tram

1
[ tram ]
/ træm /

noun

British. a streetcar.
Also called tram·car [tram-kahr] /ˈtræmˌkɑr/. a truck or car on rails for carrying loads in a mine.
the vehicle or cage of an overhead carrier.

verb (used with or without object), trammed, tram·ming.

to convey or travel by tram.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. trajection,
  2. trajectory,
  3. trakl,
  4. tralee,
  5. trali,
  6. tram flap,
  7. trama,
  8. tramadol,
  9. tramline,
  10. trammel

Origin of tram

1
1490–1500 for an earlier sense; 1820–30 for def 2; orig. shafts of a barrow or cart, rails for carts (in mines); perhaps < Middle Dutch trame beam

Related formstram·less, adjective

tram

2
[ tram ]
/ træm /

noun

verb (used with object), trammed, tram·ming.

Machinery. to adjust (something) correctly.

Origin of tram

2
First recorded in 1880–85; short for trammel

tram

3
[ tram ]
/ træm /

noun

silk that has been slightly or loosely twisted, used weftwise in weaving silk fabrics.
Compare organzine.

Origin of tram

3
1300–50 for an earlier sense; 1670–80 for current sense; Middle English tram(m)e machination, contrivance < Old French traime weft, cunning contrivance < Latin trāma warp

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British Dictionary definitions for tram

tram

1
/ (træm) /

noun

Also called: tramcar an electrically driven public transport vehicle that runs on rails let into the surface of the road, power usually being taken from an overhead wireUS and Canadian names: streetcar, trolley car
a small vehicle on rails for carrying loads in a mine; tub
Derived Formstramless, adjective

Word Origin for tram

C16 (in the sense: shaft of a cart): probably from Low German traam beam; compare Old Norse thrömr, Middle Dutch traem beam, tooth of a rake

noun

machinery a fine adjustment that ensures correct function or alignment

verb trams, tramming or trammed

(tr) to adjust (a mechanism) to a fine degree of accuracy

Word Origin for tram

C19: short for trammel

noun

(in weaving) a weft yarn of two or more twisted strands of silk

Word Origin for tram

C17: from French trame, from Latin trāma; related to Latin trāns across, trāmes footpath

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Word Origin and History for tram

tram

n.

c.1500, "beam or shaft of a barrow or sledge," also "a barrow or truck body" (1510s), Scottish, originally in reference to the iron trucks used in coal mines, probably from Middle Flemish tram "beam, handle of a barrow, bar, rung," a North Sea Germanic word of unknown origin. The sense of "track for a barrow, tramway" is first recorded 1826; that of "streetcar" is first recorded 1860. Tram-car is attested from 1873.

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