noun a metric unit of mass or weight equal to 15.432 grains; one thousandth of a kilogram. : g Abbreviation
, especially British gramme. Origin of gram 1 1790–1800; < French gramme < Late Latin gramma a small weight < Greek grámma something drawn, a small weight noun (in the East Indies) the chickpea used as a food for people and cattle. any of several other beans, as the mung bean, Vigna radiata (green gram, or the urd, or golden gram) V. mungo (black gram). Origin of gram 2 1695–1705;
grain noun (in the Volsunga Saga) the sword of Sigmund, broken by Odin, repaired by Regin, and used again by Sigurd in killing Fafnir. Origin of Gram
Old Norse word Gramr literally, angry, evil a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “something written,” “drawing” ( epigram; diagram); on this model, used in the formation of compound words ( oscillogram). Origin of -gram 1
combining form of
something written or drawn; akin to
carve a combining form of gram: 1 kilogram. a combining form extracted from telegram, used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “message, bulletin”: culturegram; electiongram; prophecy-gram.
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Examples from the Web for gram Contemporary Examples of gram
The European formula for Fireball has even less: under one
gram per kilo gram of propylene glycol.
Wax can cost a hundred dollars a
gram, while buds are as cheap as $20 these days.
Food business groups argue that a
gram of sugar, natural or added, is a gram of sugar—so why distinguish it?
He was, he said, amazed that “a fraction of a
gram of sugar had rendered [him] unconscious.”
Botulinum is the most deadly poison in the world: one
gram spread evenly can kill one million people. Historical Examples of gram
You think we don't have plenty of Neobarbarian material here on
All I know is that an elephant was an animal about the size of one of your
No mention of the incident was made in any of the reports sent back to
That wasn't exactly the wording used by a ducal lord on
Boake Valkanhayn would command her on the voyage to and from
Gram. British Dictionary definitions for gram noun a metric unit of mass equal to one thousandth of a kilogram. It is equivalent to 15.432 grains or 0.002 205 pounds Symbol: g Word Origin for gram
C18: from French
gramme, from Late Latin gramma, from Greek: small weight, from graphein to write noun any of several leguminous plants, such as the beans Phaseolus mungo ( black gram or urd) and P. aureus ( green gram), whose seeds are used as food in India the seed of any of these plants Word Origin for gram
C18: from Portuguese
gram (modern spelling grão), from Latin grānum grain Word Origin for gram
n combining form indicating a drawing or something written or recorded hexagram; telegram Word Origin for -gram
-gramma, from Greek, from gramma letter and grammē line
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Word Origin and History for gram n.
metric unit of weight," 1797, from French
gramme (18c.), from Late Latin gramma "small weight," from Greek gramma "small weight," originally "letter of the alphabet," from stem of graphein "to draw, write" (see -graphy). Adopted into English about two years before it was established in France as a unit in the metric system by law of 19 frimaire, year VIII (1799).
telegram (1852), first abstracted 1979 (in Gorillagram, a proprietary name in U.S.), and put to wide use in forming new words, such as stripagram (1981). The construction violates Greek grammar, as an adverb could not properly form part of a compound noun.
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n. A metric unit of mass equal to 15.432 grains, one thousandth (10 -3) of a kilogram, or 0.035 ounce. Gram [grăm, gräm] Hans Christian Joachim 1853-1938 Danish physician who developed (1884) Gram's stain as a method of distinguishing types of bacteria. suff. Something written or drawn; a record: cardiogram.
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A unit of mass in the metric system, equal to 0.001 kilogram or 0.035 ounce. See Table at measurement. Gram [gräm, grăm] Hans Christian Joachim 1853-1938 Danish bacteriologist who in 1884 developed a method of staining bacteria, called Gram's stain or Gram's dye, that is used to identify and classify bacteria, often from samples of infected body fluids. The classification, called gram-negative or gram-positive, can be useful in the initial selection of antibiotics to treat the infection.
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