tram

1
[tram]
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noun
  1. British. a streetcar.
  2. a tramway; tramroad.
  3. Also called tram·car [tram-kahr] /ˈtræmˌkɑr/. a truck or car on rails for carrying loads in a mine.
  4. the vehicle or cage of an overhead carrier.
verb (used with or without object), trammed, tram·ming.
  1. to convey or travel by tram.

Origin of tram

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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]
verb (used with object), trammed, tram·ming.
  1. Machinery. to adjust (something) correctly.

Origin of tram

2
First recorded in 1880–85; short for trammel

tram

3
[tram]
noun
  1. 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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Related Words for tram

car, streetcar, gondola

Examples from the Web for tram

Contemporary Examples of tram

  • Eva and Adele, the Art Couple, were on my tram, both in high-collared baby-pink dresses.

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    Live From Art Basel

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    June 17, 2010

  • By day you'll be coerced to hike "the Peak" (I like the tram, thank you) for a quiet view of Kowloon.

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    Gal With a Suitcase

    Jolie Hunt

    January 16, 2010

  • Luckily, public transport (the tram) is brilliantly efficient, cost-effective, and blissfully above ground.

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    The Breathtaking Mosques of Istanbul

    Jolie Hunt

    January 9, 2010

Historical Examples of tram

  • She waved her hand to him as the tram drove off, and he waved his in reply.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • There was the tram line, if m'sieur did not care to take a fiacre.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • I'll get it before we start home and I can be reading it over all the time on the tram.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Afterwards I took the tram to Posilipo and came home by boat.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The tram was already gliding away at some distance down the road.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for tram

tram

1
noun
  1. 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
  2. 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

tram

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noun
  1. machinery a fine adjustment that ensures correct function or alignment
verb trams, tramming or trammed
  1. (tr) to adjust (a mechanism) to a fine degree of accuracy

Word Origin for tram

C19: short for trammel

tram

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noun
  1. (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
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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