- 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
- dynamic RAM.
Examples from the Web for dram
The Hakushu 12 was a little peaty and nutty, the kind of dram I want to unwind with after a fine restaurant meal.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise
November 16, 2014
That dram despatched, he poured him out another, and another.Barnaby Rudge
Had that animal Coupeau gone to the Arc de Triomphe to get his dram?L'Assommoir
Mix two drams of the tincture of galls with one dram of lunar caustic, and for marking of linen, use it with a pen as common ink.
Take four ounces of mutton suet, one ounce of bees-wax, one of sweet oil, and a dram each of powdered sugar-candy and gum-arabac.
Dissolve in the mixture three quarters of an ounce of yellow wax, and one dram of camphor, stirring the whole well together.
- 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
- dynamic random access memory: a widely used type of random access memorySee RAM 1
- a chip containing such a memory
Word Origin and History for dram
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).