[ dram ]
/ dræm /


  1. a unit of apothecaries' weight, equal to 60 grains, or 1/8 (0.125) ounce (3.89 grams).
  2. 1/16 (0.0625) ounce, avoirdupois weight (27.34 grains; 1.77 grams). Abbreviation: dr., dr
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.

Origin of dram

1400–50; late Middle English dramme, assimilated variant of dragme < Old French < Late Latin dragma, Latin drachma drachma

Related forms

half-dram, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for dramming

  • He had been dramming at intervals since breakfast, and he no longer approached the bar with hesitancy.

    The Lash|Olin L. Lyman

British Dictionary definitions for dramming (1 of 2)



/ (ˈdiːræm) /

n acronym for

dynamic random access memory: a widely used type of random access memorySee RAM 1


a chip containing such a memory

British Dictionary definitions for dramming (2 of 2)


/ (dræm) /


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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Medicine definitions for dramming


[ drăm ]


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).
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