memorizing facts at the last minute.
to press or force accommodation in a room, vehicle, etc., beyond normal or comfortable capacity; crowd; jam: The whole team crammed into the bus.
Informal. the act of preparing for an exam by memorizing information within a short time period.
an excessively full state.
a dense crowd; throng.
- cram·ming·ly, adverb
- well-crammed, adjective
Other definitions for Cram (2 of 2)
Ralph Adams, 1863–1942, U.S. architect and writer.
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How to use cram in a sentence
The pale, baby-faced, red-cheeked rapper is furiously puffing away at a hastily-made blunt crammed with low-grade weed.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’ | Marlow Stern | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The beds were crammed together, and a man in the middle of the room had spots of flesh on his body that obviously were rotting.
The Cubans pulled up to the outpost and crammed the survivors into an open-body jeep and a pickup truck.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Davis jumped over a 4-foot porch wall and ran into a house, where he and others crammed themselves into a linen closet.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The 16-song pop treasure chest comes to a thrilling close with “New Romantics,” a remix-ready stomper crammed with witty lyrics.Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’: Country’s Prodigal Daughter Creates the Best Pop Album of the Year | Marlow Stern | October 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But, when the car came thundering down, it was crammed to the step; with a melancholy gesture, the driver declined her signal.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
As the weeks wore on, the pretence of practical teaching was quietly dropped, and we crammed our science out of the text-book.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The battle ended in a victory for both sides, chapel and theatre alike being crammed.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Youre very kind, Im sure, she said, taking the purse into which Mr. Chumley had crammed the money.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
A full letter, written closely; but he had barely glanced at it when he hastily folded it again, and crammed it into his pocket.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for cram (1 of 2)
(tr) to force (people, material, etc) into (a room, container, etc) with more than it can hold; stuff
to eat or cause to eat more than necessary
informal to study or cause to study (facts, etc), esp for an examination, by hastily memorizing
the act or condition of cramming
British Dictionary definitions for Cram (2 of 2)
Steve. born 1960, English middle-distance runner: European 1500 m champion (1981, 1986); world 1500 m champion (1983)
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