dram [ dram ] SHOW IPA / dræm / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Measurements 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). : dr., dr Abbreviation a small drink of liquor. a small quantity of anything. verb (used without object), drammed, dram·ming. . Archaic to drink drams; tipple. verb (used with object), drammed, dram·ming. . Archaic to ply with drink. Nearby words drake passage, drake, joseph rodman, drake, sir francis, drakensberg, dralon, dram glass, dram. pers., drama, drama queen, drama therapy Origin of dram 1400–50; late Middle English dramme,
assimilated variant of
Late Latin dragma, Latin drachma drachma Related forms half-dram, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for dramming British Dictionary definitions for dramming n acronym for dynamic random access memory: a widely used type of random access memory See RAM 1 noun a chip containing such a memory noun 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 Word Origin for dram
C15: from Old French
dragme, from Late Latin dragma, from Greek drakhmē; see drachma
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Word Origin and History for dramming n.
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.
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Medicine definitions for dramming n. A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to of an ounce or 27.34 grains (1.77 grams). 1 16 drachm A unit of apothecary weight equal to of an ounce or 60 grains (3.89 grams). 1 8
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